Dates: 25 November 2018 à 8 h 00 min - 14 December 2018 à 17 h 00 min
Sail the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, crossing the Ocean onboard one of our 21m crewed monohulls. Start is located in Las Palmas in Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands, ends in Saint Lucia, the Caribbean Islands.
Called Transatlantic or also Transat, sailing across the Atlantic still remains an adventure even though it has been democratized these late years. From Lorient in South Brittany to Saint Lucia in the West Indies, around 3 500 miles separate these two lands. It’s a real adventure, a life achievement that we would like to share with you.
This ocean crossing welcomes every year in November over 200 yachts with amateur and semi-professional crews
All are heading to Saint Lucia in the Caribbean Islands. As the organization writes, “Our definition of a rally is safe and social cruising. We offer an element of fun competition, but it isn’t a race !”.
Welcome as a crew mate for that transat onboard Albatros, one of our Challenge 67. Designed for the BT Global Challenge, round the world yacht race against prevailing wind, these yachts have been built tough and safe.
Two professionnal qualified skippers are runing the crew for this offshore sailing. 21m long, these monohulls welcome up to a crew of 12 sailors. Made for offshore sailing, their big size is an advantage for training and anticipating all situations at sea.
Crossing the Atlantic Ocean is still an adventure
Even if ocean crossing has recently been democratized, sail the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers is real sporting and challenging achievement of his own. As part of the crew, you’ll be fully committed, in the heart of the action. Watch periods, about 8 hours a day, but also helming, as well as participating to all tasks and shift onboard. Willingly, no pilot or furling are on board our sailing boats. It’s the best way to discover and learn about offshore sailing ! You will have eventually to support bad weather, cold at first and then heat… One needs to be psychologically ready to cross the Atlantic. Definitely not only cruising !
Ocean crossing with 2 legs, from Lorient to Las Palmas, then to Saint Lucia
The first leg for this transtlantic starts in Lorient in South Brittany. About 1300 nautical miles allow training course before the start of the ARC but you can also sail the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers at the start of leg 2 in Las Palmas. 10 days sailing for this first leg but it can be shorter or longer according to weather conditions.
Sail the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers on the 25th of November in the Canary Islands
From the 18th of November, Albatros will have to be in the marina in Las Palmas. The ARC is for everyone : families with children, tough racers, cruising couples, big boats and modest boats. Crossing the Atlantic together, but having their own adventures. More than just a boat race, the ARC is about friendships made ashore in the two weeks of pre-departure activities.
We have provided 20 days sailing to cross the Atlantic but there again it can be quicker according to weather conditions (trade winds are not always settled and one needs sometimes to sail South to Capo Verde to catch trade winds, trip being longer in such a case).
Leg 1 : South Britanny / Canary Islands
Port of shipment : Lorient on the 10th of November 2018
Stop Over : Las Palmas in Gran Canaria on the 19th of November 2018*
Period : 10 days*
Sailing boat : Albatros – Challenge 67
Price : 1400 euros per crew member, full board included (breakfast, lunch, diner, drinks, consumables)
Leg 2 : Transat Atlantic Rally for Cruisers
Port of shipment : Las Palmas in Gran Canaria between the 21st and the 23rd of November 2018
Start of the ARC : 25th of November 2017
Disembarkation : Rodney Bay Marina in Saint Lucia on the 14th of December 2018*
Period : 20 days*
Sailing boat : Albatros – Challenge 67
Price : 3100 euros per crew member, full board included (breakfast, lunch, diner and beverage)
* Period of sailing and dates of arrival are provided for information purposes only.
We recommend you to book open plane ticket so that you can change date departure according to arrival.
For the ones who want to we can deliver you French Sailing Licence and/or your Sailing Passeport to validate your skills. To know more about the Club FFV Challenge Ocean…
Communication on board
Satellite phone (Iridium) and email available on board are for security and not for crew members communications. Before your start, indicate to your family and friends that you will not be able to communicate when crossing the Atlantic. Our shore team contacts families only because of problems on board. But if so, it doesn’t necessarily mean bad news… So no news usually means good news ! Meanwhile, they can follow your adventure on social networks : Facebook – Twitter – Instagram