Our Route around the planet

Circumnavigation & Ring of Fire

S/V Lynx will be going all the way around the world, twice!

The Projected Path

This is just a planned route, but repairs, weather, politics, and just our own choices will impact where we go and how long we stay at each location.


Over 110 countries, territories and regions around the world

We plan to see a lot of unique places and cultures, as we sail S/V Lynx to faraway shores and amazing destinations around the world. 

Sixteen Year Voyage

Each of the colored lines is a different year on our projected route; thirteen years all together.  (See detailed years below) 

Let's talk about our route projection.  The first thing to note is that this is only one of many projected routes we have considered.  This one assumes we start the trip in Southern California.  However, it is also possible that we might buy it elsewhere, like in the Caribbean, the Med., the Society Islands, Australia, or even Thailand,   

So, depending on where we buy or build the boat the route will change, though mostly the order of years more than the destinations we intend to visit.  When you look at this projected route, just be aware that where we start will rearrange where we go first, etc.  However, there are other factors that will determine the final route.

Besides where we start, the route will also change based on many other factors.  These include pandemic closures, political changes, weather, and boat repairs.  Finally, we might change our minds as we actually sail S/V Lynx!  Still, this is a good possible route and one we might follow (generally).

Below are each of the projected thirteen year routes
(click an available image to zoom on the year)

Year 1

Year 1  (Green)

First, we sail from Southern California down the Baha peninsula to Puerto Vallarta.  From there, we cross to the  Marquesas Islands, then sail on to the Tuamotu Atolls, followed by the Society Islands.  We northwest to Samoa, then down to Tonga, and west again to Fiji.  From there, we head south to New Zealand, and finally cross to Australia.

Year 2

Year 2 (Tan)

From Sidney, we cross to Lord Howe Island, then on to Brisbane.  We now head north up the Great Barrier Reef to the northern tip of Australia.  We now head to Indonesia, and the Raja Ampat islands.  Then we turn west and head for Komodo Island and then to Bali, before taking the outer route along wester Sumatra before crossing to Thailand where we end this year. 

Year 3

Year 3 (Magenta)

From Thailand we sail to the Andaman Islands and then to mainland India.  From there, we sail to Oman and on to Djibouti and the Red Sea. Once through the Suez Canal we sail to southern Turkey and head west to Greece.  We stop in Malta and head north to Italy.  Turning west, we sail to Gibraltar then up the coast of Portugal to Spain, and France.  We sail east on the English channel to London, then west along Southern England where we cross to Ireland at the end of the year.

Year 4

Year 4 (Dark Blue)

This voyage is around the Irish Sea.  We beginby heading north up the east cost of Ireland to Northern Ireland.  We cross to Scotland and sail around the Isle of Skye.  Turning south we sail to Glasgow, before continuing on to Central England.  From there, we visit Wales, endnig in Cardiff.  We return to southern England and explore the west end of southern England before crossing the English Channel to France where we visit Mont Saint-Michel, ending the year in Cherbourg, France.

Year 5

Year 5 (Sandstone)

From France, take down the mast and sail up the Seine River to Paris before heading through the heart of Europe on the Rhine River, the Rhine/Main canal, and the Danube and finally coming out to the Black Sea.  We sail through the Bosporus at Istanbul and then down the western Turkish coast to Greece.  We cross through the Corinth Canal and then on to Italy, Monaco, the French Rivera, and southern Spain.  We then head to the Canary Islands before crossing the Atlantic to the Caribbean.

Year 6

Year 6 (White)

We sail north through the Caribbean islands and cross to Bermuda, then head across the pond the Azores.  From there, we sail northeast to western Ireland. and up the west coast to Northern Ireland.  We cross the top of the Irish Sea to Scotland.  We then motor through the Caledonian Canal to the Shetland Islands before crossing the North Sea.  We then sail up to the Arctic Circle before turning around and heading south.  We sail around the coast of Norway to Sweden and then down to Denmark where we end the year in northern Germany.

Year 7

Year 7 (Yellow)

Starting in Germany, we head up the Baltic to Sweden before turning around to head south, back to the Kiel Canal.  We keep sailing and go west through the Wadden Sea, then take the mast-up route through the Netherlands and Belgium before crossing the English Channel.  After a week in London, we head west across southern England, crossing the channel again to arrive in France to end this year.

Year 8

Year 8 (Jade)

We sail along the Britney Coast of France, going around the Bay of Biscay to the top of Spain. then south along Portugal.  We cross to Morocco, then sail over and explore all of the Canary Islands before crossing the pond to the Caribbean.  We sail north in the most southern Caribbean Islands ending the year in Dominica.

Year 9

Year 9 (Red)

Having arrived from crossing the Atlantic, we head up the Caribbean Islands, spending time in the British Vrigin Islands US Virgin Islands, and Spanish Virgin Islands,  We then cross to Turks and Caicos before heading on to the Bahamas.  From there, we sail up to Florida and start the Great Loop of the United States, going up the east coast then around the Great Lakes and down the mighty rivers to end the year in New Orleans.

Year 10

Year 10 (Blue)

From the Gulf, we sail south to the Grand Cayman Islands, then on to two islands of Columbia before reaching the San Blas Islands.  We sail through the Panama Canal and down to Ecuador.  From there, we head west to the Pitcairn Islands, then to the Gambier Islands, Bass Islands, Austral Islands, and on to the Society Islands.  We head back east to the Tuamotu Atolls to end the year.

Year 11

Year 11 (Cyan)

From the Tuamotus, we head into the Society Islands, then sail to the Cook Islans, Nuie, and on to Tonga.  Heading north, we arrive in Wallis and Fortuna before heading south again to Fiji.  From there, we sail to Vanuatu, then New Caledonia, and over to Australia, ending the year in Brisbane.

Year 12

Year 12 (Orange)

Starting in Brisbane Australia, we had up to the Great Barrier Reef before crossing the top of Australia to the Kimberley Islands.  We head west into the Indian Ocean, stopping at Christmas and Coco (Keeling) Islands.  Then we sail further west to the Chagos Atolls before arriving in the Seychelles.  We sail west to central Africa, then sail south down Madagascar.  To end this year, we sail around the cape of South Africa arriving in  Cape Town.

Year 13

Year 13 (Purple)

Leaving South Africa, we cross the Pacific, stopping in St. Helena before reaching Brazil.  From there, we head up South America to the Caribbean.  Continuing north, we reach Florida, then do the East Coast of the USA and up to Canada before coming back down the St Lawrence  River to the Great Lakes.  We take the Eerie Canal to  the Hudson River, go through New York and then down the East Coast Intercontinental Waterway to Florida, where we end our epic voyage.

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