Having replenished our stores in Gibraltar its south to tour Morocco: Tangiers, Casablanca
and Agadir. From there on to a tour of the Canary Islands and in to Las Palmas ready
for the start of the ARC on the 20th November 2011 and our first big ocean crossing!
Roughly 20 days later we will arrive in Rodney Bay, St Lucia, just in time for Christmas
and post-ARC celebrations!
Whilst all good adventures should be allowed to evolve of their own accord, a general
plan and aim is required! We will begin our journey from Gibraltar, where Ootnic
is currently moored, heading north east along the Spanish coast to the Balearic islands.
From there we will head east to Sardinia and Corsica. After some time relaxing on
the beautiful islands we head east to Naples and south along the Amalfi coast to
Vulcano, through the Messina Straight and then a long passage up to the coast Montenegro
and then the islands of Croatia.
From there a long passage down to the Ionian islands, through the Corinth Canal and
on to Delphi and Athens. Island hop up to Istanbul and then a flight to see the newborn
niece in Dubai! More island hopping down to Santorini, to Krete and a long passage
on to Malta. A refreshing break, a trip to Lampedusa, and from there, well it will
depend on the situation in North Africa at the time, but hopefully some coastal sailing
off Tunisia before heading north to southern Sardinia then west to the Mediterranean
coast of Morocco and on to Gibraltar to replenish supplies, refit anything we have
managed to break and stock up on tax free booze ready for the Caribbean!
And the plan for the Caribbean? Who knows right now?! Just beautiful islands, warm
sunshine, blue tropical waters, diving, fishing, good food ... and no work! There
are many islands to visit so we will see which way the wind is blowing and go from
Westward bound we will visit the Netherlands Antilles and continue on towards Columbia
and the historic city of Cartagena. From there we will sail to Panama, avoiding drug
traffickers and paramilitaries to arrive in the absolutely stunning islands of the
San Blas ... I think we will cruise there for a while!
Its then an exciting and daunting journey through the Panama Canal to the Pacific
Coast. In Panama City we will stock up on provisions for the Pacific leg of our adventure!
From Panama City it is a week long sail down to the Galapagos Islands and from there
a 3,000 mile passage to the Marquessa Islands. Then to French Polynesia, Tahiti,
Bora Bora, the Society Islands, Rarotonga, Tonga, Fiji, and New Caledonia.
Our destination for arriving in Australia will depend how much time we have left
after cruising the Pacific. Our only time constraint is that we want to be moored
up in Sydney harbour ready for the 2012/13 New Years Eve fireworks!