Every participant will receive the up to date Interactive Crossing Guide with more than 100 pages of useful and vital information and links for this journey. You will find information of marinas, services, sponsors and much more. Here you can find also lots of discounts of companies and needed services.
Carlota, local of Gran Canaria, will help you to complete your grab bag and first aid kit with all the things you are missing. This will be arranged in the first aid kit seminar.
In Viking Explorers our priority, like yours, is safety. That's why we offer a Safety Seminar by Oliver Solanas Heinrichs, who was safety officer for other transatlantic rallies and has crossed the Atlantic several times. Every skipper is responsible for the safety of their boat and crew - no compulsary equipment checks and the organization takes no responsibility in any matters.
Do you have kids and need time to prepare the boat? Viking Explorers has a service of babysitting, a girl with the University degree of Early Childhood Education who will plan activities during the day for the kids, so you have time to prepare everything while they are having a great time. She can also teach safety basics onboard as she has been living on boats for years.
PARTIES AND ACTIVIES
Who doesn't like parties? During the event, there will be several parties in the three islands (Gran Canaria, Mindelo and Grenada) including the Welcome Party in Mindelo and in Grenada. So get to meet the other Viking Explorers and be part of our big family.
We maintain a database of safety and identification info on all registered boats which is a great benefit to search and rescue organizations in the event of an emergency. We use Predictwind for tracking and weather monitoring.
During the route, from Canary Islands to Mindelo and then from Mindelo to Grenada, the team will follow up and contact the participants through the satellite devices if needed. Having a team on shore, we will constantly monitor the boats. The use of a satellite device is optional, but necessary for our tracking and all monitoring. Participants, will receive an email from the Rally Control, where they can contact us at all times. We will also post all the info on our official facebook page and group. We will do a live broadcast every few days so at all times family and friends will be informed.
MORNING BROADCAST? Being connected
The Viking Explorers excluisve WhatsApp Group for participants is a great way to be connected 24/7. Every morning at 0900 we will send an info message and "what´s on" to all participants in Las Palmas. But not only there. This group will be active until the 1st of June, the official start of the hurricane e season. So once you get to the Caribbean, you can still be connected with everyone for many months. The best way to get up to date information of the Viking Explorers family cruising the Caribbean.
The important skippers briefing will be performed just a few days before departure. The organisation TOGETHER with the captains will decide if the weather and conditions are appropriate for a safe departure. In the last years the departure has been delayed for a day or two. The Fleet decides!!
BENEFITS FROM PARTNERS
The Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) is the National Tourism Organisation of Grenada, responsible for the development of the tourism sector of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique through destination management and marketing. They are our Official Arrival Hosts and will give you a warm welcome to this beautiful island located in the hurricane safe southern part of the Caribbean.
Located in the beautiful Lagoon just outside St. George’s, the capital, Port Louis Marina provides the perfect base from which to sail the unspoilt Caribbean Paradise of Grenada and the Grenadines. They offer to our participants 1 night for free in the marina (electricity and water not included), 15% discount up to 10days berthing, Free WiFi and garbage disposal. You can also enjoy all the facilities like the swimming pool. Customs and Immigration is located inside the marina. The majority of yacht refit, repair and maintenance services are available at Port Louis Marina.
First founded in 1782 as a construction shipyard, the Camper & Nicholsons name became synonymous with expertise, market knowledge, design & build excellence and effortless performance, characteristics that are still echoed in the company’s core values today.
Marina Mindelo, founded in 2005, is the official host for the stopover. They will organise a welcome party and will offer 20% discount in berthing.
Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson Ltd, the main nautical publisher company formed in 1904, will provide each boat with a B32 chart Carriacou to Grenada.
The Canary Islands deserved to be discovered, that's why if you join Viking Explorers, you will have the support from the authors of this unique guide publish by Imray. The perfect opportunity to visit all these marvelous islands before heading to Gran Canaria for the last preparations before the crossing. Have a free look inside here
Predictwind is the World Leader in Wind Forecasting. Ocean Racing & Americas Cup proven, highest resolution wind & marine forecasts on the web. It is our official tracking and weather monitoring company. Offers 20% rebate on their PW subscription new or existing on the Standard or Professional version for 1 year or 3 months.
They also promote the Iridium GO Marine Package for a very good price.
Joan Conover, with over 20+years experience and more than 30.ooo miles has been the coordinator for SSCA's Cruising Station (CS), over the past seven years. She will offer a webinar on communications.
Lee participated at the Viking Explorers 2020, and will give you a seminar about "very basic"astro navigation"and downwind sailing experience with the Viking Explorers".
He's a Yachtmaster Instructor Ocean and has been sailing for 25 years.
Hydrovane is both: a Self Steering Windvane System and an Emergency Rudder/ Steering System. Hydrovane will be your best crew member! Visit their website for more info.
8islas founded in 2013 is the Bluewater Sailing Platform that helps sailors on the Canary Islands. It represents several Cruising Associations and helps sailors to discover these beautiful Islands. Due to a tight collaboration with Imray, we offer here up to 25% discounts to sailors here
Viking Explorers has the support of the Ocean Cruising Club in England. With this event you will qualify for being member of the prestigious Ocean Cruising Club. We will issue to all participants a "Trans Oceanic Diploma".
Puerto Tazacorte is the last and peaceful European marina located on the west coast of La Palma.
Come to discover Tazacorte, the place with more solar hours in Europe and enjoy the wonderful views and the sunsets. Contact them to know what discount they offer to Viking Explorers participants.
Nowadays, one of the biggest challenges to study cetaceans is to get their occurrence data especially in high seas. And that's exactly where thousands of sailboats are travelling: around the world's oceans at any single moment. How many of them are seeing whales and dolphins on their way? Sail & Whale is a project which intends to get long term useful cetacean data in collaboration with sailors, citizens and scientists.
Horizon Yachts Grenada is the first choice for sailors in the Southern Caribbean. James Pascall will do a briefing about sailing in this tri-island state of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Visit www.horizonyachtsgrenada.com
Naturbrush is the first Spanish brand of biodegradable toothbrushes. They have a good range of eco products and will provide Viking Explorers participants with some nice products. Visit www.natur-brush.com
Bambaw, founded in 2015 by the twin brothers Max and Augustin, offers zero waste products for a better future. Their mission is to rethink the way we consume and offer durable alternatives to wasteful products, which they call zero-waste swaps. They will provide a range of products to Viking Explorers participants.
Visit www.bambaw.com to discover more about them!
Doyle Guides offers 35% discount to Viking Explorers participants (from 36,95 USD to 24 USD).
Also to celebrate the 20th edition of the guide (that’s 40 years of writing!) they’re giving away a FREE sample chapter from the newest edition, which will be available in November. Visit their website to download a free PDF of the Grenada chapter. Visit www.doyleguides.com
Did you know the average household throws 1 in 4 produce items into the trash? Imagine the positive effect we would have on honey bees if we took good care of the fresh food they supply us with. Abeego was founded in 2008 by Toni Desrosiers. Our participants of the friendly rally across the Atlantic will have the opportunity to try their products and #KeepFoodAlive. Don’t forget to visit their website and discover more about them.
Babu brand was created because they believe that they can and should create new solutions to our current needs. The products we use every day, even seemingly insignificant ones, have a huge impact when used on a large scale, such as disposable plastic items. All the products that they will give to Viking Explorers will help them to become more eco friendly. Check their website and discover which three strands they dedicate part of their revenues.
Did you know that the average family uses 24 rolls of plastic wrap per year? SuperBee Wax Wraps was founded in 2016 by australian-born, Antoinette Jackson. They are based in the picturesque mountains of Northern Thailand and the team is made up of mostly women from local villages. They will supply Viking Explorers with products to improve their galleys with zero waste. Check their website and learn more about them.