Circumnavigation: Itinerary

To give you a feel for the scope and distance of the adventure to come, here is our current Circumnavigation ITINERARY, along with a few details and comments.

Legs of the Expedition

:: Circumnavigation of the Globe (Planned Itinerary – updated 9.25.13)

On OCTOBER 2, 2013, Dave Rearick skippering Bodacious Dream departed NEWPORT RI on a 30,000 mile “singlehanded” circumnavigation of the globe!

The voyage will be divided below into Four Legs:
LEG ONE - Newport, RI to Cape Town, South Africa (39 Days – 7200 Miles)
(Completed on December 3, 2013)

LEG TWO - Cape Town, South Africa to Wellington, New Zealand (36 Days – 6931 Miles)
LEG THREE - Wellington, NZ to So. Georgia Island, South Atlantic (27 Days – 5400 Miles)
LEG FOUR So. Georgia Island back to Newport, RI (40 Days – 7100 Miles)

And at any point along the way, if YOU have any thoughts, suggestions, advice, questions or such, please feel free to email us at info@bodacousdreamexpeditions.com!

So, let’s take a look!

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Leg 1LEG ONE Newport, RI to Cape Town, South Africa (39 Days – 7200 Miles)

#1) Leaving NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND

Coordinates: 41°28’37.58″N, 71°20’2.32″W - Google Maps
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Course from Start:
 Leave historic Newport, Rhode Island on a southerly course towards the equator, and then eastward.

BDX_Leg One

#2) Commence onward to CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Coordinates: 33°54’10.41″S, 18°26’35.00″E - Google Maps
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Length of sail:
1700 miles
Expected duration of sail: Approximately 9 Days

Cape Town
Cape Town

Goal: Visit whale habitat, various cultural areas and this historical maritime waypoint for world circumnavigators both modern day and historical. Cape Town is known as the “Tavern of the Seas.” With a population of 3.75 million, it is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, reflecting its role as a major destination for immigrants and expatriates to South Africa.

BOX_Leg Two

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Leg 2LEG TWO  
Cape Town, SA to Wellington, New Zealand (36 Days – 6931 Miles)

#3) Commence onward to WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND

Coordinates: 41°17’2.19″S, 174°48’44.57″EGoogle Maps
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Length of sail:
 6931 miles
Expected duration of sail: Approximately 36 Days

Goal: Wellington, NZ is on the southern tip of the North Island of New Zealand. It is also the birthplace of Bodacious Dream as she was launched there in December 2011. The plan is to visit many interesting natural sites around New Zealand. Almost half the world’s cetaceans (whales, porpoises and dolphins) have been reported in nearby waters. For example, endemic Hector’s dolphins (found nowhere else), rare beaked whales, New Zealand sea lions (found only in our southern waters), and the widely distributed New Zealand fur seals(keen.) Other seals that visit our shores occasionally, such as the southern elephant seal (ihupuku) and the leopard seal are to be found as well.

BDX_Leg Two/ Part A

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Leg 3LEG THREE  Wellington, NZ to South Georgia Island (27 Days – 5400 Miles)

#4) Commence onward to CAPE HORN AND STRAIGHTS OF MAGELLAN

Coordinates: 55°43’2.15″S, 66° 6’59.07″W - Google Maps
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Length of sail:
4200 miles
Expected duration of sail: Approximately 21 Days

Cape Horn
Cape Horn

Goal: Visit and cruise historic Cape Horn and Straights of Magellan. Cape Horn, loved and feared by seamen over the last four hundred years, is the southernmost headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago of southern Chile. For many years, before the Panama Canal opened in 1914, it was a major milestone on the clipper route, by which sailing ships carried trade around the world. However, the waters around the Cape are particularly hazardous, owing to strong winds, large waves, strong currents and icebergs; these dangers have made it notorious as a most dangerous place to sail.

BDX_Leg Two/ Part B

#5) Commence onward to the FALKLAND ISLANDS

Coordinates: 52°3’59.64″S, 59°55’18.73″W - Google Maps
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Length of sail:
400 miles
Expected duration of sail: Approximately 2 Days

Striped Carcara
Striped Carcara

Goal: These interesting islands are just east of the southern tip of South America. The Falkland Islands are classified as part of the “mild” Antarctic zone. Land birds make up most of the Falklands’ avifauna, followed by seabirds; a total of 63 species breed on the islands, including 16 endemic species. The Falkland Islands are frequented by marine mammals such as the southern elephant seal and the South American fur seal. Offshore islands house the rare striated caracara.

#6) Commence onward to SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND

Coordinates: 54°13’1.47″S, 36°31’35.67″W - Google Maps
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Length of sail:
800 miles
Expected duration of sail: Approximately 4 Days

South Georgia Island

Goal: This historic location was the final rescue place of the Shackleton Expedition when they were trapped on Antarctica through the winter and traveled overland, built a small boat and sailed to South Georgia Island for rescue. This was an amazing story of human endurance. Shackleton is buried on South Georgia Island. PArts of the island are permanently covered in ice, it is a very biodiverse region.  We’ll be seeing penguins, petrels, albatrosses, seals and whales.

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Leg 4LEG FOUR  South Georgia Island back to Newport, RI (40 Days – 7100 Miles)

#7) Commence onward to the MOUTH OF THE AMAZON RIVER  (off the coast of BRAZIL)

Coordinates: 0°35’13.68″N, 49°35’46.95″W - Google Maps
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Length of sail: Approximately: 14 Days

Expected duration of sail: 2700 miles

BDX_Leg Three/ Part A

Goal: Explore the mouth of the largest river in the World and its effect on the ocean and species of animals that adapt to the mix of salt and fresh waters. The Amazon River carries more water than any other river in the world, and is responsible for about one-fifth (twenty percent) of the fresh water that flows into the world’s oceans. There are over 2,100 species of fish currently recognized in the Amazon Basin, with more being discovered every year.

#8) Commence onward to ANTIGUA, WEST INDIES

BDX_Leg Four Part B

Coordinates: 17° 0’36.41″N, 61°47’1.13″W - Google Maps
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Length of sail:
5000 miles
Expected duration of sail: Approximately 30 Days
Goal: One of the great Caribbean Islands on the way back to the East Coast of the United States. Larger marine life such as turtles, stingrays, barracuda, jacks, permit, nurse sharks and morays are regularly seen in the waters around Antigua.

#9) Commence onward to CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

BDX_Leg Four/ Part C & D

Coordinates: 32°47’22.83″N, 79°54’48.56″W - Google Maps
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Length of sail:
1400 miles
Expected duration of sail: Approximately 6 Days
Goal: A quick stop in Charleston, which has become a second home for Bodacious Dream as she has competed the past two years in the Atlantic Cup Race that starts in Charleston. We’ll be on the lookout for Lionfish, Amberjack, Sea Turtles, Barracuda, Sharks and Sunfish.

#10) Commence onward to completion of circumnavigation in NEWPORT, RI

Coordinates: 41°28’37.58″N, 71°20’2.32″W - Google Maps
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Length of sail:
700 miles
Expected duration of sail: Approximately 4 Days

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