Las Palmas, 18th November 2016
While the Mediterranean season has drawn to a close, the Caribbean season is just beginning and a fleet of eight Southern Wind yachts is preparing to cross the Atlantic to enjoy a long Winter’s summer of cruising and competing in this area’s pristine waters.
True to their blue water spirit, there will be three SWS yachts participating in the 2016 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, better known as the ARC.
Organised by the World Cruising Club since 1986, the ARC sees a fleet of 200 boats of all sizes sailing from Gran Canaria to Santa Lucia, 2700 nm and an entire ocean away. The event can be taken as a full-on oceanic regatta or as a cruise in company; either way it has become a “must” on the sailing calendar.
The SW72 Far II Kind, launched in 1996, will be the oldest SWS yacht participating in the ARC, while the newly launched SW82 Ammonite, whom many of you visited at the recent Monaco Yacht Show, is the newest. Ammonite’s owner is expecting to be “fast and safe at the same time.”
The owner, not exactly an ocean racing novice, and a group of his friends will be flanked by a top-notch crew that includes VOR sailors Will Oxley and Rafael Trujillo Villar and Kay Cottee, the Australian sailor who was the first woman to perform a single-handed, non-stop and unassisted circumnavigation of the world. Cottee and her major sponsor Blackmores Limited used the voyage to raise over $1M for the Rev. Ted Noffs’ Life Education Program.
SW102 Almagores II is also sailing for charity and expects to complete the crossing in a leisurely 12 days. The owner already sailed Almagores II from Cape Town to the Med on the yacht’s maiden voyage, but this will be the first time Almagores crosses the Atlantic.
The owner and a crew of friends are participating in the Rally to raise funds for the Fondazione Theodora Onlus, an Italian non-profit organization that assists hospitalized children.
The Fondazione works with 18 Italian hospitals to support both the young patients and their families through their “Dream Doctors,” artists and performers who have been trained to work with young patients and bring them a smile during difficult times.
Other SWS yachts will be crossing the Atlantic on their own, heading for the Caribbean sun and the charter and regatta season. SW82 Grande Orazio will alternate regattas with weeks of fun aboard for the owner and his family and she will be participating in the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous in the BVI where she will again be racing against SW82 Ammonite, who she already raced against in Porto Cervo last summer.
The SW102 Seawave, having concluded a Mediterranean regatta season with exciting participations at the Rolex Capri International Regatta and the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, is heading across the ocean just to enjoy the Caribbean sun and fun. She may well see SW94 Lady G in some beautiful bay as her owner is bringing his yacht over so that he and his family can enjoy the sounds and colors that can only be found in the Caribbean. SW100 Rapture will also be in the Caribbean, alternating charters with the owner’s personal use. SW94 Windfall will enjoy an intense winter charter season that will conclude with a participation in Les Voiles des Saint Barth in April.
Everyone here at Southern Wind wishes fair winds to the ocean crossers. We hope to see you soon sailing in some of the world’s most beautiful spots and will be routing for you during the upcoming regatta season.