Beginning in Antigua, our sailing circumnavigation begins by heading west, transiting the Panama Canal around the middle of February. There is ample time to visit Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, (the ABCs), maybe pulling into Cartagena on the way to spend some time with the Kuna Indian tribe in San Blas.
Once through the Panama Canal, we head out into the vast Pacific Ocean to Galapagos, crossing the Equator on the way. Once in Galapagos, we stop and spend quality time with the locals, which just so happen to be Sea Lions, Hammerhead Sharks and Galapagos Penguins. The wildlife in Galapagos is so well protected that they don’t see us humans as a threat, so they come right up and play!
We continue our sailing circumnavigation by heading westward from the Galapagos and into the longest ocean passage of the route, sailing just over 3000 nautical miles to French Polynesia.
The first set of islands you will encounter are the Marquesas, which have rich history and lush vegetation. Our circumnavigation then takes us onward through the wonderful lagoons of the Tuamotus, where we arrive in Tahiti and it's surrounding islands.
Leaving Bora Bora, it's onto the incredible Vava’u Islands in Tonga. Along 14-miles of coastline we enjoy more than 60 different anchorages and a Tongan Feast, whilst listening to the sound of four generations of the same family sing in harmony in church.
The next stop is Fiji, where we explore more stunning islands with beautiful people who grin from ear to ear as they welcome us into their villages. Vanuatu is next, before sailing north of New Caledonia to transit the Great Barrier Reef into Mackay in Australia.
Once in Australia, we head north to the stunning Whitsundays where you can experience the regatta in Hamilton Island if you so wish!
Heading north past Cairns, we make our way around the top of Australia to Darwin and then onto Indonesia. Komodo Dragons and stunning Asian food await as we sail from Kupang, along the coast of Flores, to the Komodo National Park. Then it's onto Lombok and the Gili Islands, wonderful anchorages off the Indian Ocean that make for a truly magnificent sailing.
A quick pitstop in Bali and it's off across the Indian Ocean to Christmas Island, Cocos Keeling, and onto Mauritius and La Reunion.
We then cross the Agulhas current to South Africa, just in time to sail around the Cape of Good Hope and into Cape Town for Christmas and the New Year.
In early 2023, we sail up the South Atlantic Ocean to St Helena, Ascension Island, and Fernando de Noronha, before returning to a warm welcome back in the Caribbean, completing our sailing circumnavigation and once-in-a-lifetime experience.
To make sure you’re fully prepared to go off and experience the trip of a lifetime, we have created a superb training program for you. This will consist of in-depth seminars and will run during 2020 and 2021.
The subjects we will cover are:
You will be supported every step of the way by our Technical, Logistics & After Sales teams.
Our Technical Team know our yachts inside out, with unrivalled expertise in their engineering, electrical and mechanical systems. They are also extremely experienced sailors. Many of them have either skippered or sailed Oysters for many years, giving them professional experience in seamanship, meteorological, oceanographic and geographic knowledge.
Our Logistics Team makes the trip plain sailing when it comes to applying for visas, finding berthing in marinas, organising canal transits, and managing documentation and payments. Along the way, they will organise some great parties in stunning locations where you can catch up with the other yachts and share stories.
Our After Sales Team can supply all the spares, tools, charts, nautical publications and general goods you will need to prepare for your circumnavigation. If you need a spare, we can ship it anywhere in the world; and we will be waiting on the dock when you arrive to help fit it if required. Your safety, security and enjoyment are paramount, and our teams work closely to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible, from before you set sail to when you arrive back in Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua. At the end of it all, we want you to look back and think “I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!”
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