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Ocean crossing

Ocean Crossing Charter Description

The relationship with an absolute nature, a completely new dimension, the return to a life made of essentiality and inner freedom.

There are 4 ways to do the Ocean Crossing

Crossing the ocean means living in the sea without seeing or touching the land for weeks, sharpening your senses, your ability to adapt, to test yourself, to learn to make decisions quickly and under pressure.

If you want to cross the ocean on a sailboat, if you are fascinated by this extreme experience of life, a real journey through your limits. You absolutely have to do this.

ocean crossing

Crossing of the world

Crossing of the Indian Ocean from Oceania to Europe, through the continents of Asia and Africa.

Crossing of the Pacific Ocean from the Americas to Oceania

Crossing the Atlantic Ocean from the Caribbean to Europe via the Americas

Deciding on a route to cross the ocean is a very personal choice

Choosing a route across an ocean can be highly personal. Sometimes you need to give sway to dreams and fantasies, visiting far-flung destinations that are lodged in your heart, perhaps inspired by a magazine article or a story you once heard. Sometimes the beaten path is the way to go: following a rally, or the season, to points known. But sometimes you sail a route you never intended to take at all.

It doesn’t matter why you chose this holiday, it doesn’t matter when you arrive! It is enough to set the goal, to cross that ocean that seems infinite, indomitable, but full of emotions to be collected to enrich our life forever. Only an extraordinary man reaches her.

The relationship with an absolute nature, a completely new dimension, the return to a life made of essentiality and inner freedom.

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Choose the route for your ocean crossing

Crossing the Atlantic Ocean from Europe to the Caribbean via the African continent

The best time to cross the Atlantic to the Caribbean or South America is between November and February. Mid Atlantic trade winds – easterly winds that travel continuously from east to west – are stable and are (usually) unaffected by hurricanes at this time of year. Sailors use these trade winds as a rapid, entering them from Cape Verde and literally riding them all the way to the Caribbean.

While most boat hikers get on a boat in the Canaries, the boat itself will most likely have begun its journey further away. Many cruisers depart from Scandinavia, Germany, the United Kingdom or France, but due to the relatively short offshore distances, they do not require crew until the full ocean crossing.

A great way to get some offshore experience is to find a boat for the Europe / mainland Africa route to the Canary Islands. The boat you find for this may not want the crew to cross the Atlantic or may not even cross at all – but they may be happy to take you the few hundred miles to the Canaries – all good experiences on your sailing CV!

Southern Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar and Morocco are all common places for boat hikers to the Canaries. This has the added benefit of getting a reference from that boat’s skipper, for your Atlantic crossing search.

Length of the trip

The length of an Atlantic crossing is completely dependent on the boat and the weather. Generally speaking, the larger the boat, the faster the passage as larger boats go faster.

Most medium cruisers crossing the Atlantic will be on boats between 34 and 60 feet with journey times between 16 and 30 days in good weather. If a storm comes and the boat has to go around it or it becomes calm, the trip lengthens – if the wind is particularly strong, it could be a hair-raising trip but faster than usual.

Basically, you could easily watch three weeks to a month at sea. You must be prepared for this and accept that delays may occur.

The arrive

The destination depends on the skipper and you need to make sure you know where they are going before accepting boarding. Sailors land throughout the Caribbean and South America. The first thing that happens upon arrival is a celebratory drink or customs, depending on your arrival time!

Crossing the Atlantic Ocean from the Caribbean to Europe via the Americas

Crossing the Pacific Ocean on a sailboat is a milestone that no one can take away from you.  It is truly an adventure of epic proportions.  Long night watches, endless thrills, epic sightings and fixing yet another broken thing … it’s no easy feat!  But anyone with a little preparation and a little know-how can leave themselves a margin of escape.

The official window for departures from Panama runs from February to June, the trade winds tend to stabilize and strengthen as the year progresses.  That’s 9,000 nautical miles before they are pushed out of the cyclone belt at the western end of the Pacific.

There are countless permutations of a passage to the west, but the route nicknamed “Milk Run” is the most popular.  Regardless of your Western Pacific plan, this route passes through the Galápagos, Marquesas, Tuamotus, and Society Islands (Tahiti).

 The 3,000-mile passage from the Galápagos to the Marquesas will likely be the longest of your sailing career.

Whatever your plan from here, through a combination of wind and will, you made it.  You, your crew and your beautiful ship have crossed the most powerful body of water on Earth.  You have immersed yourself in millions of square miles of salty solitude and self-reliance.  You have absorbed the exotic cultures of Central Americans, Polynesians, Micronesians and Melanesians.  And now, as only an experienced sailor can do, you really understand why they call it the Big Blue

Crossing of the Pacific Ocean from the Americas to Oceania

Cruising and sailing in the Indian Ocean is a wonderful experience with all those beautiful Indian Ocean islands and atolls, many of which are remote and seldom visited.

The Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world’s oceanic divisions, covering about 20% of the water on the Earth’s surface. It is bounded on the north by Asia (including the Indian subcontinent, after which it is named); on the west by Africa; on the east by Indochina, the Sunda Islands, and Australia; and on the south by the Southern Ocean (or, traditionally, by Antarctica).

One component of the all-encompassing World Ocean, the Indian Ocean is delineated from the Atlantic Ocean by the 20° east meridian running south from Cape Agulhas, and from the Pacific by the 147° east meridian. The northernmost extent of the Indian Ocean is approximately 30° north in the Persian Gulf and, thus, has asymmetric ocean circulation. This ocean is nearly 10,000 kilometres (6,200 mi) wide at the southern tips of Africa and Australia; its area is 73,556,000 square kilometres (32.1 mi), including the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf. The ocean’s volume is estimated to be 292,131,000 cubic kilometers (70,086,000 mi³). Small islands dot the continental rims. Island nations within the ocean are Madagascar (formerly Malagasy Republic), the world’s fourth largest island; ComorosSeychellesMaldivesMauritius; and Sri LankaIndonesia borders it on the east. The ocean’s importance as a transit route between Asia and Africa has made it a scene of conflict. Because of its size, however, no nation had successfully dominated most of it until the early 1800s when the United Kingdom controlled much of the surrounding land. After the decline of the British Empire, the ocean has since been dominated by India and Australia.

In the new year yachts from all over the world gather in Australia or Phuket, Thailand, for the last stages of their circumnavigation.  For Northern European yachts, there are two options for returning to their home countries.

The first is to sail across the Indian Ocean and round the Cape of Good Hope before going up the Atlantic (18 months) .  The second is to sail around India and then head to the Red Sea, across the Mediterranean and then Europe (4/5 months).

Crossing of the Indian Ocean from Oceania to Europe, through the continents of Asia and Africa.

By early summer the peak Caribbean season is coming to a close, ushered out by a fusillade of big regattas. Then, with summer returning to the northern latitudes, crews begin the return leg of their migration back home.

The return crossing to Europe or the east coast of the United States is just as important, in some ways even more so.  The road home can be more challenging, but it’s also varied and planning it should ideally shape your travel arrangements.

The travel plan to head north across the ocean, from the BVI to Bermuda (or south, from Portsmouth, Virginia), then east to the Azores, before choosing the final stage of their voyage: an island through the Azores and an 850 mile trip to Portugal with the rest of the rally, or splitting into other parts of Europe.

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