Adventure awaits you in the North Atlantic.

This offshore sailing adventure is available for charter! Sail with us along with other boats as part of the the ARC Europe Rally. Be prepared for a challenge when you sail offshore from The Azores to Ireland with us aboard Makara. Join us in Ponta Delgata and get familiar with the boat and crew for a day or two before we head offshore to Crosshaven.

Even if you’ve never sailed overnight before, so long as you’re not prone to seasickness you can do this. These are a few of the benefits and some of the skills you will improve upon.

  • Envision taking the helm for a night watch, guiding Makara through the ocean under a sky full of stars from one horizon to the other.
  • Help us fine-tune the boat’s heading and trim the sails to make the most comfortable path through the sea.
  • Practice adjusting our course to reduce the ETA.
  • Learn how to be an “able-bodied seaman” and earn USCG or RYA seatime if you want it.
  • Get into a rythym of the crew’s schedule and accomplish your goals in a safe and educational manner.
  • Fly back home from Cork to share your experiences or continue with us all the way to Scotland.

The journey north from The Azores to Ireland is the most challenging of the Atlantic crossings for any sailor. The weather can be right on the nose and strong at times, making this leg for seasoned sailors wishing to take up the challenge of the demands of the North Atlantic. The distance from Horta, Faial in the Azores to Crosshaven, Ireland is 1130nm. At an average speed of 6 knots over 24 hours we can travel a distance of 144 nautical miles each day. This passage will take approximately 8 days. Don’t worry, we have all of the latest electronics, safety equipment, two satellite phones, and a diesel generator for running a water maker to keep up to 6 passengers comfortable and happy all day and night for the entire crossing.

We will be a participant in the ARC Europe Rally, which organizes and supports its members throughout the event. We will be able to communicate directly with the rally organizers for weather information. Also, devices will be available to keep in touch with friends and family via text, Facebook, an embedded map here on this website and the ARC rally’s website. Although most of the boats tend to go east into the Mediterranean, we will take an alternate route along with several other boats on the northern leg. Some of the boats headed north will go to Plymouth, England while others may go up the west coast of Ireland. We will be going to Crosshaven which is located on the south coast of Ireland.

Lindsay will have some of the meals prepared already, and will be in charge of the cooking aboard, so that we will have delicious meals without having to spend a lot of time in the galley. You will be expected to help keep watch at the helm and assist in preparing simple meals for the other crew members. There will be a set rotation of crew members so that you will be able to get your rest and leisure time just like everyone else.

Please see our calendar for the dates in May and June of 2018 when we plan to be in Bermuda, the Azores and Ireland.

The cost to sail offshore to Ireland is the same as our advertised “sleep aboard” rates. We will be sailing nonstop until we arrive in Crosshaven.

Contact us to get started by asking questions before making a reservation.