I haven’t been asked this directly yet but I figure I will sooner or later so, I’ll explain my “Plan for the Pacific” in better detail. When I was in Annapolis planning my route for the trip I tried to find info on a boat that had sailed from Alaska to Cape Horn non-stop. I couldn’t find anything so I pieced together several routes.
1) 44 05N 135 01w (California current)
The idea behind this waypoint was to first sail over the “Great Pacific Garbage Vortex” and ultimately position myself in a favorable current that would help me run south. There are also good northwesterly winds that dominate the area between Dutch Harbor and the California current.
2) 30 03n 128 09w (Baja)
From waypoint 1 to waypoint 2 I will have good current and hopefully favorable northerly winds. Thats it.
3) 27 12s 110 15w (Easter Island)
This is the longest jump between waypoints, around 3,500 miles separate waypoint 2 from 3. First off there is a large area of light winds down by the equator. This area is in the shape of a funnel. The larger side of this funnel covers central America, the smaller side is in Polynesia. So I don’t want to be to close to central America because I’ll have light winds that could make life miserable. Also there are Southeast trade winds off the west coast of south America that I really don’t want to deal with. I cant avoid these headwinds completely but staying further out to sea will help.
4) 56 52s 068 38w (Cape Horn)
When I get to waypoint 3 I will be right by Easter Island. South of Easter Island I should start working my way into the prevailing westerlies that dominate the southern latitudes. Once in the westerlies I’ll just head east and round the horn. My waypoint is a bit further north than I’ll go. I don’t care about seeing “the rock” I will probably be 50 to 100 miles south of the Horn just to be safe.
Matt's motivation for the trip is to show people, particularly those with disabilities, that there are no limits to what can be accomplished in life; and to raise money for Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB), a nonprofit sailing program for people with disabilities, based in Annapolis, Md. Click here to learn more about CRAB.