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Trans Atlantic Crossing (towards Caribbean)

Date: 23/3-11/4 2009
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This was my 4th trans-Atlantic crossing with this boat. Again it went smoothly, even too smoothly. We haven't had much wind: no more than 12h of (apparent) winds of 20kn and more, I would give an average wind of 7-8kn for us... So it took us a bit over 19 days to sail 2841nm (+5200km), from La Palma to Martinique. Friends of mine crossed 3 weeks later with an Outremer 45, from Cabo Verde and did this in 11 days. They did brake their boom about 4 days before arriving though...

For your information: the current (@ 29/10/2009) record for crossing the North Atlantic (more winds !) by a race boat, is held by Banque Populaire, a maxi trimaran of 40m length. They did 2921nm (or 5410km) in 3 days 15h and 25min !!! That is an average (!) of just under 33kn (61km/h) only under sail !!! (top speed of 47.15kn)

Here are some pictures of what we've seen or done...

A sunrise...

We kept ourselves busy with puzzles, playing cards, navigating, cooking, ...

The following pictures are for those still hesitating wether I'm normal or not... ;-) But let me tell you: this is definitively not advised for sailing !!! (well I had to try to tell you guys, no ?)