—————————— Oceanic navigations ———————————
The oceanic navigations that we offer are big trajects, with a minimum duration of about a week. The main objectives of these voyages are to learn to navigate in each type of situation, and to work on the acquisition of habits, as well as learning to make ourselves feel comfortable and integrated on board. From north to south, and west to east – the Atlantic Ocean is the perfect territory to practice and obtain knowledge and experience.
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 9
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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