Have you ever thought about sailing the Atlantic? If you’re looking for the next great adventure, the chance to do battle with the forces of nature, then a trip across the Atlantic may be just what you need.
Sailing is a great way to get some fresh air and experience the outdoors in a quiet, peaceful, eco-friendly way. Not only will you be able to see some truly stunning scenery out on the water, but you will also get the satisfaction of traveling under your own power and cunning. To get a boat from point A to B requires a certain level of skill, and mastering those skills can be tremendously rewarding.
That said, long-distance sailing is not for the faint of heart and carries its fair share of hazards. It is important to be prepared before setting off on a major journey. Read on to learn more about sailing around the world.
If you have never sailed before, then you should take a beginner’s course, where you will learn everything from how to tie a bowline knot to how to set the sails to how to steer without capsizing. You can find short courses in locations where there is a marina, where you can learn the basics in a safe environment. Afterward, you can consider taking advanced and masters’ courses in order to get advanced certification.
Additionally, you will need to get the necessary licenses for your trans-Atlantic trip. Depending on the size of your boat and the number of people you will be sailing with, you may need to take additional courses for licensing purposes.
Get a Boat
When you feel confident in your abilities, you can start looking for the right boat. Additionally, you will need to secure navigation and safety equipment. While it may seem like a huge initial investment, think of all the fun you will have! And if you don’t want to make money from selling video games, you can always try to find sponsors for your trip, since it’s an athletic goal.
Finding a Crew
Once you have a boat picked out, you can consider hiring your crew. Some people choose to sail with family members or trusted friends, which can be great because not only will you get to spend some quality time together but you will also have a good gauge of their abilities. At the same time, though, sailing involves being in close proximity for long periods of time, and there could be tension.
You can also get your crew through an agency. There are several reputable agencies around where individuals can connect to find opportunities. Some recommended agencies include Crew Seekers International and Float Plan.
Now you’re ready to plot your course. This will depend on the time of year, the weather, and your preference. Either way, though, you’re headed for the adventure of a lifetime!