Managing Director of Viking Explorers, Oliver Solanas Heinrichs says:
“With 22 boats registered, the 5th edition of Viking Explorers Rally welcomes crews from New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, UK, Italy, Sweden and France, among others. The smallest boat is a 9.15 metre Albin Ballad, SY/Havanna, from Sweden and an 18.5 metre Fountaine Pajot, SY/Eleuthera, from New Zealand, is the biggest. Jack, a Taigan dog, and Aphrodite, a sailor cat, are also part of this year’s international fleet, something not unusual for our Viking Explorers family.”
This rally, which has a maximum entry number of 25, has been well-received by those seeking a less commercial and more family-orientated crossing, with great camaraderie between participants. After a week of seminars in Las Palmas, Canary Islands and a short Christmas break, the fleet’s preliminary start date is 6 January, weather permitting. While some participants head directly to Grenada, a stop in Mindelo on the island of Sao Vicente in Cape Verde is a second option.
In January trade winds are generally more reliable than in November/December, so after 16 to 18 days at sea, most boats are expected to arrive to a warm welcome at Port Louis Marina on the Spice Island of Grenada.
Budget Marine Grenada is proud to be official supplier for this event, joining other Grenadian enterprises to ensure it continues, despite challenging times.
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