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Ecuador, Salinas to Easter Island

By doina — last modified May 17, 2008 06:02 PM

Published: 2008-05-17 18:02:18
Topics: Pacific Ocean South
Countries: Easter Island , Ecuador

We would know if the passage from Salinas (Ecuador )to Easter Island in May makes sense and if the wind will blow favorably ? We are a small family crew onboard. For us an alternative should be to go directly to Gambier? Any advice?

The offshore winds in May should be from SE, so you have two options:

(1) To sail south along the west coast of South America in light SE or SSE winds until you get a better angle to Easter Island, when you can set a direct course.

(2) To sail first to Galapagos Islands, and then from there to Easter Islands. In this case you may be closer to the wind on the passage to Easter Island.

From Easter Island you can sail west, stopping at Pitcairn and on to Mangareva in the Gambier.

There are details of these routes in the current (6th) edition of my World Cruising Routes, which you should try to get as it describes all routes in the South Pacific... and the rest of the world.


Jimmy Cornell, noonsite