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.
This interactive crossing Guide is being updated every year to give you the best and most accurate information for the journey.
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.
Even there is no compulsory equipment, a liferaft, EPIRB, sat coms and trained crews are essential.
We will have one week of interesting seminars, webinars and lectures from experienced sailors. The main ones are Safety, Communication, Provisioning and First aid kit. Last year we introduced “Tips & Tricks for the Caribbean” that was really useful for the sailors. According to the webinars, you will have access to a member area where you can find a selection of videos from our partners. Lee Mathews, a participant of VE2020, 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. Laura Gonzalez will offer a video about her project Sail&Whale, Joan Conover, vice-president of the Seven Seas Cruising Association a webinar about communication and much more content!
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.
We collaborate with a local pharmacy in Gran Canaria who will offer a 10% discount and a preferential service. This will be arrange with Carlota at our First Aid kit seminar.
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 parties and get-togethers on the three islands (Gran Canaria, Mindelo and Grenada). so get to know the other participants, share your experiences and make friends for life.
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.
Furthermore, all boats will be connected with each other.
BoatWatch.org has become recognized as the authority and repository for information on Overdue, Missing and Stolen Vessels throughout the world. BoatWatch.org works closely with the USCG Rescue Coordination Centers around the country and the world. We collaborate with them and will file a float plan for the fleet as to increase safety. The float plan will be “deactivated” once the vessel has safely arrived
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 at the prestigious Royal Yacht Club of Gran Canaria.. 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!! The start is scheduled for the 6th of January, but it is the captains decision to leave, weather permitting. This is prudent seamanship.
BENEFITS FROM OUR OFFICIAL ARRIVAL HOSTS
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.
We are also in contact constant with them and the Minister of Health. Learn more about them here.
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.
Westerhall Estate is a high quality producer of branded Rum products for the local (Grenadian) and international markets. Operating since the 1900s, Westerhall Estate has developed experience and quality that reflect strongly in the Rums produced, drawing unto the traditions of the island paradise of Grenada. Their rum is perfectly balanced and blended to ensure that once you taste, you will surely find a Westerhall Rum for every occasion. They sponsor the fantastic Welcome Ceremony with our fun price giving and cocktail party. The Rum and a truly Caribbean atmosphere is guaranteed.
BENEFITS FROM PARTNERS
Robbie Ferron, a Dutch national raised in South Africa, arrived on Sint Maarten in 1979 and soon realized that boat parts were in short supply and not easy to obtain. Thinking he could do a better job, he started a company in boat parts and called it Budget Marine to highlight his competitive pricing. In 1982 he started having a stock and selling parts to other people from the back bedroom of a house in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten. Until today, Budget Marine is well known as the leading retailer and wholesaler of pleasure boat marine equipment in the Caribbean. Visit their website here. They will offer a special service and prices to the Viking Explorers participants as the official supplier. Together with the Viking Explorers Team a “Special Technical Assistance and an Emergency Shipments Logistic Protocol” have been created and will coordinate these with the On-shore Tracking Team.
Coyaba Beach Resort was established on the first of August 1987 by three brothers André, Richard and Anthony and their mother Joy Cherman. When the hotel was first established, there were only 30 guest rooms and up to today they have 80 guest rooms as well as expanded central facilities and dining areas.
On the 7th of September 2004, Hurricane Ivan hit the small island of Grenada leaving it, especially the Tourist Belt in the Grand Anse area, completely devastated. Coyaba was among the hotels severely damaged by the passage of the hurricane and so, was closed for the following year. During the year of 2005, was re-designed and re-constructed for the fully re-opening in February 2006. To learn more about this beautiful resort located in Grand Anse visit here. They will offer discounts on their stays to Viking Explorers participants.
Marina Mindelo, founded in 2005, is the official host for the stopover and has been collaborating with the event since the beginning. Located in the island of Sao Vicente in the Cape Verde archipelago, will ensure a warm welcome to our fleet. You will get a small Welcome Envelope with lots of information. They will organize a welcome party and will offer 20% discount in berthing. They will be waiting for you.
Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson Ltd, the main nautical publisher company formed in 1904, will provide each boat with a B100 chart of the Atlantic Ocean. This chart covers the North Atlantic from Brazil to Newfoundland and Gibraltar to the Caribbean. Chart 100 is an important companion for Atlantic yachtsmen on passage and an excellent source of planning information.
Imray have been with Viking Explorers since the beginning and they help to increase the safety of the fleet offering this chart. Visit their webisite 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. Visit their website here
Hydrovane is both: a Self Steering Windvane System and an Emergency Rudder/ Steering System. Hydrovane will be your best crew member! Visit their website here for more info. It has had a very good acceptance within our sailors and has been also with Viking Explorers since the beginning.
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 here to know what discount they offer to Viking Explorers participants.
Island Dreams has been providing Yacht Services in Grenada since 1999 and is dedicated to providing services to enable yacht owners and crew to make the most of their time sailing in the Caribbean. Their services include yacht guardianage and caretaking checks, project management, parts sourcing and clearance, cleaning and polishing and all aspects of yacht maintenance. Visit their website here, we are sure they will assist you with a great service!
Visiting the Galapagos is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and you should not miss a single moment because of problems obtaining cruising permits or unexpected boating problems. Partner with Yacht Agents Galapagos for an unforgettable and stress-free cruise. They serve sailing vessels and yachts of any size. Their local agents provide a full-range of marine services and are accustomed to working with a demanding, international clientele. Learn more about them here
Dive Grenada is a small, friendly PADI 5* dive shop and BSAC resort located on glorious Grand Anse Beach at the Mount Cinnamon Hotel. Just a short boat ride will take you to a superb range of reef, wreck and drift sites right here on their doorstep. They offer an outstanding boutique scuba diving experience in Grenada. Let their highly professional staff take care of equipment set-up and loading the dive boat. If you are looking for relaxed and intimate experience with small groups and great service, then they are the perfect dive shop for you in Grenada. Dive Grenada has received a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years, placing them in the TripAdvisor ‘Hall of Fame’ and rated Nr.1 in Grenada. Learn more about them here
Located in Prickly Bay Grenada, Moorsafe was created to offer peace of mind to sailors and boat owners alike who appreciate the value of having access to safe and properly maintained moorings.
Moorsafe’s ultimate goal is to provide the safest moorings in the region that are exceptionally managed and maintained, all at an affordable rate along with a variety of other essential services to keep your boat maintained and in top condition. All Moorsafe Moorings are inspected at least every 2 weeks and maintained by professional divers with years of experience in the field of underwater construction and mooring installations. They will offer Viking Explorers participants a discount. Learn more about them here.
Clarke and Carter Caribbean Ltd are a friendly, professional and dynamic international yacht brokers based in Grenada. We are affiliated with Clarke and Carter Inter-yacht in the UK, one of the oldest and most respected names in the international marine brokerage industry. We provided a personal and tailored service to suit your needs and offer excellent service to all our customers, whether you are looking to buy, sell or need conveyancing. We extensively advertise on all the major websites, including Yachtworld.com and our own mobile responsive site and social media which attract buyers from the USA, Canada, Europe and beyond. Come and talk to us to see how we can help you.
Spice Island Marine Services is a family-owned & operated business for over 30 years. Their experienced, knowledgeable and friendly crew will ensure on time and excellent service to keep your boat looking and working great! The boatyard is located in the north-west corner of beautiful Prickly Bay on Grenada’s south coast. A 70-ton Marine Travelift can accommodate boats with a beam of up to 25 feet and a length of up to 85 feet. As a full service boatyard, they can handle all repair, maintenance, and storage needs. Don’t hesitate and visit their website here to book your place for the hurricane season. Ask them for your discount as Viking Explorer’s participant.
On the 9th of August 1884, the Fábrica the San Pedro factory was officially opened in Arucas, on the Canary Island of Gran Canaria. Although sugar was the main product, sugar cane distillates and rum were also produced. In 1892, just eight years after La Fábrica was inaugurated, the rum produced in Arucas was already greatly admired in all the islands. The 1940s, then under the management of Alfredo Martín Reyes, was a great decade for the distillery with the creation of the denomination of Ron Arehucas. In 1965, La Fábrica changed its name to Destilerías Arehucas. Today Destilerías Arehucas is over a hundred years old and has a rich history. They will provide each boat of Viking Explorers with two bottles of their main rums: Carta Oro and Ron Miel Guanche. Visit their website here to learn how to make the best cocktails with their products. You can also visit their factory.
True Blue Bay Boutique Resort is a family-owned and operated, climate-smart boutique hotel, located on the south coast of the beautiful island of Grenada. Created and designed by owners Russ and Magdalena Fielden, it offers a Caribbean-chic ambience and a colourful and relaxed tropical atmosphere. The hotel is on the coast, a short drive from Maurice Bishop International Airport, St. George’s University, the beautiful white sand Grand Anse beach, and restaurants, shops and banks. Located in the True Blue area, it is also well connected to the rest of the island including the historic town of St. Georges. They will offer to Viking Explorers a rum and chocolate tasting along with a cocktail party.
Blue Light Caribbean Gin is hand-made on the tropical island of Grenada using local botanicals. They make their incredibly smooth gin only a few steps away from the white-sand beach. Does that influence the taste? Yes, of course. That Caribbean Dream everyone is talking about… they bottled it. Established in 2018 at the Le Phare Bleu beachfront hotel, Blue Light is changing the way people look at gin. The Caribbean is a stunning, lively place full of culture and relaxation. They will provide each boat of Viking Explorers with a bottle of this exceptional gin. You can learn more about them here.
Doyle Guides offers 35% discount to Viking Explorers participants (from 36,95 USD to 24 USD). Book these with us before departure in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. 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. Visit their website http://doyleguides.com to download a free PDF of the Grenada chapter. We will also give you an exclusive chart from Chris Doyle, just edited, fresh with all the vital information of this three Island estate.
The Canary Islands deserved to be discovered, that's why if you join Viking Explorers, you will have the support from the author of this unique guide published 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. All participants will get a free ebook to help you discover the Canary Islands.
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 up to 25% discounts to sailors here
Several cruising Associations have been supporting the Viking Explorers since the start. They have many webinars and lectures that will be offered also to our participants. We issue a " Transatlantic Diploma" to every participant. This Official Diploma is recognized by the associations as a proof of your great achievement.
BENEFITS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Goes Foundation is about helping deliver solutions to protect plankton, the planets life support system, this is our best hope to reverse climate change. We all have an important role to play in eliminating chemical and plastic pollution. It will be the largest undertaking for the Viking Explorers; Dr. Dryden will be sailing alongside them and helping to make next year’s rally a pivotal point in oceanic research for climate change mitigation. Become part of the GOES Blue Ocean Science Ambassadors, and help Dr Dryden and his team collate the precious samples required to undertaken this innovative and unique survey. Visit here their website for more information.
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. Learn more about this project here
Naturbrush is the first Spanish brand of biodegradable toothbrushes. They have a good range of eco products and will provide Viking Explorers participants with biodegradable toothbrushes. Visit their website here
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. Visit they website here to discover more about them and purchase their products.
There are may companies that offer nice discounts on products and services. Just contact them and tell them you are a Viking Explorers participant. They will be happy to assist you.
Lava Charter (a chandlery in Lanzarote). Several discounts, don't hesitate in ask them
Pasito Blanco (a marina in Gran Canaria) offers 15% discount on your stay.
Lumba Dive (a diving company in Carriacou) offers 20% discount on your diving experience.
Potencia Marina in Marina Las Palmas offers 10% discount on Volvo Spare parts.
…and more companies will join!