Originally Posted by MarkJ
Just a quicky to say I am in Tonga
and having a great time.
has been crap for our whole crossing from Panama
so don't listen to the 'champagne sailing' stuff. Make sure your boat can last for 3 weeks at 25 to 30 knots 24 hours per day...
Congratulations on making it to Tonga. It's an awesome destination
with plenty of places to explore.
When we sailed across the Pacific, we heard similar sentiments from others doing the "milk run." They said it was very rough, and they were a bit discouraged by the time they arrived in Suva, Fiji
. They were tied up at the yacht club making repairs
to their yachts from breakage during the trip.
Weather can be great or be very bad in sections of the "milk run". If you happen to be doing it in a year in which there are "accentuated trade
winds" you can take a beating. And if the South Pacific
Intertropical Convergence Zone moves south into your chosen route
, you can get a great deal of dirty rainy weather.
Our trip across the South Pacific
was relatively good because we were in a new catamaran
and everything was in top shape. The boat was in its prime and breakage wasn't much of a problem. Also the fact that we were on a catamaran
meant that we didn't have to deal with the downwind rolling that can be a problem for some monohull
designs. I think it's easier for a catamaran to sail downwind in the South Pacific because we didn't have to deal with rolling to port and starboard. Some monohulls need to tack downwind to have a steady non-rolling motion in the yacht.
We had only one patch of bad weather, and that was from Suvarov (Cook Islands) to American Samoa
. The rest of the way, the weather was nice. I'm glad we had a good trip because I dream of doing it again.
Keep on keeping on.