Cruises in the North Sea, the English Channel and the North Atlantic Ocean
This first part of our long-distance voyage goes down through the Kieler Canal, through the standing mast route through Holland, out into the English Channel to the Channel Islands and on to Brest. From Brest, the trip probably goes to A Coruna and then directly on to Madeira, Gran Canaria, Cape Verde and across the Atlantic to the southern Caribbean and to Panama. We bet we can keep the schedule.
Cruise 1 – Juli 2022
From Vallensbæk towards the English Channel
Alternative: From Vallensbæk towards Scotland and Ireland
Depending on the weather we cast of from Vallensbæk beginning of July and sail down through Fehmarn sound and through the Kieler Canal to Cuxhaven. We sail from Cuxhaven with a good weather forecast for the trip to Holland, where we sail to Amsterdam. If we have headwinds or bad weather then we take the standing mast route and experience some of Holland’s many canals and their peculiarities. We sail into the English Channel/North Sea again at Vlissingen, close to Zeebrügge and on to Boulongne-sur-Mer.
Alternative: If wind and weather annoy us then we sail to Scotland, through the Caledonian Canal and south over towards Ireland and the Scilly Islands.
Crew positions: 1
Crew list: Susanne, Mette, Kirsten and Jeppe
Estimated schedule: 3 Juli – 30 Juli
Cruise 2 – August 2022
From the English Channel across the Biscay to the Galician fjords towards Lisbon
Alternative: From the English Channel across the Biscay and perhaps directly to Madeira
We sail with a fine weather window from Boulogne-sur-Mer and time the sail through the Alderney-race to the English Channel island of Guernsey. After Guernsey, we sail a good stretch to Cameret-sur-Mer and/or Brest. Here we await a suitable weather window for crossing the Bay of Biscay to La Coruna in Spain. When we have recovered from the crossing we enjoy life in the Galician fjords-the so-called Rias and when September approaches, we set the course towards Cascais, right on the outskirts of Lisbon. If the Killer Whales continue attacking the rudders of yachts, we will choose to sail more or less directly to Madeira from Bres or La Coruna in Spain.
Alternative: If we sail from the Scilly Islands located in the Atlantic off Cornwall then we probably choose to sail more or less directly to Madeira (perhaps with a stop in La Coruna)
Crew positions: 2
Crew list: Mette, Kirsten og Jeppe
Estimated schedule: 31 July – 29 August
Cruise 3 – September 2022
From Lisabon to Madeira and Gran Canaria
Alternative: Madeira to Gran Canaria
From Cascais we sail either directly to Madeira (four to five days) or first to Lagos in southern Portugal. In Madeira, we first enter the island of Porto Santo and then sail on to the main island of Madeira. When we are finished with Madeira we sail to Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, it probably takes three days.
Crew positions: 2
Crew list: Mette, Kirsten and Jeppe
Estimated schedule: 29 August – 30 September
Cruise 4 – October 2022
A cruise around the Canarie islands
From Las Palmas, we sail to some of the other islands. The dream scenario is to sail to the southern end of Gran Canaria where we visit Puerto de Mogán. From here, we sail to the island of Gomera, where we stay overnight in an anchor bay. We sail around the small island of Gomera and enjoy the view of the beautiful island and anchor for lunch. Then, again, we stay overnight in the same anchor bay before heading for the island of La Palma, where we will visit Santa Cruz de la Palma. From here, the cruise goes back via Tenerife, where we will stay overnight in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Finally, the tour ends again in Puerto de Mogán. Where we say goodbye to the old crew and hello to the new.
Crew positions: 0
Crew list: Lise Mikkel, Johan, Mette, Kirsten og Jeppe
Estimated schedule: 3 October – 25 October
Cruise 5 – November and into december 2022
Atlantic cruise from Gran Canaria to Cap Verde and to Barbados in the Caribbean
This great Atlantic cruise starts with a sail further south to Cap Verde, where the butter melts. Here we stay for about 7 days in Palmeira on the island of Sal. We have now earned a 4-5 day of relaxation and we enjoy life at anchor. From Palmeira we sail on to Mindello on the island of Ilha del Sao Vincente. Mindelo is the capital and has great shopping opportunities for the big stretch across the Atlantic. We cast off in the last half of November and arrive in Barbados early December.
Crew positions: 0
Crew list: . Henrik, Sabina, Mette, Kirsten og Jeppe
Estimated schedule: 30 October – 3 December
Cruise 6 First part of December 2022 and into start January 2022
Barbados to the Lesser Antilles, then to Columbia and onward to Panama
Once we have relaxed a little we sail on to the Grenadines and enjoy some nice anchorages down to Grenada. Then we sail in a good arch north off the eastern part of Venezuela to the ABC Islands also called the Lesser Antilles. Here we visit Kralendijk in Bonair and celebrate Christmas. From here we sail on to Spanish Waters on the island of Curacao and perhaps to Oranjestad in Aruba. From these small ABC islands with Dutch affiliation, we sail to Santa Maria and Cartagena in Columbia. From here, we sail to Panama, where we’ll land in Lindon Bay Marina to get a Cruising pass to San Blas. From Lindon Bay, we take the bus to Portobello to get a tourist visa for Panama. From Lindon Bay, we then sail backwards 45 miles (perhaps using the engine sailing against the wind). Hopefully, we will meet the local inhabitants who sail around in carved logs and sell woven fabrics in beautiful patterns. Finally, we sail to Shelter Bay at the entrance to the Panama Canal. During this cruise, we will see strengthening trade winds as we progress further west into the Caribbean Sea. This means the wind freshens and that the wave height and length increase. But fortunately, it’s the trade wind so both wind and the sea will mostly be with us.
Crew positions: 0-1 maybe there’s a vacant spot from the Lesser Antilles towards Panama via Colombia.
Crew list: Steffen, Cindy, Jonathan, Mette, Kirsten and Jeppe
Estimated schedule: Ledige gastepladser: 0-1 måske en ledig plads fra de Hollandske Antiller mod Panama via Colombia mv.
Besætning: Steffen, Cindy, Jonathan, Mette, Kirsten og Jeppe
Estimeret tidsrum: 11 December 2022 – 11 January 2023