A complete reference for anyone contemplating sailing the Pacific in his or her own boat. From ideal timing, suitable boats, routes, methods of communication and provisioning, to seasonal weather, departure and arrival ports, facilities, likely costs and dangers. This new edition will both inspire those considering sailing the Pacific and instil confidence in those about to depart. The guide includes discussion on major route options from east to west and back again, including the classic South Pacific crossing, which takes in some of the most beautiful destinations in the world; The Marquesas, Bora Bora and Fiji. The second edition, now in full colour, has been revised to include more information on the seasonal aspects of Pacific weather (including the El Nino phenomenon), further details on crossing the North Pacific (including an expanded section on Japan), notes on reaching Alaska by way of the Aleutian Islands and updates on communication possibilities afloat and ashore, including e-mail contacts.