Well, I am slowly but surely jerking the slack out of my '80 Contessa 26' and am beginning the process of planning a voyage. After reading My Old Man and the Sea for the second time, I started thinking about Vancouver (probably Victoria departure) to the Galapagos
, Easter Island then visit a friend in Valparaiso Chile
, just because I can, and then ride the current
back up to Mexico
before heading home to Vancouver.
So, I have done tons of reading and plan on doing lots of sea trials with a departure in say 2012.
Here are my off-the-cuff assumptions in terms of this voyage:
1. It will take about 150 days at sea.
2. I will leave Victoria and head
south-West and looked to pic up the NE trade
winds to give me (if I am lucky) a broad reach most of the way to the Galapagos
. (Do I sound like a dreamer here?)
3. From the Galapagos to Easter Island I should have a chance at South East trades and reaching most of the way.
4. I have misplaced my makeshift wind
chart but guess-timated that the winds at the latitude of Easter Island could make for a reasonable sail into Valparaiso Chile
(although the Humboldt current
is probably a factor?).
5. The humboldt current from Valparaiso North and prevailing Southerlies along the coast of south America
should make for a reasonable and perhaps quick run North to Mexico
6. What about Mexico to Vancouver? Do I have to head
Anyway, as I mentioned, this is my quick and dirty assessment.
If you were going to do this route
and had a year to do it (more if necessary, or less if prudent) what times of year, and headings would you suggest?
I realize that in taking a Contessa 26 I need to be somewhat of a masochist in terms of space. I am thinking she'll make up for it in sea-kindliness and easy operation.
Your input will be appreciated!
All the best,