Crossing the Atlantic under sail has captured the imagination of mariners and â€œlandlubbersâ€ for centuries. It still does so today, despite the advent of faster and more convenient means of travel. Such a feat had remained the preserve of a few, until 2006 when Solent-based company ONDECK Sailing launched its TRANSATLANTIC ADVENTURE RALLY to offer an unrivalled opportunity for amateurs of all abilities to crew a race-proven yacht across the Atlantic.
Such a feat has remained the preserve of a few, until 2006, when Solent-based company Ondeck Sailing launched its Transatlantic Adventure to offer an unrivalled opportunity for amateurs of all abilities to crew a race-proven yacht across the Atlantic.
The 2006 inaugural edition went very well and based on very positive feedback from 2006 â€œcrewâ€ Ondeck has decided to make the event an annual occurrence.
THE 2007 TRANSATLANTIC ADVENTURE. Taking place in October through to late November, the 2007 Transatlantic Adventure will comprise a 3,600nm voyage split into 3 Legs. It includes the traditional southerly trade wind route across the Atlantic, a route followed by sailors since the Christopher Columbus on his third voyage in 1498.
ROUTE: Starting from the port of Cascais on the Estoril coast, near Lisbon, on 11th October 2007, the first leg takes the boats to Funchal, Madeira arriving on the 16th October. The second leg takes the boats south from Madeira into tropical waters and the penultimate stop in Mindelo, SÄo Vicente, in the Cape Verde Islands. The final leg is the Transatlantic crossing to Barbados in the West Indies, leaving Mindelo on 10th November and making landfall around 23rd November 2007.
The aim is for the TransAtlantic crossing to be completed in two weeks, bringing it within the scope of an annual vacation.
(Source: ONDECK Sailing)