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Old 18-11-2019, 10:07   #1
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Sailing route and time Capetown to Vancouver

We are considering buying a catamaran in Capetown in January of 2021 and making our way from there to Vancouver.
Thinking Capetown to Brasil via St Helena/ Asension, then Caribbean- Panama, and the long way to Vancouver via Galapagos, French Polynesia, Hawaii.
Is it reaaonable to think we can arrive in Vancouver by July (same year)?
Don't want to rush it, and kiddos (and parents!) need some time on land between crossings to run off steam.
Would love thoughts on other possible stops, favourite spots in the Caribbean, and the reasonableness of our timeframe (or anything else about this trip you'd like to share).
Thanks!
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Re: Sailing route and time Capetown to Vancouver

Well a rough calculation puts that in at 16000+ nm. At an average of 5.5 knots /day that is 122 days. So no, I don't think 6 months is reasonable

But I would love to make the trip.
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Well a rough calculation puts that in at 16000+ nm. At an average of 5.5 knots /day that is 122 days. So no, I don't think 6 months is reasonable

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Old 21-12-2019, 03:25   #4
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We are considering buying a catamaran in Capetown in January of 2021 and making our way from there to Vancouver.
Thinking Capetown to Brasil via St Helena/ Asension, then Caribbean- Panama, and the long way to Vancouver via Galapagos, French Polynesia, Hawaii.
Is it reaaonable to think we can arrive in Vancouver by July (same year)?
Don't want to rush it, and kiddos (and parents!) need some time on land between crossings to run off steam.
Would love thoughts on other possible stops, favourite spots in the Caribbean, and the reasonableness of our timeframe (or anything else about this trip you'd like to share).
Thanks!
Left Cape Town to deliver a leopard cat to Guadeloupe. Stopped in St Helena for 24hrs. It took us 47 days to get there. Fair enough you might say, then consider the 20 days in a mix of dry dock and what not whilst sorting out the boat issues that needed attention. Consider a few weather situations, best possible political issues with paperwork visas etc, then consider you have that distance to go still. If sightseeing is on the agenda, then I really would reconsider the length of the voyage. Enjoy it. You will be knackered otherwise.
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It might be theoretically possible but would be a very (very) stressful trip. you might consider skipping Brazil. We went from Ascension to Grenada direct. You might want to add a stop or two in Namibia. We enjoyed our time there.
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