Transatlantic New York to Lorient

March 30, 2024
Team Coboaters

Transatlantic New York to Lorient, France

A unique Transatlantic offer! Cross the Atlantic under sail, leaving the mythical city of New York and sailing to Lorient France one of the most vibrant port city in Europe via Saint-Pierre & Miquelon. A never-before-seen program! Turnkey transatlantic on a Challenge 67 monohull. The Challenge 67 was built in the 90s to take part in the BT Global Challenge, the crewed round-the-world race against the prevailing winds.

Departing from New York, you’ll be accompanied by 2 professional sailors on a yacht perfectly prepared for ocean racing and long-distance sailing with a crew. You’ll have every chance of enjoying this crossing under the best possible conditions. You’ll take part in maneuvers, night watches and life on board.

Why Choose a Transatlantic between New York and Lorient, France?

  • A new and mythical route!
    Transatlantic sailing from New York to Lorient
  • Sail on a 21 m cruising racing yacht.
    This is a Challenge 67 designed for the BT Global Challenge, the crewed race around the world in headwinds.
  • Supervised by 2 professional skippers.
    The boat’s permanent crew is made up of two professional skippers, Capitaine 200 Voile and Brevet d’État.
  • A dream setting for developing your skills.
    As an active member, you’ll take part in all aspects of sailing: helming, trimming, day and night watches, life on board…
  • 28 days on board
  • 1 stopover in Saint-Pierre & Miquelon

The itinerary for the Transatlantic

Welcome on the first day at 6pm. You’ll help the crew with the final phase of preparing the boat for the transatlantic crossing, including stowing the supplies on board. You are welcomed by the preparation team and your instructors, and attend the safety briefing. Set sail the following morning.

The first few tacks are necessary to find your bearings on the boat, begin to tame the Challenge and get to know your crew. You’ll soon be heading south towards La Coruña.

The first objective of your Transatlantic course is to reach Saint-Pierre & Miquelon. Allow 6 to 7 days’ sailing from New York. This first part of the crossing will give you the time you need to get to grips with the second chapter of your adventure. The stopover in Saint-Pierre is an experience in itself.

A well-deserved stopover and the last stage before setting off across the Atlantic Ocean. Your stopover in Saint-Pierre & Miquelon takes you back to the days of the great sailing discoveries and fishing campaigns of the last century. An opportunity to recharge your batteries, stock up on fresh produce and share a drink or two.

Welcome to your new life! In front of you, the Old Continent, history, good food, wine and friends. But before that, you’ll need 15 days at sea to cross the Atlantic. You’ll take it in turns at the helm, maneuvering, navigating, keeping the log and living life on board, while enjoying some magical moments.

Land in sight! You’re almost there, and already emotions are running wild, between the excitement of returning to dry land. Your surroundings are changing: the sea, the wildlife, the smells, the noises are increasingly demanding your senses. Will you arrive by day or by night?

Back to life on land, with your head full of images, stories and anecdotes. You’ve just completed a crewed transatlantic crossing to New York! You’re sure to impress a lot of people at the harbor café!

You can enjoy France and Europe before returning home or before continuing your journey.


The Boat: A yacht designed for ocean crossing

The Challenge 67 is a professionally crewed sailing ship, one of fourteen built for the BT Global Challenge, the crewed round-the-world race against the prevailing winds. The majority of these boats still sail the world’s oceans today. This large 21m monohull is an extremely seaworthy, one-design cruising yacht.

Main characteristics of the boat

  • Monohull type
  • Model Challenge 67
  • Shipyard Devonport Yachts Ltd.
  • Length 20.42m
  • Passenger capacity 10
  • Number of cabins 4
  • Number of bathrooms 2
  • Flybridge No
  • Aft cockpit(s)
  • Air conditioning No
  • Watermaker No

Life on Board during the Transatlantic

Professional skippers : 2 french professional sailors fluent in Engliah, qualified as “Capitaine 200 Voile and Brevet d’État” equivalent to USCG Captain
Experts in sailing ships and familiar with the sailing area
Capacity 8 to 10 crew + 2 crew members

Crew life on a demanding sailboat

You come aboard as a crew member, not as a passenger! You participate in the smooth running of the boat. When sailing, the crew is involved in various tasks: maneuvering, cooking, washing up, weather…

Remember that this boat was designed for racing:

  • The yacht has no autopilot or furling system.
  • Sleeping accommodation is in individual bunks (2-person cabins).
  • There is no watermaker (but a 1200 L water tank), nor air conditioning/heating on board.

Offshore Sailing training

  • Training in the techniques required for autonomy on a sailboat,
  • Safety training (technical handling of the yacht, specific maneuvers),
  • Navigation training (charting, weather anticipation, tides and currents, logbook follow-up, use of onboard electronics, etc.) and night navigation on watch.
  • Training in sailing maneuvers (trimming, reefing, etc.),

The instructor adapts his teaching to the level and objectives of each crew member.

Discover the life of an offshore sailor with a crew

Take full advantage of all the different aspects of life on board a sailing yacht:

  • You’ll observe marine life (whales, dolphins, flying fish, dolphinfish),
  • You’ll experience maritime life: stopovers, cargo and ferry cruises, and meet other sailboats,
  • You’ll witness numerous sunsets and sunrises,
  • You’ll cross paths with many clouds and waves.
  • You’ll live by the rhythm of the watches,
  • You’ll learn to sleep, lulled to sleep by the movements of the yacht as it sails.
  • You’ll share this experience with your crew,
  • You’ll enjoy a unique experience that most sailors only dream of!
  • You’ll learn how to prepare your duffel bag for atlantic crossing and ocean passage


Hold a valid passport for the entire duration of your embarkation and stay in Europe. Check Visa requirements to enter Europe and France.

Boarding scheduled for 6:00 pm from the marina: One°15 Brooklyn Marina.

Disembarkation scheduled for June 28 (date given as an indication) in Lorient, France. Accessible from the French railway (SNCF) train station. Visit SNCF Connect for more information.

Make an appointment with your doctor to obtain a certificate of no contraindication to crossing the Atlantic in a sailboat.

Course duration and stopovers subject to weather conditions. Arrival date is an estimate only. Do not book or make appointments on days close to the approximate arrival date.

For more information, please contact COBOATERS 

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March 30, 2024
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