With our ‘Ocean Navigation’ course we are offering long distances sailing trips of one week as the shortest. The aim is to learn how to sail in all kind of situations. We will also teach you how to acclimatize yourself to the sailing experience 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.
The “First ever oceanic sailing experience!” goes from Barcelona to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The crossing will take 6 – 7 days through different situations and zones and will offer a vast range of experiences. You will learn about the changeable winds on the Mediterranean, the always complicated crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar, the finding of the trade winds in the Atlantic Ocean and the arrival on the Canary Islands.
Embarkation and preparation of the sailboat for the crossing. 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 rythm on board in order to keep maximum standards of security.
Day 2 to 4
Establishing the course to Las Palmas crossing through the Mediterranean Sea and the Strait of Gibraltar. We will 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 5 to 7
Sailing alongside the West African coast and the arrival at Las Palmas.
Who is Sterna’s ‘Ocean Navigation’ course best suited for?
This sailing trip could be suited to furthering practice and theory as preparation for nautical qualifications or simply for the pleasure of ocean sailing for a few days.
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