Please select your home edition
Marine Resources 2019 - Leaderboard

The exodus from paradise has begun

by Daria Blackwell / OCC 9 May 20:45 UTC
The exodus from paradise has begun © Ocean Cruising Club

Boats have started leaving the Caribbean over the past couple of weeks, departing in small groups when the weather suits to cross the Atlantic.

Peter Whatley, past OCC Vice Commodore, and ground support for the OCC Atlantic Crossing West to East Facebook Group fleet, waved farewell to three boats that left Falmouth Harbour, Antigua yesterday bound for the Azores. Balou (Malo 42 double-handed), Fathom (Vancouver solo), and Nebula (Moody 33 solo). All friends together. Fair winds! It is so heartening to see the tracks and view the sailors departing, mostly to return home as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Some crews opt to head north to Bermuda first, others are heading directly to Horta in the Azores. The OCC SSB radio net has been active for several weeks and the tracker is reporting on the status of the entire fleet that signed up to the free service set up by PredictWind. More than 160 boats have announced their intentions to cross the Atlantic back to Europe this season, and 57 have already signed on to the fleet tracker. Each is responsible for their own decisions about when and how to undertake the journey.

The Q flags are already flying in the Azores and shore leave is not permitted for visiting yachtsmen. The Azores are permitting 48-hour stopovers in one of three ports, arrangements are made to take on fuel and water, and Peter Cafe Sport is supplying provisions. The staff of Peter Cafe Sport are to be commended for their support of cruisers through the pandemic.

For more in-depth information, please visit the OCC Atlantic Crossing Facebook Page. For the duration of the pandemic Atlantic crossing season, this page remains open to all sailors planning to cross to Europe regardless of OCC membership.

Related Articles

Pandemic in Paradise - Part 1 & 2
What could we do to assist stranded cruisers? As reports of Covid-19 outbreaks began to circulate, the OCC was monitoring the situation in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and IndoPacific regions. What could we do to assist stranded cruisers? Posted today at 8:13 pm
OCC Report from Nicky and Reg Barker
This report covers the last six months The Gulf Stream is close to the coast and can be crossed quickly once a suitable weather window opens up; the town has good supplies and technical support; and OCC members are welcomed by Diane Tetreault, our fabulous POR for Beaufort and Morehead City. Posted on 29 May
OCC Report from the Fiji
Kath and Franco return to Caernarfon, North Wales When health gets in the way of cruising plans, cruisers make adjustments, as most cruising plans are written in the sand below the high water mark. Kath & Franco return to Caernarfon, North Wales. Posted on 28 May
Trip to Scandinavia while in lockdown
Therapy, while in quarantine, is to enjoy virtual planning These are challenging, dreadful times. Cruising for pleasure seems so insignificant when compared to the personal tragedies in countries that many of us have visited by sail. Posted on 27 May
Transiting the Panama Canal
Two Drifters say goodbye to the Atlantic After three years of sailing in the Caribbean, it was time for s/v Two Drifters to say goodbye to the Atlantic and go in search of new adventures in the Pacific Ocean. Posted on 27 May
OCC Report from the Eastern Caribbean
The unofficial fishing competition was won almost before it had started This winter's cruising season in the E. Caribbean started off and then continued with some unusual weather patterns. Returning cruisers came back to sweaty boatyards during their pre-launch maintenance work as there was very little gradient wind. Posted on 26 May
OCC Report from the Bahamas
From Nova Scotia to the Ragged Islands Ahoy OCC'ers, this is Grace and I's first Roving Rear Commodore Report and boy what a time it is to be out cruising. We hope everyone is staying safe during the Covid-19 outbreak. Posted on 26 May
OCC Lockdown Lecture #3: Svalbard
The third in the series of webinars is now available The third in the series of webinars is now available to view via the link below. Escape to Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole. Posted on 24 May
Magnetic North is moving rapidly towards Siberia
Scientists think that it's because of elongating blobs of molten metals in the earth's core Scientists think that it's because of elongating blobs of molten metals in the earth's core. This rapid shift is creating a conundrum in modern navigation. Posted on 18 May
Suzanne Chappell reports from Honduras
Things are starting to ease up slowly After 52 days' lockdown in the West End, Roatan, Honduras things are starting to ease up slowly, just locally. Posted on 14 May
Sailing Holidays 2019 - BOTTOMNorth Sails 2019 - NSVictoryList - FooterMarine Resources 2019 - Footer