Originally Posted by todd knight
Looking to depart Okinawa to southern Taiwan (Kenting) in mid November. I have a small sailboat and consider island hopping with 1st stop Mikako-Jima. I understand the currents around Taiwan need to be consider. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Hi Todd and welcome to CF.
The large Kurishio Current
is your primary concern, which is a north bound current going both sides of Taiwan at a varying rate of 2 to 4 knots.
The good part is that Japan Weather
gives daily updates as it is so significant for passage
making and fishing
I've made a few return trips on yachts from Hong Kong
against this north bound current builds up some nasty seas, so actual weather forecast
has a big bearing on whether you transit Taiwan via East or West coast
Although you've chosen the November transition period. .. this year I expect you will already have a prevailing NE wind
and would recommend going via West coast
Taiwan, staying close to shore and getting less current via back eddies and more sheltered seas. However this side is shallower, so can build up quickly if wind turns against you.
If SW winds then staying outside the Kurishio main stream on East side should be considered
Personally, I would wait for NE winds.
Also, this has been a strange year for Typhoons, so plot a route
that maximizes the number of typhoon shelters available to you.
Good luck and fair winds