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- Champagne for Everyone!
- Trip of a Lifetime, sail across the Atlantic
- 36th America’s Cup World Series
- Christmas &/or New Year in the Caribbean
- The Ultimate UK ‘Staycation’
Champagne Hippy is offering the unique opportunity to sail across the Atlantic.
With a return trip planned for late April 2020 from St Lucia to Palma, Majorca and then from Gran Canaria to St Lucia with the ARC rally in November 2020.
Sailing across the Atlantic is on a lot of people’s bucket list and it’s fair to say that sailing on an 82ft sailing yacht is probably the best way to go.
Like the smaller yachts you can pay to cross on you are still part of the sailing team, participating in the watch system but the best bit is you book your own cabin! They have a water maker so you can shower and a chef to keep you well fed.
A fun few facts for those of you that don’t know me, Lizzie; I’ve sailed across the Atlantic 11 times, 8 times to the Caribbean and 3 times back to Europe. The first time was on a 33footer, then 8 times on a 47footer and the final 2 on a 60footer.
It’s a unique experience, I can’t tell you that you’d love it, as everyone is different. It’s going to take a minimum of 14 days, that’s 13 days of nothing but sea, the first few days are the toughest as you settle into watches, the middle part is the best, as you’re in the flow and loving the simple life. Towards the end you are torn, you want it to end but also you feel like you could carry on forever! I still think about the sunrises and sunsets and how you’re out there in the middle of nowhere, the peace, the passing of a dolphin. And then I think on the lighter wind years the frustration and boredom of “Ground hog day!”. Like I say it’s not for everyone but give me Champagne Hippy and I would definitely consider going again!
Trip 1 .From Caribbean to Med. Leaves Caribbean Late April 20 and sails in a Northern Arc via the Azores (you can get off here if you like) and then finally Mallorca.
Could take 5 weeks. Cost £12,000 per cabin inc food.
Trip 2 . From Las Palmas to Saint Lucia. Leaves late Nov 20 and sails in a southern Arc to Saint Lucia. 2.5 week trip. Cost £18,000 per cabin inc food.
Things to know:
– You do not need experience – we have trained crew who we teach you as we sail.
– You do not need to be super fit – there is work to do, but nothing strenuous.
– Relaxing – there are no phones ringing and emails to answer so bring some books, star gazing apps and enjoy the peace.
– On the November ARC trip. The week before the start has parties and seminars which are fun to attend. In the Caribbean there is a rum party every night!
– Your flights are extra and at your own cost.
– Champagne Hippy has 4 cabins. Each cabin is allocated on booking.
– The price includes all entrants fees, food, drink, (and on the ARC – entrance to parties and talks, special ARC jackets and some other clothing.)
– A trained medic and lots of medical equipment along with a long range radio and sat phone.
– There are 2 skippers and a cook so you will be in good hands!
We have internet, but it is slow and it is expensive – but it means you can read emergency emails.
The boat has some books and lots of movies for all ages on board.
– In terms of helping – it would be good if everyone participates in the sailing and the watch system.
Below would be a normal day:
6am to 12 Noon – Team 1
12 Noon to 6pm – Team 2
6pm to 10pm – Team 1
10pm to 2am – Team 2
2am to 6am- Team 1
Then it alternates the following day
6am to 12 Noon – Team 2 and so on…
In summary the Atlantic crossing is a once in a lifetime bucket list item. I cannot describe how beautiful it is seeing the sunrise and set over the ocean, studying the stars at night and visits from dolphins, kamikaze flying fish and peaceful whales gliding through the ocean. The trip can be tiring but you also have some lovely peaceful times when you can read in a hammock !
Follow this link to the video we made of my last Atlantic Crossing.