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On its way to the Azores (2)

The first days of the crossing went as expected. In the steady, warm NO Passat wind, we sailed closed hauled towards NNO and made a good distance. The crew still had to get used to the on-board life with the continuous inclination, but it was easier every day.

Then, as expected, we came to the area of the so-called horse latitudes with little to no wind. We crossed these under motor in a northerly direction and for several hours we have been under sail again. After we first travelled a bit east with the prevailing light NE Wind, the wind now turns north and we sail directly to Horta.

The forecast for the next few days is good. We try to continue sailing directly to Horta on the south side of a stationary low.

The position is regularly updated at https://swan-montana.de/en/position.

On its way to the Azores

Markus and his crew start crossing the Atlantic towards the Azores yesterday.

According to the weather forecast, light winds from different directions can be expected for the coming week north of the weakening trade wind. So it doesn't look like a particularly fast crossing. It will become clear how well the crew succeeds in making optimal use of the light wind fields.

The position is regularly updated at https://swan-montana.de/en/position.

SY Montana, Swan 48 on its way from Antigua to the Azores

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Markus and Montana in German blog „Sailing escape“

Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 2022 -en

The first race started with wind gusts up to 35 knots but all sailors returned safe and with smiles on their faces. The Montana placed 4th in her "Historic Class" on the first day of racing.

On Saturday, the second day of the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, the trade winds were still strong, putting the beautiful classic boats and their crews to the test, especially after Friday night's dock party with a steel band and lots of beer and rum. On the butterfly course, Montana won her historical class.

The last race had to decide on the placement in the overall ranking. Markus and his crew took 2nd place and that also led to a 2nd place overall.

SY Montana, Swan 48 at the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta

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Montana wins Concours D‘Elegance

The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta started today with the single handed race being canceled due to high winds. However, the four-person jury spent the morning evaluating the yachts that had entered the Concours D'Elegance. Gold winners were Juno, Windbreker, Ticonderoga, Seefalke, Freya of Midgard, New Moon and Montana. The Arne Frissel award for Most Seaworthy Ship went to Vela, the 112-foot sailing school schooner built in 2020.

SY Montana, Swan 48 gewinnt Concours D‘Elegance bei der Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta

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3rd place in the Heineken regatta (with interview)

We met in Falmouth Harbour, Antigua on the Montana on February 28th. A day later we sailed to St. Maarten in the most beautiful wind and weather and experienced a spectacular sunset across from St. Eustacia. After spending the rest of the night at anchor in Simpson Bay, we went to Marina Port de Plaisance the following day.
This was our base for the Heineken Regatta races.

Interview by Markus about the Heineken regatta: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TArZkO-MXzA

SY Montana, Swan 48 at the Heinekenregatta 2022

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RORC600 (5)

The persistence paid off.

After the unpleasant loss of time near Guadeloupe, we continued to sail the regatta. Our finish was at 20:54:50. We missed the award ceremony by almost 2 hours, but not the party that followed, which was actually our big goal ;).

At the jetty we were welcomed by the Commodore of the RORC as well as by the skipper of the fastest yacht. I call that respect.

We are happy and also a little proud to have sailed this demanding regatta so successfully. After the calculated time, we still took 12th place in our group CSA2 of 18 ships that started.

SY Montana, Swan 48 after finishing the RORC600

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RORC600 (3)

A day of beautiful regatta sailing with wind from abeam and later behind towards Guadeloupe is behind us. We quickly passed Guadeloupe's lee and avoided the lulls better than most other ships. So we were able to make up a few places up to the Isle de Saintes. Then it was on the cross to the northeast, past Guadeloupe to get past La Desirade.

This is where luck left us. The wind died down 2 hours too early. With a wind of 5 kt from NE with a still relatively high wave and above all 2.5 kt current from NE we parked at the southern tip of La Desirade, or we could no longer run against the wind to get around the island for the last few miles then to be able to sail towards Barbuda with half wind. This took us more than 5 hours in total. At some point the wind picked up again and finally we made it.

However, our big goal of finishing before the award ceremony is now a long way off. Nevertheless, we will continue and finish the RORC600.

SY Montana, Swan 48 at the RORC600

 

RORC600 (2)

After a good 300 SM, i.e. halfway through the race, the Montana is still doing well. It is currently heading towards Guadeloupe. Here you can make up time in the lee of the island or leave it there, depending on how lucky you are and how good you are at avoiding the variable weak winds there.

It remains exciting and more news will follow.

SY Montana, Swan 48 at start of RORC600

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RORC600

 Markus sails the RORC600 with a crew of 7 people. The Montana is of course a real exotic in the regatta field, in which many well-known racers are represented. For example, the 2021 Fastnetrace winner "Skorpios", a Clubswan 125, which is about to break the monohull course record. Almost all other ships are also designed as pure racing ships.

The Montana is the ship with the second-slowest rating, so finishing before the awards ceremony would be a huge achievement. After all, that would mean an average VMG of 6.25kt.

At the moment, a quarter of the way through, the goal is still possible. The average VMG up to now is 6.8kn. Unfortunately, a slightly weaker wind is forecast for the next two days. We will see...

After the calculated time, the Montana is in 10th place out of 17 participants in the CSA2 group shortly after passing Saba. However, the upwind to St. Barth is now in front of them and the distance to the ships in front, which then have wind brom behind on the way to St. Maarten, will increase again a little.

It remains exciting and more news will follow.

SY Montana, Swan 48 before start of RORC600

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S&S Swan Association

I warmly recommend the following website to all friends of the classic Swan yachts designed by Sparkman & Stevens. This is probably the most comprehensive collection of data on these wonderful ships.

Incidentally, a picture of the Montana was chosen for the Swan 48 section.

https://www.classicswan.org/index.php

 

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Cruise report from the SY Montana (holiday trip)

Dolphins and sea turtles

A cruise report from the Christmas cruise 2021/22 on the SY Montana:

Christmas trip on SY Montana

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Happy New Year 2022

Happy New Year 2022! Hopefully it will be more carefree than the last one.

I haven't been able to look at all of the ARC pictures yet. Here's a little foretaste

SY Montana with spinnaker at the ARC 2021.

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ARC 2021 - 3rd place in group E

Markus and his crew took an excellent 3rd place out of 18 teams in cruising group E at this year's ARC.

In the overall ranking of all cruisers, as the best-placed German ship, they are in 9th place out of a total of 96 registered ships.

SY Montana at the finish line in St. Lucia at night

 

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ARC 2021 - Montana mentioned in article of YACHT-magazin

Markus and his Montana were mentioned in an article about ARC 2021 on the homepage of German YACHT-magazin.

We are looking forward to the print version in the next issue of the YACHT-magazine.

https://www.yacht.de/aktuell/panorama/arc-start-141-yachten-auf-kurs-karibik

SY Montana im Artikel des Yacht Magazins über die ARC 2021

 

ARC 2021 - Montana over the finish line

Tonight at 06.52 UTC the Montna crossed the finish line in St. Lucia.

Now the Caribbean can be enjoyed for a few more days.

Pictures and more will follow.

 

  

 

  

ARC 2021 - 6 (direct from SV Montana)

We took the Spi back down at 17:00 UTC, it was a hot ride. But left mainsail up and boomed the genoa to Buttfly. We are still fast but cannot hold direct course.

Markus Bocks, Skipper

The Montana is currently still in second place in the Cruising E group.

  

ARC 2021 - 5 (direct from SV Montana)

This night was weaker wind. Now Spi up, 8Kn over deck, 8Kn boat speed, slightly south of the rumpling . 965SM to St. Lucia. Today we reach the 2000 miles sailed

Markus Bocks, Skipper

The Montana is currently still in second place in the Cruising E group.

  

ARC 2021 - 4 (direct from SV Montana)

Had equal miles today, sailed 1459SM and still ahead. There was a Bergfest beer, of course not for me.

Markus Bocks, skipper

The Montana is currently still in second place in the Cruising E group.

  

ARC 2021 - 3 (direct from SV Montana)

"On the road again. It feels good to be on the way to the Caribbean with the ARC again. As the first ship to cross the line, you can't complain about the start. However, the Genoa came out a little too late, so immediately afterwards we were overtaken by the first ships.

The first few miles were very unusual. A start against the wind is rare at the ARC and the wind blast at the airport also failed this time. After that, the first few days were characterized by the “search for the wind”. Slow sailing phases alternated with engine phases over and over again, which was not really fun. Cheating when specifying the engine hours is open again here. We tried to sail as much as possible, so it was not surprising that we were soon way behind in the ranking. After difficult 6 days with light winds, we were able to find the trade wind. As a welcome greeting we caught the first mahi mahi. Now it went in the other direction of the wind scale, wind force of almost 8Bf exactly from behind had to be mastered. Here the Montana is in its element again and we collect our competitors from behind. "

Markus Bocks, skipper

The Montana is currently the fastest ship in cruising group E and has worked its way up to 2nd place.

  

ARC 2021 - 2 (Montana first across the starting line)

ARC 2021 started four days ago. Markus sailed a good start with his crew and since then, like the entire fleet, he has been struggling with the wind conditions. From very light wind from all possible directions to no wind at all, everything is included. But a strong north-east trade wind is predicted from Friday, which will finally allow the Montana to sail quickly towards St. Lucia.

SY Montana, Swan 48 als erstes Schiff über die Startlinie bei der ARC 2021

The full World Cruising Club article on the start of this year's ARC can be found here.

 

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ARC 2021 - 1

Today Markus starts with his crew as part of the ARC in Las Palmas towards St. Lucia. Unusual wind conditions will determine the first part of the crossing. No wind at the beginning and exceptionally southerly moving low pressure areas.

SY Montana, Swan 48 before Start of ARC 2021

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Sailing in the Canary Islands

From Las Palmas, Markus and his guests sailed a relaxed week trip to Tenerife and back again.

SY Montana, Swan 48 sailing in front of Tenerife

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First crossing the Atlantic, then a vacation trip

The Atlantic crossing has now turned into a relaxed vacation trip with island hopping.

The Montana is currently located in the Marina Santa Cruz on Tenerife.

Crew of the SY Montana, Swan 48 on a shore excursion in Tenerife

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Montana arrived in Lanzarote

After a varied crossing, the Montana has arrived from Vigo after 880 nautical miles in the Marina Rubicon, on the south coast of Lanzarote.

From wind force 8 at the beginning of the trip to calm at the end of the trip, everything was there.

SY Montana, Swan 48 in the Marina Rubicon, Lanzarote

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Vigo, Galicia

In the Marina Davila Sport in Vigo, the Montana took a longer break. Here we found an excellent shipyard that did all of our work on the ship to our complete satisfaction. In between there was a little sailing, but the main focus was on extending the certification by the SeeBG for Montana. The ship was brought up to date accordingly and the certification has now been extended for a further two years. 

Evening mood in the port of Vigo

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Azores -> Galicia

Markus has arrived in Vigo, Galicia with his crew. From Ponta Delgada in the Azores we went straight to the Atlantic towards the Spanish coast. It was a pleasant crossing with moderate wind and a friendly crew.

SY Montana off the coast of galicia

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2464 Miles in 16D 13H 16MIN

Another eventful Atlantic crossing will come to an end on May 25, 2021. After 16 days and 13 hours at sea, the Montana has returned to the Azores with skipper Markus Bocks.

The trip was very varied. In the first few days, the north-east trade wind was sailed high upwind. The temperatures were pleasantly Caribbean and the nights were mild. After 5 days the westerly wind range was reached and the weather and the wind changed accordingly. Three low pressure areas overtook us on the way to the Azores. We let them pass north as best we could. However, they sometimes brought us 25kt winds and occasional gusts of up to 40kt. The Montana easily put it all away with appropriate sails and the mood on board could not be spoiled by it.

A little exhausted, happy and also a little proud, the crew reached Horta in the Azores.

Crew of SV Montana, Swan 48 in Horta

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Atlantic crossing Guadeloupe -> Horta

The Montana is on its way to Europe. Markus and his crew, an experienced sailing family, have left Guadeloupe and are on the Atlantic towards Horta.

The wind forecast for the next few days is favorable, after which it will be exciting. The question is how the Azores high will develop and thus to what extent the northeast trade wind is sliding to the north.

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Position of SV Montana: https://swan-montana.de/de/position

Last minute offers and new leaflet

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We have a new leaflet including all trips for the next 12 months. (German language)

Here as PDF-Dokument for downloading.

Take note:

We offer the trip Azores: Horta > Terceira from 06.06. to 12.06. at a last minute special price of 790 €.

We offer the trip Azoren -> Vigo from 14.06. to 26.06. at a last minute special price of 990€.  

Back in the water

SV Montana is back in the water. It was lots of work, but it was worth it. She looks really beautiful now.

SY Montana, Swan 48 at anchor in Jolly Harbour, Antigua

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SV Montana gets a new paint at Jolly Harbour - 4

The deed is done. After careful preparation and a professional spraying, the Montana shines in new splendour.

On Monday she will be back to the water.

SY Montana, Swan 48 im Dock von Jolly Harbour, Antigua mit neuer Lackierung

 

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SV Montana gets s new paint at Jolly Harbour - 3

After the Epoxi Primer, levelling, sanding, washing again.

SY Montana, Swan 48 im Dock von Jolly Harbour, Antigua

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SV Montana gets a new Paint at Jolly Harbour - 2

Using corona times. Rather than sailing with guests through the Caribbean, the Montana is getting a new coat of paint of its hull in Antigua.

SY Montana, Swan 48 im Dock von Jolly Harbour, Antigua with new primer

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SV Montana gets a new paint at Jolly Harbour

Using corona times. Rather than sailing with guests through the Caribbean, the Montana is getting a new coat of paint of its hull in Antigua.

SV Montana, Swan 48 in the dock of Jolly Harbour, Antigua

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ARC 2020 Blog from Bord - 5, Finish and award ceremony

The ARC 2020 was an outstanding experience for all sailors on the Montana.

Crew der SY Montana, Swan 48 on Arrival in St. Lucia at the ARC 2020

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Caribbean Sailing

After arriving in St. Lucia ARC sailors on the Montana enjoy sailing in the Caribbean.

Sunset on the Atlantic on bord of  SV Montana, Swan 48

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ARC 2020 Blog from Bord - 4

After several days of calm where we had to use the machine, we have light wind again with which we can sail. At the moment it's just the little spinnaker, all other sails would just flap. We sail a speed of 5,5kn with a wind of 5kn from astern. In 2 days, on Thursday morning, we will probably arrive. The fridge was stocked with beer as a precaution for our arrival. Unfortunately, the situation in St. Lucia has worsened. We have to do another PCR test and stay in quarantine until the result, expected to be 48h. We all hope that afterwards we can enjoy the Caribbean.

ARC 2020 Blog from Bord - 3

We are now on day 12. Yesterday evening we had a very large thunderstorm area. It went on for several hours. Heavy rain, no visibility, lots of lightning and thunder. When the rain stopped and we thought it was over, the wind blew up with up to 30Kn. We took the main into the 2nd reef and we also reefed the genoa. At night the wind turned again and we had to put down the main sail completely to keep on course. But the other boats also struggled, so we won a place in the ranking. The next few days remain changeable, still a lot of work.

ARC 2020 Blog from Bord - 2

Neptun is still with us, but he makes it a little bit challenging. Always the question if we go with ordinary setup with main sail and genoa or twin head sails poled out. That keeps us busy. Wind is still variable in direction and strength. Today we tried the first time the Spinaker and it’s running well.

ARC 2020 Blog from Bord - 1

This must have been like 10-15 years ago.
57 ships in the ARC. You know each other and everything is familiar. But today everything is different. Due to Corona, only groups of up to 10 people are allowed and we have to wear masks. In addition, we are limited to our jetty and cannot visit the other sailors. The seminars are held online via Zoom.
Nevertheless, everyone is in a good mood, you can only see smiling faces on the jetty. The German fleet is also rather small with 3 ships, in addition to the “Montana” there are “Peter von Seestermühe” and “Yuma”. In addition there is the “Albatros” from Manfred under the US flag. The weather data promise a good start and trade winds right from the start. Unfortunately the wind on the start day is rather light and from the southeast, i.e. from the front. We're doing great and after about 10 minutes we're in 3rd place in our starting group. But then it becomes too much for most of them, they start the engine and everyone past us to find the wind behind Gran Canaria. Unfortunately, we are doing it too late and now have to follow. The old hands head west straight after Gran Canaria, heading for St. Lucia. We want to go a little further south first, but that turns out to be unnecessary. We didn't think that you could really drive a direct course. The winds in the following days are good but require some sail changes, even at night. On the 5th day the first 800 miles are done.

ARC 2020

ARC 2020 is started on 22nd November.

After the startline the route was along the eastern coast of Gran Canary southbound with best sailing weather against the wind. In the meantime Montana is sailing speedily in the north-east trade wind on a south-westerly heading towards the Caribbean.

ARC 2020 Crew der SY Montana, Swan 48

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New bolster in the cabins

The bolster in the cabins of the montana were renewed. We have to get familiar with the new look, but therfore we have a new, top-quality and durable fabric now.

Aft cabin of SV Montana, Swan 48

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New Antifouling for SV Montana

SY Montana is out of the water for preparation of the ARC 2020 after 13.000 nautical miles in 15 months for a new antifouling.

Looks still quit good because the fouling had nowwhere much time to grow.

SY Montana, Swan 48 on land in Las Palmas  

SY Montana on another trip at the Canaries

And the Canaries again:

At first we sailed with rather light from Las Palmas, Grand Canary to Santa Cruz, Tenerife.

Mitsegeln auf der SY Montana, Swan 48 auf den Kanaren

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SY Montana on a trip through the Canaries

Markus is sailing through the Canaries. They sailed from Las Palmas on Gran Canaria to Santa Cruz on Tenerife. Then further to the south to Las Galletas with best sailing weather and warm temperatures. From here further to La Gomera, where it was anchored in a lonely nice bay.

Mitsegeln auf der SY Montana, Swan 48 in San Miguel, Tenneriffa

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Atlantic round completed Las Palmas - Las Palmas

Markus has finished his Atlantic round and arrived in Las Palmas.

Here two more trips will be done and then he will depart to the Caribbean again with the ARC.

SY Montana on the Atlantic rounde 2020

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SV Montana on the 'road' again

Let's go from the Azores to the Canaries.

The first leg brings us from Ponta Delgada to Santa Maria in best sailing weather. 

Sailing with SV Montana, Swan 48 from the Azores to the Canaries.

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Vacation trip at the Azores

Here some impressions from a vacation trip at the azores. The wind was often calm so we made a few shore leaves.

Some more pictures in the gallery.

Mitsegeln mit der SY Montana, Swan 48 auf den Azoren

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Atlantic crossing from Guadeloupe to Horta

The anchor is hoisted and the trip begins on June 27th at 10:50LT. We are possibly one of the last or even the last boat of this saison, which leaves the Caribbean towards Horta. A moderate easterly wind is blowing and we have 20 miles against the wind to the eastend of Guadeloupe. We turn between Guadeloupe and Les Desirades to the northeast within the last daylight.

SY Montana, Swan 48 approaching Faial on its Atlantic crossing 2020

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