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6,650 NM South-and North Atlantic passage

15 October - 17 November 2017,Cape Town, St. Helena, (Fernando do Noronha), Natal (Brasil), 34 Days (5,100 euro)
20 November - 17 December 2017, Natal (Brasil), St Vincent & Grenadines, Dominica, St Martin, 27 days (4,050 euro)
Discount available for 2 persons and more. Contact the operator.

This voyage is a once in a lifetime opportunity. During the first leg you sail aboard S/Y CrossRoads, our 50 ft BOC Racer from Cape Town, South Africa, via St. Helena to Natal (Brazil). The second leg is from Natal via St Vincent and the Grenadines (Island Union) and the beautiful island Dominica to St Martin.
Both voyages offer a full practical for Yachtmaster Offshore and Yachtmaster Ocean. Additionally, it will prove to be an exciting travel adventure that emphasizes blue-water sailing skills development and cultural exploration. The sail can be extremely pleasant as the wind will be off the starboard quarter once the SE and NE trades are encountered.

15 October - 17 November 2017, Saldanha, South Africa to Natal, Brazil, 34 days (5,100 euro)

Cape Town

You arrive at the 15th of October at Cape Town airport, South Africa, where we will pick you up. Cape Town is on the shore of Table Bay. The city was first developed by the Dutch East India Company as a victualling (supply) station for Dutch ships sailing to East Africa, India, and the Far East. Jan van Riebeeck's arrival on 6 April 1652 established the first permanent European settlement in South Africa. Cape Town quickly outgrew its original purpose as the first European outpost at the Castle of Good Hope, becoming the economic and cultural hub of the Cape Colony. Until the Witwatersrand Gold Rush and the development of Johannesburg, Cape Town was the largest city in South Africa.
If time permits, pending upon your date of arrival, we will organize a city-tour before departing from Saldanha Bay.

Saldanha Bay
Saldanha Bay, 150 kilometres north of Cape Town, is known for its contrasts and natural beauty. It lies between the Berg River mouth in the north and the West Coast National Park (Langebaan) in the south. It stretches inland to Hopefield with the Berg River in the northeast. There are numerous small fishing villages, holiday resorts and seaside towns. This region is known for its scenic beauty and abundant sea life. In the Bay we will have our familiarization and introduction sailing/training with the Crossroads before departure. This will take all together 4 days.

On arrival day we shake of the jet-lag and examine the yacht that is moored at Yachtport Marina in Saldanha. We will make our-self known with sail- and rope handling, the deck layout and the MaxSea navigation software. We translate the weather forecasts in the route-planning and discuss the watch system, the household tasks and the safety procedures.
Also we will have lots of fun and a welcome dinner at the Slipway Restaurant in Saldanha. Dinner and the first 2 bottles of wine are on the house.

The next 2 days we go out for training and learn how to manoeuvre the yacht under sail. Also we start with watch keeping that will continue through the following two nights and days. Knowing the yacht, having an appropriate biorhythm that fits with the high seas and being familiar with the yacht is a number one safety-procedure which cannot be ignored. Changing land for a long period on the seas is switching your biorhythm.  

On day number 4 (the 18th of October) we will check out at customs and immigration and leave in the morning.

St Helena

The first stop-over after 1,850 NM or about 12 days is St. Helena. ETA  will be the 30th of October. We will re-provision, stretch our legs and visit the island. Our stay will be 3 nights.

Natal (Fernando do Noronha)

We will depart on the 2nd of November for Natal in Brasil, a passage of 2,200 NM that will take 15 days. ETA will be expected around 17th of November 2017.
Note: When our passage is blessed with a weather and wind pattern that will allow a very fast passage, we will stop at the island Fernando do Noronha, 300 NM from Natal.  

Natal, in Portuguese this means ‘Christmas’, is the capital and largest city of the state Rio Grande do Norte, located in north eastern Brazil. According to IBGE's July 2014 report, the city had a total population of 862,044, while Greater Natal had 1,485,505 inhabitants.
The implementation of the Via Costeira (Coastal Highway), 10 km Long Avenue along the shore and the dunes, was the true starting point for the beginning of tourist activity in the State in the 1980s. The main hotels are concentrated along Via Costeira. Natal is famous for its natural beauty (such as the crystalline waters of Maracajaú and the largest cashew tree in the world), for its historical monuments and buildings (e.g. Forte dos Reis Magos, the Alberto Maranhão Theatre and Newton Navarro Bridge), for its beaches (such as Ponta Negra, Pipa and Genipabu) and also for its off-season carnival, the Carnatal. The city also boasts the second largest urban park in Brazil, the Natal Dunes State Park.

Note 1: The yacht will leave a few days later. For those who wish to make use of its accommodation for these remaining days are free to do so, as long as costs of food and drinks will be met.
Note 2: Your skippers lived for a year in Natal and are happy to show you around.

20 November - 17 December 2017, Natal, Brazil to St Martin, Caribbean, 27 days (4,050 euro)

The second leg of this epic voyage starts on the 20th of November from Natal (Brasil). On arrival day (20 November) we shake of the jet-lag and examine the yacht that is anchored in front of the Natal Yacht Club. We will make our-self known with sail- and rope handling, the deck layout and the MaxSea navigation software. We translate the weather forecasts in the route-planning and discuss the watch system, the household tasks and the safety procedures.
Also we will have lots of fun and a welcome dinner at the Yacht Club, which is known for its very good food. Dinner and the first 2 bottles of wine are on the house.

The next 2 days we go out for training and learn how to manoeuvre the yacht under sail. Also we start with watch keeping that will continue through the following two nights and days. Knowing the yacht, having an appropriate biorhythm that fits with the high seas and being familiar with the yacht is a number one safety-procedure which cannot be ignored. Changing land for a long period on the seas is switching your biorhythm.  

On day number 4 (the 23rd of November) we will check out at customs and immigration and leave in the morning.

The first stop-over is St Vincent and the Grenadines. Then we stop at Dominica before reaching our final destination St Martin.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

The first stop-over is at the beautiful archipelago St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) after 2,300 NM or about 16 days on the 8th of December. SVG lies in the southern portion of the Windward Islands. Its 389 km2 territory consists of the main island of Saint Vincent and the northern two-thirds of the Grenadines, which are a chain of smaller islands stretching south from Saint Vincent Island to Grenada. To the north of Saint Vincent lies Saint Lucia, to the east Barbados. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a densely populated country with approximately 102,000 inhabitants. Its capital is Kingstown, also its main port. Saint Vincent has a French and British colonial history. SVG is a tropical paradise for yachting, scuba diving, enjoying nature.

A small secret: we have reserved a beautiful anchorage at the charming Union Island, one of the undiscovered treasures of St. Vincent & The Grenadines. Unsophisticated, relaxed and friendly, Union is still off the beaten track. Union is a paradise for yachting enthusiasts, scuba divers, hikers and sun worshipers. We will stay-over for 2 nights.

Dominica

On the 11th of December we leave for Dominica, 120 NM from SVG. Dominica is one of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles archipelago, sandwiched between two better-known French-influenced neighbours, Guadeloupe and Martinique. Just 29 miles long and 16 miles wide, Dominica richly deserves its moniker ‘The Nature Island’. It boasts dozens of waterfalls, a mountainous interior, cloud forest, coastal woodland and nine active volcanoes.
The Boiling Lake trail is one of several well-kept paths, often with breath-taking views, that criss-cross the island. The four-hour walk to the lake and the same amount of hours back will turn your legs to jelly and test your stamina. We expect to arrive on the 12th of December and will stay for 2 nights till the 14th of December.

St Martin

We arrive at St Martin, after 220 NM, on the 16th of December. St Martin has a land area of 87 km2 of which 53 km2 is under the sovereignty of France, and 34 km2 is former ‘Dutch’. That will say independent from the Netherlands but still attached to the Kingdom.
The main cities are Philipsburg (Dutch side) and Marigot (French side). The Dutch side is more populated. The island is located south of Anguilla, separated from the British territory by the Anguilla Channel. Saint Martin is northwest of Saint Barthélemy, separated from the French territory by the Saint-Barthélemy Channel.
St. Martin's ‘Dutch’ side is known for its festive nightlife, beaches, jewellery, drinks made with native rum-based guavaberry liquors, and casinos. The island's French side is known for its nude beaches, clothes, shopping (including outdoor markets), and French and Indian Caribbean cuisine. English is the most commonly spoken language along with a local dialect.

It is in St. Martin, after arrival next day on the 17th of December, your epic journey will end. You can leave the yacht and spend your remaining days, if any, before departure filled with sunshine, velvet soft nights and exploring the panoramas of our colourful scenery dominated by flaming bright red, orange and yellow flamboyant trees. Savour the culture of fine dining or the adventure of exquisite local cuisine from a barbeque grill at the Lolos in Marigot and Grand Case - where succulent fried fish, lobster and the blends of local seasoning offer you a new taste adventure.

Note: the yacht will leave a few days later. For those who wish to make use of its accommodation for these remaining days are free to do so, as long as costs of food and drinks will be met.