Originally Posted by delatbabel
One route that I've been considering is to start by heading across the southern Pacific, which might involve a bit of roaring forties sailing, then turning north up the coast of South America (following the winds and currents) and then to the Galapagos to start the Pacific journey proper. The first part would almost be a delivery run, with the aim to get to the Galapagos as quickly as possible along a fairly uninhabited route before starting the cruise.
We sailed from Duneden To Raivavae. Took 3 weeks. We pretty much sailed due east, just dodging a few lows, until south of Raivavae and then turned north. The passage was not especially pleasant but not so hard either - as you say pretty much a delivery. If I were you I would make this or the Gambier my landfall and head up to the Marqueses and turn west from there. The Galapagos is quite a bit further on and not so special these days.
We later sailed from Gambier to Puerto Montt Chile. The weather systems were more complex with the influence of the 'stationary' high and the Andes (blocking the path of the lows) but again a 'doable delivery'. The sail north up the coast is pretty easy and streightforward.
I actually think you get better westerlies either spring or fall. During the summer you can get quite some NE'lys along this route.