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Sailing Vacations in Greece and the Caribbean
Newsletter Winter 2020

Dear TAMIRO Catamaran Friends

 

 

 

 

 

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Somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean - TAMIRO II sails «Passat»

 

TAMIRO Catamaran at BOOT 2020 in Dusseldorf
It starts on Saturday, January 18th, 2020. The world's largest boat show opens its doors for 10 days. Boats, sailing, diving and kite surfing are the main topics of the fair. Urs will be at BOOT on Monday and Tuesday and would be happy to meet you for a coffee or beer. If you are interested, please contact Urs at urs@tamiro.gr. During BOOT 2020 we also offer a discount of 30% on the published list prices on our website www.tamiro.gr/charter.php on all bookings.

 

 

We made it. On December 13 at 10pm Caribbean Time, TAMIRO II dropped his anchor in Guadeloupe Bay after 2100 nautical miles or 12 days and 13 hours of sailing. TAMIRO II is now in the Caribbean and will be sailing in 28 degree warm water for the next few weeks. At the end of April 2020, it will travel back to old Europe. On a cargo ship, TAMIRO II will make its way back, where it will be in charter again from May 30th. With this newsletter we would like to give you a review of the Atlantic crossing, but also an outlook on the 2020 season ...

 

The topics for this newsletter:

§  TAMIRO Catamaran at BOOT 2020 in Dusseldorf

§  Skipper-Trainings in 2020

§  The summer-season is about to start

§  In May 2020: 900nm from Mallorca to Corfu

§  Review – Our Atlantic Crossing

§  Again, new toys on TAMIRO II

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We cross the Atlantic - what an experience

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Skipper-Trainings in 2020

In 2019 we conducted four skipper training sessions with a total of 16 participants. Due to the demand, we will again conduct skipper training at S / C TAMIRO in Kos this year. The first takes place over the Easter weekend, the others then in the first week of May. Are you interested in that? You can find the dates and costs below. The detailed program is published at http://www.tamiro-catamaran.com/academy.php. We would be very happy if we could introduce you to «catamaran sailing» with a skipper training!

Dates

Costs

Remarks

10.04-12.04.2020

EUR 1000

Eastern Weekend

03.05-05.05.2020

EUR 850

 

06.05-08.05.2020

EUR 850

 


The summer-season is about to start

 

Even if the big snow is yet to come in Switzerland, it takes less than 5 months until the water temperature in Greece exceeds 20 degrees and invites you to swim, kite or dive fun. TAMIRO and TAMIRO II are already well booked. A few weeks are still available from July to September. Enjoy your summer vacation in 2020 on one of our luxurious catamarans and enjoy the Greek hospitality.

Dates

Vessel

04.07-11.07.2020

TAMIRO

11.07-18.07.2020

TAMIRO

08.08-15.08.2020

TAMIRO II

15.08-22.08.2020

TAMIRO II

22.08-29.08.2020

TAMIRO II

19.09-26.09.2020

TAMIRO II

For those who prefer it quiet: Enjoy the fresh hospitality in April. TAMIRO I will be happy to help you with an “Early Year” charter.

 

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In May 2020: 900nm from Mallorca to Corfu (Greece)

 

«Safe the date»: For all who need “nautical miles”. In the second half of May 2020 we sail 900 nautical miles with TAMIRO II in about 7 days. We start in Palma de Mallorca and from there we go via Sardinia, Sicily into the Ionian Sea to Corfu. Currently the trip is scheduled from 16.5. to 24.5.2020 (changes reserved).

Review – Our Atlantic Crossing

As already communicated in previous newsletters, TAMIRO II set sail on October 16, 2019 in Kos - for a 13,000km trip to Miami in Florida. The journey first brought us to to Tenerife in Spain. There we also met our friends, with whom we had agreed to travel together on this great adventure. The crews from "Jaded Gate" and "Chocolate Bay". During a week we helped each other to prepare the boats for the long crossing. An oil change on both engines, an exchange of some electronic components, as well as the installation of a new mast lighting system were on our program. But also the enjoyment of the Spanish hospitality was not neglected. Mirta, a good colleague of Skipper Urs, organized various events for the crews on the island, including a visit to the Tejde, the highest mountain in Spain.

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Tenerife - Cape Verde: The crew for our first section consisted of five people, Urs and Adrian from Switzerland, Mirta from Spain, Marvin from Germany and Matthew from Ireland. Everyone was looking forward to November 23rd. At 06:00 in the morning it was time to set sail for Cape Verde. This is normally a route that most “transatlantic crossers” sail non-stop. We decided to sail towards west to visit the two islands of La Gomera and El Hierro. El Hierro became known because it had a volcanic eruption in 2011 in the sea right next to the main town. For the last time we enjoyed the Spanish hospitality with a dinner in the town of La Restinga. Then it really started - 730 nautical miles lay between us and Sao Vincente, our next stop on the Cape Verde Islands. For the first three days we sailed south with winds between 15 and 20 knots. But then the wind dropped. We had to travel under engine on days 4 and 5. But lucky wise the wind came back and helped us on day six.
In summary: A great trip and the crew enjoyed it with cooking, reading, sheep, fishing and lots of laughing.


Mindelo: We spent two days in the westernmost city of the African continent. The Cape Verde Islands are the final starting point for many Atlantic crossers. The distance to the Caribbean from here is still a little more than 2000 nautical miles, or almost 4000 kilometers. Mirta and Matthew left us here (they really wanted to go back for work) and Stephan and Levin, both friends from Switzerland, joined us. The Cape Verde islands are full of people of life with a Portuguese-African spirit. Parties and fun everywhere – but also pocket thieves are present on this beautiful island. One of them also delighted one of our crew members on the last evening. Too bad ... On the island we were busy doing small repairs on the boat, but also buying fresh goods for the long crossing. Fresh was probably a relative term: For overpriced money we bought vegetables, fruits and eggs for the 12 to 14-day crossing. Unfortunately, much of it found its way directly into the Atlantic Ocean after two to three days - due to a lack of freshness ...

 

The crossing: It started on Sunday, December 1st. The five-man crew set sail exactly at 12 o'clock UTC (Universal Time Zone), first heading south, to pass “Ilha de Santo Antão”. It did not took long before the new fishing rod gave us a signal that someone was hungry. Under difficult conditions (waves, wind), we stopped TAMIRO II and we flighted with an approximately 1.5 meter long swordfish. Shortly before we were finally able to pull him on board, he escaped away from the hook - unfortunately or luckily? After discussing the unsuccessful manoeuvre, we concluded that bringing in a swordfish is a significant risk for the crew. If the fish injures a crew member with his sword, this could lead to a very threatening situation for the person concerned. It had taken 2 days and then the new crew arrived in their new everyday life. In three-hour shifts we sailed along the 16 latitude towards “west”, depending on the wind between 270 and 290 degrees. As expected, the wind started blowing from the northeast before turning fully east. The strength was also ideal, rarely over 20 knots. It was time for our “Wingaker” sail: We left our downwind sail "up" for almost five days, day and night. With a daily average of almost 180 nautical miles, we were ahead of all other boats that started with us. Our friends from “Jaded Gate” were more than 150 miles behind us after a few days. Most of us spent our time sailing and reading. Adrian dealt with Astro-navigation and determined our current position with the sextant every day. At the beginning it was rather imprecise, in the end it was surprisingly accurate. Similar to Christopher Columbus' crew, who had sailed a similar route with similar navigation tools. If anyone thinks that sailing out there is boring and monotonous, you're wrong. There is always something to trim and optimize.

 

 


 

In the geographic middle of the Atlantic (a coincidence?) our fishing luck came back. We had caught two fishes; the two animals were 1.4 and 1.1 meters long. We ate and fed four more weeks from them. The fish were of a quality that could hardly be bought in a shop. The sashimi lunch, which we had enjoyed less than two hours after the catch, was incomparable. In general, food was very important to us. Levin, our cook on the second section, put excellent meals on the table every day. Urs, who always sailed the early shift, used his waking hours to bake fresh bread for the crew almost every day. We communicated it in the blog with our satellite phone - unfortunately our “Wingaker” sail broke in the middle of the Atlantic.

 

Too much wind and a wave from the side temporarily overloaded the sail - unfortunately so much that it could not withstand the pressure. Even with the best food on board, the "boat blessing" hung "crooked" for a day. It was clear to everyone that we would no longer reach Guadeloupe in 12 days. 13 or 14 resulted in our new calculation. On the next morning, we sat down and discussed several options. Cruising under engine, only with the genoa sail, or Passat-sail combination? With the latter, we weren't sure whether the autopilot was able to sail a precise course of 180 AWA, which is necessary to keep the sails standing. We tried it and with the genoa on the port side and the Code-0 sail on the starboard side we were shaped like a butterfly, sailing about 6.5 to 7.5 knots, 0.5 to 0.8 knots slower than under «Wingaker» sail. The days flew by and we sailed constantly westwards towards Guadeloupe… 800 miles, 600 miles, 400 miles, 200 miles until around noon on December 13th. We could see the first island of Guadeloupe - “La Désirade” - on the horizon. But seeing the country does not mean that we have arrived. The weather was determined by the influence of the islands and we suddenly struggled with rain and wind from all directions for the last few miles. But at 9:00 a.m. local time or 1:00 a.m. UTC we made it - after 12 days and 13 hours we were there - over two days ahead of our colleagues on «Jaded Gate» and «Chocolate Bay», but more importantly - accident-free and happy! Wow, what a feeling. And finally, a question I was often asked: would I do it again? Yes, not one day later, but after 2 weeks I would have been ready for a similar crossing again. Many thanks to everyone and especially to Marvin, who contributed significantly to a successful and safe trip!

 

 


 

 

 

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Again, new toys on TAMIRO II
For the Atlantic crossing we sailed through the night 18 times and had to set sails or recover during this time. In Tenerife we ​​have installed four new spreader lights, which illuminate the boat like a soccer field in a stadium. It feels like being at “daylight” when the lights are on. The high-performance LED lamps can produce either blue or white light.

Thanks to B&G, the manufacturer of the chart plotter, we were could install a new ZEUS 3 plotter. The company has replaced the “old” device under warranty. One of the innovations of the new generation is that the device can be integrated with «PredictWind». Route suggestions can be loaded directly onto the plotter via a mobile network. These route suggestions are calculated by the New Zealand company based on wind models and current data.

 

 

 

Thank you

Thank you for your interest. We hope to welcome you with your friends and families on S/C TAMIRO I or S/C TAMIRO II in 2020 in Greece or the Caribbean. If you have any questions, please contact us via email (urs@tamiro-catamaran.com) or mobile (+41 79 3417707).

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAMIRO Yachting

Martina und Urs Tanner

Weihermatt 51

6343 Rotkreuz

Switzerland

+41793417707

 

TAMIRO Catamaran MCPY

13 Nikolaou Manousi Str.

Kos, 85300

Dodecanese

Greece

charter@tamiro-catamaran.com

 

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