Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
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Would suggest you get Jimmy Cornell's book on world cruising routes. He includes a couple of hundred routes e.g. Tonga to New Zealand, US to Bermuda, and Cape Horn to Antarctica and suggest what time of year is best, when tropical cyclones might happen, ocean currents, hazards, etc.
It turns out that the where and when is pretty well established. The most common route from the east coast is Panama, Galapagos, French Polynesia, Tonga, NZ for cyclone season, Australia ... and then the big question - do you go north of the equator to the Red Sea and the possibility of pirates or go south to South Africa and deal with the potential for nasty storms. If the former is chosen you are in the Med and will go to the Canaries to cross the Atlantic to the Caribbean (again the hurricane season pretty much determines when you do this - Nov to April). If you have gone to South Africa you go up the Atlantic and either aim for the Caribbean or Europe. A basic circumnav is 3 years but everyone's trip is different (we met a couple who did an 18 year circumnav and there is a world rally that does it in something like 20 months). From Panama we went down the coast of South America to Ecuador and then Galapagos, Easter Island, Pitcairn, and entered FP through the Gambier Islands rather than the more popular Marquesas. From here we will follow a pretty standard route to Oz for the cyclones (my wife does not want to get beat-up (again) going south to NZ.
Get Cornell, fun to read and day dream with.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.