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Old 27-06-2007, 17:19   #1
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Best time to sail to Hawaii from California

On some of my previous threads, I mentioned that Mexico is out this year due to a major tendon tear in my right arm. I live in Hawaii and my boat is in Northern California. I am thinking of sailing it to the Big Island next year. I read that hurricane season for that region starts June 1st and ends around November. Yet I see that the Transpac and Worst Marine cup starts during that season. Am I missing something here? I believe Cornell's "Cruising routes" mentions April as a good date.
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Old 27-06-2007, 21:45   #2
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Transpac picked the time of predominant good weather. I'd say it would be a great time to sail this direction. Just watch for severe weather forming down in Mexico and don't get caught during one of those forming low pressure systems.

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Cornell's book says, best time May to September, 10 to 30 deg. N and coast to 140 W for tropical storms. Storms rarely get as far west as Hawaii, but watch for them crossing your track on the way to Hawaii.

The year I went a hurricane started tracking for Hawaii, the weather service gave Hawaii a hurricane advisory. We hove to for a day to not take any chances. If I remember right it was about 600 miles south of us, we wanted it west of us. The storm was downgraded and went south of Hawaii.

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Old 28-06-2007, 22:34   #4
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The admiralty text does not prefer one season over another: San Francisco to Honolulu. This tails with Dana's account that all seasons are equally easy to sail from northern California to Hawaii, and none of them particularly suited to sailing the other way around. I'd choose early summer for sailing comfort, with an eye on the weather.


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