Route & Timeplan

Join us as crew member!

We offer the opportunity to get a taste of our lifestyle and sail with us to remote paradises in the Caribean! Regardless of your sailing experience you can join us and share our tour around the world for a limited time and without financial risks.

The costs to maintain Wild Too are pretty high  – annually about 25.000€ for maintenance.  This is why I have to ask from my crew a cost contribution. Please inquire the actual rate by mail. Crew visiting again get a 10% discount.

Fuel will be covered by me. Provisioning is done by the crew together on the departure day – we will assist but not be involved if not needed.

These contributions do not cover my costs at all but help me to keep running. I hope for your understanding. I believe that our cost share is fair since our crew can enjoy sailing with an exceptional boat and enjoy our lifestyle for a limited time without financial risk but contribute a little to costs.

For more details please email mernstbrunner@hotmail.com

Corona update: In case I can not arrive at the meeting point or have to cancel for some unexpected reason I will return the downpayment in full. If you can not arrive we can take your downpayment for another sail. In any case please have cancellation insurance. If you do not feel like travelling and have to cancel you can get your downpayment and I my lost costshare back. Official cancelation reason must be something else than Covid related things of cause. (Mastercard cold for example includes such a cancellation insurance or get a separate one for about 100us)

Route- and timeplan Wild Too

Regardless of your sailing experience you can join us on the following passages and stopovers: (all passages below can be combined)

End of november will start in North Carolina and sail via Florida to the Bahamas. After sailing 3 month in the Bahamas (Ragged Islands and Exumas) we will sail up to New York and will sail over the atlantic via Acores.  Transat will be in two legs: New York to Acores and Acores to Malaga (Med)

Overview Routeplan Wild Too 2020 / 2021

find detailed description below

Time and Routeplan Wild Too 2020 / 2021 Overview:

USA sails December 2020: 

30.11.2020 – 7.12.2020 USA North Carolina – New Bern to Wilmington.

7.12.2020 – 21.12.2020 USA North Carolina (Wilmington) to Florida (Miami)

Bahamas sails: January to March 2021: 

21.12.2020 – 4.1.2021 Miami via Bimini and Berry Islands to Nassau

4.1.2021 – 18.1.2021 Nassau via Exumas to Georgetown

18.1.2021 – 1.2.2021 Georgetown to Ragged Islands returnning to Georgetown

1.2.2021 – 15.2.2021 Georgetown via Exumas Islands to Nassau

15.2.2021 – 1.3.2021 Nassau via Exumas to Georgetown

1.3.2021 – 15.3.2021 Georgetown to Ragged Islands returning to Georgetown

15.3.2021 – 29.3.2021 Georgetown via Exumas and Bikini Islands to Miami

USA sails December 2021:

29.3.2021 – 12.4.2021 Miami to New York with stopovers on many anchorages along the east coast and the Intercoastal Waterway.

Transat 2021:

12.4.2021 – 3.5.2021 Transat First Leg 2000nm, 3 Weeks, New York to Acores (Flores)3.5.2021 – 17.5.2021 Acoren Island Hopping: Flores, Graziosa, Pico, Sao Jorge, Terciera, Sao Miguel

17.5.2021 – 31.5.2021 Transat Second Leg: 1000nm, 2 weeks, Azoren to Malaga

 

Detailed Description of Routes Wild Too 2020/2021

USA sails december 2020: 

30.11.2020  – 7.12.2020 USA North Carolina – New Bern to Wilmington.

This sail fits the limited holidays of my poor fellow sailors from the US;-). Also suitable for sailors prone to seasickness because we will mostly sail in protected areas or on the intercoastal waterway. We will sail to the historic towns New Bern, Oriental, Beaufort and Morehead as well as Wilmington which are connected to sailable lakes and rivers and the ICW. Via short sails on the open ocean we can reach Cape Hateras and Cape Lookout, were we find beautiful anchorages on nice sandy beaches and sand dunes. Other possible spots on the way are Ocracoke Island and the Cedar Island national parc.

Starting point is New Bern (airport EWN with flights from Atlanta with Delta and from Charlotte with American). Endpoint is Wilmington, NC, with ist international airport ILM (Delta and American from many US airports as well as international flights with KLM, Air France or Quatar)

The boat is equipped wit 2 diesel heaters (all cabins and saloon) as well as hot water. We will also have the opportunity of marina visits and frequent visits on land.

 

7.12.2020 – 21.12.2020 USA North Carolina (Wilmington) to Florida (Miami)

We will sail south close to the coast to avoid the gulf stream which allows us to visit many anchorages on the way. This time of the year we should have following NE winds which is good for pleasant sailing. We will do many stopovers on islands and inlets along the way and can also sail parts of the way in the Intercoastal waterway.  Highlights are visits of Charleston, Hilton Head, Nationalpark Cumberland Island, Savanah and Westpalmbeach as well as Miami.

Starting point is Wilmington, NC, (int. Airport ILM). Endpoint is Miami – Florida.

The boat is equipped wit 2 diesel heaters (all cabins and saloon) as well as hot water. We will also have the opportunity of marina visits and frequent visits on land.

 

Bahamas sails January to March 2021: 

21.12.2020 – 4.1.2021 Christmas and New years sail from Miami via Bimini and Berry Islands to Nassau.  

4.1.2021 – 18.1.2021 Nassau via Exumas to Georgetown

18.1.2021 – 1.2.2021 Georgetown to  Ragged Islands returning to Georgetown

1.2.2021 – 15.2.2021 Georgetown via Exumas Islands to Nassau

15.2.2021 – 1.3.2021 Nassau via Exumas to Georgetown

1.3.2021 – 15.3.2021 Georgetown to Ragged Islands and returning to Georgetown

15.3.2021 – 29.3.2021 Georgetown via Exumas and Bikini Islands to Miami

For this sail to Miami you will need the US immigration / visa stamp you got when you flew via US. If you did not fly via US you will need a B1/B2 Visa for entry on a private vessel (not public tansport) in Miami. ESTA will not be sufficient in that case.

In the Bahamas we will sail mostly sheltered by long islandchains from the ocean swell in calm turquoise waters.

Starting and end point is either Georgetown at Grand Exuma, to which there are several inexpansive flights a day from Nassau (int. Airport) or Nassau were the international Airport is situated with cheap flights to Miami, Atlanta, Houston or directly to Europe.

EXUMAS: The Exuma island chain stretches far north almost towards Nassau and offers countless beautiful anchorages and adventures. We will check out the swimming pigs, snorkel into the James Bond caves and visit the Bahamas Iguanas at Allen Cay. Most ofthe time we will sail in turquoise clear water well protected from the ocean swell by the island chain. Between Nassau and Exumas in the middle of a Lagoon we can explore the Blue Hole – a Highlight for snorkelers and divers.

BIKINI ISLANS, BERRY ISLANDS, NEW PROVIDENCE: This islands are very interesting for snorklers or divers with the best underwater world in the Bahamas and countless snorkel and divespots like 2 Blue Holes amd many wrecks and reefs. The distances between the islands are short and we can sail from one beautiful anchorage to the next. New Providence offers one of the most beautiful beaches in the Bahamas at Rose Island and some of the bets diving.

RAGGED ISLANDS: These islands are the most of the beaten path islands in the Bahamas with intact underwater world and nature. I expect to find one ort he other adventure there.  The infrastructure is very little there but we can do the provisioning in Georgetown.

 

USA sail april 2021:

29.3.2021 – 12.4.2021 Miami to New York

It is a sail with many Stopps at the highlights of the US East Coast and some passages on the intercoastal waterway. We will follow the gulfstream north and should have following winds this time of the year. There are many beautiful anchorages on the way like Cumberland Islands, Charleston and Hilton Head we can visit and this way keep our sailing trips short. At Beaufort we have the option to sail a long distance into the Chesapeake Bay to Norfolk within the intercoastal waterway and visit the historic towns Beaufort, Oriental and Elizabeth City. If we have enough time we can sail into the Chesapeake Bay and into the Pontamac River to visit Washington. We finish this sail by passing the statue of liberty and sail into Manhattan.

 

Transat 2021:

There will be 2 legs:

– First leg from New York to Acores – 2000nm – 3 weeks

– Second leg from Acores to the Med (Mallaga) – 1000nm – 2 weeks

 

12.4.2021 – 3.5.2021 Transat First Leg 2000nm, 3 Wochen, New York zu den Azoren (Flores).

We sailed this route twice before. The route- and weatherplaning is a bit more challenging compared to the other direction but more rewarding with more sail manouvers and changing weather. Our Satphone with daily weather information helps to avoid possible depressions and plot a safe course to the Acores. Likely we will experiance all possible weather on this trip. Rain, sun, calm and wind. On past sails we always encountered Orcas and humpback whales.The starting point New York is good for cheap airline connections and on the other hand brings us into the area of westerly, following winds for our trip to the acores. We will have to sail 2000nm and planned a little generously to avoid possible bad weather.

Endpoint of the trip is the island Flores with daily flights to the main island S Miguel, where the international airport is situated.

Crew who wants to visit the islands by boat after the crossing can join for the island hopping sail below.

 

3.5.2021 – 17.5.2020 Acores – Island Hopping: Flores, Graziosa, Pico, Sao Jorge, Terciera, Sao Miguel

Starting Point is the island Flores with daily flights to the main island S Miguel, where the international airport is situated. In Flores we can discover the beautiful hiking trails on the westside along the steep coastline. After a couple of days we continue to Graziosa were we can visit the thermal springs, the nice fishing village and a vulcanic cave system. On Pico we can climb the highest mountain Portugals or check out the interesting island by rental car. In Sao Jorge it is worth to get into the hiking boots again and discover the steep Fajas on the north side of the island. The next island Terciera has one of the most beautiful towns in Europe.  Endpoint ist he main island Sao Miguel with high vulcanos and mountain lakes and it´s international airport.

 

17.5.2021 – 31.5.2021 Transat second leg 1100nm – Azoren nach Malaga

Starting Point is San Miguel with it´s international airport and cheap flights to Canada and Europe. We will sail the 1100nm in 8 to 10 days and expect changing winds. First stopover will be on the portugeese Atlantic Coast where we can anchor off some nice villages and beaches. After passing the strait of Gibraltar in suitable westwinds we will soon reach the endpoint of the sail Malaga in Spain. Malagas international airport offers flights to most large European towns.