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MARLIN departs from Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.
CREW 65 Atlantic Crossing West – East 2020
On the south coast of the Dominican Republic we start this time to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Start for the more beautiful Atlantic crossing 2020. Course north is on. From the Dominican Republic to Bermuda is a little more than 850 miles. Skipper Jan knows the MARLIN and has shared the waves with her for many thousands of miles. You will quickly get used to the soft movements of the ship and enjoy the view of the northern starry sky. With half wind the impressive ship shows its amazing sailing behaviour.
There. “Anchor up.” At last we’re getting started. The schapps are full, the diesel tanks too, with duty-free fuel. Even if there is a lull, we would make it to the Azores with the current and under engine. 1,789 miles lie ahead of us. The logical way. First of all we continue north to get favourable winds from the west. After the first night at sea, the excitement subsides, the transatlantic bubble lies over our ship. Softly the wind pushes the mast to the side and makes the ship heel. What a great feeling. Anyone who has once succumbed to the thrill of an Atlantic crossing wants to do it again and again. It’s like a drug. A monohull is the better ship for the Transat. You trust the ship after only a few hours, after your first night at sea. You can tell when the wind is too strong or too weak by the angle of the mast. Not two hulls fight against different waves and the movements are abrupt, like the catamaran place monsters, which are in the majority at the anchorages of the Caribbean. Here on the West-East Transat, sailing ships are underway and you are there…