The first 2 legs consist of fast cruising and teaching. The final leg, from the Cape Verdes to Barbados, is a competitive match race. If you don't have the time to do the whole adventure in one go, you can gain confidence and experience over a number of years taking a leg at a time as each leg is no more than 2 weeks in duration. We are offering individual berths on 4 identical and evenly matched Farr 65 ocean racing yachts for this 3,600nm rally adventure.
* Leg 1 - Cascais, Portugal to Madeira - 550nm. Why Cascais? Portugal was chosen as the departure country and Cascais as our host port, due to its strong historical links with Britain and, more importantly, the sea. Cascais is prestigious and strategically places the yachts just far enough South to away from the more unsettled weather to the North. With its many transport links from all over Europe, Lisbon makes an affordable and easily accessible rendezvous for our new crews. Cascais is on the Estoril coast of Portugal, just 25 minutes drive from Lisbon. It is the starting point of our 3,500 nm Atlantic Adventure. It is on this beautiful coastline that the Portuguese aristocracy holiday. Cascais is a stylish summer resort, not only enjoyed for the great surf, but also for the numerous restaurants, bars, beautiful historical fortresses, churches and chapels. There will be a warm welcome and send off from our hosts who, through history, have witnessed the departures of great adventurers such as Vasco da Gama, Henry the Navigator and Magellan, to name just a few, from the same shores.
Crew Arrive: 14 October
Start: 17 October
ETA: 21 October
The crew arrive into Lisbon and join the yachts at Cascais on the Estoril Coast 3 days prior to the start. From here you will make a short familiarization sail up and down the Targus River. The sail will give crews the chance to get to know the workings of the yachts and practice some safety drills before setting off for Madeira. En-route you will pass the most important monument in Lisbon, the Padrao dos Descobrimentos (Monument of the Discoverers). This limestone monument perfectly captures the spirit of the Age of Discovery. The yachts will pass under the famous 25th of April suspension bridge leading you to Lisbon’s waterfront before returning along the coast to Cascais. The 550nm passage to Madeira should take around 5 days with varying wind conditions as you head out into the Atlantic Ocean. Like those seafarers of old a sense and feeling of trepidation and unity will prevail, the only difference being that of chronology. This leg is a perfect shake down for the more experienced crew to get their sea legs back and for most a chance to experience a real ocean passage for the first time. Upon arrival in Funchal a warm welcome can be expected from the town hall, Clube Naval and the local people of Madeira.
* Leg 2 - Madeira to Cape Verde Islands (1058nm)
Crew Arrive: 23 October
Start: 26 October
ETA: 3 November
This 1058nm ocean leg takes us South into the tropics and the North-East trades. On this leg you will sail between the Canary Islands before making landfall in Mindelo on the unspoilt and remote Cape Verdian island of Sao Vicente near to West African coast. These islands are stunning, with beautiful white beaches, colonial style villages and dramatic volcanic landscapes. Few visitors arrive by sail and so expect a warm welcome from the locals. We allow approximately 10 days for Leg 2 and crew can enjoy a week stopover to explore these intriguing islands before the passage across the Atlantic.
* Leg 3 - Cape Verde Islands to Barbados (2,000nm)
Crew Arrive: 5 November
Start: 8 November
ETA: 22 November
Disembark: 25 November
Sail the Atlantic with Ondeck - The Adventure of a Lifetime. Your final 2,000nm will be the Atlantic crossing to Barbados. This leg should not only consist of fast, exhilarating blue water sailing but expect to see plenty of dolphins, turtles and the odd whale or two, as we sail due West to the tropical island of Barbados - our final destination. On arrival a crew party for all four participating yachts is organized to celebrate and welcome you in, as the New Adventurers!
The adventuire is available to do in legs seperately
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