Originally Posted by hoppy
Gib - Canaries - Oct
Atlantic - Dec
Caribbean - Jan-Mar
Canal to Galapagos - April
to Tahiti - May
to Aus - June to Oct
Gib to Canaries arrive Canaries BEFORE Oct 1st. Weather gets bad after that: "South of Finnistaire by October 15" is the saying, so get through a bit earlier for good weather.
Atlantic start a day after the ARC
then you will be in St Barts for Christmas
and New Year which is unmissable!
Caribbean: you have great flexibility here. You can stay untill May if you want or move to Panama
from January. I would keep this flex so you can spend more time if you wish, or if you need repairs
etc in the Caribbean because there is NOTHING between Caribbean and Australia
in boat stuff.
: we were late through and went on June 12th. Consider the admin BS and transit will take two weeks from arrival in Colon, Panama
until you pop out into the Pacific.
Galapagos. You must stop here if you can possibly afford it. Its Charles Dawrin every moment and every bird, animal, reptile you see.
Pacifc at your leisure but be in Tonga
September. Thats the month eveyone congregates there to make their push to NZ or Aus, Fiji
To Australia: we left Tonga
on September 15th for a 16 day passage
direct because we wanted to be there early (we had a reason). You can leave Tonga whenever you like as long as you get the the Aussie coast by November 1st, to be safe, for the cyclone season. (I don't do this sailing in the cyclone season ****. Its not worth the fear let alone being hit by one)
Cairns may be closest but remember you have a long trip down to Melbourne.
From Tonga you can better lay a course to Sydney
, then head deeper south after about Lord Howe Island.
Of course, if you have the time, Cairns is wonderful! And the coast down is too.
Its a wonderful, quick adventure from the Med to Aus. Yes, you could stop a year in each and every place, but you will get your eye fill in the quick one you propose.
By the way, the Canaries at ARC
time, St Barts Christmas
and New Year, Panama, Galapagos and Tonga in September are terrific social times when everyone is heading somewhere exciting. These people can be the best folks you've met in your life, so my advice is to get into the social scene... If theres a crowd join it.