Sail Away Weeks

2020 Voyages

This will be the SECOND year cruising with our new Southerly 480 Distant Shores III. In our first season we sailed her down to the Balearic Islands and Morocco en route to the Canary Islands. Then we made our 9th Atlantic Crossing to the Caribbean in time for Christmas. Season 2 will revisit our favourite cruising destinations of the Bahamas before we head for the Panama Canal and the South Pacific.

Each Sail Away Week (most are more than 7 days) is listed below. Click on the interactive maps for more details and photographs on the ports and passages.

Note: Prices are in US dollars and are priced two ways: For shorter legs of the voyage the price is for two people in 1 cabin. Longer Offshore Passage-making legs are priced per berth).

Questions? Want to Talk to Us? +1-705-484-0061 (9-5 Eastern Time weekdays)

Exuma Islands – George Town, Great Exuma, and surrounding islands
Thursday January 23 2020 to Thursday January 30 (7 nights) - 80 miles
Fwd Cabin Booked
Aft Cabin Booked

You’re already tired of winter and want some warmth and sunshine. This is the perfect time to slip away and join us onboard for some relaxed warm weather cruising and island-hopping around the Southern Exumas, a perfect way to introduce a hesitant mate to the joys of the cruising life and the friendliness of the cruising community based in this area.
Aft cabin: $8,500 U.S.
Forward cabin: $7,500 U.S.
The voyage concludes at Georgetown on Great Exuma. (Daysailing.)

Check out how to read the colour of the water for an intro to shallow water piloting. Or our page on the Bahamas
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Passage to Panama - George Town Bahamas to Panama
Wednesday February 5 to Wednesday February 19, 2020 (14 nights) - 950 miles
$4500/Per Person 1 of 4 Available
This will be an exciting passage with guaranteed winds most of the way. Starting from George Town Exuma we will have a few days to explore the remote out Islands as we head South East in the Bahamas. Then it's the big jump 700 miles across the windy Southern Caribbean to Panama. This is likely to be 6 days offshore with variable conditions to get us into the windward passage between Cuba and Haiti then breezy winds aft of the beam (often at 25 or 30 knots) to blow us on to Panama. Hopefully we have a couple of days to explore the San Blas Island depending on the procedures as we get ready to transit the Panama Canal.

$4500/Per Person 1 of 4 Available
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Panama Canal Transit
Saturday February 22 to Monday March 2, 2020 (7 nights) - 80 miles
Fwd Cabin $7,750 U.S. PENDING
Aft Cabin $8,750 U.S.

The Panama Canal is an 82 km (51 mile) historic canal that cuts across the Isthmus of Panama providing a short cut for vessels of all sizes to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It is a voyage that many sailors have on their “bucket list” and we invite you to join in the experience with us. The transit of the Panama Canal is, unfortunately, very hard to pin a date on. We have an agent to handle the process for us and have requested that the transit take place sometime between the dates outlined. However, there can be delays of many days so we cannot guarantee that anyone joining us will get to go through the canal aboard Distant Shores III. However, other boats waiting are always looking for help with line handling so if, upon our arrival, we are scheduled for a later date than we have requested, there may be an opportunity for you to do the transit with another cruising boat looking for help. Regardless, there will be opportunities for local cruising and site-seeing in this fascinating place where oceans and continents converge.

Aft cabin: $8,750 U.S.
Forward cabin: $7,750 U.S. PENDING
Panama to Galapagos
Sunday March 8 2020 to Thursday March 26 (18 nights) - 960 miles
$8,000/Per Person 3 of 4 Available

We start in Balboa Panama and will visit the Perlas Islands Archipelago just 35 miles offshore. Then its a 900 mile passage to the Galapagos across the ITCZ. This is the doldrums and generally means thunder showers and light winds with challenging variable sailing conditions. We arrive in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Isla San Cristóbal (Wreck Bay) which is the only port of entry in the Galapagos. Our plan is a get a cruising permit so we could visit one or two more ports if time allows in our cruise. It makes sense to stay on in the Galapagos for a few more days after our cruise finishes so you can explore these islands on your own.

$8,000/Per Person
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Galapagos to Marquesas French Polynesia
Wednesday April 1 2020 to Sunday April 26 (25 nights) - 3000 miles
$10,500/Per Person 4 of 4 Available

This will be our longest passage to date at 3000 miles (just slightly longer than the Transatlantic). It will be our first long Pacific passage and we're very excited to be visiting and filming in French Polynesia. The passage will take roughly 20 days but we have allowed 25 to account for possible delays. It's the classic trade-wind pacific voyage with winds astern and following seas. And of course we're arriving at one of the most beautiful landfalls in the world in the Marquesas. Its also a great opportunity to arrive a few days early and see the Galapagos.

$10,500/Per Person
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Papeete French Polynesia to Rarotonga Cook Islands
Sunday July 12 2020 to Saturday August 1 (20 nights) - 800 miles
$9500/Per Person

From Papeete we will visit islands in the area around Tahiti before setting off to the Cook Islands. We hope to explore Bora Bora, Moorea and Huahine, Tahaa, Maupiti and doubtless others before leaving French Polynesia and heading to Rarotonga. This is a mix of shorter island hops plus a longer leg across to the Cook Islands. Discounted for couples sharing a cabin.

$9500/Per Person
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If you have any questions please contact us - Or call our office in Toronto, Canada, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time and we can describe the passages further. We look forward to welcoming you aboard!

Telephone: (705) 484-0061