Crew Blog

Oct 11 2021

It was 529 years ago that...

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The Santa Maria, the Nina & the Pinta set sail in August 1492...

1493, 1498, and 1502 Bound for Asia.


5 weeks it took Christopher Columbus to sail across the Atlantic Ocean. 

Nowadays it can be less that 14 days to get across the Atlantic in a superyacht.

But if you were on the Banque Populaire V, the fastest Trimaran in the world back in 2009 you could have smashed the crossing in 3 days, 15 hours, 25 minutes and 48 seconds.
That is, if you went from Lizard point in Cornwall, England to New York City with an average speed of 33.41 knots or 61.88km/h

Imagine being on that! I would say it would have been very uncomfortable and adrenaline pumping.

But of course, with the advancement of sailing and foiling yachts are going even faster.

Look at the yacht >>> L'Hydroptere 


The time difference over 529 years in crossing the Atlantic is amazingly faster, that is for sure.


Which brings me to today!


If you were in Genoa, Italy in August, 1492 I'm sure we would have probably heard about the impending voyage. On October 12th, 1492 Christopher Columbus bumped into the America's. 36 days of sailing westward Columbus landed on an island in what is now known as the Bahamian Islands. likely San Salvador.

His original plan was to get a sponsor to cough up with the gold Doubloons to pay for an expedition.

That lucky sponsor was Ferdinand 2nd, the King of Spain and his wife, Queen Isabella 1st.

His request was to go and look for a direct route to Asia from western Europe. fast track the plundered of the riches of the Orient.??

But he never did.


Even though he did not really discover the New World, as millions of people already lived there.

His voyages did mark the beginning of exploration and colonization of North and South America.


So, why I am telling you this...

Well, as it happens, it's October 11th. Christopher Columbus day. A Federal holiday that's celebrated in the U.S. and the Americas.

For those of you that are enjoying the day off, great. enjoy!

And for those of you who have crossed the Atlantic from Europe to the U.S. "Congratulations"??
You might have very well traveled the same route as Christopher Columbus.

For those of you who have not crossedyet, when it does happen, I hope your experience is good.

If you have and you had something happen while of the voyage we would love to read your story?

When was your first voyage?
How did it feel to be crossing the Atlantic ocean for the first time?
How was the voyage?
Eventfully or Not?

By the way, this is not a history lesson rather a little story about being safe on the water.


If you will permit me, this one of my stories.

Back in approximately 2005, I can't remember the exact date, on M/Y Passion!

We were crossing from the U.S. to Palma de Majorca.  The trip was a relatively uneventful up to this point, as we managed to escape the impending storm that was fast approaching.

The Captain decided to stop in Horta, Faial Island. The Azores to be exact, to wait for the weather to pass.

Unfortunately, a Motor Yacht "XXX" came limping into port a day or so later. (Name changed)
The bad weather we had avoided caught up with her.

Apparently she tried to outrun the bad weather and had to dip deeper into the south to escape.

With only a 9ft draft she was being tossed around pretty badly.

The ditch bags and immersion suits at the ready, in case the trouble got worse and the crew had to abandon ship.

Yet, they were rather fortunate to outmaneuver the storm, somewhat.

For a couple of days and nights, the crew had been tossed about badly along with sleepless nights.  XXX, also felt a bit under the weather and had to get a tow into port as they, unfortunately, had fuel issues due to the storm. 

Everyone was safe and no injuries were encountered, thankfully. But understandably they were very exhausted and pleased to have their feet on solid ground.

The Atlantic ocean can be a pretty daunting place sometimes and yet an absolute breeze in other times.

When making voyages across the Atlantic always be prepared. If you think it will move, it probably will.
Secure everything!!!

Your training is important and your crew mates are the best chance of making it across unscathed in bad weather. Trust those that have been there before you.

I can only assume some of Christopher Columbus's crew weren't that lucky when crossing in heavy seas.

I can also assume they never had training and drills as we do now.

Where ever you are on this day, enjoy.

...and know that if you are crossing or have yet to cross, be happy it is not in the Santa Maria back in 1492.


Stay safe and keep dry.