As one new sailing friend put it – “It takes guts to quit your career and go sailing…it takes cojones to head west and sail across the Pacific.” He’s right. It’s been a long process for us…and we are ready.
We’re sailing across the largest ocean in the world – the Pacific. To put this in perspective, here are some interesting Pacific Ocean facts:
- Total area is 165.25 million square miles
- Hydrosphere covers 46% of earth’s water surfaces
- Larger than all the earth’s land surfaces combined
- Widest point is 5deg N – 12,300mi from Colombia to Thailand
- Covers the lowest known point on earth - Mariana Trench – 10,911m below surface
- There are more islands here than all the other oceans combined
In addition, we are making some final spare part purchases with a stop in Aruba, and we are dusting off our Jimmy Cornell books for passage making in the Pacific. It’s all exciting and overwhelming.
What is my biggest fear? Getting ruined. Ruined by the raw beauty and simplicity of the South Pacific. The Caribbean is a nice place to visit, but it’s not the South Pacific with remote atolls, Polynesian culture, simple sustenance, and a distinct group of sailors who left the Yo-Yo Zone in their wake.
Some pictures of our future destinations in the South Pacific.
|Our first landfall after Galapagos will be here - Fatu Hiva|
|The Atoll Suwarrow|