Sail across the Atlantic Ocean to Martinique

A unique adventure to do at least once in your life!
Transatlantic sailing from France to Martinique
Departure Atlantic France (France)
Roughly 20 days
You will love:
  • • Sail offshore on a fast and comfortable sailing boat
  • • Improve your sailing skills and become independent.
  • • Take your first night shifts.
from
2 600 €
per person
We propose you to do a transatlantic race on board a fast and efficient sailing boat! You will have an extraordinary sailing and personal experience, where each day will be different from the last. Moreover, this incredible crossing is for everyone, whether you are a beginner or an old sea dog. Your skipper is a seasoned sailor, both experienced and knowledgeable in this type of cruise. They will adapt to your level to help you progress and gain experience (manoeuvres, sail adjustments, watch keeping, route calculation...).

Your Boat

Boat
♦ The Pogo 36 (10m86) is a very elegant boat whose performance under sail earned her first place in the 2017 European Yacht of the Year. Her equipment and handling will appeal to both seasoned sailors and novices alike. Outside, the cockpit is spacious enough for everyone to participate in manoeuvres.
Capacity: 1 skipper + 3 trainees

♦ The Pogo 12.50 (12m18) perfectly combines power and comfort at sea. It is light and has a chine hull that will allow you to make pleasant speed peaks. Its lifting keel makes the boat stiffer and gives it greater stability. In other words, you will progress in the best conditions.
Capacity: 1 skipper + 4 trainees

♦ The RM 1180 (11m80) has been voted Sailboat of the Year in 2020, thanks to its remarkable performance and innovative design! Its singular hull shape was inspired by ocean racing yachts. She is equipped with a carbon mast and a double wheel steering system. On deck, the fittings have been carefully positioned to ensure smooth manoeuvring and optimum safety.
Capacity: 1 skipper + 4 trainees

♦ The TS 42 (13m) is a cruising catamaran entirely designed to perform while enjoying an optimal layout. It is equipped with two remote helm stations, offering a perfectly clear view to the helmsman. You will be sailing on a version with retractable daggerboards to improve your speed. Sensations guaranteed!
Capacity: 1 skipper + 6 trainees
Pogo 36 equipment: • Lifting keel• Carbon mast• Carbon bowsprit• Full-batten horned mainsail• Solent on flat deck furler• Gennaker on furler• Asymmetric spinnaker with sock• Hydro generators
Pogo 12 equipment. 50 : • Lifting keel• Carbon mast• Carbon bowsprit• Full-batten horned mainsail• Solent on flat deck furler• Reefing staysail• Gennaker on furler• Asymmetric spinnaker with sock• Hydrogenerators
RM 1180 equipment : • Sandwich deck/epoxy hull plywood construction• Carbon mast• Bowsprit• Double wheel steering• GV 3 reefs• Furling genoa• Furling staysail• Gennaker on furler• Asymmetric spinnaker with sock• Watermaker
TS 42 equipment : • Two retractable daggerboards• Aluminium mast• Bowsprit• Tiller bars• 3 reefed mainsail• Solent and staysail on furler• Gennaker on furler• Spinnaker with sock

Itinerary

Map
For your transatlantic crossing, several routes are available: La Rochelle or Bormes-les-Mimosas / Canaries; Canaries / Martinique.
The return trip from Martinique to France is also possible. Do not hesitate to contact us for more information on this itinerary.
STAGE 1: La Rochelle or Bormes-les-Mimosas - Las Palmas (Canary Islands)(approximately 1,500 nautical miles)
After getting to know your crew and determining the navigation plan, you will cast off for twenty days at sea. Throughout the crossing, your skipper will train you so that you gain autonomy in all positions (helmsman, mainsail and VA crew, N°1, piano and navigator). Your route will be punctuated by the shifts and the weather, all in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Departing from La Rochelle, you will discover the mythical Bay of Biscay with a possible stopover in Spain depending on the weather, to then glide along Portugal with the first trade winds. From Bormes-les-Mimosas, you will pass through the Strait of Gibraltar, one of the most frequented places by ships from all over the world. You will therefore need to keep an eye out.


STAGE 2: The Canaries - Le Marin (Martinique) (approximately 3,000 nautical miles)
The maritime adventure continues for some, and begins for others. A transatlantic race holds many surprises and there is no shortage of things to do. Between the weather points, the daily check-up of the boat, the position calculations, the gales, the sail adjustment, the DIY, the fishing, the contemplation of the sunrises and sunsets, the observation of the marine life... and here you are in the West Indies. Thus ends a beautiful human adventure of about 3 weeks around a small rum in the shade of coconut trees.

Important:
  • To cross the Atlantic entirely, you need to count twice 15/20 days (plus a few days of stopover in the Canaries).
  • The sailing times and arrival dates are given as a rough guide. Therefore we advise you to book a flexible flight ticket for your return.
  • The provisioning will be done with all the crew just before departure.

Prices

Departure / ReturnBormes les Mimosas / The CanariesPrice per person including VATLa Rochelle / The CanariesPrice per person including VATThe Canaries / MartiniquePrice per person including VAT
October 2021
Wednesday 27 Oct
Monday 15 Nov
On demand2 600 €On demand
October 2022
Thursday 27 Oct
Tuesday 15 Nov
2 600 €2 600 €On demand
November 2022
Tuesday 15 Nov
Thursday 08 Dec
On demandOn demand4 800 €
There are no suitable dates available? Get in touch!
Price includes• Accommodation in a double cabin to share
• Services of the instructor (state qualified)
• Bedding (bed sheet and pillowcase)
• Boat consumables (water, gas, fuel)
• Port of call fees
• Iridium Go with unlimited data plan (emails and texts)
• Tracking allowing your friends and family to follow your journey in real time
• Boat insurance
• End of cruise cleaning
Price does not include• Transport to the base
• Food: about 15 € /day /person
• Sailing passport (FF Voile licence) : 15 € /person (valid for the year of purchase)
• Sleeping bag or top sheet
• Towels and beach towels

To be presented before the start of the transatlantic race: a test (PCR or antigenic) less than 72 hours old or a vaccination certificate.

FAQ

In the event of cancellation, you must notify your GlobeSailor consultant as soon as possible. Regardless of the cause, the following cancellation fees will be charged: up to 90 days prior to departure: 25% /// from 89 to 60 days: 50% /// from 59 to 30 days: 75% /// from 29 days to departure: 100% of your booking.
We advise our clients to subscribe to a cancellation insurance with Ouest Assurance : http://www.ouest-assurances.fr
To confirm your booking, you need to inform your GlobeSailor advisor who will hold an option for you until the deposit is received. The booking will only be considered definite once your deposit has been received (by bank transfer, Paypal or credit card), of between 30% and 50% of the booking amount. A deposit of 80% will be required for all reservations made within 60 days of departure. The balance must be paid at the latest 45 days before the date of embarkation.
All our skippers and sailing instructors are state-qualified, pedagogical and experienced. They are used to sailing on recent and high performance RM, POGO and TS type yachts.
Your boat will be thoroughly cleaned by the specialised company Kerboat, which uses approved products manufactured in France on clean surfaces by hand with a contact time of 15 minutes:
  • Bactericide: EN 1276 at 15g/l
  • Fungicide: EN 1650 at 10g/l
  • Fungicide: NFT 72-190 at 50g/l
  • Virucide: EN 14476 at 4%
During your cruise, you will need to observe the following:.
  • At the time of embarkation, contact between sailors is forbidden (shaking hands, hugs, kisses...) and a temperature check will be carried out on each crew member.Washing your hands with soap after installing what you have embarked.

  • Wearing a mask or gloves (remove them for any intervention of the hands on the body) on board will not be mandatory. It remains at the convenience of each person.
  • When disembarking from a stopover, the wearing of a mask is mandatory in addition to barrier gestures and safety distances (even between crew members).
  • As soon as one arrives from outside the boat and before boarding: washing hands with hydro-alcoholic solution and disinfecting what one takes on board with spray and disinfecting wipes.

When sailing:
  • Use all available space to maintain the 1 metre distance as much as possible.
  • Prefer side-by-side to face-to-face (conversations, meals,...).
  • The exchange of materials, equipment (including cigarettes or lighters) is prohibited.

Note:
  • Boats are equipped with soap, hydro-alcoholic solution and disposable tissues.
  • Contact surfaces will be regularly cleaned and decontaminated with a disinfectant.
  • In the event of an infection, and pending disembarkation, an infected seafarer will wear a mask as well as protective gloves and will be isolated from the rest of the crew.
The Sailing Passport is a licence for all persons participating in courses in sailing schools/clubs of the French Sailing Federation network.
It also includes insurance for your courses.

If you already hold a FFV licence, you will not need to subscribe to the Sailing Passport. However, we will ask you to give us your licence number.
Below you will find some advice to ensure that your transatlantic crossing goes smoothly:.
We advise you to see your GP and a dentist just before leaving: dental problems are particularly annoying.

Take some medication with you and adjust your medicine cabinet to your own health:
  • Seasickness. No one is immune to seasickness. Stugeron has fewer side effects, Primalan works well.
  • Broad-spectrum antibiotics (e.g. amoxicillin)
  • For pain: it's better to take paracetamol or aspirin rather than anti-inflammatory drugs (Advil, Ibuprofen, etc.).
  • Adrenaline styli injector (Anapen): in case of allergy. Anyone can have an unexpected allergic reaction with serious consequences. If you are at risk of allergy, warn the skipper and it is better to have such a medicine available
  • It is useful to take the prescriptions with you, as there are medicines authorised in France and forbidden in certain countries (ask your doctor about this)
♦ The basics for sailing:
  • Complete outfit: boots (breathable), watch jacket, watch overalls
  • Boat gloves
  • Headlamp with spare batteries, with a red light function for the night
  • Shopping bag to have your foulies available at all times

♦ For sleeping:
  • Sleeping mask
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag
  • Hygiene (taking into account the need to save water and energy)
  • Sea water soap (you can find it in shipchandlers, at the Vieux Campeur or at Nature et Découverte ; it also serves as shampoo and shaving foam)
  • Micellar water (handy to use with a spray, especially for the face)
  • Wash mitt
  • Detergent for washing clothes by hand (with seawater)

♦ Health:
  • Hat or cap
  • Sun cream in sufficient quantity. The only effective protection is an index 50 sunscreen applied every three hours.
  • 1 or even 2 pairs of sufficiently protective sunglasses (with a cord so as not to lose them)
  • Gourd (or rigid water bottle to keep)
  • Personal pharmacy for minor ailments (plasters, disinfectants, saline, cream for burns, medication for pain or seasickness, etc.) and for personal specificities. The on-board pharmacy is only supposed to be open if we are missing equipment
  • Personal and differentiated bottle of hydro-alcoholic gel (with first name for example)
  • Surgical masks for trips ashore

♦ Optional but practical:
  • Pocket knife (ideally multifunctional Leatherman type)
  • Standard flashlight: this fits in the brace and lights up on contact with water. You can find them in hardware shops, between 15 and 20 euros
  • Portable battery (ideally with solar panel): to charge tablets/readers and other personal electrical devices
  • Something to keep you busy: music, a few books, games, etc.
  • Pen and notebook to possibly take notes

♦ Notes:
  • For anything liquid, prefer screw-top containers
  • For clothing, manage to minimise the number and weight of clothes while having clothes that can live with all types of weather
  • You don't want to risk getting cold. It is better to have three good layers of clothing, rather than piling them on. Here's the principle:
  • Layer 1: an undergarment that sticks to the body, which allows perspiration to escape (underpants, tights, socks). It's best to avoid cotton, which retains moisture and will make you cold. Uniqlo fabric is a good compromise.
  • Layer 2: a jumper to keep warm. Avoid wool, which does not dry well. A good fleece is fine
  • Layer 3: a shift jacket to cut out wind and water
  • Cotton washed in sea water will be particularly stiff and scratchy. Technical t-shirts are more suitable
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