The Yacht

SY Crossroads

Crossroads is a 50 ft Light-Displacement Racer build for single handed racing around the world (BOC, Around Alone) and start in Class Group CSA Monohull Racing. The hull speed is 9.03 knots, on the wind. Downwind the yacht can lift over the bow wave and ride on top of the water, that is, planing. Therefore, we cruise fast at 10 to 14 knots and we race downwind 20 knots plus.

If you are looking for the romantic and powerful synergy between wind and sails, for a life that balances between extremities, for die-hard unforgettable fun, the adrenalin kick, the beauty of energized and lightning plankton awakened by the speed of the yacht, back-to-earth simplicity and Racing under RORC rules, then this yacht might be your mate, your pal.

Up to 2017 the CrossRoads was a typical Racer focused on performance; an empty interior and even no toilet!

In 2017 we build a vacuum bagged light weight interior around the keel. Two single bunks on both sides of the keel (a total of 4), a navigation area with opposite a galley and a toilet and 2 semi double bunks a little bit after. The space in front of the mast is for sails combined with a fridge and a second toilet. The space under and after the cockpit is for the 29 HP engine and a 5.5 kVa generator.

Thanks to modern technology we kept the weight the same, while adding the cruising comforts we desire. The galley is top notch with induction cooking, the very safe deep cockpit and the saloon fits easily 6 to 8 persons, the saloon is naturally lightened by 12 quite big 12mm acrylic windows. Through the windows you see the sea and the mast and the sails, which gives you a ‘Space Odessey’ feeling. Both electrical toilets have a sink. The one in front gives all the privacy and comfort needed. The one mid-ships is quite ‘convenient’ during racing. Click here for drawing and pictures.

The CrossRoads does not have cabins, due to weight and the fact that the spacious look and feel by cutting up the yacht into cabins, would disappear.

We designed 4 single bunks on both sides of the keel (2 x 2) without losing privacy, simply by using curtains. And thanks to the watch system one of these 2 bunks will always be empty.

The aft bunks are very private; more than half of the bunk is situated under the cockpit, totally separated from the rest of the interior. Mostly the skipper sleeps in the aft bunk on port, which is directly behind the navigation table and next to the entrance to the cockpit. The bunk on starboard is available for a couple.

The co-skipper sleeps in the very spacious rudder compartment next to the (whisper) generator. She loves privacy and there she has it, all by herself.

The CrossRoads despite its length of 50ft only takes 6 guests and 2 crew. To keep the yacht ‘empty’ and therefore ‘light’ and ‘not having too many persons on top of each other’ is our sailing and business philosophy.  After sailing so many oceans we realize very well that living in a small space, we have to respect someone’s ‘values’ and ‘privacy’. Sometimes challenging but at the end very rewarding.

Fees

The fees for regatta’s, races and cruises are all-in: breakfast, lunch and dinner, coffee/tea and soft drinks, entrée fees and insurances, harbor fees, water, fuel, cleaning etc. We don’t ask for extra’s. The price is in USD, which is compared to the Euro minus 16%.

Not included are: Flights, transport from and to the airport, personal expenses (drinks and dinners in bars/restaurant, social networking, souvenirs, island trips), visa or other travel documents, personal insurances (‘cancellation’ and ‘travel’).

After tough sailing under a Caribbean sun, you need to steam off. Therefore, we moor in first class marina’s, equipped with showers, close to gyms, bars, restaurants and nightlife. Alongside the quay or Mediterranean style with stern to the quay.

Insurances

It is part of our terms and conditions that personal insurance covers racing, medical, theft and cancellation. The reason is that without such an insurance you would lose your deposit (or your entire travel sum) if you cancel respectively 90 days before the start of the event or within the 90- days period prior to the start of the event. CrossRoads may be able to place you on an alternative package at our discretion, but this cannot be guaranteed.

Note that a copy of the insurance (cancellation and travel) must be send to us. As an incentive we pay you, once you step on board, 75 USD cashback as a compensation for closing the required insurances.

Close directly after booking a so-called cancellation insurance that covers flight and the sailing trip. From that moment onwards, you can cancel the trip and request the insurance company restitution. However, there should be a valid reason such as pregnancy, accident, sickness, death of family, new house, involuntarily unemployment, new job, wedding, divorce, travel-partner postpones the trip etc.

If one of the calamities as above mentioned occur during the trip and you must return home, then the amount of days that is not used will be restituted by the insurance company.

Tip 1: There is often a possibility to pay extra for a full restitution of the travel-sum.

Tip 2: An annual cancellation insurance is cheaper than one for a short period of time. For the Dutch market we provide two quotes from the ANWB.

A reason to take this cover is the outside assistance that will be provided in emergency situations e.g. death or sickness (also in the family), extra medical (accident), lost or damaged luggage, theft, third-party liability etc.

Bookings

The moment you choose a cost-and-obligation-free option (click here for the form) we reserve your place on board for one week. After this week you either make a booking or let the opportunity pass by. If you need more time to decide, please express your interest and motivate the time required to get your ducks in a row.

After booking you receive an invoice and transfer 40% of the sum. The invoice will be in USD and in Euro’s. You can choose the currency you like.

Medical

The CrossRoads carry a broad package of medical equipment, varying from bandages and pain killers to pharmaceuticals and motion-sickness remedies.  That said, a participant is obliged to inform whether he/she is on medical treatment (cancer, heart problems, diabetes, epileptic, HIV) or having a hip, knee or shoulder replacement etc. We will never turn you down if your medic – in serious cases – will give a clearance.

Try to find out whether you are vulnerable for sea-sickness. Most people will be fine in the coastal waters of the regatta’s (Heineken, Antigua/BVI/Barbados/Bonaire/Aruba Sailing Week).

However long-distance offshore sailing and racing is a different piece of cake. Offshore shows a different sea state, with more swell and waves. Some people might be vulnerable for that 3D movement. If that is the case, take motion- or sea-sickness tablets with you and/or carry an acupressure wristband. We know that Dramamine or other motion-sickness drugs work. Also, if you helm the yacht, watching the horizon, mostly you turn quickly into a ‘100 percent’ functional human being.

Experience

The experience we require depends entirely on the event.

For most regatta’s (sailing weeks), it is sufficient to love the sea. Please don’t hate it! When you admire the challenge to reach beyond your capabilities and if you are fit and in good health, come sail, race and party with us!

That said, a serious offshore race as the RORC 600 requires more ‘Oempff’ (fitness), and offshore (coastal) sailing experience. We don’t take you on board if you have not experienced the beauty and the power of the sea before.

For long distance overnight offshore cruising, we only require knowledge and awareness of offshore (coastal) sailing. Yes, you must have been at sea before. You must know how to behave on board of a sailing yacht. You must know the significance of waves and swell. You must know the feeling of a disappearing coastline to be replaced by surrounding seas. If you don’t have that experience and really wants to join, please book first a small 2-days offshore sailing trip. Than at least you understand the environment you are dealing with.

Please note that age or gender is NOT an issue. It is all about your mindset. Your will-power and your eagerness to overcome the challenges offered by the sea. We train and build teams. Young, old, mixed, yes or no successful in live, ten times divorced or die-hard lesbian or gay, we don’t care, it is all about to succeed in our objectives: exploring seas, watching the future over the horizons, enjoying the day- and night skies, falling in love with exotic places, willing to sail the yacht safe and efficient with lots of FUN. And once onshore, we will stem off. Networking with locals, fellow sailors, and enjoying a party.

Climate

The best period is between December and June, which is the dry season. Why? It does not rain that much. Average temperature during day time 29° C in winter and 31° C in summer. At night 25° C and 28° C respectively.

Training

A boat, especially a dedicated offshore Racer as the CrossRoads ‘never gives up’. The crew gives in, never the yacht. That is why we train sail handling, navigation, seamanship and safety procedures. The skipper and co-skipper are experienced in training a novice crew and to get that extra ‘Oempff’ out of the team:

  • Your first official day, arrival, will be packed with food, fun and familiarization processes (what is where and why and how does it works), safety and weather information. That very first day we start building our and your team.
  • The second day is all about safety and maneuverability up- and downwind: tacking, gybing, sail trim and changes, reefing, helming, running the backstays, main backstay trim etc. Th crew-members receive one-2-one coaching, which continues throughout the event. This second day we observe the role play and who is best in what position (helming, trim, foredeck, winches, navigation, weather etc.). This will be the foundation of the task of the novice crew to sail the yacht effectively and if at all possible to win.

Skipper

Skipper and co-skipper are both yacht master ocean, with respective 80,000 and 35,000 NM on the clock. Both have exquisite sailing and racing experience. See the CV’s. The co-skipper takes over when the skipper is off-duty, however the skipper will  be 24/7 informed of among others any intention to change course, sail configuration, cloud forming, wind shifts and crew stability (mostly fatigue), after which he will take the appropriate decisions or approve the proposed decision.

The skipper’s decision is binding; however, he tends to a democratic way of leadership, not authoritarian. In other words: motivate your opinion and don’t shy away. The skipper is experienced enough to understand the difference between ‘right’ and ‘wrong’.

What to take

Bring your own personal stuff in one soft bag. Suitcases are not allowed. The weight limit is 18 to 20 kg, that leaves room for 3 kg of presents when you return home!

Some tips:

  • Light sailing/rain jacket for wind and squalls
    Quick-dry shirts and shorts (2 or 3)
    UV resistance long sleeve shirt to protect from sun (2)
  • Fleece tops and light thermals as they help wick moisture away if you are sweating, they are also breathable and comfortable to wear
    Underwear & socks
    Comfortable cloth to sleep and relax
    Sneakers, sport or water shoes, sandals (no high heels or moonboots)
    Casual clothing for parties
    Camera, mobile devices like tablet and phone, digital books, Walkman with earphones  reading light
  • Cap (hat) and polarized sunglasses, water resistant sunscreen
    Swimming suits
    Sailing gloves (for grip), sailing pants/jacket, boots.
  • Small pocket torch or (preferably) a head torch (red lens)

 

We supply sheets, cushions, blankets or sleeping bags if needed, towels and lifejackets. If you are used to carry your own sleeping bag and lifejacket with harness, please take it with you.

Don’t forget the obvious: toothbrush, prescription glasses, contact lenses and solution, personal prescribed medication, sea sickness medication, money (USD), passport and other documentation, Walkman or MP3 player, toiletries etc. Please do not bring massive amounts of lotions and potions, over the counter medication, make up or creams etc.

The Food

Next to having a good sleep, is the food onboard. Sleep and food determine the output, the flexibility, the spirit and the endurance of a crew. No sleep, no food, no energy. It is that simple. Happily, we have a 120- liter fridge that keeps frozen food frozen, so we have plenty fresh supplies during the racing, regatta’s and cruises we mention in this website. We will have breakfasts (cereal, fruit, bread, milk, yoghurt), lunches (sandwiches) and dinners (proteins like meat, chicken, fish) and vegetables. There will always be tea, coffee and soft drinks available and during night-time cucumber, carrots, soup, dried fruit and nuts.

Please note that we all must eat and drink. We cook (and clean) in turns and for those with a hungry feeling: There is a full fridge, use it whenever you wish. Remember that on board no one is an under- or upper dog. We are all equal, which also counts for skipper and co-skipper. We are a TEAM!

Watch Keeping

During overnight sailing we will have between 18.00 and 06.00 four very strict watches of each 3 hours. Each crew member will be dedicated to a certain watch. The reason is that your biological clock will focus on the fixed time-frames. During the night the change of watch is quick (5 minutes) to provide optimum sleeping-time.

During day-time we keep same watch-rhythm. The crew not on duty can rest, relax and preferable take a nap.

Safety

The CrossRoads is an offshore racing yacht, build according the very stringent BOC Challenge rules, later renamed in the Around Alone and the Velix 5 Oceans. The yacht with a low center of gravity has 5 watertight bulkheads and is therefore, in principle, unsinkable. The yacht with its twin rudder system is designed to sail single handed. This allows us to safely teach a novice crew in al aspects of (offshore) sailing.

Further the yacht is equipped with following safety features:

  • Offshore life raft (8 person), life jackets with integrated harness with lifeline.
  • Personal Location beacons, AIS, that will pinpoint the yacht to the location where a person has been fallen in the sea.
  • Lifetime at sea of 60 days, with solar panels, 2 water makers. One on 12 Volt with a capacity of 6 liter per hour and one on 220 Volt with a capacity of 90 liter per hour. The water tank capacity is 240 liter. There is so much potable water, that you can take a shower every day (if we are not racing, a situation where weight is limited to the bare necessity).
  • Fire distinguishes, life buoys, floating lines, broad range of communication equipment including sat-phone and Inmarsat-C.
  • Spare course computer, second linear drive, emergency helm.

Flights

For flights to St Marten, Aruba and Bonaire see www.KLM.nl and TUI.

Alternatives for St Marten are www.Corsair.fr , www.AirCaraibes.com en www.XL.com. Book a return flight from Paris to St. Marten and a separate flight from for instance Amsterdam or Berlin.

Video and photo

If you are interested in a professional video or photo session (birthday or wedding present, company’s teambuilding session etc.), please let us know and we send a quotation.

During the Day Sailing trips in front of the coast of Bonaire we offer a video for 25 USD per person.

During the Regatta’s (3 to 5 days) we offer a video of the event for 95 USD per person.