Sunday, March 6, 2011

Confucius says...

They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom - Confucius.

Well, I don't know about the wisdom part, but we are happy.  Moondance is shipshape, fully stocked, and ready to go - we just aren't going - at least not yet and we are changing plans (again)!
Sayulita beach bar

For almost two years, we have been focused on sailing to the Galapagos, French Polynesia, and on to Hawaii.

It just wasn't meant to be.

This week, we discovered two things that made us change our route:

Relaxing at the beach
1) We have to be in Tahiti in June to meet the French High Commissioner in order to receive our long-term visas.

--This wasn't planned and has forced us to change our timeline and, unfortunately, cross the Galapagos off our route.

Sayulita Beach
2)  It is a long, tough sail from Zihautenjo, Mexico to the Gambiers Islands.

--Instead we will be sailing from Banderas Bay with the rest of the Puddle Jumpers at the end of March.

They are all headed to the Marquesas; our route will take us further south.  The Gambiers are supposed to beautiful, remote, and unspoiled  and that's just what we are looking for.

We both feel much better after making these decisions. Good thing cruisers are flexible!

Our new route - Gambiers,Tuamotus, Australs, and Tahiti - just in time for the Tahiti-Moorea Sailing Rendezvous (sponsored by Latitude 38).  I wanted to attend this amazing event anyway, so I am happy!  We still plan to be in Hawaii from November through April, 2012.

La Cruz Cemetery
Now, we just have to figure out what to do between now and the end of March.  We are all waiting for a weather window - the jet stream has to move north (where it belongs).  So, please keep the cold weather to yourselves!

We are thinking of joining in on some of the festivities of the Banderas Bay Regatta (not racing Moondance for sure!).

We have friends participating, plus there are lots of social activities.
Doug - stressed!

We might do some inland travel...
We will probably do some sailing...
We have a few minor projects to work on...
And definitely more provisioning...

Plus, more seminars and Puddle Jump activities - there is always something going on, people to meet, and lots and lots of discussions.

We think our New Plan looks pretty darn good!


Steve said...

Interesting route now planned with the Australs mixed in. I assume you will cut down to them about 1/2 way through the Tuamotus.

Crit said...

The only thing that is constant in life is Change. Still sounds good to me. Also you are ready and now you can actually play with even more vigor since you don't have to work so
hard. Sound good to me!!!

Dave and Merry, s/v Air Ops said...

It's a great plan! And if you want an inland trip before you head west, visit Guanajuato for a few days -- it's a fascinating World Heritage city east of Guadalajara.

shawn and chris said...

It is so nice to know that other people do go through the same thing as we do... The other day we sat down and made a 4-year calendar with all of our options. The only thing for sure is right now in Mexico. Highly likely is a passage to Hawaii this May, after that is too blurry to say with any confidence.

Maybe we'll see you in the Banderas area late March, though we might not make it there by then... Best of luck in your sails, we'll be following via your blog!

Shawn and Chris
s/v Tao