2013 Caribbean-Azores-Barcelone

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 the Sterna will be located at the volcanic island of Santa Lucia, in the southern Caribbean Sea. Before releasing mooring to sail the 2,500 miles to Horta, the capital of the island of Faial (Azores), we’ll visit the island: the “Deux Pitons”, two twin peaks that rise to the level of 800 meters the sea, “Sulphur Springs”, sulphurous water coming out at a temperature up to 40 degrees, Niagara “Diamond Falls” and finally the National Historical Park “Pigeon Island” rising from the ruins of Fort Rodney.

After 12 days crossing the Atlantic during which we’ll celebrate New Year’s Eve, we’ll arrive in Horta, Faial’s capital and port of traditional landfall for those who cross the Atlantic from west to east. Horta is famous and coveted by sailors around the world. There are two emblematic places in Horta that we cannot miss. On one hand, the drawings on the walls of the dock which are a true outdoor art gallery and which make it the most colorful marina on the planet. On the other hand, Peter’s Bar, where sailors traditionally share nautical experiences whilst having a drink.

The final leg of the trip goes from the Azores to Barcelona. We’ll reach the Iberian Peninsula after 7 days of sailing, we’ll cross the Strait of Gibraltar as an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the complexity of maritime traffic. From here we’ll reach Barcelona, sailing through the Mediterranean Sea finishing the trip that had begun in November 2013

Day 1: 

Arrival at Santa Lucia and prepare the yacht to Horta’s navigation (Azores). Preparing the sailboat means that everybody on board will be involved in all the tasks.  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.

Day 2 to 12

New Year Eve Atlantic crossing. We’ll navigate by dead reckoning:  3-4 times a day we’ll do the positioning on the nautical chart with a sextant. We’ll use the radio to communicate with boats we may find sailing, get weather forecasts to interpret and follow defeat safer. We’ll learn how to adjust the sails in order to optimize the performance of the boat. Also, we’ll learn the tricks culinary water, 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.

Day 13

Arrival to Horta, Faial’s capital

Day 14

Visit the island. Disembark of the clients who finish the trip in Azores from the “Expedition New Year’s Eve in the Atlantic” (see Programme) .

Day 15: January 9th

Arriving the new clients from “Expedition Azores-Barcelona” (see Programme)  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.

Day 16

Depart from Horta to Barcelona

Day 17 to 23

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.

Day 24

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.

 

Check the programme to know about our expeditions

First ever-oceanic sailing experience!

2013 ARC Rally from Las Palmas to Santa Lucia

2013 New Year’s Eve in the Atlantic. Santa Lucia- Azores

Azores-Barcelona