Jimmy Cornell’s annual long-distance voyaging seminar week set the date for this year’s sailing association gathering in Lanzarote. Members of the Cruising Association, Ocean Cruising Club and Seven Seas Cruising Association berthed in Marina Lanzarote and Puerto Calero, met in the elegant Real Club Náutico de Arrecife for drinks on the terrace.
A healthy crowd of over thirty international sailors including official entertainer Trevor Chatelier from Witte Kreeft and Atlantic Crossing Group coordinator Jackie Byrne from Rivalady made up the group.
Jimmy Cornell, whose first visit to Lanzarote took place 40 years ago as he set off on a 7-year family world voyage, was delighted to see such a positive turn-out. His team’s annual seminar week forms part of preparations for this year’s celebratory “Barbados 50” rally that incorporates the Canaries, Islands and Atlantic Odysseys; aiming to arrive in Barbados for the 50th anniversary of the island’s independence on the 30th November. The free seminars have attracted a huge number of visitors due to opportunity to learn, network and benefit from the panel of experts and fellow sailors.
Part of an extensive group that had sailed down from Lagos, Jackie Byrne said “We feel very privileged to be welcomed to the seminar week and are really looking forward to taking part in the sessions and picking up tips for a future Atlantic crossing. We met some excellent people and there is a great atmosphere here in Marina Lanzarote”.
Australian Barbados 50 participants Gary and Louise on Fountaine Pajot Takamoana, enjoyed what represented their first Cruising Association function; having fun meeting members from other club. New friendships were forged as cruisers shared stories and plans amidst the charming setting overlooking the volcanic mountains and Arrecife bay.