Take advantage of this truly life-changing experience.
This offshore sailing adventure is available for charter! Sail with us along with many other boats on the longest leg of the ARC Europe Rally. Be prepared for an all-new adventure when you sail offshore from Bermuda to the Azores with us aboard Makara. Join us in St. George’s, Bermuda and get familiar with the boat and crew for a day or two before we head offshore.
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.
- Learn how to effectively “fly a spinnaker.”
- Practice adjusting our course to reduce the ETA.
- Become an “able-bodied seaman” and earn USCG or RYA sea-time 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 to share your experiences or continue with us as we explore the wonders of the Azore, or even all the way to Ireland.
Makara travels comfortably at about 6 knots under sail, which is about 144 nautical miles per day. The distance for the ocean passage from St. Georges, Bermuda to Horta, Azores is approximately 1800 nautical miles, so this journey will take about 13 days to complete. Don’t worry, we have all of the latest electronics, safety equipment, two satellite phones, a diesel generator for air conditioning and 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 our website and the ARC rally’s website.
Lindsay will have some of the meals prepared already, and will be in charge of making sure we have delicious meals throughout, without having to spend a lot of time in the galley. You will be expected to help keep watch at the helm and take turns serving 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.
Once we arrive in Horta, on the island of Faial, Azores, there will be a full social program and a prize-giving party hosted by the World Cruising Club. As part of the ARC Europe Rally, a cruise around The Azores is included. We will all be visiting Angra on the island of Terceira before sailing southeast to Ponta Delgata on the island of Sao Miguel. Further to the southeast is the island of Santa Maria. This will be our last stop before departing the Azores bound for Ireland. Social gatherings are included on each of these stops. Plan to make lasting friendships!
The ARC Europe rally continues from The Azores to Portugal or to England. However, since our destination is the Isle of Arran, Scotland we are choosing to split off and sail to Crosshaven, Ireland before sailing up the Irish Sea. You are welcome to fly home from The Azores or continue with us to Ireland. You may also arrange to switch crews and continue to Lagos, Portugal or Plymouth, England. We can help you arrange that if you wish.
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 The Azores is the same as our advertised “sleep aboard” rates. We will be sailing nonstop until we arrive in Horta, Faial. We will be staying in slip in a marina if there are any available.
Contact us to get started by asking questions before making a reservation.