>> South Africa
, South od New Zealand and head towards Chilian cost. . . . wheaher permits directly head to Cape Horn
Just be forewarned ..... This is a long tough route. It will be cold. The weather
is not settled - you do a lot of sail handling. You will have both dead calms with big swells, and gales. I describe it as living in shades of grey - which reflects both the weather
and your emotional state. It is hard on crew and hard on boats. You surely already know this intellectually but you should make sure you truly understand it viscerally.
>>Peurto Montt and desecend via Beagle Channel, round the Cape Horn.
You may want to do a bit more research
on chile/Patagonia. The Beagle channel does not run north/south. It is a relatively short east/west channel just north of the horn. You should try to get a copy of the chile
cruising 'bible' if you are thinking of sailing there Patagonia & Tierra Del Fuego Nautical Gde 3RD ED
The boat is 2013 Catana 47 carbon catamaran. She's a very solid , fast boat and will be equipped with all what is necessary (AIS, radar
, water maker, heating, genset, satellite phone
, etc ).
I am not sure your priorities are exactly correct if that is your list of 'what is necessary'. just for example - AIS
is not going to be that useful down there. Neither is radar. And you may be aware that watermakers don't work
as well in cold water, while it rains a ton down there. What is necessary to make sure is your boat can sail continuous 7 x 24 in difficult highly variable conditions. You need super highly reliable self-steering with lots of spare parts
for it. You need to make sure that all the parts
of the boat which will work
sailing in a in 6m swell are reinforced and will not fatigued. You need sails
and sail handling systems which allow you to sail from 4kts to 50 kts, and which are easy/dead simple to switch up and down, also while you are in 6m swell. You need reliable dry heat with enough fuel
to run it for as long as you are in the south - or be ready and tough enough to just live in the cold/wet.
>>I've done over 50.000 nm mostly in the Med but also made the Atlantic passage twice in both ways in a 44 ft catamaran.
Nice sailing. But got to say it is entirely totally different than the med, and quite different than the Atlantic (where you do not have the same sort of large swell/wave patterns from multiple directions, nor the cold from the artic convergence, nor the continuous set of lows).
>> I don't intend to stop anywhere unless I am forced to and/or just for replenishing water, fuel, food
.. The time is limited 6 to max 7 months to be back to Gibraltar.
Very honestly, I think the odds suggest something important will break on your boat, or your crew will want to give up. It is entirely different sailing for say 20 days on an atlantic crossing
than for several months non-stop. There is a sort of psychologic critical point at about 50 days at sea, many people just have had enough by then, a few just love it and want to continue.
I should say very plainly I am not trying to be discouraging. Prepare your boat and yourselves as well as possible and give it a go - that's what life is for. But you asked for feedback and I am trying to be honest and plain about what it is like.
>>The plan "B" is to start from Gibraltar and descent to Cape Horn from the east coast
of South America
. Then the Beagle channel upwards, turn west head to Australia
. .... Cape Town , up to Azores
I would assume this route will take longer..
This is a much easier and more pleasant route. Getting by horn by using the beagle short cut means you avoid the very worst part of a 5 capes RTW. (note: again - the beagle is just a short east-west channel at the bottom, cutting off horn - it is not the name of the channel system that takes you north).