I'm planning to sail from Hong Kong
in a 45 ft steel
yacht and would greatly appreciate any advice on the best route
to take, weather
and timing issues. I understand that the China
coast between Hong Kong
can be treacherous (I don't plan to go to port in China
if I can avoid it, the costs being so high). Also, I've heard that the NE monsoon may create difficulties along that route
until around May, and there are of course typhoons to worry about in summer and autumn.
I'd be happy to head
from Hong Kong to the Philippines
and back up to Taiwan if that would help resolve some of these issues.
I'd prefer to start the trip during the spring if possible, but timing is flexible, as is duration.
As for sailing in Taiwan, I'd very much appreciate any recommendations for (affordable) sailing destinations on and routes around the island. I've visited Taiwan on a number of occasions (although not by sea) and speak a bit of Mandarin, so I should be able to get around OK.
At this stage, the Japan
leg of the trip is very much a half-formed plan needing a lot more research
. The basic idea is to island-hop to Honshu, cruise
the Inland Sea and perhaps head
up to Hokkaido.
Thanks very much in advance for your thoughts.