Voyaging on the boat takes some planning. Our initial plans have been a bit of a fantasy, but they are based on the real factors of wind, weather, schedules, boat and crew capabilities, etc. Then as we started to look into the “social” realities and formalities of visiting various countries (with two dogs) things get tricky, and they will be more of a challenge that will greatly affect our plans.
So, the general idea has been this. Get Magus all ready in May (2016) with new bottom paint, and a fresh survey so we can get insurance for anywhere. Then we can leave Peaks in June and cruise along the coast of Maine, then to Nova Scotia for the summer. A visit to St. Pierre and Miquelon (just a few miles south of Labrador, and which is a territory of France) would be interesting. In September, we could sail to the Azores (about 1,200 miles from that area) and take it easy by spending the winter there. The next spring, we could sail to Ireland (about 1,000 miles) and cruise around there, Scotland, England, and arrive in the Netherlands at the end of August. Then, it would be possible to travel through the canals to Paris and across France to Marseilles on the Mediterranean-- leisurely in two or three months. Then head south along the west coast of Italy, and spend the winter somewhere. Because of VAT tax issues, we would need to stop in north Africa, like Tunisia for a few weeks or months within 18 months of first entering the EU, which would have been St. Pierre & Miquelon the previous year, so we’d have until January. Then sail around the Med the next summer, visit Greece, get to Gibralter by October, then sail across the Atlantic to the Caribbean in November/ December for the winter. We could then sail back to Maine the next summer, or even leave Magus somewhere and fly home for the summer, and go back to the Caribbean for more cruising.
|from Sail Magazine article: http://www.sailmagazine.com/cruising-news/how-complete-atlantic-circuit-one-year|