Welcome for Captains

Dear Captain,

Welcome to the Great Southern Route Edition 3.

This guide is for you too. Each page should awaken and embolden your passion; that same passion that brought you to yachting in the first instance, the passion that somehow as been eroded through multiple seasons crabbing your way around well-trodden anchorages. Like your yacht owner you too began this career dreaming of the ‘far away’ cruise where you would learn of worlds far beyond your own experiences.

GSR 3 should provide inspiration and information for your route planning and it should also comfort you that yes, you too can take a yacht around the world.
Enjoy the images, but don’t stop there. Read in detail the stories of Captains just like you as he cruised exotic, distant waters and know that like you there was a first day into the unknown. Read the weather routing information and use this as a platform to start your learning. When you embark on a world cruise you are no longer looking to Meteo France and their 5-day forecast, you are now back studying Meteorology 101 on a Global Scale. Seasons and cycles matter again, with those giant monsoons that Weather Routing Inc. speaks of now part of your daily awareness.

Use this guide to be cheeky. When you are next blocked out of an anchorage in the Mediterranean or Caribbean (you choose where), drop the hint to your yacht owner that it wouldn’t be like this in Palau. When he says Palau what? Make sure you have your iPad ready with ‘the photo’ of this wonderful group of islands and mention that you took the liberty of bookmarking GSR 3 and it’s on his office desk.

As a colleague I hope you have the chance to take your yacht to just some of the destinations covered in this incredible guide. If you are so lucky then I hope that you then share this with the next generation and ensure that these wonderful, most seaworthy yachts that we are privileged to command are given their chance to break their endless cycle of featureless Mediterranean and Caribbean ports and anchorages.
In conclusion, I wish to introduce a couple of old friends. Two friends that due to my own limitations, I thought to draw upon for support. Dear Reader I wish to introduce Mr Oskar Speck and Captain Joshua Slocum.

Germany in 1932 was grim. Unemployment was high and the civil unrest that would lead to the worldwide conflagration of WWII was becoming visible. In this unsettling climate the 25-year old Oskar Speck took to his folding kayak named Sunshine (Sonnenschein) and decided to paddle the Danube (Donau) to Cyprus to seek employment. Cyprus was reached but Oscar was not satisfied; seven years, three kayaks and 50,000km later he arrived in Australia. Of course he was interned on arrival as War had broken out.

Young Oskar did not stop moving through Asia and his tortuous route onlysought to embolden his passion for travel. He spoke warmly that by coasting through Asia he was received “above first class” at every stop, even in the sun bleached rags that he wore in his kayak.

Captain Joshua Slocum needs no introduction. His voyage could arguably be the defining endeavour that has since shaped adventure sailing. His wit remained sharp and his energy boundless. You will unlikely sail his routing, but you can sail in his spirit. With GSR 3 as your guide and the ageless Captain as your Muse take your yacht, your career and your owner to new grounds.

Captain Brendan O’Shannassy
MY Vava II