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Sailing the Pacific Ocean; a dream that i want to become truth
Posted November 26th, 2012 - 3:36 am by from Angers, France (Permalink)
Hye everyone,
My name is Matthieu Bosquet. I’m a 30 years Old French guy. I’m now traveling for more than 15 months. I started in Russia and I went after in Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Thaïlande, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodgia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapour, Indonesia, Papoua New-Guinea and I finally arrived in Australia 2 months ago.

I have a dream. I would like to sail the Pacific Ocean.

My goal will be to start in New Zealand (Or Australia) to arrive in America ( I wish I could have reach South America. But, in this direction, I think most of boat go North and reach the states). My plan will be to start this experience between April and July 2013. But I’m very flexible and I will take in consideration all opportunities!

I know that I have a lot of parameters to take in consideration (current, weather conditions, time of the year to do it…). I also know that this experience will be a long and not always easy journey! But it’s definitively what I want and what I would like to achieve. I woul like like crew in a sailing boat which will need my services and lot more (humain relationsip , sharing a unique experience, have fun,…).

I’m required for your help! Could you please give some more information about this trip? When it is the good time to cross in this direction? Where I can find skeaper who like to share this experience (I’m already register in “find a crew” for example)? All information that you may provide me will help me, I’m sure, to achieve this dream!
I already have done some yacht delivery with my cousin who is a skipper. I have some knowledge but I will be very happy to learn more about sailing and life in a boat for a long time!

I wish I will receive some feedback for as many people as possible or have the opportunity to meet you.

I’m looking forward to hear from you.

I remain at your disposal for any further information.

Best Regards,

Matthieu Bosquet

Posted November 26th, 2012 - 4:28 am by from Hilo, United States (Permalink)
Only a handful of boats do this run every season. Mostly west coast boats headed home. Try the latitude 38 crewlists.

Posted November 26th, 2012 - 4:38 am by from Angers, France (Permalink)
Thank you very much for your answer. Can you be a little bit more precise. What is the the latitude 38 crewlists? Where I can find it?

Thank you very much in advance.



Posted November 26th, 2012 - 4:52 am by from Hilo, United States (Permalink)
Latitude 38 is the most popular sailing rag in California. Lots of cruiser participation. They are the most used crew list for CA to Mexico. A lot of these boats do the so pacific and end up in oz. Check their online general cruising crewlist.

Posted November 26th, 2012 - 7:33 pm by from Quimper, France (Permalink)

i have currently the same project, but to go from N-Z to chili.
I should go to auckland in a few weeks to have more informations (and maybe a crew)
But i met some people who told me : for the pacifique , most of the boats cross this ocean in december and january because of the wind and weather.

Need to confirm this information.

i'll tell you if i have something new.


Posted November 26th, 2012 - 11:41 pm by from Angers, France (Permalink)
Hye thomas,

Thank you very much for your message! I wanted to do the same from New Zealand to Chili but, with the few information that i got, more or less nobody do it, in this way, like that and they more often go North. For sure, I have a friend who already did it from New Zealand to San Fransisco (stoping in Fidji, Samoa and Hawai).

I also though that it was more April to cross in this direction.... But I may be completely wrong!

If you get the information and come back to me, your help will be very precious because I was not ale to find many information on internet and not boat at all for now...

I will come back to you if i get myself more details and answer about this dream!

Have a good day,


Posted December 2nd, 2012 - 5:54 pm by from Bellingham, United States (Permalink)
We have sailed 40,000 miles around the world, including a year in NZ and have a few ideas for you.

Forget leaving from New Zealand in July. It's the middle of winter and if someone crazy enough to leave then, you don't want to be with them.

1) The normal route you want is NZ-Tahiti-Hawaii-Pacific Northwest. A lot of boats will be going to Tonga or Fiji, but you may find some who want to try Micronesia. the problem as you know is the wind. It will be uncomfortable to fight the trade winds north. I think Australians will be around Darwin and Borneo, but north from there is the same problem.

2) April is good. Go to the Bay of Islands and Whangerei to look for boats heading north. If you print your information and rent a small boat for a day, you could leave it with all the boats in the anchorage. People are friendly and there is a good network.

2) Auckland and Tauranga may have boats going to the west coast in April/May. Just go to marinas there.

3) If you really wanted to go to South America from Australia, you have to start from Hobart or at least very far south. It would be with strong west winds (roaring 40s latitudes) and probably no stops.

Boats that spend the hurricane season in NZ usually know their destination months ahead of time and look for crew, so give them notice and wait.