Global Overview Maps

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This unusual image illustrates well the difference between the Mercator projection and rhumb lines:
the shortest distance between points on the lines is along the lines.

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This is the Atlantic region, usually referred to separately as North Atlantic and South Atlantic.
Sometimes this area is called the Western Hemisphere.


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Looking at this image one can not help wonder why The Earth was not named The Water.
A circumnavigating yacht usually has to do at least one non-stop passage of more than 3.000 nautical miles. 
Usualy that will be the passage from Central America to the Marquesas Islands.


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And the water continues ... Many crews, starting from Europe or the US east coast, hurry across this area because they are 'almost home'
- certainly an understatement. Also the weather patterns along the 'Coconut Milk Run' are such that one tends to cast off too late from Australia,
which gives you less flexibility regarding the timing your voyage with the changings of the monsoon (NE - SW).


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This particular area we are happy to leave to those adventurers who carry a lot of warm cloths with them.
We certainly have other desires. Having said that, we admit that we would love to go there for a couple of days!
However, cruising for us is equal to going places in our own yacht so this area is not likely to be on our itinerary soon.


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Nobody has sailed to the north pole yet - and there is no land there anyway.
A fact that was not proven until sometimes in the 1960's.
Norseman Fritjof Nansen floted around the pole for a couple of years in his yacht,
the "Fram" stuck in the solid pack trying to figure these things out.

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