Our Patreons voted, and have decided to send us to the Pacific NorthWest via JAPAN!
Wow, can’t believe that last December our friends and supporters began to suggest Pacific Northwest via Japan as a destination, and now we’re going there. We looked into it, did some research and a bit more research, and realised it could be quite an adventure…
So it’s goodbye to shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops, and hello to foul weather gear, jumpers and boots!
Now we have to prepare SY Esper for a long, long trip, and get her in the best possible condition. She’s being re-rigged in July/August. Then there are lots of safety additions we need to make, as well as comms etc. We also need to add a hard dodger which can be fully enclosed and a heating system.
Getting to Japan is the hardest bit of the passage plan. Weather, currents, monsoons, typhoons and piracy are all obstacles we need to work round. The original idea of avoiding the Philippines and going straight to Hong Kong has been thrown out (at the moment) because it is a long, arduous uphill struggle. So the next option is to head back to Tioman, Perhentians and Anambas, then round the top of Borneo. After that, to drop down to Sulawesi before heading to the southwestern corner of the Philippines where we will cruise until the wind changes for our trip north to Japan.
Here’s the video…
VERY rough timings:
- May – Tioman/Redang/Perhentians
- June – Anambas/Natuna/Kuching
- July – Borneo/Brunei
- August – Borneo
- September – Sulawesi
- November – Philippines
- Apr/May – Okinawa/Yokohama
- July – Leave Japan for Alaska/Canada
We will be posting about our plans as they unfold.
Peace and fair winds!
Liz, Jamie and Millie xxx
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