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Destination Transat!

Published on 01 april 2016 at 0h00

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The Crossing: Myth or Reality?

To set out on a Transat crossing is never something to be taken lightly. To be alone in the middle of the sea with only the waves as your horizon will always be a defining moment, as well as a tense and sometimes anxious one. But when that crossing involves an ocean, then the trip inevitably takes on a mythical quality. There are certain crossings which seem to have a mythical reputation: the Mediterranean, the Atlantic and the Pacific… You love sailing out at sea, so obviously you want to take on your own "Route du Rhum". An ethnologist at heart, you know all about the Kon Tiki expedition. Or perhaps you're a Greek scholar and dream of following in the wake of Odysseus and his eternal quest? Whatever your goal: TransMed, TransAt or TransPac, they all need a lot of determination and organization before they can become a reality...

Destination Transat !

A Transat is all about setting out for the sunshine of the Caribbean. However, life on the open seas can get pretty wet…

The Crew, the Boat and the Timing: Crucial Decisions!

Depending upon your chosen route, the sea conditions, the wind, your boat and of course your crew, crossing the Atlantic or Pacific will take between two and four weeks. And for a novice, it's often the length of the journey which can initially be a little daunting: Will we get bored? What are the kids going to do? The weather? How do we avoid any storms?
Let's face it: when you look at ...

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