North American boats now turn north from Tahiti
My point is that Tahiti is not covering the whole of the Pacific, a mere half of it (3,300nms from galapagos as opposed to 6,600 Gal to Australia)
Its a very tough cookie to go against the trades to Tahiti from NZ or AUS. Jimmy Cornel when he did it 20 years or more ago was much younger, as were Alvah and Diana Simon, if they have done it at all, against the trades.
The last over 65 to have done it and enjoyed it was Francis Chichester and he was a grumpy old bum at the beginning
By jingo, by crikey, you'd wanna be a fit retiree!
And to those who say they offer no respect to people who do circumnavigate: I say that few would be wishing for your, or anybodys respect. Thats probably what long range cruising gives you
However, if Jons figures are correct that theres only 40 yachts per year coming from the USA to Tahiti, that means there will be quite few, very few who succeed in completing a circumnavigation prior to the closing of the red sea, and very much fewer now.
No oone could tell, of course, but some say there have been more to summit Mt Everest than completed a circumnavigation. I know the assents have been coming thich and fast and that 200 people per day summit Everest in the correct months - no matter the number very few cruisers would say our achievement stacks up to that mountain.
I certainly have never asked for respect from anyone for anything, and would never expect it for a leisure activity like sailing under a cover of beer, but it certainly can stop Key West Admirals from pontificating