13-06-2024, 17:00Easter Island
Step on board on Easter Island and sail with us to Pitcairn, before going to French Polynesia.
Starting in Easter Island, the OOSTERSCHELDE departs for crossing the Pacific Ocean to French Polynesia. Along the voyage, we make a stop at the famous Pitcairn Island, where the descendants of the Bounty mutineers live. We will admire the famous Polynesian petroglyphs and the unique birds here. Then, we sail through the coral-rich waters of French Polynesia to Mangareva, where we are back on European territory for the first time in a year.
The wind is unpredictable in this area. So, we will have a lot of work on deck. Set sail, remove it, reef the sails, set the sheets, and always keep a close eye on the course. We will not be bored for a second during this voyage! On most maps, it only looks like a small distance we must cover, but that is mainly because the Pacific Ocean is so immense. It is still about 1100 miles to Pitcairn. We hope to cover that distance in about 9 days or less. Pitcairn is a so-called British Overseas Territory and is the only inhabited island of a group of four islands. The population is less than 100 people. There is no port and going ashore is not easy. Few visitors come here and if we manage to land, we are sure that we will receive a warm welcome.
During the last part of this voyage, about 300 miles to Mangareva, we will again enjoy the southeast trade winds. This steady wind means that we have less and less work on deck. We now have more work to do with navigation, because we are sailing through areas with countless reefs. Mangareva is the largest island of the Gambier group and here, we drop anchor for the end of this very special voyage.
Before and after your voyage leg
We strongly recommend you book a few days accommodation in the port of your embarkation (prior to your joining Oosterschelde), and a few days in the port you disembark (after your place on the voyage ends). This will allow you to recover before and after your adventure and will give you the opportunity to explore locations at your start and end points.
More than an Adventure!
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Q & A sessions
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Level 3-voyages are only suitable for the experienced and fit (sea)traveler. The weather could be challenging and during a crossing, there a few if not any options to divert to a harbor. We sail out of reach of helicopters and medical care from shore is usually not available.
The shipping company would like the OOSTERSCHELDE to be accessible to the widest possible audience, but you must realize that you are making a voyage aboard a seagoing tall ship. This requires more of your physical ability than a daily walk. Some voyages are more challenging than others. With the different levels, we give an indication of how heavy the voyage can be. If you are unsure whether a voyage is suitable for you, it is important to contact shipping company OOSTERSCHELDE for advice.
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