The monsoon, which replaces the trade winds in the Indian Ocean, kicks in during the last two moths on the year, but it doesn’t get well established until mid-January, providing ideal sailing conditions for the boats opting for the northern route across the Indian Ocean.
After a ten-day downwind run Spalax 2 will make landfall in the land of serendipity, a fascinating exotic island that goes by many names: Simhala, Taprobane, Helabima, Ceylon, Sri Lanka, Serendip …
Giving Singapore’s Department of Sanitary Sidewalk Perfection the cold shoulder, Spalax 2 will head for greener pastures on Malaysia’s duty-free island of Langkawi.
Here, Spalax 2 will take a breather. Its crew will fly back to the Old Continent and head for the snowy slopes and festive fireworks of Europe only to return to Spalax 2 in January 2022 to continue its global circumnavigation.
Leaving Thursday Island, Spalax 2 will set a course for Darwin, the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory.
The fifteen-day stay in Darwin will give the crew the opportunity to visit the colossal monolith Uluru, one of the great natural wonders of the world, located near Alice Springs, smack in the middle of Australia.
Certainly the most romantic way of getting to the site is The Ghan Train, which leaves Darwin every Wednesday for Alice Springs.
Leg 2 – Chesterfield Reef to Thursday Island (Australia)
Departure date: May 17
Distance: 1080 nm
Duration: 10 days
Heading: 300 degrees
This leg will be a perfect chance to practice blue water sailing, sometimes also called passage-making. Ten days at sea, practicing gps navigation, keeping night watches, trolling for yellowfin tuna and mahi-mahi, as well as doing some serious relaxation under the tropical sun.
One of the challenges of this leg will be timing our ETA in order to enter the Strait of Torres and make landfall at Thursday Island during daylight.
Thursday Island is an ideal stopover for yachties to clear into Australia and stock up on alcohol before entering Indonesia.
Leg 1 – Noumea, New Caledonia, to Chesterfield Reef
Departure date: May 10
Distance: 470 nm
Duration: 4 days
Heading: 287 degrees
Spalax 2 will set sail from Noumea, New Caledonia, on May 10 and after a four-day sail drop anchor in the lagoon of the uninhabited Chesterfield Reef. This will be a unique opportunity to explore and enjoy the aquatic and terrestrial life of this pristine tropical ecosystem, untouched by civilization.