Crossing the atlantic: An accessible dream.

Published on 19 november 2008 at 0h00

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Crossing the Atlantic is a special moment in the life of a sailor, it is often the high point, about which he or she has dreamt for several years: to be alone, with family or friends for a couple of weeks, in the middle of the Atlantic, finding out about yourself and pursuing a myth that your adolescent reading has magnified. But an Atlantic crossing is not to be taken lightly. So what is the best way to prepare yourself to live this experience to the full?

The right crew
The Atlantic crossing, strictly speaking, generally begins in the Canaries, and finishes on one of the West Indian islands. The crossing generally lasts between two and three weeks, depending on the state of the sea, the winds, your boat and of course, the crew… Because a successful crossing is a crossing shared with crew members who want to live the same experience as you. So before setting off, asking yourself questions about the crew is of the utmost importance.
Crossing as a family is often in favour with fathers seeking to both live out their teenage dreams and to share an intense moment with their wife and children. This is a real joy, if the family accept the project completely. Because you must ask yourself if your children will really appreciate the crossing. Generally, everything goes well. But time may seem to drag to children who are too young to take part in the manoeuvres and it is quite possible that the ‘mystical’ side to climbing over thousands of waves escapes them…
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