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OCC Pacific Fleet, Episode 1

by Simon Currin 6 Jul 07:26 UTC
Tuamotu anchorage © Ian on S/V Ruffian

Seven OCC cruising boats share their experiences as they make their way across the Pacific in 2024. A wide ranging discussion about routing, meteorology, visas, ocean rescues and choices of boat.

This Videocast links 7 OCC cruising boats by Zoom every month as they make their way across the Pacific from Panama to Australia and New Zealand. Each crew shares the lessons they have learned, their delights, their struggles and what they would do differently. One crew has even chosen to change their boat along the way!

Episode 1 catches up with each boat when in French Polynesia after 5,000 miles of downwind sailing. They discuss weather, visas, multiyear transits, use of WhatsApp Groups, mid-ocean rescues, choice of boat, routing, timing and the highs and lows they encountered along the way

The boats and crews are:

  • S/V Enki (38' monohull) sailed by Jamie and SunYoung (USA / Korean) currently in Makemo, Tuamotu.
  • S/V Eyra (38' catamaran) sailed by Valerie and Menno (USA) currently in Tahanea, Tuamotu.
  • S/V Hawkeye (45' catamaran) sailed by Richard and Alexandra (UK /USA) currently on Raiatea, Society Islands.
  • S/V Matilda (46' monohull) sailed by Annika and Michael (Swedish) currently in Aputaki, Tuamotu.
  • S/V Pacific Wind (46' monohull) sailed by Ulf and Monica (Swedish) currently in Aputaki, Tuamotu.
  • S/V Ruffian (41' monohull) sailed by Ian and Fiona (British) currently in Huahine, Society Islands.
  • S/V Shimshal (46' monohull) sailed by Simon and Sally (British) Currently in Huahine, Society Islands.
The next episode will be in August 2024.

This article has been provided by the courtesy of the Ocean Cruising Club.

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