Tag Archives: sailing

Leiro in the Artic

Really nice article (sorry, in Spanish only) about the trips of Jesús Leiro, , 65 y.o. boater, neighbour of Sanxenxo, a little town in Galicia.

His last trip was to Greenland, through Ireland, Faroe Islands, and Iceland, where he met a Spanish Navy Ship.

We must at least congratulate this gentleman for his achievements, and of course our friend Rafael del Castillo, that as usual leading La Rueda, guides boaters in the Atlantic in their journeys, helping them with his wise advice, and helpful weather forecasts.

Boating in the Indian Ocean

Boating in the Indian Ocean is getting more and more scary, after the latest pirates attacks in the Somalia area.

Apparently, and according to this Economist article , Playa de Bakio, the latest Spanish fishing boat attacked there, was as far as 247NM from the coast. In spite of the far distance, pirates managed to go far, kidnap them, and get a ransom of up to 1.2m dollars.

The only solution seems to be a permanent military Navy presence in the area, name it NATO or whatever, able to cover a significant area.

Yachting in Galicia

We’ve just found this article through our favourite forum, where it says that the regional government in Galicia expects to triple the number of moorings in Galicia in the next twelve years, by increasing the ratio moorings/port, and thus not building new ports.

Sounds at least promising. Most of us working at Atlantic are originally from Galicia, and therefore sounds even better :)

Sending SMS

Another interesting feature we’ve just added to our portfolio of services. If you visit our page: www.atlanticsource.es/sat, you’ll be able to click on a link above the list of ships. The popup opened will let you send SMS to any Iridium phone anywhere on the surface of the Earth, FOR FREE.

Keep visiting our blog. We’ve got tons of ideas!

Xaynos and Xixu

It is already two boats in OPEN category in the Gran Prix regatta, that will be still taking part in it, although using the engine.

We regret it, but conditions of calm winds in the Atlantic can be desperating for anyone.

We invite you to add your comments and suggestions at this post. All possible improvements will be considered, and if possible on a reasonable time, will be added to the tracking webpage.

Setting sails

We’ve added the features we mentioned in previous posts, in the satellite tracking website; features that will let you know the situation of waves, winds and even atmospheric pressure. You can see an example in the www.atlanticsource.es/granprix webpage.

This web service has been created so that private boaters, charter companies, regatta organizers and owners of fishing or shipping fleets can manage their boats/ships in a comfortable way with an easy access to the web that can be public (as in the case of the gran prix regatta) or private, as in the case of customers willing to keep private the location of their assets for security reasons.

Actually the best about the web service is how easy it is to customize the features to the needs of our customers. For the same reason, private boaters can easily access a high quality service that was previously only available to few customers.

We hope you enjoy it!

Follow Gran Prix

This is the link where you can track via satellite the Gran Prix regatta.

The participants will install their hardware few days before the regatta, starting on January 9th. Since then, you can track them in the Google map.

We’ve also written a page with instructions on how to install the inmarsat D+ terminals on board, that will be available in english shortly.

Gran Azul

It is one of those projects that boaters have at some point thought about. But few have the guts to do it.

We are talking about the Gran Azul project, carried out by Cristina Zander, well known boater in Spanish waters, and organizer of the popular feminine regatta Trofeu Tanit, that in its second edition has gathered no more no less than 140 women!!

The project consists of traveling around the world for 5 years!! You can check their website here to know more.

They welcome people that may feel like sailing in caribbean waters, scuba diving in the pacific, and learn from very experimented boaters.

From here we encourage you to join them. Just contact them through their website. Besides, Atlantic Source will be tracking the boat via satellite, so you’ll be able to know the position at all times.

The special thing about sailing

More and more people are trying to escape from the I wake up-I work-I get back home-I sleep routine. In a world where you can find trash in the top of the Everest, there are fewer and fewer corners of the world where you can find real tranquility, where you can actually meet yourself, think about everything with a totally different perspective, visit different countries and cultures; become a little bit a kind of an antique explorer, so to say.

Getting on a plane and finding the same McDonald’s in a forgotten town in Asia is not the kind of experience that let’s you find perspective.

Sailing is in the opinion of this post’s writer one of the only activities that still lets you find real new situations and actual time for yourself. Even when people sail in groups they may not talk to each other for hours. Sometimes they just need time for themselves, although everybody that likes sailing actually likes it for very different reasons: the challenge, navigation, the electronics, etc…

Our friend Cristina has started her project to sail during the next few years around the world. We are very happy for her since she is getting closer to a long time desired dream. More and more friends are preparing similar projects and we’d like to talk about them during the different stages of their preparation.

May be by explaining their experiences in their blogs we’ll be able to share a little bit that feeling of freedom. Needless to say, we’ll join our friends in as many stages of their trip as we can and we’ll try to share the experience from this blog with you.