Sometimes I ask myself, “Why am I doing this?”, but as soon as I question myself, I already know the answer. The beauty of these long crossings is hard to explain; you have to live it to understand it.
Windfall left Cape Town with 25-30 kts from South, South East, heading towards 300°. She sailed under gennaker for the first three days, also during the night, jibing frequently in order to keep the route and the wind. “Those first three days we literally flew, maintaining an amazing average of 13 kts and surfing the waves. The top speed has been 21 kts!” wrote Captain Fabrizio. She arrived in St Helena very fast, after only 5 days and 23 hours of sailing. covering almost 200 miles for a couple of days. Windfall approached the Pot au Noir, the part of the Atlantic Ocean affected by the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ZCIT), famous for a great instability of the wind…
Flexibility is key to planning anything on the scale of an around-the-world trip. Many things will change, and it is vital to be prepared for itinerary changes, crew changes, menu changes and financial surprises. Expect anything and everything! - Lady Owner SW93 Early Purple II
It was my first ocean crossing and it was amazing to see how one’s body adapts to its new conditions, in jacket, boots and maximum safety, with the waves and from the stern bearing down on you. The boat proved to be exceptionally stable, as if it were travelling on tracks. So, what does it take to do 5,000 miles? Nothing, if you sail them on board Grande Orazio! - Owner SW82 Grande Orazio
After two weeks of the Atlantic, rather than being fed up one only wants to continue. By this stage, one has settled into the routine of watches and helms duty and it is a pleasure to navigate and steer, to feel the boat, dine with friends, enjoy the sea, the nights, the sunrises, the sunsets. The ARC is good for one’s health. - Owner SW72 Kiboko Tuja