Preparation for an(other) Atlantic Crossing

In the past two months, as autumn has turned into winter and the temperatures have dropped quite a few notches we have been busy onboard fixing, upgrading and organising the abundance of things onboard. The boat has been 10 days on the hard getting a make over; new antifouling, polished top sides and a repainted transom. Yesterday, the boat was relaunched and is now back in its place in Almerimar marina while we are preparing to celebrate Christmas in Orgiva, Andalusia.

In October we posted on an announcement of opportunity to join us for the Atlantic crossing from Spain mainland via Canarias to the Caribbean. We had nearly 30 respondents and we interviewed about half of them over Skype in laste Oct. On Nov 2 we had made a final selection of 4 crew members to join us over the Atlantic. One of these has since got a job as crew onboard a yacht and had to cancel his participation and we have selected his replacement.

Our selection criteria was motivation and experience, but we also tried to find people who we think will “fit in” on board with the rest of us. Our impression is that we have selected a very capable crew full of good vibes and enthusiasm for the Atlantic crossing. We have intentionally equally selected among the female and male applicants – a well balanced crew.

Here is a summary of the crew:

Permanent crew:

Andreas Jaunsen: Norway (50)

Rossana Jaunsen: Venezuela (38)

Atlantic Crossing 2018 crew:

Juana Flores Vegas: Spain (42)
Juana is from Málaga and 42 years of age. She loves sailing, especially offshore. She has crossed the Atlantic four times before. She started to sail six years ago and has done two Atlantic crossings to the Caribbean and Panama, and two Atlantic crossings from the Caribbean to Gibraltar. She has also been working in a charter boat for some months in the Caribbean.

Estrella Martinez (25)
I‘m a 25 years old spanish girl. I’ve sailing since I was a kid in my home- town, Sitges. Then, I be- came a sailing instruc- tor in the same school, where I’ve been working for all the summers till then. I’ve spent 4 times my holidays in the Bale- aric Islands, so I did 8 times the crossing to the Islands from Sitges.
During the last years I have also participated in some races and trans- ports, always with friends.

Tom Wessel : Germany (30)
Tom is a 30 year old who is housebroken and currently working for a power transmitting company in Germany. He is taking care of tools/equipment/machinery and personal safety gear for each of his colleagues. He used to be a chef and after uncountable infinite days in several kitchens in Germany/Switzerland/France/Australia it struck him like a lightning and he decided to work on the other side of the window.

Inès Armandon: France (32)
Inès is 32 years old and has a dual French and Spanish nationalities. Her father was a skipper and she spent most of her childhood on boats, sailing every week, often on Swans. At the age of 18 she crewed in the Mediterranean for 3 months with a New Zealand family. One of her best experiences. She learned a lot of sailing but has since then forgotten. Last year she took a one week sail (refresh) course in the Caribbean.

Lars Bellekom (23)
I’m from the Netherlands. 23 Years old and a landscaper for the living. I sail since my 11th and the last 5 years I teach kids to sail. We only sail inn- land and we sail on 6 me- ter steel boats.
Going offshore is new for me, but I’m a hard worker and learn very quick, so shouldn’t be a problem. I love travelling and do it quiet often. Crossing a ocean and sailing long distance has always been a big dream of mine.

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