About Us

This is who we are

Atlantic Explorers is a Trademark® belonging to Non-Profit Organization (NPO) – Associação para o Estudo e Conservação dos Oceanos– which focuses primarily on raising awareness about environmental issues related to the oceans, promotes conservation actions and supports research projects related to all forms of marine life and conservation. Please visit our website for more information – www.a-eco.org.

We strongly believe that bringing people closer to the sea, is the most effective way to trigger individual action against the current threats challenging our oceans.

"Our proposal is to provide engaging and inclusive sea adventures that provide useful sailing skills to all participants, even those with no previous experience, inspiring you to become a thalassophile. From the Greek – Lover of the sea."

An experienced team you can trust

Atlantic Explorers’ team presents solid background training and sea experience that will keep you safe and confident enough to head for unknown seas. We also encourage our members to develop those special soft skills that make the difference under challenging conditions. No matter its size, a boat might seem never big enough during sea crossings.

Ricardo Barradas

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Founder of Atlantic Explorers and A-Eco. Ricardo has great passion for sailing, the oceans and sustainable development. Also he has solid experience teaching what he knows best for the last 10+ years.

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Paulo Mestre


Paulo has loads of expertise in boats and he makes sure our Blue Swan is always in good shape... You won't see him often, but be sure that all the mechanics of our beautiful boat are in good hands.

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Ana Besugo


Ana Besugo is a marine biologist, with experience in sea turtle nesting areas (Cape Verde and São Tomé and Príncipe). She is a dive guide with over 10 years of experience in coastal and offshore diving (Portugal - Azores, Cape Verde and São Tomé and Príncipe) and a passion for photography, especially underwater. She has already embarked on some scientific expeditions but the high point of her experience in the ocean was the crossing of the Atlantic (Horta-Lanzarote-Dominican Republic) at the end of 2020

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Our Sailing Expeditions

Our sailing expeditions are carefully planned to provide valid sea experiences that meet each participants’ individual learning ambitions. So, you become part of the crew, either you aim for a first sailing baptism, to increase your nautical miles with an offshore sail, or improve your skills further because you feel your previous training failed to provide you with the experience you need to set sail autonomously or even amongst a flotilla in a paradisiac holiday destiny.

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