Challange 67 / 20,42 m / Itajai (Brazil) – Azores – Greenland (Illulisat)
Assisting as the 1st mate on this 2 months – 6500 nm yacht delivery. Crossing the Atlantic on a rare route from the Southern to the Northern hemisphere in two main stages: Brazil – Azores and Azores – Greenland.– Brazil – preparations and reassemble after refit in Itajai, large coastal jumps and short stopovers in Rio De Janeiro (crew swap and a visit to the Jesus statue…;) Salvador De Bahia (few days to fix up and stock up) and Recife (few ours on the dock wall to pick up one more crew member) to just spend few
– Azores – few days stop in Ponta Delgada, San Miguel Island to restock, fix few issues and change the crew
– Greenland – little stopovers for formal or diesel refill in Nuuk, Sisimiut and arrival through dense ice fields to Ilulissat – where before leaving the boat I took part in two impressive glacier-seeing trips.
Challenge 67 were non-stock yachts originally built in the UK, in the nineties for purpose of the BT Global Challange race. The mild steel hulls and inox deck results in a tough and reasonably low-maintenance fast boat able to comfortably host up to 14 people! This is why some of these boats are nowadays successfully adapted and serve as expedition yachts going to the furthest and most remote areas like Arctica, Greenland or Arctica. Aurora Rusarc is one of them. Big capacity of diesel and water tanks, lots of living space, big reacing cockpit and large kitchen/dining area downstairs. Beautiful yacht carrying a tall 26 meters mast with powerful mainsail and 135 HP engine in a great condition. Great Russian crew of friends of the boat’s owner.