Leave in April or May and don't leave any later than September.
March will be OK if you stop in Tarawa. Get some Easting so you can reach to Brisbane. The trades through Vanuatu and New Caledonia are SE. Stop in Vila or Noumea or both. Some like Honiara but I reckon it's a dump. The place has a pretty high crime rate.
If the trades are in then Honiara to Noumea will be a sail to windward of 6 - 8 days. It would be easier to make it East while you are still in NE breeze then turn South West, maybe stop at Santo and Vila.
Boat: Jon Sayer 1-off 46 ft fract rig sloop strip plank in W Red Cedar
Re: Micronesia-Solomon Is-Australia
We did the Honiara to Brisbane passage a few years ago, sailing pretty near the rhumb line. Had a stop at Chesterfield reef, too. This was in late Oct or early Nov... can't remember, and our logs are back on the boat in Oz. Mostly close reaching to Chesterfield, then farther off the wind to Brissie. Not a bad trip that year.
Jim and Ann
s/v Insatiable back in MBTBC marina, waiting for next eye jobs to be done
thanks for the advice everyone. it would be great to be able to just refuel and reprovision in honiara and head out again. but i know that we would probably be close reaching much of the way and that could be uncomfortable. i guess we could pick a more westerly point. like airlie beach or even rockhampton...
hadnt, thought about goin east earlier on... not a bad idea..
from the Pohnpei in the FSM, to Honiara solomon islands. i was thinking about reaching to Nauru farther east first.. and then turn on the equator and head south east to honiara.
any thoughts..with the prevailing noreaster, the wind on the run to nauru should be about 60 degrees of the bow.. is that goin to be a hard trip? im pretty sure the current is against me as well...
There is no anchorage in Nauru although you could anchor near the commercialdock if the weather was good. Maybe that doesn't matter because you don't want to stop anyway. The place doesn't offer much to tourists anyway and neither does Banaba.
I went past there in May and it was 15 knots from 080. Very steady. No squalls above 30.