Excitement is in the air for all the participants enrolled in the Rally. Whilst a few of them have reached Canarias, others have just left their home port. The aim is to arrive at Marina La Palma early November to take part in briefings and social events.
We pride ourselves in gathering a fleet twice larger than last year with a wide array of boats and several nationalities.
Multihulls are on a roll with 3 trimarans and 4 catamarans registered. This Atlantic crossing open to all promises to be eclectic within the monohull category.
The fleet comprises private owners crossing the Atlantic on their own yachts with well-trained crew members and chartered yachts sailed with professional skippers with the help of amateur crews experiencing their first ocean voyage.
Route : two legs from La Palma to Mindelo, then Marie-Galante
La Palma Island, La Isla Bonita
La Palma is the northernmost Canary Island. It has been declared as World Biosphere Reserve and Starlight Reserve and offers a wide scenic and climatic diversity. Rough, beautiful, surprising, spectacular … could easily be some of the adjectives which could justify its nickname: “La Isla Bonita" (the Pretty Island).
Sunday 4 – Friday 9 November – Briefings & Social Week for Skippers and Crew in La Palma Island.
Saturday 10 November – 11.00 am (UTC +0) : Departure from Marina La Palma
Mindelo, the cultural capital of Cape Verde
The city of Mindelo, is the beating heart of São Vicente, Cape Verde popularized by the famous singer Cesaria Evora. It is also a natural harbour formed by the underwater crater of a volcano about 4 km in diameter.
This city has a rare development and prosperity relative to the other islands, especially thanks to its deep-water port, the Grand Harbour, which serves as a transatlantic port of call for ships of all nationalities.
From Saturday 17 November – First arrivals in Mindelo, Sao Vicente Island, Cape Verde
Thursday 22 November – 11.00 am (UTC -1) : Departure from Marina Mindelo
Marie-Galante, an authentic destination
Lying 30 km off the southeastern coast of Guadeloupe, Marie-Galante is also known as “the big pancake” thanks to its round shape. It’s the third largest island by size in the French Antilles. It professes to be the birthplace of sugar cane.. and rum!
Famed for its rum since the 18th century, Marie-Galante – then known as the “island of 100 mills” – still boasts vast fields of sugar cane that continue to occupy most of its land.
From Thursday 6 December - First arrivals in Marie-Galante, Guadeloupe Islands
Saturday 15 December – Prize-giving ceremony & Closing Party in Marie-Galante, Guadeloupe Islands
After the Rally, participants will extend their stay in Guadeloupe or will keep sailing in the Carribean and enjoy end of the year celebrations with tremendous memories of this exceptional adventure.