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Victoria, B.C., Canada to Yokohama, Japan

By Sue Richards last modified Sep 25, 2009 08:38 PM

Published: 2009-09-25 20:38:25
Topics: Pacific Crossing
Countries: Canada , Japan

Can you tell me the best timing and routing for going from Victoria, B.C., Canada to Yokohama, Japan? My guess is to leave in mid-April, hopefully after the worst of the NE Pacific winter storms and arrive in Japan (Yokohama) by the end of June (before the beginning of the Japanese typhoon season in Japan), but that would still leave me vulnerable to early typhoons in Japan and to typhoons that go in between Japan and Hawaii (in April of this year a typhoon with 110 knot winds did just that!)

Kirk Patterson


You are right: there is no logical direct route from Victoria to Yokohama because it is not a "route" as such. Most routes in my book are either established sailing routes or recommended routes that take adavantage of prevailing winds, favourable seasons, etc. Unfortunately yours does not fit in... but I see your point and there may be ways around those seasons, etc. How rigid is your time schedule? How well does your boat go to windward?

Sailing from BC to Hawaii is never a great problem (if you have a good boat and know what you are doing) and from there on you could take a calculated risk and try to go when the likelihood of typhoons is the lowest. I did organize a round the world race in 1996/7 and the boats sailed frorm Hawaii to Fukuoka in February/March with no problems, so if I were you I would go to Hawaii asap and do the same.

Of course it's easy for me to say that sitting at my computer in sunny Provence... but that's what I'd do.

Good luck.

Jimmy Cornell