We considered spending a year or more sailing around the world. My husband spent countless hours researching all the dynamics of what it would take to do such a thing. One of the biggest things to figure out was timing. The oceans are a curious thing. Wind, current and other weather conditions such as hurricane and cyclones dictate when you can be where. I have read through many sailor’s blogs recounting stories of starting out on their maiden voyage only to be forced back home because of strong winds and rough water.
One of the places that we talked most about for our journey was the South Pacific. It is a strong calling to places like the French Polynesian, the Marquesas and Tuamotu Archipelago. And who wouldn’t want to hang out with the great statues on Easter Island? So, what is the best way and time to plan the voyage. Well it depends on where you start.
U.S. East coasters obviously have a longer trip and must navigate the atlantic, Caribbean and through the Panama Canal. One would have to be to the Marquesas no later than April to be able to get through the Southern Pacific in the upcoming five months to avoid cyclone season. Many go on to Australia or New Zealand and often West Coast natives turn around and go back. It isn’t unheard of for boats to cover 9,000 miles in one season going from Panama to the Torres Strait.
There are several choice routes that take you to some of the most beautiful sites in the world. Tahiti is a favorite landfall for sailors since its discovery by the outside world. Although it now has bustling city life you can still enjoy a peek of the old life that survives just steps outside of the capital of Papeete.
Whatever your plans are for cruising next year, do your homework. Some countries don’t even allow visiting boats to stay during cyclone season. With so much of the world to see, you can plan your adventure to safely see the world.