Have you ever dreamt about sailing across the Atlantic Ocean?
Sailing across the Atlantic Ocean is a feat reserved for the boldest of travellers seeking the ultimate adventure. For those yearning to experience life on a traditional sailing boat and immerse themselves in the wonders of the natural world, a hands-on, ocean-going sailing adventure could offer the perfect opportunity.
In this blog post, we will talk about the unique experience of sailing the Atlantic Ocean and the profound connection it gives us to the natural world.
A Voyage of Hands-On Adventure
From the traditionally rigged to the classic modern yacht, every Autumn a handful of our fleet make the journey across the Atlantic to spend their winter season in the sunshine islands of the Caribbean. While prior experience on the water is recommended, our professional and experienced crews are on hand to quite literally, show you the ropes. As a guest, you become an integral part of the crew, actively participating in hoisting sails, taking the helm, and engaging in all aspects of sailing a boat. The rhythmic motion of the ship’s hull, the vast expanse of the sea, and the gentle creaking of the rigging create a relaxing and adventurous experience.
Sailing by the Stars
As we leave land in the distant horizon, the night reveals the clearest of skies, untouched by man-made light pollution. This unique experience allows guests to watch a celestial spectacle that city-dwellers seldom experience and practice their hand at plotting and navigating the route by the stars. While all our vessels are fitted with modern GPS equipment, there are opportunities to partake in celestial navigation, an age-old skill that utilises the stars to plot positions and guide routes. Embracing this ancestral practice connects us with our rich maritime history and instills a sense of awe and wonder. Cornish lugger Grayhound is particularly interested in maintaining this age-old knowledge and is aiming to cross the whole Atlantic using celestial navigation for as much of the journey as possible!
Connection to the Natural World
Sailing across the Atlantic Ocean gives guests a unique opportunity to connect with the ever-changing beauty of the natural world. Surrounded by the vastness of the ocean, finding solace and tranquility, away from the demands of the modern world. Our offshore sailing holidays offer the chance to unplug and reconnect with yourself and the environment. Bask in the wonders of the inky night sky, work together to hoist the sails and harness the power of the wind as you watch for whales, dolphins and flying fish on the horizon. This ocean-going escape from the daily grind rejuvenates the soul and nourishes the spirit with the healing power of vitamin-Sea.
Embracing the Elements
We can’t guarantee sunshine but we can guarantee variety! An ocean-going adventure will offer the full spectrum of the elements. From oily seas and gentle breeze, to wave-breaking trade winds filling the sails and propelling you along the waves. Our crews are adept in manoeuvres through wind, rain, and sun, using weather radar technology to chart the safest and most efficient route. Each day brings new surprises, allowing guests to develop resilience, adaptability, and a deep appreciation for the natural world and its elements. All our offshore sailing voyages allow for buffer days to adjust the itinerary to suit the weather as needed.
Sailing across the Atlantic Ocean
Taking part in an offshore sailing adventure across the Atlantic Ocean is a truly transformative experience that you will never forget. It’s that bucket list experience that combines the thrill of adventure, sustainable travel, celestial navigation, and a profound connection to the natural world. As you immerse yourself in this unique sailing journey, you will make lasting memories, gain newfound skills, and develop a deep appreciation for the vastness and majesty of our oceans. So hoist the sails, chart your course, and set off on an extraordinary voyage reminiscent of the pirates of the Caribbean, guided by the winds and the stars.
What boats can take me across the Atlantic?
If you’re looking for a traditionally rigged vessel where you become part of the crew, letting the stars guide your route, Cornish lugger Grayhound or historic brigantine Florette are the boats for you! Eye of the Wind has been making the crossing for many years so she fills up really quickly so if you’re interested in going on the waiting list for next year, give us a call in the office!
If you want a little more comfort and luxury, our modern classics Chronos and Rhea sail every Autumn from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean. They offer a modern winch system and en-suite cabins but you’re still very much included in running all aspects of the boat.
Any questions? Feel free to get in touch with our friendly team, who are on hand to answer all your questions, big or small, about our mile building adventures. You can contact the office by phone on +44(0)1872 487288, or drop us an email at [email protected]. We look forward to welcoming you on board!