Hello all, this is my first post here. I have searched the archives
and found a few things of relative importance, but nothing quite for the trip I have in mind.
I will be sailing my Islander 36 from New Orleans
(leaving in early April) through Panama
and then back up to Seattle
. She is offshore
ready and has all the necessary gear
. I do not want to put the strain of a month long (or longer) beat on the old girl however, so pushing up the coast is something I would rather avoid. It looks like my best bet (according to the Admiralty Sailing Directions) is to leave Balboa
, loop around the south of the Galapagos
roughly northwest paralleling the West coast
(albeit with about 1000 miles of offing) and then turning for Juan de Fuca at about San Francisco's latitude.
Any thoughts on the above trip? Has anyone done this? Can anyone give me some insight on what to expect, especially winds and weather
? I have NO Pacific sailing experience, only Gulf and Atlantic. All answers are appreciated.