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.
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’s 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.
Arrival to Horta, Faial’s capital
Visit the island. Disembark of the clients that finish the trip in Azores
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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