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Spalax 2 Global Circumnavigation in 2022

Leg 8 – Langkawi, Malaysia, to Galle, Sri Lanka

  • Departure date: January 15
  • Distance: 1170 nm
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Heading: 270 degrees

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.

The lighthouse of Galle

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 …

The magic of serendipity

Spalax 2 Global Circumnavigation in 2021

Leg 7 – Singapore to Langkawi, Malaysia

  • Departure date: October 1st
  • Distance: 410 nm
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Heading: 320 degrees

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.

Langkawi at its colossal best

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.

Langkawi’s Seven Wells Waterfall

Spalax 2 Global Circumnavigation in 2021

Leg 4 – Darwin to Ende, Flores Island (Indonesia)

  • Departure date: June 24
  • Distance: 595 nm
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Heading: 290 degrees

Leaving Darwin on 24 June, Spalax 2 will set a course for Flores, an Indonesian island of colors and contrasts.

Pink sandy beach

You will have twenty days to explore its many beaches, waterfalls, coral reefs and active volcanos.

Kelimutu crater lakes

And if you want a real life Jurassic experience, visit Komodo Island just next door.

Komodo dragon

Spalax 2 Global Circumnavigation in 2021

Leg 3 – Thursday Island to Darwin

  • Departure date: June 2
  • Distance: 720 nm
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Heading: 265 degrees

Leaving Thursday Island, Spalax 2 will set a course for Darwin, the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory.

Darwin Marina

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.

Uluru

Certainly the most romantic way of getting to the site is The Ghan Train, which leaves Darwin every Wednesday for Alice Springs.

The Ghan Train

Spalax 2 Global Circumnavigation in 2021

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.

Port Kennedy, Thursday Island

Thursday Island is an ideal stopover for yachties to clear into Australia and stock up on alcohol before entering Indonesia.

Spalax 2 Global Circumnavigation in 2021

Leg 1 – Noumea, New Caledonia, to Chesterfield Reef

  • Departure date: May 10
  • Distance: 470 nm
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Heading: 287 degrees
Pass to the Chesterfield Reef lagoon

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.

A bird watcher’s paradise
Robinson Crusoe would feel right at home
A haven for aquatic birds