My boat will be substantially renovated and refit
by the time I splash her next March, and I am itching to roam further afield. The problems are twofold, however:
1. I am not retired and can't just take a year off; and
2. I have a permanent mooring
on the River Hamble, one of the world's most desirable moorings, probably, and it is practically free and for life. I can't leave it for more than 9 months without losing it.
So I was thinking -
How about if next fall I sail non-stop from the UK to the Canaries
, which ought to be more or less downhill. Maybe in September or October while the weather
is still nice. Should take less than 2 weeks, I should think. Leave the boat and go back to work.
Then join the ARC
in December. I'll take off two months from work - Dec and Jan; for that period of time, my company won't die without me. So that would give me the ARC
plus more than a month of glorious Caribbean
cruising. Leave the boat and go back to work.
Then take a spring break - a couple of weeks in March, say, for some more glorious Caribbean
Then at the beginning of May, sail the boat back to the UK from the Carib via the Azores
. Shouldn't take more than two or three weeks, I shouldn't think, although there might be some days of motoring on that route
, I do understand.
All in all, about 4 months off work, which is only 2 months more than I usually take. Should be doable from that point of view.
My boat has a 46' waterline and nearly always averages more than 8 knots on passage
under sail in the English Channel
. At economical cruising speed of 7 knots motoring, I have about 800 to 900 miles of range (for getting through the Sargasso Sea).
What do you guys think? Great adventure? Or stupid?
Does this sound realistic, or will I spoil the trip by rushing?