I am currently up in Alaska
on my Spencer 42 planning to be back in Washington
by the end of Summer, then going to punch out and head
down the coast after the Wooden Boat
festival in Port Townsend.
The question I have for you all is I am prepping for that first big ocean crossing
going to Hawaii
, then the Philippines
. (A good friend of mine is in the Navy
there so I want to surprise him)
I can either jump off from Catalina Island
after visiting a friend there, or I can sail further south to Mexico
and jump off from Cabo San Lucas.
Between the two routes:
■ Catalina - Honolulu
= 2,218NM 18.5D @ 5K
■ Cabo - Honolulu
= 2,668NM 22.25D @5K
To my understanding going a bit further south would put me more in the trades avoiding the Pacific high, I am looking at taking off in October-November if I do from Catalina
, otherwise it will be December-January from Cabo.
The next leg from Hawaii
has a couple of options that I have found.
■ Honolulu - Guam
Direct = 3,322NM 27.75D @ 5K
■ Honolulu - Kwajalein
= 2,216NM 17.63D @ 5K
■ Kwajalein - Guam
= 1,383NM 11.5D @ 5K
■ Guam - Leyte
= 1,137 NM 9.5D @ 5K
This is what I am looking at right now, trying to figure out best options, and perhaps there are some islands along the way I am missing, keep in mind I have just started seriously looking at this so there is probably a lot I am missing here.
What I would like to know from those of you who have done this before is:
- Did you take a similar route?
- Did you stop other places?
- What other advice might you have to offer?