ABOUT SAILZEN

SailZen is the result of a background of working in the yachting industry around the world.  Our concept has filtered experiences and puts together the know-how in order to generate between the crew and passengers, a safe and fun trip.

“the answer my friend is blowing in the wind”  is our motto and the love for sailing into unforgettable experiences makes us keep going.

Certainly, we dedicate our lives to keep our passengers positively surprised at all times by sharing the most unique lifetime moments.

OUR MISSION

DEVELOP SUSTAINABILITY

By using local services, provisioning mostly from local farmers and fisherman, support and attempt to local traditions and taste the gastronomy of each island, Sail Zen supports the Azorean community.

AFFORDABLE & EXCLUSIVE

In our trips, you will explore multiple islands, hike, visit historical sites, see wildlife in their natural habitat, eat healthy aboard and taste the local food, swim, do snorkeling and play with a paddleboard. As well, the fact that you won’t have to take care of accommodation, food, transport and guides on the way, makes us think that we practice a fair price.

Together in the Atlantic Ocean, we experience an exclusive way to meet new people, share sensations and create strong connections as a small group of people inside a boat, and for that… there is no price.

BE ECO-FRIENDLY

When we travel between the Azores Islands, we try to leave a green footprint in the environment.
We enjoy the wind that blows our sails to move between the islands with the goal to preserve our planet.
Respecting the ocean, the animals and the land, we will retrieve what we will give.

CREW

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André Branco

FOUNDER & SKIPPER

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André Branco

FOUNDER & SKIPPER

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Hi Viajante.

My friends call me Branco. I was born in Vila Franca do Campo, São Miguel Island, Azores, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Back in 1999, a teacher at school brought me to try sailing dinghies at the local maritime club and since then, I haven't stopped. In 2007, I started traveling around the world, interacting with various cultures, sailing and learning languages. You can check my CV below.

All my nautical and personal knowledge comes forward in the SailZen project. I wanted it to start in the most fulfilling place on Earth: the Azores Islands. "The answer, my friend... is blowing in the wind" … that is why we are called SailZen: a mix of full adrenaline with pure relax.

I hope you enjoy, you sail and you feel zen!

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Ana Rita Ferreira

COOK / HOSTESS

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Ana Rita Ferreira

COOK / HOSTESS

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Well-known as Ritinha, Ana is natural from Lisbon, but since she found an extra rib, that she calls it "the Azorean rib".

Having a solid Hospitality background, she is naturally in love with taking care of people.
Used to travel mainly to Islands for the past 10 years, she found the Azores in 2015 and explored very well all the Islands until decided for the home port of Ponta Delgada. Re-started sailing and worked the full first season of SailZen doing a great job!! Definitely hired for 2019 season!

Food, nature, ocean and people as passion, there is nothing else to look around. Rita will take care of you naturally and feed you strictly healthy food! Markets and fishing ports are the point of selection for our provisioning.

Rita Speaks, Portuguese, English, Spanish and understands more and more French. Once again, communication aboard won't be a problem.

Dedicated and skilled, Rita has as well a good eye for good looking things, therefore all our graphic design has to pass through her approval.

Fully committed, Rita belongs naturally to the SailZen lifestyle.