The Plan...so far
When I first decided to set off on my sailing adventure, my plan was to go out The Gate, turn left and see where I ended up. I decided to rough things out a bit more to better plan for avoiding tropical storm seasons. Everything is subject to change based on weather, whims, boat issues, fair winds to some yet unheard of harbor, etc. I've purposely only planned out the first year and a half, getting to New Zealand, a place where I can refit the boat if needed, visit with the Evie, and recuperate while making the hard decision of spending another season in the South Pacific, continuing on to the Indian Ocean, or looping back up to Alaska and, eventually, back to the West Coast of the US.
This plan hits some out of the way places. After meandering down the coast and poking around in the Sea of Cortez, I'll drop down to the Galapagos Islands for a few weeks. You're very restricted here, and it's not cheap, but I've always wanted to go so I'm very excited about it. From there I had intended on going all the way down to The Easter Islands, but, since I'm solo sailing and they require one person to stay with the boat, it ended up not sounding that fun. The plan is now to go from the Galapagos to the seldom visited Gambier Islands, before heading up in the Marquesses and more frequented routes. I'll hit then hit Makemo, one of the Tuamotu atolls on my way to Tahiti and the Society Islands. From there I'll likely wander to Penrhyn, the Cook Island that my deep drawing sailboat can get into, then onto the American Samoas and Tonga. From Tonga, Fiji is the plan, before beating down to New Zealand to avoid the on coming storms.
The are many other places I want to get to, some of them, like Vanuatu are close by. They might make it in the same season, or wait for after New Zealand. The only real sure thing is Out the Gate, Turn Left...