Frequently asked questions
When does it start?
The start is from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria every year on the 6th of January to the Caribbean Island of Grenada.
What is the Route?
Boats depart en route to Mindelo in the Cap Verde, 850 miles. After a few days the fleet leaves to cover the 2200 miles to the Caribbean island of Grenada.
How big is the Fleet?
What is the vision of this Rally?
What is the ethos of the Rally?
Who is the Sponsor of the Rally?
What is the history of the Rally?
Since 2018, the Viking Explorers do charge a low fee and have been supported by Tourism Authorities, companies, cruising associations and passionate sailors.
Viking Explorers has gained a lot of popularity since it started.
Is Viking Explorers a race?
Viking Explorers is not a race and the organization encourages the fleet to help each other.
Why Viking Explorers is an ECO friendly event?
The Viking Explorers tries to reduce their negative impact towards the environment, reduces drastically plastic used at their events, and creates awareness within the sailing community for a better and cleaner planet.
What about COVID-19?
What about Safety equipment?
Who’s behind the event?
Oliver Solanas Heinrichs, Managing Director,
Oliver has been linked to sailing since childhood and has been living aboard since 2013. He started then to be very involved in the maritime industry and into offshore sailing, specially Bluewater sailing with several transatlantics completed. Oliver constantly helps sailors with their preparations for an Atlantic crossing, performing safety seminars and webinars for prestigious companies and associations and occasionally does safety checks on boats. Singlehanded sailing through all the Canary Islands, he founded 8islas, the Bluewater Sailing Platform of the Canary Islands. He has been former Vice President of Anavre (Spanish Cruising Association) and is author of the Canary Islands Cruising guide "Cruising Guide to the Canary Islands" published by Imray. He has spent the last 4 seasons sailing the Caribbean and the Canary Islands. For more information visit www.8islas.com.
Carlota is local of Gran Canaria (Canary Islands) and has a deep knowledge in the area that is really useful for helping sailors in the island. She been living aboard for 5 years and has complete one Atlantic Crossing and four seasons in the Caribbean from Grenada to Antigua. She helped Oliver with the Cruising Guide to the Canary Islands and is always keen to help sailors. Her background is not sailing but she discovered it when met Oliver and has been involved 100% since then.
Many professional and passionate sailors are part of the Viking Explorers adding their invaluable knowledge to the rally. Active cruisers, previous participants, experts and cruising associations help every year to make the Viking Explorers Rally an unique event.