Hi all, am totally new to the forum. I live on the beach in Ecuador, and ultimately plan on kayaking from my house on the beach to the Galapagos islands, about 650 miles due west. Before I do that, I want to do a small warm-up kayak trip from the Florida coast to the Bahamas. This trip will be a bit different in that I will have a very large support craft to shadow me, and in fact, this is more of an activity for a lot of potential kayakers to not only promote kayaking, but to highlight ecology of the ocean (pollution, plastic, other garbage in the sea). The support craft is an ex Coast Guard cutter and we have the ability to support perhaps up to a dozen kayakers on our trips. In addition, this will be to promote what is possible for seniors - I am 67 and plan on doing these trips before I’m 70, but if need be, after that age too.
When in Ecuador, I kayak everyday multiple hours in the ocean - a fabulous place to kayak - warm water, relatively calm waters, easy landings on small surf on long stretches of empty beach - I discovered kayaking only after having moved there and feel as if it is now part of me. I just love it.
I am in the “research” phase of planning these trips and am looking for both experienced ocean kayakers and those who want to participate in a group adventure. Because we will have a large support craft, we are at much less risk then attempting this just solos mano vs. mar. This is to promote kayaking, highlight what one can do if you put your mind and energy into it, highlight ocean ecology, and to just have fun (yes, that is still permitted!).
Ideally, I would do the Florida to Bahama trip in the range of December 2021 - Feb 2022. The Ecuador trip would be planned from June-Sept of 2022 (there are no hurricanes to worry about as the Galapagos sits pretty much on the equator and storms cannot form off the equator. All dates are tentative and can change, but these dates are a tentative target to shoot for.
FYI - I have found no one who has documented a trip from the coast of South America to the Galapagos. A study of the currents is obviously needed, and the trip is a long one (again, remember a support craft will be used 100% of the way), perhaps 50-90 days. The Galapagos trip is to kayak during the day - 8-10 hours a day, then pull the kayaks out of the ocean onboard our support craft, grab some dinner, do some social media activity, get a good night’s sleep, and repeat, etc…
If you kayakers out there have any interest at all, pop me an email to email@example.com and put in the subject line “Bahamas/Galapagos Trip.” I’m looking for those who want to help plan, both equipment and knowledge so that we can pull these trips off and further enjoy the kayaking experience on a somewhat grander scale then a simple day trip.