Expeditie Zeilen Exploring Countries, Crossing Oceans ............Etappe

Southern Atlantic crossing 2017 
Cape Town, St. Helena, (Fernando do Noronha), Natal (Brasil)

6,650 NM South-and North Atlantic passage

Part 1.....15 October - 17 November 2017, Saldanha, South Africa to Natal, Brazil, 34 days (5,100 euro) 
Discount available for 2 persons and more. Contact the operator.

This voyage is a once in a lifetime opportunity. During the first leg you sail aboard S/Y CrossRoads, our 50 ft BOC Racer from Cape Town, South Africa, via St. Helena to Natal (Brazil). 
This voyage offer a full practical for Yachtmaster Offshore and Yachtmaster Ocean. Additionally, it will prove to be an exciting travel adventure that emphasizes blue-water sailing skills development and cultural exploration. The sail can be extremely pleasant as the wind will be off the starboard quarter once the SE and NE trades are encountered.

First leg 

Cape TownYou arrive at Cape Town airport, South Africa,  where we will pick you up. Cape town is on the shore of Table Bay. The city was first developed by the Dutch East India Company as a victualling (supply) station for Dutch ships sailing to East Africa, India, and the Far East. Jan van Riebeeck's arrival on 6 April 1652 established the first permanent European settlement in South Africa. Cape Town quickly outgrew its original purpose as the first European outpost at the Castle of Good Hope, becoming the economic and cultural hub of the Cape Colony. Until the Witwatersrand Gold Rush and the development of Johannesburg, Cape Town was the largest city in South Africa.
If time permits, pending entirely upon your date of arrival, we will organize a city-tour before departing from Saldanha Bay.

Saldanha Bay, 150 kilometres north of Cape Town, is known for its contrasts and natural beauty. It lies between the Berg River mouth in the north and the West Coast National Park (Langebaan) in the south. It stretches inland to Hopefield with the Berg River in the northeast. There are numerous small fishing villages, holiday resorts and seaside towns. This region is known for its scenic beauty and abundant sea life. In the Bay we will have our familiarization and introduction sailing/training with the Crossroads before departure.

St Helena
The first stop-over after 1,850 NM is St. Helena. We will re-provision, stretch our legs and visit the island as you please. Our stay will be 3 to 4 days.

Natal
The second stop-over after 2,200 NM is Natal, Brazil or ‘Christmas’. It is the capital and largest city of the state Rio Grande do Norte, located in north eastern Brazil. According to IBGE's July 2014 report, the city had a total population of 862,044, while Greater Natal had 1,485,505 inhabitants.
The implementation of the Via Costeira (Coastal Highway), 10 km Long Avenue along the shore and the dunes, was the true starting point for the beginning of tourist activity in the State in the 1980s. The main hotels are concentrated along Via Costeira. Natal is famous for its natural beauty (such as the crystalline waters of Maracajaú and the largest cashew tree in the world), for its historical monuments and buildings (e.g. Forte dos Reis Magos, the Alberto Maranhão Theatre and Newton Navarro Bridge), for its beaches (such as Ponta Negra, Pipa and Genipabu) and also for its off-season carnival, the Carnatal. The city also boasts the second largest urban park in Brazil, the Natal Dunes State Park. A small note: your skippers lived for a year in Natal and are happy to show you around.