A chance to join a crew of 10 to embark on a sail adventure mainland to mainland transatlantic from New York City, USA to Lorient in France
In June 2024, an ocean adventure awaits those with a passion for the open sea. Aboard a fantastic Challenge 67s, a 21-meter crewed monohull, adventure seekers have the unique opportunity to sail across the Atlantic Ocean and actively participate in the journey of a lifetime. Departing from the iconic city of New York in the United States, the destination is set for the picturesque Lorient in Southern Brittany, promising a transatlantic voyage filled with challenges and rewards.
The first stage of this transatlantic journey from West to East will set sail for St. Pierre & Miquelon, a French archipelago at the end of the world. The length of the stopover will vary. Short if the window is good to reach Lorient, a little longer if a stand by is necessary to reach Brittany with better sailing conditions.
860 nautical miles separate New York from St. Pierre & Miquelon, on a direct route. We allow 5 to 6 days for this first stage but it may be faster, or slower, depending on the weather conditions encountered. From St. Pierre & Miquelon to Lorient, 2150 nautical miles are to be covered by direct route, or around fifteen days of navigation. The route is projected to be a balance of upwind and downwind segments, with the intricacies of weather conditions guided by a professional router ashore. However, the true heartbeat of the journey lies within the hands of the crew, who play an integral role in making the boat sail.
As a crew member, participants are fully immersed in the offshore sailing experience. Engaging in sailing watches for about 8 hours within a 24-hour cycle and stewardship duties, such as cooking and washing up, individuals must be prepared to face the elements—be it adverse weather, cold, humidity, or heat. The transatlantic crossing demands psychological readiness, as each member contributes to the rhythm and success of the journey.
The professional crew leading this oceanic expedition comprises two seasoned sailors with Merchant Navy and Youth & Sport qualifications. Their primary responsibilities include supervising the ten-member crew and ensuring the safety of the vessel. This committed crossing emphasizes active participation, with every crew member playing a vital role in running the yacht—no mere cruise, but an immersive experience.
The Challenge 67s, purposely void of pilots or furlers, embody the essence of ocean sailing. Built for the BT Global Challenge, a crewed round-the-world race against prevailing winds, these vessels are rigged as cutters, featuring a staysail, Yankee 1/2/3, large genoa, and asymmetric spinnaker in their wardrobe.
Communication on board is reserved exclusively for the safety of the crew. Satellite telephone (Iridium) and email communications are not provided, emphasizing the isolation of the open sea. As participants approach the coast, the use of personal mobile phones allows for reassurance to loved ones, but before embarking on this extraordinary journey, crew members must communicate the temporary unavailability until the completion of their transatlantic crossing.
There are some additional practical requirements including a French sailing license which can be organised with the operator.
This voyage goes both ways!
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Why you'll love this adventure
- Sail transatlantic on board a fantastic 67ft challenge yacht
- Learn new skills and make friends for life
- An incredible route to France!
3 June 2024
27 June 2024
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Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, consumables, diesel)
Dates: from 3rd to 27th of June 2024
Duration: +/- 25 days
Embarkation : New York in the United States
Marina: One°15 Brooklyn Marina
Disembarkation: Lorient La Base in Brittany
Boat: Whirlwind – Challenge 67
Price: 6200 euros per crew member, including full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, consumables, diesel)
Licence: FFVoile and medical certificate required.
You can take out your licence with the operator – request details.
For those who wish, we can issue you with a yachting booklet to validate your experience.
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This brilliant French sailing school welcomes solo travellers and private groups on it's sail training ocean voyages and cruising adventures on board its crewed 21-meter monohulls and Volvo 60. Their large cruising racing yachts have a track record acquired in the 90s with the crewed round-the-world race, the BT Global Challenge, as well as Volvo Ocean Race. Whether you're looking for a single berth in a race entry for RORC Transatlantic Race or ARC transatlantic or for some coastal cruising or racing they'll have a salty adventure with your name on it.
Sail Transatlantic New York City USA to Lorient, France
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