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Old 18-08-2011, 14:02   #16
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Don't be in a hurry, take a good look at the Pilot Atlas for planning info

After two and a half circumnavigations - one east about using the Suez and Panama, One west about south of Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn, I'd always choose to go around South Africa, not sure about the Horn. As others have written, Southern Africa offers wonderful chances to explore (We spent 18 wonderful months doing so.) We have no engine but found by watching the weather we had very good sailing between Richards Bay and Cape Town. Even had an easy trip into Knysna lagoon after heaving to for five hours to time the tide perfectly. Sure glad we went in there - great place.

North Pacific trip from Japan to Canada - loved Japan and wished we had longer to stay there (plus some extra money as prices were astronomical). Trip was long - wrote a whole book along the way plus learned 26 new songs on the guitar.

We have always gotten the Pilot Atlas for each major ocean area(we prefer the American ones over the british) and studied each month to understand more about the weather patterns and notice how they change. We read the Admiralty book, Ocean passages for the world - both the sailing ship route suggestions and the low powered ships routes. Armed with this information we can more readily evaluate information other sources provide.

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