Registrations follow one another as the start of the Transat Return 2020 begins with a newcomer, TIA MOANA a Dufour 450 Grand Large, which will make its way to St Raphaël after the stopover in Sao Miguel.25 will be the limit of the number of boats in this 3rd edition, there are a few places left so don’t hesitate to register. François Séruzier the Director of the organization is in Martinique in Le Marin until January 29th, then in Guadeloupe until February 03rd.Juliette Boesse, rally communications manager for the Citronmer communications agency, will be in Guadeloupe from January 30th until departure on 05 May.Do not hesitate to contact us to organize your participation.
March, 17th 2020 – Information related to Covid-19
At this time, global confinement has been declared. The rally ABC could not be organised in such a situation. But departure is due to May 5th, which means in 7 weeks.
If the confinement is cancelled, the ABC 2020 is actually going to happen.
Though, we could eventualy delay the start if necessary.
In any cases, we will be able to find solutions to accompany all boats that must go back to Europe, in keeping with government rules.
Let us remain optimistic, sailors have always learnt to adapt to any king of situation and we will manage to adapt to this storm.
Please feel free to contact us : email@example.com or +33 (0)6 33 02 81 28
The ABC team is on the deck and despite the current logistic contraints we organise this 3rd edition with enthousiasm.
March, 12th 2020 – New entry – Grain de Folie III
Grain de Folie III joins the Atlantic Back Cruising fleet, taking the sea on May 5th from Guadeloupe to Europe
The Oceanis 35, the smallest boat of the fleet (seft retirement gilf of Jean-Michel) will cross the Atlantic for the second time. Her first time occured last december in the other way. It was the fullfiment of a dream born a few years ago while reading “L’Atlantique est mon désert” a French novel.
With Cedric and Bertand, two navy veterans, Jean-Michel will leave the tropics to get back to Noirmoutier, its final destination.
March, 9th 2020 – New entry – Cristal
Welcome to Cristal and its crew, skippered by Alain. The owners, a couple from Auvergne, arrived in decembre 2019 and sailed in the Caribbean. After a few time, they founded heaven in Le Marin and stayed there for a year.
They are back at sea, visiting the Northern Islands, before departure of the Atlantic Back Cruising on May 5th, from Guadeloupe. After the stopover in the Azores, they will head to Cap D’Agde, their final destination.
March, 4th 2020 – New entry – L’Entente Cordiale
A new crew is joining the Atlantic Back Cruising fleet, leaving from the Marina Bas du Fort in Guadeloupe to Europe on May 5th.
After a discovery stop-over in the Azores, L’Entente Cordiale (AMEL50) and its crew will return to sea towards a small heaven called Les Baléares, where they will spend summer before reaching their final destination in Saint-Mandrier.
March, 3rd 2020 – New entry – Karhammel IV
Welcome to Karhammel IV, a Southerly 35RS and its crew members, joigning the Atlantic Back Cruising, after a good time spent in this tropical heaven. They arrived in St Lucia in November 2019 and will leave on May 5th 2020 with the ABC 2020
When he is not working on a container ship, Henri sails on Tea, its Pogo 12.50. The sailor left the french coast in September 2019 to escort the Mini-Transat fleet and has been sailing in the West Indies since November 19th.
On May 5th, Tea and its crew membres Henri, Rosana and Yves, will start from Guadeloupe to Europe with the ABC2020.
Henri is about to sail across the Atlantic for the 6th time.
What he is looking for with the ABC : 👉A daily individual weather forecasting realized by a professional team. 👉Friendliness !
Some families gather on Christmas Day, but Fred, Gisèle and their 3 children Chloé, Arthur and Félix, choose the transatlantic. Guadeloupean in the heart, the five members of the family of sailors have one dream: to cross the Atlantic together!
There are all available in springtime. A happy coincidence seen as the sign of destiny. After years spent away from the coasts, finally they are about to realize their common dream onboard of the RM1180 Caribbean Dandy. A family project welcome by the ABC with enthusiasm.
February, 20th 2020 – Rally 2020 – New entry – Longo Maï
Welcome to Longo Maï joigning the #ABC2020 fleet, with a departure on Mai 5th from #MarinaBasduFort. The #Lagoon400 and its crew members Patrick, Patrick, Christophe, Christian and Aimée, will leave the tropics to go back home in #CanetenRoussilon, with some stopover in Portugal, with not ? 😉😉
January, 26th 2019 – Rally 2020 – New registration TIA MOANA
Entries multiply with a new boat, TIA MOANA a Dufour 450 who will head to St Raphaël after the stopover in Sao Miguel. 25 is the limit number of boats for this 3rd edition, only a few left places, do not be late for registration.
November, 26th 2019 – Rally 2020 – Cocktail to the Paris Boat Show
Mireille Cambon President of the organizing association of Atlantic Back Cruising and François Séruzier Manager of his organizationhave the pleasure of inviting you to a cocktail presentation of the 2020 edition.
On Monday 09th December 2019 at 17:30 – Paris Boat Show – Hall 1 Stand STW-ABC L59.
With the pleasure of sharing this moment of conviviality with you!
August , 12th 2019 – Rally 2020 – Registrations are open
June, 17th 2019 – Arrival of OCANA
OCANA arrived in Hyères.Does it seem with a welcoming committee at least equal to that of Belle-Isa a few days earlier in Pornichet.To each sailor his adventure, Jean-Marc the owner crossed alone to join the West Indies and he returned with his son and a crew to the starting point.A dream has come true and the ABC is happy to have made a contribution.More smiles, emotion, shared joy. For other boats the crossing is not over and in the news we note today the departure of Ponta Delgada friendly crew from Pitchounet to Lisbon and no less friendly crew of Tamatai to southern Brittany.
Bielle is approaching La Rochelle in fair winds.Aramis, Mojito, Happy Koumata and Oxidiana continue their journey in the Mediterranean with many tourist stops.Always followed by the satellite beacons and the weather cell of the organization.
June, 14th 2019 – Forecast
The weather is one of the major concerns for sailors, especially when crossing the Atlantic from West to East. Anticipating the formation of gales is a priority for ABC weather analysts. And the weather can be a bit of a challenge. Currently we live in a delicate period. The Miguel storm that formed in the middle of the Atlantic is a proof and meteorologists have managed to avoid the strongest to Belle Isa who went back to Pornichet. A new, larger, stronger depression is being formed in the western Azores and will hit the Archipelago on June 16-17. It is necessary to wait for the passage of this one to make leave Pitchounet towards Lisboa and Tamatai towards Brittany. At this time these depressions in these latitudes are quite rare. Is the climate change or a year that looks windy on the Atlantic, difficult to say. The Mediterranean is not spared with small depressions that form quickly and can generate strong winds. This is currently the case on the French Riviera. Safety is the watchword of the rally, and sometimes you have to be patient to wait for favorable conditions to cross. It’s still nature that dictates our choices, and that’s certainly fine.
June, 12th 2019 – Aramis
Aramis is led by a very friendly crew and the boat is a classic yacht with pretty varnish. Aramis left Ponta Delgada with a modified crew, including his owner who joined the edge for the second part of the transat return. Aramis is on his way to Toulon his home port. After a few hours of departure from Aramis de Ponta Delgada the satellite beacon that allows to follow remotely the boat no longer gave positions regularly. With the support of the MRCC who manage the follow-up and the safety of the boats at sea the maritime direction came into contact with the boat via cargo ships, which reassured the organization, friends and family that everything was going well on board. The next stop for the boat is Marbella before heading back to Toulon.
Koriolys is going to Tangier with moderate north winds. Bielle go to La Rochelle and Bryell II to Corunna benefit from winds that will become favorable as turning to the West in the coming days. Ocana stopped in Palma de Mallorca will return to Hyères.
Always followed by the shipping management that sends the weather and personalized routings every day, the ABC continues to run with confidence.
June, 10th 2019 – Capt’ain Moustache arrival
Today is a special day for the ABC. Indeed the first boat to have registered in the 2019 rally is the first boat to arrive safely. This is Belle Isa who is expected to arrive today in Pornichet. The owner, who was quickly nicknamed Capt’ain Mustache, animated the ABC during the whole edition. A spirit of conviviality widely shared by the other participants. What a pleasure to see him with his crew and most of the crews present on the pontoons day and night in Ponta Delgada to welcome the following boats. But it is not only that, it is also the true spirit of mutual aid between the sailors that Capt’ain mustache participated to transmit during this ABC 2019. Nice spiritt and a great bravo to Belle Isa.
Today is the departure of Koriolys from Ponta Delgada to Tanger. For all boats the weather is beautiful for everyone to move towards his goal.
June, 8th 2019 – Bye Bye Ponta Delgada
This morning it is the moment of the departure of the organization team of the ABC of Ponta Delgada, back to the Maritime Office in Brittany to continue monitoring individual boats to their home port.It’s also a moment of emotion to leave this wonderful island.Marvelous by the beauty of its landscapes but also especially wonderful for the quality of the welcome of its peoples, the Clube Naval de Ponta Delgada, the City of Ponta Delgada and its Mayor Dr. José Manuel Bolieiro.The participants and François Séruzier Director of the ABC particularly thank Pedro Mura the President of the Naval Clube for his availability, his kindness, his disponibility.Memories marked by a new friendship between all who will not forget.The ABC will again be at Ponta Delgada in 2020 but by then remains focused on the routing of boats to their respective destinations.
June, 7th 2019 – The organization management
The organization of a transatlantic rally is primarily a technical organization to manage the safety of participants who have registered. There is therefore a main officer and an assistant, assisted by a router and professional of the forecast (Christian Dumard Great Circle company that manages among other things the Vendée Globe weather, the Route du Rhum …). The role of this team is, among other things, to manage the technical implementation and all the safety procedures implemented in connection with the maritime authorities. Also role of animation safety and weather briefings, organization of safety demonstrations (distress beacons, inflating life rafts …). Once at sea it is the 24/24 control of the position of the boats known thanks to the satellite beacons installed on each boat, the individual sending of the routing and the weather according to the position and speed of each boat, and of course the 24/24 standby to manage any request for a boat and provide assistance to the rescue if necessary. The control of boat safety equipment before departure is a very important moment. A team set up before departure ensures this work with great rigor. It is also a privileged moment to discuss with each skipper and give him advice, explain technical details and especially ensure that everything is ok for the boat and its crew to participate in the rally and be ready to cross the Atlantic safely.
So security first. But the ABC rally is also conviviality, meetings, sharing. Special moments are organized for the participants to get to know each other and meet the organizers, partners and inhabitants of the town involved. Many visits are organized in Guadeloupe and at Ponta Delgada. A large organization team assisted by professionals and local Naval Clubs are invested to help the participants in their preparations and organize all the moments of conviviality.
To date 6 boats have left Ponta Delgada to their respective ports of destination, 1 will stay in winter in the Archipelago and 8 others will leave soon. Always assisted by the forecast, satellite tracking, and watch 24/24.
June, 5th 2019 – Sao Miguel
The stopover of Ponta Delgada in Sao Miguel is much appreciated by the sailors of the ABC.
Beautiful landscapes make up this island also called the Green Island. Fabulous lakes, rugged coastlines, and above all an atmosphere of tranquility that emerges at all times.
All this without counting the quality of the reception of the authorities, the Naval Clube of Ponta Delgada, the Marina and all the inhabitants who are here always ready to help and give advices to the sailors in call.
6 boats have already returned to their destiny, 2 are still at sea (Pitchounet and Tamatai expected tomorrow) and others who continue to enjoy the sweets of the island.
At sea for Belle Isa the weather routers are attentive to make him avoid the strongest of a Low Pressure that will come then extend on the Biscay. Aramis is still not visible screens but the Maritime Officiers takes care of locating it by other means. Boats to Gibraltar or Lisbon benefit from a strong Northerly wind of 20knts and averages are quite high. For those who want to leave with very low conditions of wind, they will wait a little in the port of Ponta Delgada, but it is a pleasure for them.
June, 3rd 2019 – Cocktail city of Ponta Delgada
José Manuel Bolieiro Mayor of the City of Ponta Delgada honored the Atlantic Back Cruising by inviting the participants to a cocktail in the salon of the Clube Naval de Ponta Delgada, in the presence of its President Pedro Mura.The Mayor had the opportunity to express his support for receiving the ABC every years.François Séruzier director of the ABC, for his part recalled the importance that this rally can have for the city of Ponta Delgada and the island of Sao Miguel.This rally, if it is sporty, is also a source of tourist and economic development.Mr. Thierry, Manager of the Rhumerie Bielle of Marie Galante has also engaged his Goelette in the rally and came in person to develop contacts and trade with the island of Sao Miguel. The relationship between ABC and Ponta Delgada is a very beautiful adventure that is just beginning.
June, 2nd 2019 – Brell II arrival
At 2.30 pm the magnificent Bryell Classic Yacht entered the port of Ponta Delgada.After a 24-hour stop at Horta (and of course enjoying a traditional drink at Peter’s best-known Atlantic bar) Bryell II joined the other ABC participants happily.Time now for minor repairs before restart to Lorient – Port Louis
June, 2nd 2019 – Bye Bye Belle Isa
This morning it’s Belle Isa who made goodbye to her friends from the ABC. Belle Isa left the pontoons around 11:00 in the direction of Pornichet, with very good weather forecasts that will allow her to make a direct route. Bryell is approaching Ponta Delgada, we are waiting for her in the afternoon. After a soft night in a real bed the crew of Aramis arrived at night was cool and dapper this morning. Aramis is one of the small boats of this edition (11m30). It is a beautiful classic yacht and at the time the boats were rather narrow. So living 4 crews for 21 days in such a small space is in itself a performance. And most importantly, they arrived with the smile !
On the festivities side, the ABC and Clube Naval de Ponta Delgada hosted an evening cocktail party at the Club’s premises, a new opportunity to thank the volunteers for their commitment and the quality of receptions for all participants.
June, 1st 2019 – Arrivals and departures
All participants were on the pontoon last night for the arrival of Batopoupa. Trumpets on duty, applause, a little emotion, everything was there. The truth is that they have chosen a very good time to arrive, the so-called smart time which is synonymous with the time of the aperitif! After a deserved shower they joined all the crews in a typical restaurant of Ponta Delgada well-known for its fish, the Cais de Sardhinia.
And already at the table, some people mentioned their upcoming departure. Because the ABC principle is to accompany boats with individualized routing to the home port of each. Some have planned to leave tonight as the Italians Oxidiana, just after the aperitif of the Clube Naval Ponta Delgada. Others like Belle Isa will leave, direction Pornichet, tomorrow morning. Aramis is expected to night. Bryell left Horta after a short technical stop and is expected to arrive tomorrow in the afternoon. Pitchounet followed by Tamatai are expected June 5 and 6, they found a little bit of wind to advance towards the goal.
May, 31st 2019 – Ithaka : arrival at the right time
Last night, ABC organized a “Dock aperitif”, a well-established tradition that participants particularly appreciate.That’s when the German boat Ithaka arrived in a very festive atmosphere, welcomed by applause and with a little emotion.We are 2/3 of the way but an arrival after several days of sea is always a special moment.So when we are greeted by friends already moored at the pontoon, the pleasure is increased. The Goelette Bielle arrived in the day, to follow Batopoupa.Behind Bryell, who has a small rigging problem, will be heading for Horta, closer than Sao Miguel.Aramis is expected around t2nd of May.Pitchounet and Tamatai are facing the protesters of the ridge of the Azores Anticyclone.It is proposed to them to go to the NNE to look for some wind.
May, 30th 2019 – An exceptional welcome
Arrivals in the Marina of Ponta Delgada follow after another. Last night, it was the arrival of Rootsie, tired but happy, and at noon the arrival of Mojito who sent us regular and lovely news telling their lives on board.
The reception of the boats is, among others, orchestrated by the Naval Clube of Ponta Delgada, Presided by Pedro Moura, which puts at the disposal of the ABC its technical means (Rib – Club). Beyond the technical means, members of the Club give a lot of their time to meet the boats at sea, welcome the sailors and provide assistance to facilitate their arrival.
We do not forget the assistance and the quality of reception of the Marina!
The city of Ponta Delgada is happy to receive the ABC and it shows it, the crews are very grateful. Quality, rigor and friendliness here are the few words that come back regularly from them to describe the ABC. Ponta Delgada, which is a beautiful city, will become the ABC’s annual stopover.
Tonight after “drinks on the pontoon” we are waiting for the arrival of a German crew Ithaka and tomorrow night the Goëllette Bielle and the nice couple of the boat Batopoupa.
May, 29th 2019 – Flash arrival
Hyperion is on the place. One hour after the arrival of Happy Koumata on the island of Sao Miguel, Hyperion arrived in the Marina of Ponta Delgada.
May, 29th 2019 – Flash arrival
And here is a fourth “little” boat, in the Marina of Ponta Delgada. We had the pleasure to welcome Happy Koumata, the beautiful Privilege 50, et its joyful crew in the afternoon, after 17 days and 3 hours on the Altantic Ocean.
May, 29th 2019 – Father and Son
Last night Ocana moored at the pontoon Atlantic Back Cruising in the Marina of Ponta Delgada. Father and son accompanied by an experienced sailor, the crew of Ocana quickly crossed the Atlantic Ocean in less than 17 days. Jean-Marc (the father) went alone to the West Indies with his boat. His dream was to return with his son and if crossing is not over because there is still 1300 Nm to go, the smile on his face was communicating. Many crew members of the other boats were on the pontoon at 2:00 to welcome the team, this is also the spirit of the ABC.
Today, 3 boats are expected, Happy Koumata, Hyperion and Koriolys followed by Rootsie and Mojito in the night and tomorrow morning.
The weather conditions are still very mild for boats still at sea, sometimes too much with calm during the next 20 hours for Pitchounet and Tamatai.
May, 29th 2019 – Flash arrival
Jean-Marc, Antoine et Jérôme arrived in the Marina de Ponta Delgada in the night.
With a large smile on their face, the crew members of Ocana has finished to cross the Atlantic to the Azores in 16 days and 17 hours. Bravo !
May, 28th 2019 – First arrivals
The Belle Isa (Sun Odyssey 54) followed by Oxidiana the Italian X442 arrived this morning in Ponta Delgada at an hour apart. The smile on their faces spoke volumes about the pleasure these two crews had to make this crossing as part of the Atlantic Back Cruising.
The conditions have been lenient, thanks to the routing that has allowed them to avoid areas of strong winds that other non-routed boats have experienced by fetching wind farther north from the first days.
These two crews have not experienced any major problems and the next few days will be dedicated to repair the small technical issues with the support of the professionals of the marina.
Then comes the time to visit the island of Sao Miguel which is perhaps one of the most beautiful of the archipelago with beautiful green landscapes, lakes of beauty, incredible exotic gardens.
The next boat Ocana is expected tonight and the following Happy Koumata and Hyperion tomorrow night followed by Koriolys and Rootsie.
May, 28th 2019 – Belle Isa arrival
Belle Isa is expected to Ponta Delgada today at 09.30 am local time
May, 27th 2019 – Azorean tradition
The largest religious festival in the Azores is currently held in Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel Island.
The cult of Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres began in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century, due to the devotion of a nun, Mother Teresa da Anunciada. She initiated the first procession around 1700 with the support of the population and the approval of her hierarchy. At that time, the island was affected by a period of strong seismic activity. During this first procession, the miracle took place and earthquakes ceased. From this day, the image of the Senhor de Santo Cristo is miraculous.
During the 5 days of celebration from Friday evening to Ascension Thursday, the convent and Campo de São Francisco square in front of this building, are sanctuary as may be Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal or Lourdes in France.
For the passage of the Procession the streets are lined with flowers in a traditional ornament that illuminates the city.
ABC participants will arrive for the most part during these festive moments that are a highlight of local traditions. A nice moment to focus on the regional cultures that make Europe so rich.
During this time the participants are sailing in mild conditions. The first Belle Isa, Oxidiana and Ocana are expected between tomorrow in the day and on 29th in the morning.
The following Koumata Hyperion on May 29-30th. The wind is weak at the approach of the island it is difficult to make an accurate estimate. But the organizing team with the City of Ponta Delgada are ready to welcome the boats day and night.
The following boats still benefit from the wind due to the passage of a depression in the north and takes time to pass, blocked by the famous Azores anticyclone. And that’s fine because without this slowing down of the depression the calm would have be back sooner. The two boats that close the
fleet Tamatai and Pitchounet are still at risk of finding very weak winds from May 29th.
May, 26 th 2019 – The real “ROUTE DU RHUM” – Part 2
Yesterday we explained that the beautiful schooner Bielle belonging to the company Rhum Bielle participates in the rally ABC 2019 with in its bunkers a nice drink loved by the sailors.
We reproduce below the second part of the manuscript inscribed at the entrance of the rhum Company Bielle :
What happens to a white rum put in a barrel of oak after several weeks of mixing in the belly of a schooner after a transatlantic.
Bielle reiterates what was simply going on in past centuries and upsets conventional transport and habits with audacity.
Added to this is a scent of adventure that also upsets the assurance of a comfortable world to join the course of birds of passage, the thirsty azure who advance more fear in the stomach but in confrontation and violence winds and spray.
Bielle is the rhum of the sailor, a rhum of character for temperaments. The singularity of a new energy is fulfilled in an exceptional tasting that I invite you to share.
If in memory you want to get a bottle of this exceptional rhum that crossed the Atlantic with ABC 2019, contact us. firstname.lastname@example.org
The first Belle Isa is expected on May 28th in Ponta Delgada. The following Ocana and Oxidiana May 29-30th. Followed by by Happy Koumata and Hyperion. The mid and late-fleet boats will have a good wind from today and tomorrow thanks to the northern passage of a depression. Until May 28, speed should be maintained above 5-6 knots.
May, 25 th 2019 – The real “ROUTE DU RHUM”
There is a boat in this rally that is a bit special and we will tell you the story. The beautiful schooner Bielle which is owned by the Rhumerie Bielle from Marie Galante ISland carries in its bunkers the delicious beverage so dear to sailors.
Reproduction of the manuscript registered at the entrance to Rhum factory :
“Rhum and sea have always been inseparable complicity. An impossible discrepancy since the discovery of islands and sugar cane.
It’s the rhum and the flibuste, it’s the rhum and the conquest of the CArribean, torn between the lusts of the different powers in the interminable conflicts between the French and the English, the Spanish, the Dutch … It’s only after the conflict, that the exploitation of cane sugar land and the production of rhum could have stabilized. The unmissable historical riches linked to rhum and the world of sailing deserved that we reactivate the memory of the old. A new resonance accompanies this memory, by the ecological character of a transport without pollution, the only force of the wind frees from a production of CO2 (contributing durably to the global warming and its consequences).
Another aspect of interest deserves a light on a major innovation in the field of rum research and development …
The end tomorrow !….
The boats from the back will find the wind today for several days, everything goes well on the fleet.
Words from the sea :
Hello from Koriolys,
We find a quieter pace after this episode pretty fast in recent hours.
We currently have 18 to 22 kts of SW. This gives an angle of 130 on starboard. Our speed oscillates between 7 and 8. Cape on the WP.
Thierry is a disappointed, he brought his professional fishing rods but with all these sargasses impossible to fish. We who expected to eat a lot of fish !!
Fortunately we have a stock of cans but it’s a lot less good.
Life on board is cool. Reading, discussions, cooking, time spent with iridium, DIY …
We were busy repairing temporarily with the means of the board a piece that broke on the GV cart.
Hoping that it holds up to the Azores.
May, 24 th 2019 – Couples
Crews usually cross Atlantic with friends and/or family. Sometimes also by calling on one or two experienced sailors because despite the very secure supervision of the ABC must justify some experience to cross the Atlantic. Especially in the West-East course. Keeping calm and staying calm in all circumstances requires having already sailled thousands of miles. Some of the crews decide to sail for two. This is the case of Batopoupa and Rootsie who have crossed the Atlantic couple and they still get along !! On Tamatai they are 2 friends who decided to cross together. Also on Pitchounet the yellow boat, 2 retired friends have embarked together in this beautiful adventure. Life on board with only two crew is much different than 3 or 4 crew members. The quarters are longer and the best friend of the crew is the autopilot. If it fails then you can not leave the helm when the other crew is sleeping. The boats have sailled last night and this morning in the south of a Low Pressure. Pitchounet has experienced this night gusts to more than 30 knots but everything is fine on board. The wind has now fallen for them and the next passage of a Low Pressure in the north (tomorrow) should bring for the participants of the medium wind of 10 to 20 knts of South sector for several days. The first Belle Isa is expected to Ponta Delgada on May 29 or 30th and the last boats around June 3rd.
May, 23rd 2019 –Meeting between rootsie and ithaka
The boats of the ABC are routed by the MAritime Office assisted by Christian Dumard the forecast specialist. They follow very parallel roads and go ahead at their own speed.
And sometimes, surprise, 2 sails get closer in the middle of the ocean and these are 2 boats from the ABC
who meet. That’s how, since this morning, Rootsie and Ithaka can chat in the middle of the Atlantic!
We are now measuring 550 miles (about 800 km) from the first to the last after 11 days at sea. The routing is now customized according to their position. Although the calms of the previous days could not be avoided in view of their vast expanse, they were instead avoided from seeking wind in the north where the passage of a Lox Pressure and another to follow would have confronted them with strong winds with very strong gusts. On the other hand the participants were confronted with calms which are never very appreciated by the sailors. The sails slam, the boat is on the spot and it is tiring for the nerves. There is the option engine but it has recommended them to keep the equivalent of 24 hours of diesel in the tanks safely. Compared to a Transat East West in the trade winds where the wind is fairly stable in force and direction, the return is strewn with traps with calm or strong winds to see very strong. It is therefore necessary to remain very vigilant what is the role of the Maritime Office and anticipated long before the evolutions because their boats have speeds that are not those of the competitors of the Route du Rhum.
For the coming days there will still be a calm zone of about 24h for the middle and end of the fleet from tomorrow evening, then the conditions will be rather good with southerly winds of 10-15 knots during 3 -4 days.
Last previsionnal for the arrival of Belle Isa in Ponta Delgada is on May 29-30. For the last it is far prevision but one can make an assumption around the 3rd of June.
May, 22nd 2019 – Fishing and Rhum challenge
The first have passed mid-term and the last ones are getting closer. First or last no matter because it is good in this rally that everyone goes at their own pace. And when one is at sea far from everything one is as far away from the daily worries of earthly life. So we do not care whether we will arrive a day earlier or a day later. But we must still move towards the goal and the boats should accelerate in the day for the first and the night for the last with the passage of a front that will bring them wind up to at least 24 may. After a new calm zone of 24 hours the wind will return and should not abandon the whole fleet until the arrival.
The fishing challenge should not be the concern of the crews anymore and we will be able (photo in support to transmit on arrival) to name the winner. Will always remain open the recipe of Rhum recipe arranged (with Damoiseau as it should be or Rhum Bielle of the Schooner of the same name who made some gifts to the crews before the departure).
Words from the sea :
Beautiful sea, very weak wind from 2 to 4 knots northeast, motor navigation during the day, road to 4.5 knots. …
… It is with a bit of melancholy that we left the trade winds regime to find westerly winds and we have the feeling of saying goodbye to the Caribbean.
Taking advantage of the calm, with Guillaume, we did a little preventive maintenance. Not much because the boat is pretty good.
The days now have a well-established rhythm. At 9 o’clock, I call the entire crew for the passage of the postman; it is the moment of the reception of the mails via our iridium. The first open is that of the positions of all the boats of the ABC Rally, then that of the weather forecast and the routing that we transmit daily François, marine director of the ABC. Then news of our families.
At lunch, sea bream (mahi mahi) cooked in curry in Reunion Island again.
May, 21st 2019 – Forecast
Since the departure, weather is fair. The worries can be summed up either in the lack of wind, or in the gradually decreasing temperature or the sargasses that disturb the fishermen. So, does crossing the Atlantic in the West sense mean a relaxed blue cruising? It is true that the weather saved for the moment our sailors of the ABC. But conditions will change from tomorrow. Return to reality with the management of Low Pressure that punctuate the North Atlantic weather. The Low Pressure usually form on the NE coast of the United States and then cross the Atlantic from west to east. These Low Pressures are very strong and form waves that can reach several meters. Azores anticyclone is their area of influence is more or less south.
A depression will pass very north in the coming days and bring wind from the back of the order of 20 to 30 knts for our boats. Strong wind but very far from worrying. On the contrary it will finally go up average for 2-3 days. The wind will be lower after the passage of this depression, waiting for the next !
Words from the sea : Belle Isa
… Two good days of sunbathing cruise (almost favorite of the boss Isabelle) and almost without gite!
We have curiously sailed under an oasis of sky with a beautiful moon … surrounded by big clouds that … do not just pass.
Tonight, the clouds are everywhere up to the horizon, but for now, no violent grain.
We finish the fresh food but we have not yet caught anything other than beautiful bunches of Sargassum (that counts for the fishing contest?) Ah, I forgot, there must still be fish we ate a lure .. (on steel line)
Morale is good, the troops are cool.
UTC that day (BEAUTIFUL ISA) was from the start but did not have his crew to not make the shift effect worse, oh sorry! sliding schedule on the course).
Life is Beautiful !
The sea too.
May, 20th 2019 – Forecast
The ABC participants mainly registered for this rally to receive weather assistance on their crossing, in addition to the pleasure (and security) of sailing in the fleet. The maritime management continuously analyzes the weather on the Atlantic with the participation of the company Great Circle and Christian Dumard, meteorologist of the Route du Rhum, the Vendée Globe and one of the best specialists in weather analysis for navigators. Among the software used, the maritime management relies on software like Squid or Adrena. The objective is not the speed performance for the participants, but to make a crossing in the best conditions by avoiding strong winds and worst sea. Quit to offer them to do the road and more. So every day they are sent a wind forecast file, a general analysis of future conditions and a waypoint (fixed point) to reach. This will be the case until their arrival in the Azores, but also individually until their home port after leaving Ponta Delgada after a few days of rest.
Words from teh Sea – Batopoupa :
Life flows quietly on Batopoupa and the morale of the crew is good. The rhythm of the long crossings has settled. The day of
11:30 UTC 23:30 UTC no quarter set up, as they say free quarter. On the other hand, at night, Carine watches, in UTC, from 23h30 to 2h30 and
5:30 to 8:30 for my part I do the other 2 from 2:30 to 5:30 and 8:30 to 11:30. This pace suits us well, we do not feel any tired and taking the watch after 3 hours of sleep goes without problem. I must admit, however, that it is always a little difficult to get out of his hot bunk to settle in the cockpit where the temperature decreases at night, day by day. Mojito is right should not he return to the Caribbean?
We have been driving since yesterday at 15:30 UTC and see no improvement in the coming hours. We should, however, if the wind comes back (STP Eole returns), have enough Gasoil.
Some maintenance work was done yesterday, repositioning the probe of the fridge which, during a wiping of the evaporator, unfortunately left his place. Nothing complicated except that it requires fingers of the fairy, an angel patient and a lot of luck to go put in place behind the evaporator.
As for the cuisine we are very old France and it is lady who sticks. Last night I was treated to spaghetti with carbonara and last Wednesday it was filet mignon sauce Norman on his bed of white rice routine what.
May, 19th 2019 – Survival at Sea
The boats are currently sailing in the north of a high pressure ridge for the first and south for the latter. A dorsal is the stretched extension of an anticyclone to use more understandable words. And in an anticyclone as in the dorsals the wind is often very light. This explains the low speeds of the ABC boats. If some are fast it may be with the help of the engine. This situation will continue until May 22nd. Will then arrive south of a Low Pressure that passes north and that will make them benefit from southwesterly winds between 15 and 30 knots. Good news for going fast to Ponta Delgada.
During the week of preparation, the crews were given a life raft inflation demonstration and a reminder of the rules to know associated with this means of rescue. We do not want anyone of course to use this one but the organization of a crossing should leave nothing to chance. François Lamy of the Marine Ocean company came to ensure this demonstration and especially reassure crews by explaining the basic safety rules in case of evacuation of their boat. All participants appreciated this demonstration, many of whom had never seen a life raft demonstration.
Words Off Mojito:
It is not so hot, we wondered yesterday if we would not better turn back, back to the tropics is that it is cool in the north! And still good, we preferred to continue, warmed by the Indian music of Jean Marie (still in his dj, although he has severe competitors), Sidi Mansouri you go see, a lil bit of sound and BIM you Here are transposed in Indian temples surrounded by belly dancers with light and colorful curtains!
… Yesterday lunch concocted by Jean Marie who has put all his love, the days continue in the good humor and pleasure of living, one cross here of there orange buoys, probably dedicated to the scientific research of the seabed? As for our own analysis of funds, it is simple, the fish must flee in front of mojito, smart, they know that alcohol is strongly disadvised ..!
May, 18th 2019 – Sponsors
The weather is calm, some rain to rinse the boats and forecasts for the future is quiet.
The moment for us to make a small return on the week of departure. A week of preparation is synonymous with briefings, security checks, demonstrations of equipment and, of course, touristic visits, all accompanied by cocktails offered by the partners, moments of convivial meetings.
Each evening a cocktail party gathered from 19:00 participants and guests under the main tent of the ABC. An opportunity also to call each crew on the podium and give them some presents. It is also a moment to thank the partners that are the Marina Bas-du-Fort, North, Uship, the rhums Damoiseau official supplier (Be careful the abuse of alcohol is dangerous for the health according to the formula dedicated!), Citronmer , STW, Vogavecmoi, Ponta Delgada, Cospirit. Not to mention The Maritime Cluster of Guadeloupe and the Propeller Club of Pointe à Pitre. Supporters without which this event would be in the process of becoming a major nautical event and international. The islands of Guadeloupe, the island of Sao Miguel with the city of Ponta Delgada are also major partners and the ABC will be organized every year around these stops.
May, 17th 2019 – relax time
5th day of the sea. It is often around the fourth or fifth day that the life on board begins to take the rhythm of the sea. Spirits are also now used to this life so far removed from the everyday life of the earthly. The true life of offshore sailor makes sense with only the sea, the sky, the boat.Life on board is now well organized, the organizations accustomed and the stress of the week of preparation evacuated. The days go by quickly between take the watch, cooking, a little reading or other relaxation time and often some sleeps.
The weather can change pace if the wind rise and if the seau become rough but it is not what is expected in the days to come for our sailors. On the contrary, we try to avoid light wind areas and ooking for wind. And that will stay so for several more days.
It is still very early to predict the arrival of the first, but at this time we could see the first bow in Ponta Delgada around May 27.
OCANA Offshore Words:
At this moment calm sea, wind 7/9 knots South / South-east sky slightly cloudy Cape 65 ° speed 6,5 / 7 knots under genneker yesterday and before yesterday a few hours of engine as soon as speed below 3,5 / 4 nds
… On board everything is fine, the shape and the morale of the crew at the top and OCANA is doing well also we are surprised to take us to the ranking game and this approach of the rally brings some stimulation and positive emulation on board … It’s very nice (and completely new for me..who does not follow any regatta or competitor in this area)
May, 15th 2019 – No joke with “the Pasta”
The ABC is an international rally that welcomes among others an Italian crew, the superb boat
Oxidiana an X442. As the Captain wanted to increase the size of the crew, the organizer found him
2 young French sailors, one of whom holds the position of second. Jeremy the 2nd French has tried to cook Italan Pasta….
Read the message from Oxidiana :
Here are some news from OXIDIANA.
All goes well, we make the 50 ° and calmly progress in the HP area under a wind at 170 ° and a swell ESE.
The boat works very well and our language skills are progressing from day to day.
We had our first beans yesterday and today we sail under mainsail and genaker realizing that the X442 has a good chance of arriving in the Azores pole position.
The crew is doing well, nourished by the good care of Rossa.
Jeremy is trying to cook pasta and almost go overboard !!!!!
The days are always warm and we are impatient to reach more cool latitudes.
In short, the cruise is fun, we will give you news soon.
The Oxidiana Crew
For the weather side the meteorologist has a job! a lot of calm in front of the boats’ bows and you have to find the best way with wind for our sailors. Because if too much is not necessary, a sailboat is mostly done to sail.
So no risk of strong winds expected, rather too much down wind.
May, 15th 2019 – Fair winds !
After sailing north with the easterly winds, the fleet begins to set the turn signal to the right, as the sailors say, in the direction to their final destination port on the island of Sao Miguel to Ponta Delgada. The winds that have favorably turned to the South East then South South East allow indeed to approach the direct route. But the crossing of the Atlantic is often strewn with traps and calms are part of it. It is quite possible that averages will drop slightly in the day tomorrow and the options to avoid these would cause them to get too far from the direct route. So if the wind decrease you must arm yourself with patience and find occupations. A recipe of cooking and fishing was launched before the departure, this may be the time to talk about the talent of cooks and fine fishermen.
The photo is Ithaka German boat and crew and like everyone, enjoyed the preparation week spent in Guadeloupe Marina Bas-du-Fort before setting off on the return trip.
The words off Itakha:
here is the info on sea state, wind, sky: the night was calm but we still could sail with some speed, 5- 6.5 knots. Sea calm. The sky was clear with stars sparkling. In the early morning the wind decreased significan7tly, coming more from the south now. Then picked up again, however at 14:20 UTC we had to start the engine with wind now down to 3-7 knots from SSE. Sky now scattered with clouds (cumulus) and higher above a lot of cirrostratus.
Unfortunately no fish so far but we are patient and have the lure out all day
May, 14th 2019 – nice weather !
In two days the boats have already traveled more than 200 miles, 270 for the first.But it’s not a race and everyone goes at their own speed.The weather for the next few days is nice with fair windst, perhaps some calm but only for a few hours.The famous Anticyclonale of the Azores is well established on the Atlantic and pushes the depressions towards the north.The boats are going to be able to start going in the East on the way to the Azores in Ponta Delgada within 2 days.
May, 12th 2019 – Fantastic start !
The 15 boats of the Atlantic Back Cruising are started this Sunday at 11.00 am local time between 2 buoys symbolizing the start of the rally Atlantic Back Cruising 2019. It’s always a special moment to see disappearing on the horizon the boats and especially the crews after a week ofpreparation and friendly moments.Everything went perfectly and the crews all thanked by VHF radio team for the organization before the press and accompanying boats returned to Marina Bas-du-Fort.Crews now have 2300 miles to go with a fair weather for the first 6 days as presented by the meteorologist of the organization Christian Dumard of Great Circle Company.Each day participants will receive forecast files, routing council and the position of other participants. The first boats are expected in Ponta Delgada end of the month.
The live video of the departure is still available on the FB #atlanticbackcruising.Video by Drone produced by Uship Caraibe Production on #ushipcaraibes
May, 12th 2019 – Departure
This Sunday at 11:00 am (local time – 18:00 Paris time) 15 boats including Germans and Italians will sail to Ponta Delgada in the Azores and begin their adventure. Many of them cross the Atlantic for the first time and the Transat Return in fleet with the ABC is cearly more safety for them. Every day on the website a news will give news of the fleet.The blogs of each boat – click on blog in the menu) will be activated. The start will be live on FB (#atlanticbackcruising). Everyone is ready, the security checks are over and the goodbyes were made during the closing party yesterday offered by Citronmer. Rodolphe Sepho, the Guadeloupean competitor who sailled LA Route du Rhum, will come to say goodbye to the sailors before they leave the dock.
To follow the positions click on the link of the cartography home page (from 11:00 local).
Updated every two hours.
May, 1st 2019 – New registration
In a few days, on May 6th, the 15 boats of the Transat Return Atlantic Back Cruising will be lined up on the Honor dock of the Marina Bas du Fort.A new boat, PITCHOUNET has just confirmed its registration.The week before departure will be made of safety checks on the boats, weather briefings among others and various demonstrations always related to safety.Evenings and touristoc offers will not be forgotten because the Atlantic Back Cruising is also a privileged event to meet, exchange and make links.For latecomers it is still possible to register.
Marsh, 20th 2019 – Rodolphe Sepho supports the ABC
Rodolphe Sepho was one of the great leaders of the last Route du Rhum.The Guadeloupe Islands are proud to count among all the sailors from the nautical sector of the Region such an ambassador, dynamic, always optimistic.The Atlantic Back Cruising Region Guadeloupe rally is very honored with the sponsorship of Rodolphe Sepho.The contacts beetween sailing competitors and Blue Saillig sailors is very natural because sailors, whoever they are, whether they sail for the victory or the pleasure all have a common horizon and especially the same values,these values of solidarity so well attached to people of the sea. Thank you Rodolphe for this trust and support given to the participants of an Ocean Rally that leaves from your home, the wonderful islands of Guadeloupe.
February, 24th 2019 – Preparation
The ABC’s organizing team is in Sao Miguel / Ponta Delgada to prepare the stopover of the Atlantic Back Cruising.A beautiful island to discover!The land if naturel and preserved. The city of Ponta Delgada is a nice city, for those who love good food they will feast with many restaurants that book nice surprises! The Ponta Delgada stop will be a great moment of discovery for ABC participants as well as for families and friends who will be able to meet sailors during this beautiful stopover.
January, 29th 2019 – New registration
I register my boat at the Transat Return …
Leaving Hyères early July 2017 with Marjolaine, my wife, OCANA after a few stops in the Balearic Islands, Spain, Gibraltar, Morocco arrived in the Canaries for a prolonged stopover of a year
We returned early July 2018 to enjoy a little more of the Canary Islands and to join Mindelo Cape Verde we leave late August to return to France
On November 1 I leave alone in Cape Verde to prepare OCANA for the transat solo I realized from November 14 to 28 I had inquired to register in one of the rallies for this transat go but my browser statuslonely forbade me access …
The return transatlant being planned with my son Antoine we opted for a safer and more user-friendly formula by registering for the Atlantic Back Cruising 2019 to complete this tour of the Atlantic with a return to Hyères …
January, 11th 2019 – New registration
Lys, a very nice Classic Yacht who participate at the Panerai Transat Classic will return to mediteranean with the Rally Transatlantic Return ABC. This Stephens yacht design (old Swan designer) has been built in 1955. She’s a wooden boat and we are very enthousiast to see her in the Rally.
January, 2nd 2019 – New registration
Happy New year, nice sailing with nice winds, sun and a lot of energy !
We hope to see you join the next 2019 Atlantic Back Cruising, all the team is working to make a fantastic 2cd edition.
Today we have received a new registration, HYPERION an Hallber Rassy 42. Welcome !
December, 6th 2018 – New registration
We are verry happy to welcome HAPPY KOUMATA a privilege 50′ in the next 2019 ABC rally.
A very nice boat who is going to sail back in France after 4 years to sail in Carribean sea.
June, 7th 2018 – Jamali to Horta
Jamali arrived yesterday to Horta after 23 day days. Without engine after the 1st day, Jamali was very happy to sail safe across Atlantic with the routing and council send by the organization. A lot of smiles ans some tears for Claudette who have crossing on his boat as Captain. Congratulation to her, and now relax time for the crew in the Faial Island before restart when she wishes to Brittany her final mooring, always with the maritime organization following.
ADRENA becomes Official Partner of Atlantic Back Cruising. Adrena Pro is the official routing software for calculating the optimum route of the participants according to the weather forecast.
Great Circle is Partner of the Atlantic Back Cruising.
Christian Dumard is in charge of the forecast briefing before the departure and in charge of the analys during the event
in the way to avoid strong wind, calms, and strong swell.
Grib files will be sent by Great Circle.
Routing will be calculate with Adrena soft.