Originally Posted by john_kobain
lol thanks sailbad good tip
i was thinking about straight lining to the top of nz,when we got to Cape York
thats about 2000 n/miles
Rusty how long did it take you?i have never gone that way before and seems to be lots of reefs
Have you looked at the pilot charts
for that route? '
The prevailing winds in that area are SE, and are often pretty stiff. The course is... SE! Hmmm, seems like it is dead to windward.
Don't know what sort of boat you are proposing to do this passage
in, but unless it is fairly large, powerful and weatherly, this will be a really hard slog. I say again: really hard.
Ann and I have done our time beating into these trades, and I can't really recommend the activity, especially for a passage
of over 2K rhumb-line miles.
You do realize that unless sailing in a Volvo-70 or some such machine your actual sailing distance will be well over 3K miles (most real cruising boats can't make good better than something like 50-55 degrees to the true wind
while beating into the sea and swell associated with trade
So, I'd add my vote for getting south inside the reefs... that's hard enough! (You did say you were headed for Sydney
in the OP, I think) The best time for this is right about now, when there are sometimes breaks in the SE'lies on the tropical coast, and once south of around Cape Capricorn, often NE'lies.
Then, by choosing your wx you can enjoy pretty nice conditions all the way to the big smoke.
The leg from Darwin to Cape Yorke is unknown to me, so no advice there.
Panaseaya (Jules) did Darwin to Cairns fairly recently, and might be willing to give advice. I know that it was a bugger of a trip for him.
Jim and Ann s/v Insatiable II lying Southport, Qld, Oz southbound