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Marshall Islands Wave adventure

Marshall Islands Wave adventure

Trip Ports of Call Dates Days
148 Kwajalein Mar 10 - Mar 20, 2015 10
On our first voyage around the world our time in the Marshalls made it to the very tippy top of the top of the list for wave kiting. Strong steady winds that come in 8 to 10 day cycles with no slacking even at night; combined with the entire Pacific ocean fetch that allows regular winter swells from the Artic; and the absolute void of other recreational boats make this a prime spot for wave and lagoon kiting. But the Marshalls are a lot more. The best, most intact pristine reefs we found in 13 years of sailing were also found in the Marshalls which made for absolutely stunning underwater forays. The atolls that have not sold out to mega commercial fishing interests (Taiwan, Korea, Japan) have some of the healthiest tuna populations we ever saw. Sadly many of them have. But there are few places left in the world where money can't buy you anything, and a big fish goes a lot farther for trading than a wad of bills, and we think that's pretty special indeed.

For some images and stories from the last time around, check out "Legends at the Abyss"

The downside? Long distances between atolls; very meager provisions on Majuro (the outer islands have only coconuts); some very uncomfortable anchorages; some very tricky launches; considerable risk of violent squalls; and some very sharky reef passes. We recommend the Marshall legs for those members who really are seeking some epic adventure but also everything that goes along with it- the good and bad. This is one of the hardest places we operate and it's just impossible to guarantee conditions. Logistically it doesn't get much more difficult.

This trip begins on Kwajalein, the US military base they call the "Catchers Mitt", for it's strategic missile testing location, and of course most famous for nearby Bikini atoll, where the US government repeatedly tested (67 in total) nuclear warheads after World War II. The good side of this horrific history is that tourism is non-existent and the environment is now relatively pristine. We'll depart immediately for a long, and possibly rough sail to...a place we don't like to name. When you arrive you'll see why. Once you are sufficiently sun-burned, filled up on tuna and you are ripping waves like Slater but no longer have the ability to stand up after so much kiting and surfing we'll head off on another substantial sail to yet another atoll we can't mention. And that's about all we can say. This trip in particular demands very strong kiting and wave skills and a strong stomach for the sailing. We recommend this one for only the most adventurous.

Inbound and outbound airport is Kwajalien (KWA) which is serviced directly from Honolulu by United Airlines.

PLEASE bring some gifts for the children- school supplies, books, etc. Do NOT bring candy and plasticky junk as it will cause fights and trash cannot be recycled.

Here's a little taste of what we found the last time around:

Pluses
  • Awesome fishing
  • Fantastic wind
  • Radical Wave kiting
  • Really, really wild
  • Super interesting culture/ villages
  • Totally incredible reefs/ diving
Minuses
  • Expert Conditions
  • Lack of Provisions
  • Really horrible starting port
  • Rolly Anchorages
  • Rough open water sailing
  • Sharky
  • Tricky Boat Launches
Conditions
Air81.2 F
Water80.3 F
Mean Avg Wind12.8 E
Miles250 nm

Reservations
ReservedReserved
ReservedReserved
Cabin 1 - Bowen Dwelle - Guests: Guest
Cabin 3 - John Tilney - Guests: Erika Heineken
Cabin 4 - Jeff Chen - Guests: Guest


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