Having just come across the pond from Europe, we now turn north and follow the Caribbean Islands chain, finally turning west at Barbuda and then sailing into Saint Martin for some boat refitting. From there, we continued with the trade winds behind us to the BVIs, then the USVIs, and then to the SVIs and finally going along the north coast of Puerto Rico.
San Blas Islands
San Blas Islands.
Coming around the west end of Puerto Rico, we cross the Caribbean Sea, mostly with the wind at our back, only angling more southwest toward the end to get us to the San Blas Islands. After exploring those islands, we head northwest toward Panama.
The Panama Canal
Shelter Bay, Lago Gatun, Panama City, Las Perlas Islands.
From Shelter Bay, we head out to pass through the Panama Canal, and the first set of locks. We overnight in Lake Gatun, then head on toward the exit locks near Panama City. From there, we sail across to the Las Perlas Islands, before departing for Ecuador.
We stay in Esmeraldas, waiting for a weather window to start the longest voyage of our entire circumnavigation, the crossing from Ecuador to the Marquesas Islands, 4,366 miles away.
Hiva Oa, Nuku Hiva, Ua Pu, Tahuata, Fatu Hiva.
We spend a few weeks in the Marquesas, seeing all the main islands before heading southwest toward the Tuamotu Atolls.
We now sail west through the heart of the Tuamotu Atolls, stopping in the lagoons of many of these amazing locations for some scuba diving.
Tahiti and Moorea
We arrive in Papeete and do some reprovisioning and sightseeing. Then we head for Moorea where we will be leaving the boat for several months while some of us fly back to the USA. This ends the fifth year of the voyage.