Atlantic ocean

Cayuse : light air in the 2017 ARC+ Rally.

Published on 24 january 2018 at 0h00

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In 10 knots of wind from astern, you can’t expect much from a lot of sailboats. It simply isn’t enough apparent wind to get a boat moving. Luckily, when sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, the tradewinds usually blow at 15 to 20 knots, allowing sailboats to fly across the pond at good speeds. During the ARC+ Rally this year, the winds were uncharacteristically light, so most yachts were moving extremely slowly and having to motor for long hours. However, we were on our lightweight catamaran, an Outremer 51, the wind was at 10 knots, and we were moving along at a solid 7 knots in extremely pleasant conditions. A year and a half earlier my parents finally took the plunge and bought a catamaran. Loyally monohull sailors for many years, the space, speed and comfort of catamarans were perfect for our dream of sailing around the world. When I was 10 and 12 years old, my parents homeschooled my brothers and me on a 52’ monohull while we cruised through the Caribbean. This boat served us well for many years, but my mom and dad knew it wasn’t the globe girdler they were looking for. They finally chose ...

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