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Vancouver Club Night – Sailing the South Indian Ocean and Around the Cape of Good Hope

You’ve sailed the South Pacific and you are in New Zealand, Australia, or SE Asia. Now what?!

Cresswell Walker and Irena Chmielowicz, aboard Conversations, took a less-travelled route home from the South Pacific and will share memories of the passage at the May Vancouver Club Night.

One of the biggest barriers to cruisers sailing to the South Pacific is the leg onward from Australia and SE Asia. It’s a tough sail eastward against the trade winds. Continuing westward across the Northern Indian Ocean and into the Red Sea presents safety concerns. Shipping your boat to the Mediterranean aboard a freighter can be expensive. Sailing the Southern Indian Ocean and rounding the Cape of Good Hope can be frightening. But hold on! Sailing the South Indian Ocean and round the Cape of Good Hope is some of the best and most beautiful sailing on the planet.

This talk will show you why you might want to do just that and how to do it safely. Some of the wonders of this not much sailed stretch of the world will be explored. The speakers will discuss what you want in a boat, equipment and crew to make this passage enjoyable.

About The Speaker

Cresswell is a life-long sailor, having gotten his start at the age of 10 racing dinghies. He and his partner, Irena, have completed a 10 year, 50,000 mile circumnavigation. Most recently, they participated in the Baja Bungee rally from San Carlos to Puerto Vallarta and back. A lifetime of sailing adventure and professional experience has built an expertise in sailing safely and conservatively, and having fun doing it. Cresswell has two professional careers: as an award-winning professional Urban Planner, and as an Executive Coach and Organizational Development Consultant. He has published his sailing experiences in: “A Voyage of Uncommon Sense: Sailing the 7Cs to Purpose, Passion and Power”. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.