Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
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Re: Circumnavigating the Pacific
It would be doable but a pretty miserable trip in any case. Likely long tacks with some reaching available as the frontal systems passed through (lots of gales and storms to be had). A north Pacific circuit makes some sense since there is more land available or you could go west in the trades in the South Pacific and then head northward (to Japan, Aleutians, southern Alaska and BC. In the south you would not have to be as far south as 50°, likely somewhere between 35 and upper 40s, but still a very challenging place to be.
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.