I still don’t quite have my head wrapped around it, but in the coming weeks Gregory, Oceanna, and I are going to set out on our biggest adventure yet. We are going to leave Panama City destined for the French Polynesian Islands of the South Pacific.
That’s 4,000 nautical miles (7,400 km) of Pacific Ocean. Way far and beyond the largest crossing we’ve ever attempted. In fact, it’s the largest ocean crossing available in the world. It includes crossing the erratic doldrums, the celebratory equator, a stop over at the world-renowned Galapagos Islands, and then 3,000 nautical miles (5,500 km) of wide open ocean.
The passage from Panama City to the Galapagos takes approximately 10 days. Should we acquire the appropriate clearance we would then stay in the Galapagos for up to 21 days taking in the remarkable surroundings. (I’m in it for the penguins, Gregory for the surf. Who’s surprised?)
Once our time is up in Galapagos we’ll point the bows to the east for the Marquesas. A group of volcanic islands in French Polynesia. This leg of the journey is 3000 nautical miles of nothing but ocean. On average this crossing takes sailing boats three weeks to complete. That’s 21 days of water, 41 feet of boat, and 1 Greg to talk to.
Do me a favour and next time you look at a world map take in how much ocean is located on either edge. Connect those sides and that’s a whole lot of water! So we heard of fellow cruisers starting a lottery for friends and family to guess their arrival time in Marquesas and I thought it’d be something fun to do here too. Although I don’t have much to give away by means of a prize there’s always the glory of correctly estimating the time of a trans pacific ocean crossing?!
So if anyone is interested please let me know and I’ll set up the details!