Etoile d'azur's transatlantic adventures

The Moonen 84 Etoile d’Azur, which we refitted in 2013, is now the other side of the pond. Captain Tristan le Brun sent us this special report on his transatlantic crossing and the performance of the lovely yacht he helms.

Our journey began in the Balearics, from where we set off on the 700-nm trip to Gran Canaria. This was an important moment as it confirmed the post-refit fuel consumption tests before embarking on the longer voyage across the Atlantic to St. Martin – a trip of some 2400 nm.

The passage plan was to first head south-west for four days, then steer straight for St. Martin. This meant we had to go 250 nm more in order to go around a deep low and avoid most of the bad weather.

After three days of perfect flat seas we were suddenly caught by the end of the warm front in the morning. The wind was rising to 40 knots and above in gusts with heavy rain and no visibility. I maintained the boat with her bow into the wind and waves, reduced speed to seven knots and waited for the bad weather to go above us.

Sixteen hours and a typhoon later, the wind started to turn clockwise into our stern with 25 knots pushing us on to St. Martin. We arrived nine days later with two days’ supply of fuel remaining in our tanks, and a boat and crew in perfect shape!

Etoile d’Azur averaged 9.4 knots over twelve days, covered 2,637 nm, and consumed 15,000 litres (or 53 l/h), which translates into a range of 3,300 nm. There were no technical issues at any point during the crossing and we are currently on stand-by in Florida, ready for new tropical adventures.

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