Table of Passages

The following table may be useful to others planning a similar route as it gives an idea which seasons and routes provide favorable winds. On most of these passages I sailed conservatively, reefing deeply and frequently to reduce gear failure and permit better control of the Aries wind vane self-steering. Use of the motor was mainly restricted to entering or departing ports. *Your mileage may vary.

Date

Passage

Days

Miles

2-16 May 1984

Miami to Colon, Panama

15

1,539

2 Jun-16 Jul 1984

Toboga Is, Panama to Hiva Oa, Marquesas

45

4,182

2-8 Aug 1984

Hiva Oa to Bora Bora, French Polynesia

7

927

17-31 Aug 1984

Bora Bora to Vava'u Island, Tonga

13

1,534

20 Sep-1 Oct 1984

Vava'u to Tikopia, Solomon Islands

11

1,217

19 Oct-2 Nov 1984

Tikopia to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

15

1,432

24 Jun-21 Jul 1985

Port Moresby to Cocos (Keeling Island)

28

3,066

2-22 Aug 1985

Cocos Island to Mauritius Island

20

2,376

15-16 Oct 1985

Mauritius Island to Reunion Island

1

145

1-15 Nov 1985

Reunion Island to Durban, South Africa

14

1,473

30 Jan-8 Feb 1986

Durban to Cape Town, South Africa

10

866

21 Feb-9 Mar 1986

Cape Town to St. Helena Island

17

1,711

16 Mar-19 Apr 1986

St. Helena to Martinique, French West Indies

34

3,842

14-26 May 1986

Martinique to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

13

1333

Average speed:

106 miles per day Total:

243

25,643