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Old 13-10-2009, 15:01   #1
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Advice Needed: Sailing Home - Mexico to New Zealand

Kia ora
I am in the early stages of planning a solo voyage from Mexico to New Zealand, looking at leaving in December or early January 2010. My first stop looks like it will be Tahiti, and from what i have read in world cruising routes, the best time to make the first jump is December to May, but i am also reading that the heart of cyclone season for the south pacific is February to March. I basically want to sail home before i turn gray, but also safely and on the cheap.
any advice on trip planning, especially if you have sailed those waters at that time of year - would be much appreciated - you'll be helping a kiwi boy return home.
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Old 13-10-2009, 15:47   #2
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Kia ora, mate,

Say from Mexico in April, so that you get to Marquesas in May and you have the time till November and in November you move on to NZ.

But this would be a one-season gig. Why not take it easy, winter over in a safe spot and go on to NZ one year later?


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Hi there mate,

I'm curious if you want an extra hand on deck? I'm a 21 year old kiwi male, my sailing is limited to being crew on coastal and lake excursions but It's a dream of mine to sail from the America's across the pacific... Due in part to being a direct descendant of Bounty Mutineer leader Fletcher Christian (he is my great great great great great great grandfather). I am in Brasil right now but have the resources to fund my travels. My family is also in the abrasive blasting and spraypainting business in Whangarei, Rudolphs Ltd is the company and I worked for them prior to my trip here. I'm sure I could also arrange for some very cost-effective repairs after the voyage.
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Tiaki, one reason to visit Latitude 38's PPJ page is that you can apply to "join" thier PPJ group, which may well mean you can avoid the cost of a bond when arriving anywhere in French Polynesia. You don't need to 'be' anywhere specific at any point in time to be included in this group; it's just a courtesy extended by the Pape'ete-based yacht club after some years of loose affiliation with the L38's PPJ coverage. This arrangement worked beautifully for the 2009 PPJ group and a multi-day rally between several of the Society islands was added by the YC, along with games, parties and 'extras', at no charge to the rally participants who chose to attend. Seems like a shame to miss it...

Also, suggest you download Mr. John's FP guide (the price is right for your budget <g>) which I find at:

And to keep the boat from getting broken (which can be very expensive), you should read Mr. John's discussion (another small guide) of the Dangerous Middle (essentially, an area from the Cooks to Tonga). That's at:

FYI I'm accessing both these files from within the Yahoo PPJ Group. If these files aren't made available to you simply by clicking on the links above, then you can go to the PPJ group at Yahoo, join it, and then they will be. You'll find that group at:
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Lots of very useful info in those messages & files for someone with your plans.

Best wishes for some good sailing...

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It can be done in a hurry, I left Panama end of Jan and was in Auckland March 5th.(32 ft)


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