Crossing great oceans under trade wind conditions is a bucket list item for many.
Imagine: You are preparing for a big journey. The crew is in a good mood, sails are in a good condition, and all equipment has been checked and safely stowed away. You’ve completed the provisioning with enough now stowed onboard to last a long time.You fill up the fuel and water tanks, send the last emails and check out at immigration and customs. There’s one last dinner at a restaurant before finally throwing off the bowlines and sailing into the open sea.
In this moment all the stress from your life on land goes away. No boarders anymore. Your crew and your boat will be self sufficient for a long time and nothing else can bother you. All that remains is to check the weather, do your navigation, trim the sails and adjust the self-steering wind vane.
We choose to sail these passages at the times of year which correspond to the most favourable wind conditions, such that the wind fills our sails from behind – the most relaxed and comfortable point of sail. After all, gentlemen don’t sail upwind.
You will soon adjust to the rhythmic patten of watches, meals, fishing and relaxing along with the gently rolling motion of the open ocean. Nothing compares to this.
…And when you arrive at your destination, it’s always the same reaction from the crew. “Is it already over? Time passed by so quickly …” You have to do it to understand it. Prove that the world is round! Welcome to the Crew of Pantagruel.
You can read about our 17 day Atlantic crossing from the Cape Verdes to Grenada here or our 5 day passage from the Canaries to the Cape Verdes here.
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