For 2020, I have set myself the goal of participating in the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) once again. Already in 2005, 2010, 2011 and 2012 I took part in this event, partly as crew member, partly as owner and skipper. The regatta, organized by the World Cruising Club, has a friendly character and really impressed me. With my own sailing yacht VIA CON ME at that time, I had once finished 83rd and once 87th. Not bad for a short 12m yacht... Now in 2020 I start with a smaller yacht (only 10 m). But first it will be necessary to bring everything together. The preparations need time. The whole charts material must be purchased and the clearings with the boat for the various countries must be studied etc.. At the moment it looks at my home like on the battle field…
There are many Swiss sailors. But so far (according to my research) no Swiss woman has ever done a circumnavigation with stopovers singlehanded. And this in 2020 in an age of 64. But first of all, I will participate the Regatta of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers in 2020. As it is not allowed to do this regatta singlehanded, I will take for this cruise some crew with me.
Boot Düsseldorf with the shopping list
Refresher course in astro-navigation
Regulations, questions about visas must be clear with some countries, two laptops I have must be completely emptied of private belongings. These will then be configured for the grip files weather and email, electronic forms for entry, crew list, etc.
Renew the boat papers, find insurances for circumnavigating the world, modify my health insurance
Last meeting with the Marina Seca to to clear up any misunderstandings
Refresher Course in Meteorology, radar and STCW95
Registration for the ARC 2020 Regatta, nautical charts must be ordered
Last shopping have to be done e.g. Almanacs, tide tables, information about currents, cruising guides and more. Also all Information for the clearance, authorities such as customs and immigration, instructions for the permission to enter a country etc. is up-to-date including addresses, telephone numbers, email etc. - simply everything you need for the various countries I will visiting
Co-work at the wharf Marina Seca, La Coruna, Spain and last installations will take place (SSB radio, windvane 300 Watt, Hydrogenerator, desalination plant); all spare parts must be labelled and stored in the sailing yacht. For this a list will be created, showing where and what is located where. All work carried out from the Marina Seca will be checked and the sailing yacht has to undergo a survey
First leg from La Coruna, Spain, to Cascais, Portugal takes place. Here I take some sailing guests with me (of course for payment)
2nd leg from Cascais to Las Palmas, Canary Islands (via Madeira, Islas Salvagem, Isla Graciosa, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria)
ARC 2020 - Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - Las Palmas bis Santa Lucia
The sailing yacht stays in the Muelle Deportivo, meanwhile I will go home for the last private office work, than come back to Las Palmas to prep the yacht for the coming race. The crew will arrive and we will do some exercise e.g. MOB, changing sails, manoeuvres when squalls are coming etc.
December 2020/January 2021
Arrival in St. Lucia, the ship must be cleaned and cleared. From here I go on two trips with interested fellow sailors, first from Santa Lucia to Grenada and back from Grenada to Santa Lucia.
1st leg single handed from Santa Lucia to Sheltery Bay, Panama via Bonaire, Curaçao, Santa Marta, Cartagena, San Blas Islands
2nd Panama, Panama Canal, Islas las Perlas, Galapagos
3rd leg Pacific crossing from Galapagos to Marquesas
4th leg Marquesas, Tuamotus, Tahiti
5th leg Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora Bora, Maupiti, Maupihaa
6th leg Maupihaa to Cook Islands, Niue, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu
7th leg Vanuatu to New Caledonia
8th leg Australia Bundaberg or Mackay to Darwin
9th leg Darwin to Indonesia
10th leg Indian Pacific (Xmas Islands, Coos Keeling, evtl. Rodrigues, Mauritius, Reunion, evtl. Indonesia to Reunion, evtl. Madagascar, Comores, Mozambique)
11th leg South Africa
12th leg South Africa to St. Helena
13th leg St. Helena to Brazil
14th leg Brazil to Santa Lucia
15th leg Santa Lucia, Martinique and Transatlantic to Açores
16th leg Açores to La Coruna, Spain
Exact information cannot be given, as this will be dependent on the weather conditions..