So how does one sail around the world? This is a question I do get asked a lot. The Canary Islands are a well-known stepping stone for many sailors preparing to cross the Atlantic Ocean over to the Caribbean Sea. Taking advantage of the Passat trade winds which blow from East to West. The Islands offer good ground for any last repair jobs that may need to be done and the provisioning for this first significant passage.
If you wonder about the expression ‘barefoot route’ this describes a passage where sailors are trying to stay within the tropics, with the plan of following the trade winds which blow all year round and all around the globe. These constant trade winds do not only offer you the advantage of being propelled by the warm and usually regular winds, another good thing about making your passage West is that this means you are generally traveling downwind, which is the most comfortable way of sailing.
When sailing around the world, it is impossible to make a detailed plan for all the years to come. As you will always need to adjust your plans; firstly, to the weather but also to changes in the given areas that may affect your surroundings. This may be anything from natural disasters to political differences.
Starting in the Med, via the Canary Islands the journey continues to Cape Verde before crossing the Atlantic Ocean. If the time allows, I would also love to spend some months cruising along the West African coast, visiting countries like Senegal and Gambia before crossing over.
I will be splitting the journey in the Caribbean Sea into several legs, always spending the Hurricane season well outside the dangerous belt in places like the San Blas Islands in Panama. When I feel to have spent enough time discovering the Caribbean, I dream of going through the Panama Canal over to the Galapagos Islands and into the Pacific Ocean.
Cruising Hawaii, followed by Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia. From there the journey would continue sailing along the southeast of Asia and on to the Indian Ocean, making way over to Africa and eventually back to the Mediterranean.
During this big journey, I will frequently take guests or crew with, that want to explore the cruising life and enjoy some time sailing onboard TANGAROA!