We started in the Caribbean
and spent our first season living aboard
the boat in the eastern Caribbean
(BVI, St. Martin, Antigua
, and then back to St. Martin). My husband picked up an ICC
. Lots of people leave from St. Martin (as we did) and head
to the Azores
and then either explore the islands of the Atlantic (Madeira, Cape Verde
, Azores) and head
back across the Caribbean for the winter. Some go up into the Med (which was our intended target) and some up the coast.
While it was and is our intention to circumnavigate, we love Portugal
so much that we are going to overwinter, at least partly in Morocco
, and then head back to Portugal
in the Spring. We didn't make it to the Med this season as we overestimated how quickly we would want to leave each port and underestimated how much time and effort it would take to fly home and purchase
a house and move our son into it mid-summer. We're still resting in Lisbon!
My advice is to quit telling people you are going to circumnavigate until you are at least halfway around. When people ask what the plan is, we tell them we are long term cruising
on no timeline. We go where we want without worrying too much about what other peoples expectations are. I suggest you pick up a copy of Jimmy Cornell's book "World Cruising Routes". It has been pretty helpful but local conditions and currents are affected by a lot of conditions. Spent a lot of time last winter discussing with other cruisers why the currents in that part of the Caribbean weren't the norm as listed in the book!