Most other rallies leave for the crossing in November to be in the Caribbean for Christmas, but in January the trade winds are more reliable and the crossing is likely to have less flukey winds. You can also celebrate Christmas in your home country since the tickets back to Europe are not that expensive compared to the Caribbean. Or celebrate Christmas together with other cruisers in t-shirt, shorts and flipflops …
We will start in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria because it’s cheap to stay and it’s easy to provision and find help if needed. The start is around the 6th of January. If the weather does not cooperate we can move the start a day or two. The decision to leave is an unanimous decision from all captains and the organization.
The stop is in Mindelo on the island of Sao Vicente in the Cabo Verde, where you can re-provision or make repairs if needed. It takes about 5-7 days from LPGC to Mindelo (840 miles). A few days later we continue for the 2150 miles across the Atlantic to arrive at the beautiful Port Louis Marina in Spice Island Grenada, our official arrival host, together with the Grenada Tourism Authority, that will have a warm welcome awaiting us and we can let our hair down and have a few rum punches and beach parties. Most boats will arrive after 16-18 days at sea.
A relaxed rally
Viking Explorers makes a big effort not to be "so" commercial as other rallies, and to be a small group of sailors. There are many benefits to be part of a small exclusive fleet. We can give a much better service and concentrate more on each boat. And of course, we will get to know everyone and make new friends with the same goals.
How to sign up?
We want a ”I am interested” via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will send you the Invitation Pack of the event.
How much ?
To cover the costs for the event we will ask for a nominal fee — we will find discounts, offers and services that will make this fee worth for you. The cost is €55 per metre boat LOA.
Before 15 Nov 2020 full refund minos 25% , before 10 December 2020 full refund minos 50 %, after 10th December no refund. It can be transferred to a start the next year.
WE ARE GREEN
As sailors, we care for the ocean and the environment. Plastic is the worst nightmare for our oceans, and at Viking Explorers we try to reduce the use of plastic as much as possible. You won’t get a book, you will get a pdf (Crossing Guide), you won’t get a plastic badge or plastic bags. We look out for environmental friendly companies. And please, do not throw plastic over board.
SAILCLEAR now needed to enter Grenada
SailClear is a service available for use by yachts who wish to submit their Customs declarations in the form of electronic notifications, prior to arrival in countries where the system is available. This facility enables registered users to access the system to enter and update notifications about their vessel, crew and passengers while transiting the Caribbean region. Registering for the service is quick and only takes a few minutes. Enter your Name, a valid email and choose a secure password. You will then be on your way to submit your notifications. Learn more here