Hi Sailing Master, like Pelagic said I would question your timing and route
. I am sailing in this area right now, in fact I am underway now crossing the sea of Japan
, and I have to tell you it isn't easy. Unlike your route
, I at least have the comfort that we are predominately heading West so the strong northerlies are not on the nose.
You will be arriving at the worst time of the year. Temps struggle to make it above 5 degrees and wind chill is much worse. Winds are coming straight of the frozen North.
Also Vietnam is not an easy coast to cruise. I know of at least one yacht that was caught in a fishing
trap scam and almost destroyed. They were passaging from Hong Kong
with a stop in Vietnam.
Unless you have a particular need to be in Mokpo by January you are really going to punish yourself, your boat
Timing a passage
from the Philippines
leaving the top of Luzon in April is a wonderful trip. Any earlier could be a miserable passage.
Taiwan is a great stop and worth at least a couple of weeks stay. Te trip up through Ishigaki, Okinawa, Amami and Kyushu is a real experience not worth missing.
Do you have a reason to be in Mokpo early? If not consider the alternate route. I can provide you with anchorages
and-ordinates if you need them.
Also make sure you have your T's crossed and i's dotted with paper work
. A boat
was fined $5,000 last year in Korea
for not having the correct paper work
. This can be difficult as the rules are all written in Korean and are not easily interpreted, and officials tend to have their own interpretations.
If you need a hand with information we can help when in contact range.
Last year there was only 3 foreign cruising boats in Korea apart from Russians. That is why the authorities have so little knowledge.
Garry and Wendy
Spirit odf Sobraon