Pacific Crossing Notes

A Sailor’s Guide to the Coconut Milk Run

Rolling Hitch Press
ebook & paperback
384 pages

Pacific Crossing Notes covers everything from preparation, weather, and safety to detailed information on the island groups of the Coconut Milk Run: that is, the trade-wind route from the Americas to Australia. Along with information on clearing-in procedures, availability of supplies, and top anchorages and sights, this book covers Panama, the Galapagos Islands, Marquesas, Tuamotus, Society Islands, Cook Islands, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia. Separate sections describe a trip down the US East Coast, the Panama Canal, New Zealand, and Australia (including tips on selling a boat there for a one-way trip). This guide strives to balance facts with flavors, making it a book to keep you company during the countdown to your own passage as well as a practical guide to pull out as you face each successive landfall in the voyage of a lifetime.

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Frequent CW contributor Nadine Slavinski and Markus Schweitzer bring their wealth of experience to this well-written guide, which is chock-full of great tips and advice. The book reads like an easy conversation with a friend and covers the gamut, from ways to gain experience and choose and outfit your boat to radio nets, offshore weather and tropical landfalls. If this passage is in your dreams, put this guide on your bookshelf. - Cruising World Magazine

An attractively priced, no-nonsense guide filled with useful information…it offers a great deal in the way of advice and recommendations on everything from dealing with officials, winds, currents, and navigation, to the day-to-day challenges of ocean voyaging with a small family. A recommended and delightful read. - Ocean Navigator Magazine

What Slavinski and Schweitzer have done so well is merged their previous writings and personal preferences along with concrete facts on the places they visited. Part cruising guide, part personal journey, Pacific Crossing Notes combines to provide a conversational and informative resource that will be easy to come back to time and again. - Blue Water Sailing Magazine

Whether you’re an armchair sailor looking for a good story or a voyager contemplating a crossing of the world’s largest ocean, Pacific Crossing Notes is worthy of a place in your library. - Windcheck Magazine