This is where our company makes things possible. The Yachts and Skippers: Designed by Bruce Farr, the Farr 65s are based on a de-tuned Whitbread 60 for the “Millennium Round the World Yacht Race” with amateur crews in mind. Not only are they safe and straight forward to sail, but they are fast and competitive with notable sailing achievements in addition to circumnavigating the globe once and crossing the Atlantic many times since they were built. Sail the Atlantic with us - The Adventure of a Lifetime! Onboard each yacht will be professional Skippers, Mates and 2nd Mates. All Skippers are qualified to a minimum of Ocean Yachtmaster Commercially Endorsed with a Ships Captain Medical Certificate, with vast experience of ocean sailing. All have extensive sea mileage, have taught for our company and have sailed the Farrs extensively. All mates are qualified to a minimum of Yachtmaster.
It is said of this first Leg that there are only two good days on the voyage. The day you leave ... and the day you arrive in the Azorean archipelago. To a point this is true, however, to the real ocean sailor this is a great passage because you really do need to have a good understanding of weather and be able to sail a yacht well to windward. Tactics play a big part on this ocean voyage and the successful execution of them will contribute to whether the voyage will be a fast or slow one. This challenging passage, once completed, will reward you by affording you the opportunity to explore a wonderful group of volcanic islands, known as The Azores, and leave you feeling a real sense of achievement. Horta, our arrival port, is on the island of Faial and is well known by the sea-faring community around the world. A visit to our sponsors, the famous Peter’s Café Sport Bar is a must during the layover, here you can enjoy a refreshing gin and tonic (two doubles for £1) and of course buy the obligatory t-shirt!
Ocean Tuition: If arriving to start either of the following, you must arrive the day before to ensure being there for the start of the first day’s tuition:
- Yachtmaster Ocean Theory course:
- Yachtmaster Ocean Prep day: - Prep day is recommended if using the ocean leg as a qualifying ocean passage
* Leg 2 - Horta (The Azores) - Portsmouth, UK - 1,200nm
Crew Arrive: end May
Start: 29 May
ETA UK: 7 June
The Azores is a mid-Atlantic cross road and so provides the perfect chance for a break! Like Antigua, Horta is very easy to fly to with very kind and friendly people, good food and cheap beer to welcome you! This 1,200nm ocean Leg takes us well up into the Northern latitudes where we will hopefully reach the top of the famous Azores High before sailing down the conveyor belt of low pressure systems that produce the favorable Westerly winds for a fast, exhilarating sail back to Portsmouth. This Leg is ideal for people wanting to do their Ocean Yachtmaster qualifying passage. Ocean Exam – this will be arranged for you in advance, upon your return to Portsmouth
* Ondeck Atlantic Challenge £1,980
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