Today is the day that we leave Las Palmas in Gran Canaria and head west to St Lucia in the Caribbean – crossing the Atlantic Ocean. We’re crossing with the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) organised by the World Cruising Club.
To watch our progress, and the other 250+ boats in the rally, please go to the World Cruising Club Fleet Viewer (make sure to select ARC rather than ARC+).
The trip should take around 18 to 20 days!
We have 6.5 crew on board our 56′ sailboat with us. It’s my husband, our 5 year old daughter and me in addition to our friends, Kenny, Murray, Andrew and Eve. Provisioning for the trip has been no small feat.
And even now as we’re getting ready to slip our lines and head west I’m still nervous that we won’t have enough to eat and drink. We have a 1000 litre water tank, are carrying 250 bottles of 1.5 litre water, 14 pre-made frozen meals (I made them earlier this month), seven lots of frozen meat, 100’s of canned items, loads of snacks and quite a few goodies.
The boat has been serviced from top to bottom – no screw has been left unchecked
That being said, we’re also prepared for issues. We’re carrying loads of spare parts and have redundancy for most systems. For example, if your electric oven fails, we’re carrying gas to power a portable gas stove top.
I want to write more but as I’m typing outside Sailors Bar in the marina (nothing open yet as it’s 6:50am) the rain has started to fall. I’ll surely have a lot to write about when we arrive in the Caribbean so here’s to a safe and enjoyable passage across the pond.