With our ‘Ocean Navigation’ course we are offering long distance sailing trips of one week at the shortest. The aim is to learn how to sail in all kinds of situations. We will also teach you how to acclimatize yourself so that you are comfortable on a boat and integrated into the crew. From north to south and from east to west, the Atlantic Ocean will be our playground in which to practice and acquire the knowledge and experience of sailing.
This time Sterna will be moored in Horta’s Marina, in Faial Island (Azores, Portugal) after having made the Atlantic crossing from St. Lucia. Horta is famous and coveted by sailors around the world. There are two emblematic elements of this stop in the middle of the Atlantic that we cannot ignore. The drawings on the marina’s dock walls are a true outdoor art gallery and it becomes them most colorful marina in the world. If you want to have a drink you can’t miss Peter’s Bar, where all sailors share nautical experiences about crossing and drinking for seas adventures’ never ending.
During the trip from Azores to Barcelona, we must cross the Strait of Gibraltar. It is an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the complexity of maritime traffic. After that, Sterna will keep sailing to Barcelona to complete her Atlantic voyage had begun in early November 2013.
Arrival to Horta and preparation of the boat. Preparing the sailboat it means that everybody on board will be involved in all the tasks of the boat. Some things have to be done before cast-off: loading the supplies on board (food, water, fuel, etc.), checking personal security devices (life jacket, locating device MOB, etc.), checking security devices on board (use of the extinguisher, radio, Epirb, etc.), learning how to use the sailing equipment (autopilot, plotter, GPS, radar, etc.). It is important to understand how to fit into the daily rhythm on board in order to keep maximum standards of security.
Depart from Horta to Barcelona
Day 3 to 9
Crossing from Azores to Strait of Gibraltar- Mediterranean Sea and final destination, Barcelona. We’ll navigate by dead reckoning: 3-4 times a day we’ll do the positioning on the nautical chart with a sextant. While being helped by Tarifa Traffic on the radio, we will learn the crossing priorities through the Strait of Gibraltar. We will study the meteorological predictions and decide which is the safest route. We will learn how to adjust the sails in order to optimize the performance of the boat. We will also learn how to live in a boat and some useful culinary tricks in the kitchen while cooking on board.
As experts of the marine environment, we will talk about the fauna and the flora of each area of the sea we will pass by, learning how they live, feed and reproduce.
Arrival in Barcelona
Who is Sterna’s ‘Ocean Navigation’ course best suited for?
This trip is recommended for people who have experience in sailing and has always dreamed of going farther, exceeded the limits of days embarked on a cross. Also for those who have already done so and want to repeat the experience, on the unique Open 85 of the world, looking to discover new sensations and emotions. Come and live a unique experience!
It is preferred that people interested in this trip, have experienced, at least once, a 24-36 hours cruise aboard a sailboat.
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