It is getting to be that time of year again when the ARC
goes live. A friend of mine has been over 3 times and has written a provisioning
Take it for what it is. You'll deviate because of the types of food
you like/personal preferences etc etc.
It is not definitive and assumes you have both refrigeration
and a freezer
Here it is:
for the ARC
Peter Wolsing (ARC participant 1991, 2004, 2005
This list assumes your boat has refrigerator/freezer etc.
Stocking up in Las Palmas
EL CORTE ANGLAIS – a giant supermarket that has everything you can imagine. You can get discount vouchers for the ARC office for shopping
here. With the ARC in town, they know you are coming so special cash registers have been set up, they pack everything is boxes and deliver it directly to you berth.
The only thing EL CORTE doesn’t have is fresh vegetable, which you need to buy at the market. If you ask, the produce stall will also deliver direct to your berth.
As far as meat is concerned, (this should be ordered at the latest Wednesday or Thursday before start) as EL CORTE to vacuum pack and freeze it for you, then it is ready to be dropped into your freezer
Veggies should be bought Thursday or Friday
for 6 persons for minimum 20 days takes up a lot of space. You need to clear as many cabinets as possible. Vegetables and fruit can be hung in nets at various places around the boat. Plastic boxes that are stable and can be placed around the cabin
are a must. Spaces under the floorboards should be filled up with cans, plastic bottles etc.
Unless you want to battle cockroaches all the way over, do not bring any cardboard onto the boat. Boxes can be gotten rid of, but juice cartons cannot be avoided. Fanatics about this, take the labels off canned products and write the contents on with a highlighter.
All vegetables should be washed. Onions should be peeled into the outermost leaves.
Flour, sugar rice beans etc should be packed in sealable plastic bags
Remember that apples and bananas should be stored separately. Onions and potatoes should be stored in a dark (preferable cool) place. It is not possible to keep vegetables fresh for 3 weeks in 30 degrees+ heat. Citrus fruit, apples, potatoes, tomatoes and melons will keep. Turn the rest regularly and eat them before they go bad. Better yet, buy at different stages of maturity – it will lengthen the time they keep. It is very important that they don’t bruise while underway.
All fresh meat should be vacuum packed and frozen. Spanish Chorizo and similar (hams etc) will last without refrigeration
. These are also your emergency
rations, if you fridge/freezer goes out. Anything already cut into slices needs to be refrigerated.
Eggs do not need refrigeration. Remember to turn them daily.
Cheese, butter can be frozen. I haven’t listed yogurt because it takes up space. Anything else will depend on how much space (how big a boat) you have
What shall we eat and drink
There are several possible scenarios for the crossing
1- Everything works
2- No electricity or gas
4- Water tanks
5- The trip takes much longer than expected
6- What can you imagine can go wrong (be creative)
How you’ll tackle each of the above is different, but it is possible to survive on canned fod, vacuum packed bread, fruit etc.
The most important item. You need to decide what security
margin you need. This will also depend on the boat and its equipment
, separate water tanks
etc. A good margin is to take bottled water along for half the trip – so say 10 days. Minimum usage per person can vary, but 3 liters X 6 persons X 10 days = 180 liters.
By the way it is a good idea to carry 1 bicyclist water bottle with a name on it per person. That way everyone will remember to drink and it is easier to monitor
A big discussion item. Some very experienced cruiser say “no alcohol” others say 1 beer/wine with dinner is ok.
The formula is responsibility. A limit of 1 per day, means everyone is still able to drive a car. The consequences of too much can be catastrophic, squalls, man overboard
, hitting a container, etc.
Don’t worry – your liver will have to work overtime when you reach the Carribean.
Coffee & tea
You can’t bring enough
Here are some of the ways we have gotten through the days
Nothing cheers up the crew more than the smell and taste of fresh bread. Try to bake every other day. Remember to bring lots of dried yeast. The spanish Serano ham is wonderful, and can be fried and used as bacon.
Meat/fish (especially if you catch it while sailing)
Something different every evening to liven up the menu
Buy it precut so you can fry it or marinate it. Think in variations 5 X beef, 5 X lamb, 5 X chicken, 5 X pork, 5 X fish
= 25 days
You should be able to catch fish, assuming you have the correct equipment
(can be bought in Las Palmas). Remember fish can also be shellfish.
Can be potatoes, rice, pasta, noodles etc. It is always good to add a little surprise to dinners by using spices. Here’s a list:
Herbs de Provence
Plus anything else you like
Teriyaki sauce (for marinades)
Whipping cream (can be frozen)
Sun dried tomatoes
More of what you like
Apples are a great snack and they can last all 3 weeks. Otherwise, cookies and snacks/peanuts etc (if you’re having as sundowner)
Making dinner while underway requires dancing skills like a ballet dancer. It is very important your cooking
equipment is in order. The cook (you) has to be able to tie himself in with a security
line. The cook also needs a good apron(preferably one that is waterproof if hot oil
or water is spilled).
Your stove should have the capability of having 2 high pots going at the same time, or two pans (if you are frying). A colander should be easily available (in the sink).
Most dishes can be served directly in the pot.
Make sure you have a deep bowl per person for serving food. When the boat is heeling, flat dishes can’t be used.
Bring lots of big garbage bags to carry the garbage that can’t be thrown overboard
This is what I purchased for our 2004 ARC and it was reasonable successful. It is for 6 persons for 20 days. It is a good idea to add 24% extra for a longer passage
Even after you get across, it may be a while before you can get good provisions again – stock up.
10 kilos of flour
10 packages of dried yeast
15 packages of vacuum-packed baguettes
5 packages of crackers/rolls etc
10 liters of milk (for coffee)
10 ˝ pints of whipping cream
16 dozen eggs
8 packages of butter
5 packages of sliced cheese
5 big pieces of cheese
3 packages of parmesan cheese
6 packages of mozzarella cheese
10 jars , divers, oranges, strawberry, raspberry etc
3 jars of honey
3 kilos salt
1 kilo sugar
3 liters olive oil
1 bottle vinegar
1 bottle balsamic vinegar
3 bottles mayonnaise
4 cans of coconut milk
2 jars of Dijon mustard
5 jars of capers
15 big cans of tuna
2 jars teriyaki sauce
2 jars Soy sauce
5 bottles Chili/garlic sauce
5 jars of sweet/sour marinade
2 packages of Fond
5 packages pine nuts
4 packages sun dried tomatoes
2 jars Basil
2 jars thyme
2 jars Mariam
2 jars Herbs de Provence
2 jars black pepper
2 jars Tarragon
5 packages pasta (500g)
5 packages noodles
3 packages rice
20 packages of coolies
10 packages of peanuts/salted snacks
5 packages of candy or chocolate
Dried meat (vacuum-packed)
10 packages sausages
10 packages Ham
3 large Serano hams
Fresh Meat/fish (vacuum-packed)
6 kilos beef
6 kilos lamb
6 kilos Chicken
6 kilos pork
6 kilos fish (salmon/ white fish)
Fruit (differing stages of maturity)
20 clusters of grapes
10 large red onions
10 large white onions
8 red peppers
8 green peppers
4 kilos green beans
15 kilos potatoes
10 kilo tomatoes
Plus anything else at the market that looks good
Drinks (non alcohol)
30 liters juice
48 icetea mixes
10 jars of nescafe
4 packages of tea
96 coca cola
48 cans of tonic (for G&T in the carribean)
30 bottles of red wine
10 bottles of white wine
2 bottles of rum
4 bottles of gin (for G&Ts in the carribean)
Ice can be purchased from Pedro at the Texaco gas station on the harbor in Las Palmas
. You can also buy yoghurt and bread for breakfast
Enjoy your trip