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Old 18-09-2011, 18:04   #1
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Turkey to Australia via Cape of Good Hope

any and all information would be much appreciated for this journey as we are two inexperienced sailors trying to take an australian twin keel, 60 ft steel hull from turkey to australia via cape of good hope.

we are desperate for information regarding sailing conditions, currents, etc.... from gibraltar to south africa and then from south africa to australia in two hits.
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Re: TURKEY TO AUSTRALIA VIA CAPE OF GOOD HOPE

I'd suggest you read a copy of Jimmy Cornell's World Cruising Routes for starters.
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Re: TURKEY TO AUSTRALIA VIA CAPE OF GOOD HOPE

easy trip, as long as yo leave turkey now,gib by nov,then sail via tristan de cuna to caPE TOWN leave cape town at about 40 south you have westerlies,perth ,melbourne,just gotta decidfe when to jump off the bus. ....
jus plan on being in ct in jan feb.....
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Re: TURKEY TO AUSTRALIA VIA CAPE OF GOOD HOPE

thanks for that info, but we have three months prep on the yacht before we can leave turkey. our biggest concern is going to be the inexperience of my husband and i regarding sailing full stop, and the fact we are sailing a twin keeled yacht in open seas. the informations we have read so far is pointing towards the compulsory use of sea anchors to ride out storms rather than trying to sail against the storms??
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thanks for that info, but we have three months prep on the yacht before we can leave turkey. our biggest concern is going to be the inexperience of my husband and i regarding sailing full stop, and the fact we are sailing a twin keeled yacht in open seas. the informations we have read so far is pointing towards the compulsory use of sea anchors to ride out storms rather than trying to sail against the storms??
How much sailing experience do both of you have

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thanks for that info, but we have three months prep on the yacht before we can leave turkey. our biggest concern is going to be the inexperience of my husband and i regarding sailing full stop, and the fact we are sailing a twin keeled yacht in open seas. the informations we have read so far is pointing towards the compulsory use of sea anchors to ride out storms rather than trying to sail against the storms??
The only thing compulsory is your competence to do it and the boat's ability to sail it.

Departing December is late. Do it next season.

Optimum timing for sailing the Africa to Australia leg is our (northern) winter.

Bilge keels no issue provided the boat is designed for ocean passages. Make sure the boat is up to the job as the S Indian leg can be most demanding.

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Re: Turkey to Australia via Cape of Good Hope

Pic of boat and its keels and its design specs would be informative.
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Does anyone know Jimmy Cornell's real name? It's mentioned at the beginning of his book A Passion for the Sea, but I sold it together with my boat.
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too s/v moondancer,
im trying to upload a link to the pics of our 60 ft twin keeled yacht.

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The only thing compulsory is your competence to do it and the boat's ability to sail it.

Departing December is late. Do it next season.

Optimum timing for sailing the Africa to Australia leg is our (northern) winter.

Bilge keels no issue provided the boat is designed for ocean passages. Make sure the boat is up to the job as the S Indian leg can be most demanding.

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"our northern winter"?? which months is that? i don't have a winter i'm from the philippines.
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thanks for that info, but we have three months prep on the yacht before we can leave turkey. our biggest concern is going to be the inexperience of my husband and i regarding sailing full stop, and the fact we are sailing a twin keeled yacht in open seas. the informations we have read so far is pointing towards the compulsory use of sea anchors to ride out storms rather than trying to sail against the storms??
In my opinion what you are considering undertaking as totally inexperienced sailors on a 60 foot boat is absolute folly!
You need to potter around Turkey and the Med for a season...get to know HOW to sail would be a good start.

Don't think for one minute that you are anyway prepared to take on the Southern Ocean and extensive passage making down there...crazy!!!

If you decide you must get the boat to Australia, consider...Canaries, Caribbean, through Panama and the Pacific crossing to Australia.. the so called milk run. Do take crew, at least 2 more" experienced" sailors!
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Pic of boat and its keels and its design specs would be informative.
here are the link to the pics of our 60 ft twin keeled yacht. hope you can give us an advice. thank you

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How much sailing experience do both of you have

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my husband has a little bit of experience but i dont have at all. we are planning to hire a skipper to teach us how to sail before sailing to aus. what we worry about is about our yacht being a twin keel, is it okay to take this kind of yacht to cross big seas? and how to deal with storm using this kind of yacht,. aren't twin keeled yacht unstable in the sea and can easily capsize?
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In my opinion what you are considering undertaking as totally inexperienced sailors on a 60 foot boat is absolute folly!
You need to potter around Turkey and the Med for a season...get to know HOW to sail would be a good start.

Don't think for one minute that you are anyway prepared to take on the Southern Ocean and extensive passage making down there...crazy!!!

If you decide you must get the boat to Australia, consider...Canaries, Caribbean, through Panama and the Pacific crossing to Australia.. the so called milk run. Do take crew, at least 2 more" experienced" sailors!
yes, we are planning to hire a skipper to teach us how to sail and practice sailing the med on our way to gibraltar. we are thinking of going to panama as well but we thought going through cape of good hope would be quicker and less expensive.
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"our northern winter"?? which months is that? i don't have a winter i'm from the philippines.
Austral winter starts June.
Boreal winter starts January.

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