Please select your home edition

'Cruising in Company' - Nautitech 40 'La Luna' sails to Lagos

by Ensign Yachts 26 Oct 2022 13:34 PDT
Rounding Cape Vincent and anchoring in Spain © Ensign Yachts

Continuing on with our 'Cruising in Company' column, Craig and Donna, the lovely owners of a new Nautitech 40 Open called 'La Luna', have shared their journey so far of picking up their new boat and cruising to Lagos.

If you are interested in saving time and money on your new boat with a European delivery, get in touch with us! Read on of their exciting story...

"The emotions are hard to describe. Seeing our beautiful new Nautitech 40 Open, standing at the front of the Nautitech Factory in Rochefort, France, was a -stop your heart- moment. Ordered sight unseen over 18 months earlier during Covid lockdowns, this was the final day of the working year before French Summer Holidays. Our vessel was the last one off the line, just a few days past the original delivery date. Ensign Yachts had supported us with personal assistance and advice all the way; now here we were, living in our own dream!

After rigging, sea trials and commissioning, we began training for a few days with our French skipper, Capitaine Pierre, who introduced us to the workings of our boat, exploring from the bilges to the masthead and helping us learn to sail our sleek machine. We marvelled at the nimble handing of our 40 and loved feeling the surge of power and speed as the gennaker set, accelerating us past 10 knots in a blink. Along with the performance also came luxury finishes and inclusions — all beautifully constructed, elegant and stylish. This was truly a boat to be proud of.

A month in gorgeous La Rochelle whizzed past and it was time to go. We were ready. So was La Luna. Crossing the Bay of Biscay was a milestone and waiting for us on the other side was the North Coast of Spain. Unexpectedly green - with rolling hills, picturesque small harbours and quiet anchorages - we were amazed by the sea-life and awe inspiring coastal cliffs. It would have been easy to spend a season there, but La Luna was on a mission to get to Lagos - her Winter stop in Portugal.

Day sailing down the Portugese Coast, La Luna easily travelled the average 60nm days between harbours, visiting Porto, Lisbon and other destinations along the way. Rounding Cape St Vincent, a forbidding wind-swept cliff scape, brought us to the end of our 1100 mile Atlantic voyage and into protected waters. As Winter approaches, La Luna will be safe in beautiful Lagos until we return from packing up our Brisbane home, downsizing to two bags, and flying back on one way tickets to head for the Med, early in 2023.

Find out more about the Nautitech 40 Open here...

Related Articles

Ensign Yachts September Update
Showcasing a Nautitech 40 Open's adventures sailing from Spain to Greece In this edition we showcase a Nautitech 40 Open's adventures sailing from Spain to Greece, highlight upcoming Ensign community boat shows to get on board our premium models, recap the success of the Sydney Boat Show, and the impressive Bering 77 for sale. Posted on 7 Sep
Get on board with Ensign's premier new yacht brand
Meet the team, look onboard new and demonstrator models Mark your diaries for these upcoming boat shows to get on board one of Ensign's premier new yacht brands! Meet the team, look onboard new and demonstrator models, and find out what's coming soon. Posted on 1 Sep
New Tofinou 7.9 Coming Soon
This new model will be unveiled at the Grand Pavois Boat Show next month The latest addition to the Tofinou lineup is on its way with the stunning new Tofinou 7.9. Building on the success of the 9.7, this new model will be unveiled at the Grand Pavois Boat Show next month in France (20th-25th September). Posted on 29 Aug
Ensign Yachts Newsletter
Sail the Mediterranean on your new yacht with discounted European delivery In this edition, we highlight some key upcoming Ensign community boat shows (join us at Sydney Boat Show in early August!), showcase the benefits and savings with European delivery on your new yacht and announce a new Bering 77 listing in Sydney. Posted on 4 Jul
Ensign Yachts Newsletter: End of Summer Savings
An exciting new video render of the Nautitech 48 Open In this edition, we unveil an exciting new video render of the Nautitech 48 Open, showcase a walkthrough tour of Bavaria's flagship C57, and recap the highlights of the Sail Port Stephens Regatta and Tofinou viewing showcase! Posted on 12 May
Ensign Yachts Newsletter: Rhea 730 Timonier
Traditional trawler design in a modern-day package In this edition, we showcase the review of the impressive Rhea 730 Timonier by the Boatsales team, recap highlights of our successful 'Ensign Viewing Showcase' at Middle Harbour Yacht Club. Posted on 22 Mar
Ensign's Viewing Showcase Round 2 a great success
Held at Middle Harbour Yacht Club on Sydney Harbour On Saturday 25th of February, the Ensign Yachts team held another successful viewing showcase out of the Middle Harbour Yacht Club. The day brought clear skies and light winds, perfect for showing off a few of our premium new boat brands. Posted on 20 Mar
Ensign Yachts Newsletter
Bering Superyachts - 'Tough as Steel' In this edition, we reconnect with Greg Luck on his Bavaria Cruiser 45's sailing adventures, take a look at what makes the Bering superyacht construction so tough, and share an exciting new sea trial review of the Nautitech 44 Open. Posted on 24 Feb
Fast sailing on a Wauquiez 45s to Hobart
The latests news, reviews, and top picks from Ensign Yachts In this edition, we share a lucky Wauquiez owner's exciting trip down to Hobart, have a walkaround of the charming Rhea 32 Timonier, and showcase the exterior of the new Bering 92 superyacht. Plus, check out our latest top picks for pre-owned listings. Posted on 20 Jan
Cruising the Whitsundays on a luxurious catamaran
Read the latest news from Ensign Yachts In this edition, we look at exciting new models on the way with the Nautitech 48 and the Bavaria C46, another Nautitech 40's adventures sailing in the Whitsundays, and showcase the official launch of the Heysea Asteria 142 superyacht. Posted on 15 Dec 2022