Krogen 44 Crosses Atlantic Nonstop

The Krogen 44 Le rêve, with owner Bill van Lenthe and crew aboard, crossed the North Atlantic nonstop from Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, to the port of Horta, on the Island of Faial in the Azores, a distance of 2,250 NM. That was the first leg of a journey that brought Le rêve to IJmuiden, Netherlands, in three legs. The second leg of the trip, 1,268 NM, took the boat to Plymouth, England. And the final leg to Holland was a short jaunt of 367 NM. The successful passage was reported on the Kadey Krogen company website, where there are links to the blogs of a number of Kadey Krogen Yachts owners.

Le reve is followed by 20' seas

Le rêve is calmly handling 20' seas

While many trans-Atlantic passagemakers stop at Bermuda along the way, especially when the original departure is from Florida, van Lenthe decided to forego the stop since it would have taken him significantly out of his way, given his own New Jersey departure. Van Lenthe and his wife, Joanne, were both born in Holland, hence the final destination.

The stabilized Krogen 44 encountered rather a lot of bad weather along the way; more than would be expected for a June crossing at 40 degrees north latitude. Seas encountered frequently reached 20 feet, but the owner reported no difficulties whatsoever, adding that the autopilot handled steep following seas especially well.

Here are the stats for the overall voyage:
Total days at sea                             26
Total Hr at sea                               612
Total Miles at sea                        3885
Total fuel consumed by engine   1290 gallons
Average gallons/hr                          2.1
Average m/g                                   3.01
Average speed                                6.35kts


Le rêve and the van Lenthe family are now cruising Holland and have said they will stay in Europe for the next few years. Eventually, they plan to cruise the northern countries of Scandinavia, and eventually end up in the Mediterranean.

You can follow their travels on their blog here.

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