There’s no need to prove Nordic ancestry to cruise with the Viking Explorers. Case in point, this year there were 17 nationalities represented among the 20 yachts and 60 cruisers who cast off from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in early January en route to the Blue Lagoon Hotel & Marina in St. Vincent on the third edition of this annual transatlantic rally. An easy two- to three-week crossing under light winds meant the cruisers had plenty of energy to explore St. Vincent.
“We like St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) very much and stay for many weeks every year even after the event is done,” says Mike Westin, who with Oliver Solanas Heinrichs organizes the rally. “The participants say that SVG, especially the smaller islands are ‘postcard Caribbean’. On the main island of St. Vincent, many visited both the Botanical and Montreal gardens and loved the lush vegetation and beauty. Even those that climbed the Soufriere volcano in clouds and heavy rain were wet but extremely positive when they got back.”
The fourth edition of the Viking Explorers Canary-St. Vincent & the Grenadines rally starts January 6, 2021 and is already fully signed up. Several boats have also registered their interest for the 2020 event, though sign-up won’t start until February 2021.
“There is currently a cap on about 20-25 boats to be accommodated in the small Blue Lagoon marina, but we are looking into solutions such as a second rally to French Guiana under the name ‘Viking Explorers Devil’s Island’, says Westin.