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Transatlantic sailing Canada to Europe
Every sailing adventure on board an historic tall ship is special, but transatlantic sailing from Canada to Europe while racing is an exceptionally fun and exhilarating one. Spend 30 days racing other tall ships in the Rendezvous 2017 Tall Ship Regatta as you put in a huge effort for your crew and vessel. There’s so much to learn and experience when you’re under sail during the voyage, and Transatlantic sailing is a dream come true for many amateur sailors.
- Race other tall ships across the Atlantic Ocean
- Improve your sailing skills over the course of 30 days at sea
- Receive updates twice a day about the location of the other contestants
- Sail an historic vessel that’s registered as a monument with the Dutch Ministry of Culture
Being at sea is never boring, and being at sea during a Transatlantic sailing race is always exciting. Each member of the crew will be divided into shifts for the watch and all sailing tasks will be discussed and assigned based on skill and comfort. You’ll stay busy manoeuvring, trimming sails, navigating, and steering.
Half the fun is trying to figure out and anticipate what your competitors are doing. Why are they more south than you? Is the current stronger there? Or maybe north has better wind? It’s the crew with consistently good tactics that wins the race. At many points you’ll be the only vessel around and the solitude and scenery is unbelievable.
Your vessel is a three-masted topsail schooner that was built in 1918. It’s been through many incarnations and is now the only remaining vessel of a once large fleet of topsail schooners that sailed under the Dutch flag. There aren’t many ports she hasn’t been to and she’s the perfect ship to take the win at the regatta.
There’s a professional crew of seven that will show you everything you need to know in order to be a productive member of the team. No previous sailing experience is required. The crew keeps it safe, fun, and educational.
This is an adventure that’s all about teamwork and growing together. Though you’ll spend a lot of time focused on winning and a lot of effort and energy to keep your vessel sailing smoothly, it’s not until you arrive that you realize the best part of all: it’s the journey itself that you’ll carry with you always. Win or lose, you’ll always have these 30 days – and that is truly priceless.
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The Rendezvous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta ends with a Transatlantic race From Halifax, Canada to Europe. The French town Le Havre is the finish port.
The watches will be divided and the tasks will be discussed and appointed. Sailing at sea, especially during a race, is never boring. We are continuously busy with trimming the sails, manoeuvring, steering and navigating. Of course we have to keep a close eye on our other competitors. What are they doing? Do we need to get more south? Is the current stronger there? Or will we go north for better wind? The one with the best tactic could win.
Especially at the start we will see lots of other Tall Ships under sail. But after a few days we will lose sight of most. Twice a day we are updated by the ships radio about the positions of all the contestants.
We gather all this information, work hard and almost without noticing we are growing as a team. We will do everything it takes to win! In the end, when we arrive in Le Havre, we realise it is not about the destination but about the journey. If we finish first or last, no one will take this experience from us.
This description is meant to give you an impression of how a voyage could look like. Depending on wind and weather conditions the travel plan could be altered, however we always try to sail as much as possible.
SAILING AT SEA
Sailing with a large and genuine sailing ship is a very special experience. Account has to be taken of the vagaries of weather at all times. Conditions at sea are never constant. This can mean change of plans underway. For longer crossings the vessel sails on through the nights, with crew members standing watch. You will be assigned together with the crew to sail, steer and navigate the ship. Sailing experience is not required for this. The crew will be happy to explain the function of all the ropes, halyards and sheets to you. Our experience has been that most persons on board want to participate actively in sailing the vessel.
LIFE ON BOARD
The boat has become a favourite of sea and nature fans. People do not sail with her for a luxury cruise. The main feature is always active and direct exposure to the sea and sailing, the region being travelled and its fauna. The ship is nevertheless furnished comfortably and supplied with all modern conveniences. All cabins are fitted with a washbasin with hot and cold running water. Showers are communal. In the spacious and stylishly appointed salon there are reading tables, seating areas and a piano. The floor heating and wood-burning stove ensure an agreeable temperature inside. In the salon the captain or first mate will inform you on the progress of the voyage and the weather on a daily basis. The library offers books on the area being travelled, the flora and fauna and other ships. General literature is also available, as are a number of DVD’s and magazines. Life on board is enhanced by the good meals prepared by our professional chef.
EQUIPMENT AND SAFETY
The boat is equipped to sail worldwide. For this purpose the vessel holds all the safety certificates required by Dutch law. The qualified and experienced crew of at least 7 persons also contributes to ensuring safe passage. Each sailing area requires special preparations because there are no facilities along the way to repair something or to procure parts. We usually have to manage with whatever is onboard.
We are able to produce drinking water from seawater using a filter system. Food is stored aboard immediately prior to departure. Some 15,000 litre of diesel oil will also be bunkered for the heating, for the generators for electrical power supply and for the main engine. There are two rubber dinghies onboard with outboard motor and a wooden sloop for transport to the shore. In the interests of safety there are safety vests and life rafts,
fire detection and fire extinction installations, a very extensive medicine cabinet, Epirb, radar transponder, etc. For navigation and communications purposes the boat is equipped with a radar set, two com- passes, satellite navigation system, an echo sounder, a sextant, an SSB radio, an Inmarsat-C-fax terminal, 4 marine telephones, etc.
The crewmembers are highly experienced ocean going sailors, which often sail with this boat. The crew holds all the required certificates and diplomas and is qualified to sail worldwide. On thematic voyages in special areas, the crew is supplemented by (nature) guides. These guides are especially selected based on their broad knowledge of plants, birds, sea life and/or history of the area. The atmosphere onboard is informal.
The vessel is insured for possible legal liability caused during your stay onboard. However, the trip operator does not cover any damage sustained on your transfer to and from the ship or during trips ashore. Of course you have health insurance. Most of the time your insurance will not cover the costs to repatriate you in case of illness or accidents abroad. For both reasons you at least need a travel insurance, possibly in combination with a cancellation insurance. For inhabitants of the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg and Germany we are able to arrange these insurances.
MONEY DURING A VOYAGE
Before your departure the shipping company will send you an invoice for your stay and the meals during your stay onboard. The consumptions will have to be paid onboard in cash at the end of the voyage.
MEALS ON BOARD
Our experienced cook will prepare three well-balanced meals a day. In between meals snacks will be served. Coffee, tea and milk are included in the price. Other drinks will be charged at normal bar prices at the end of the journey.
Dates & Rates
Embarkation: Saturday 29 July 2017, 5PM, Halifax, Canada
Disembarkation: Friday 1 September 2017, 9AM, Le Havre, France
Price two person cabin: 3,910 EUR / 4,220 USD per person
Price four person cabin: 3,230 EUR / 3,570 USD per person
WHAT IS INCLUDED: three meals per day, snacks, coffee, tea, milk and water
This fantastic three-masted topsail schooner is the last remaining representative of the large fleet of schooners that sailed under the Dutch flag at the beginning of the 20th century. As the largest restored Dutch sailing ship she is a monument for Dutch shipbuilding and maritime navigation under sail and we love the brilliant voyages she undertakes that you can join, with no previous sailing experience, as voyage crew.
Sailing with a large and genuine sailing ship like this is a very special experience. You join the crew sailing, steering and navigating the ship. Sailing experience is not required for this as the professional crew explains everything you need to know!
Adventure seekers joining this amazing vessel do not sail with her for a luxury cruise. It’s an informal feeling on board and the main point of a voyage is to have a hands-on, active experience and exposure to the sea and sailing as well as the regions you travel between. That said, the ship is furnished comfortably and supplied with all modern conveniences. Think ‘active days & comfortable nights!’
All the cabins are fitted with a washbasin with hot and cold running water and the showers are communal. In the spacious and stylishly appointed salon there are reading tables, seating areas and a piano.
The floor heating and wood-burning stove ensure a cozy temperature inside. In the salon the captain or first mate will inform you on the progress of the voyage and the weather on a daily basis. The library offers books on the area being travelled, the flora and fauna and other ships. General literature is also available, as are a number of DVD’s and magazines.
Life on board is made even better by delicious meals prepared by a professional chef to fuel you up for a day’s sailing.
The vessel holds all the safety certificates required by Dutch law. The qualified and experienced crew of at least 7 people also contributes to ensuring safe passage. On some voyages the crew is supplemented by (nature) guides.
These guides are especially selected based on their broad knowledge of plants, birds, sea life and/or history of the area.
Transatlantic sailing Canada to Europe
- Trip Code: AWA367
- Dates: 29 July – 1 Sept 2017
- Price: from 3,230 EUR
- Depart: Halifax, Canada
- Arrive: Le Havre, France
- Length: 30 days
- Adventure: Transatlantic sailing Canada to Europe: Sail on board a historic sailing ship as you race across the Atlantic