Observatory says end is 31 Oct. Part of the problem here was counterbalancing the weather
window against favorable weather
in Gulf of Thailand
, as well as winter monsoon (circa December) where the swells are guaranteed to be quite large and the first few months of the year, when winds would be very light and/or variable. We were hoping to get favorable winds, no typhoons and moderate seas. Obviously got it wrong on all counts.
One of the things that gave us some (ultimately false) confidence in our weather window is that a semi-annual race
across the S. China
Sea comes at exactly the same time. The previous year, when we originally planned to go, it went off without a hitch.