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Old 26-11-2012, 15:52   #1
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Pacific Hurricane Season in Kiribati

I am planning a 2013 Pacific crossing and I would like to receive information about spending the hurricane season in Kiribati instead of going all the way to Australia or New Zealand. Any direct experience would be appreciated
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Old 27-11-2012, 06:51   #2
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Likewise if anyone has any experience with the small island of Canton. I plan to stop over next year on my crossing.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, ldorenfest.
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Likewise if anyone has any experience with the small island of Canton. I plan to stop over next year on my crossing.
ask away!
there is a big mooring you can pick up and a dock that you might be able to use in the nw monsoon.

take plenty of rice,ciggarets,milk powder,gasoline etc as they do run low.

a bit of background from my stop there in 2010

UK sailor Alex Bond saves 24 starving Kanton islanders during voyage to Australia | Mail Online
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Re: Pacific Hurricane Season in Kiribati

There are no hurricanes in Kiribati.

Typhoons there are possible, and apparently rare, Any island with a latitude of less than 7 or 10 is quite safe from serious tropical storms ... but it does happen. And even smaller unnamed storms can ruin your day.

Absolutely no need to go to NZ or AU. Plenty of paradise in the small latitudes.
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There are no hurricanes in Kiribati.

Typhoons there are possible, and apparently rare, Any island with a latitude of less than 7 or 10 is quite safe from serious tropical storms ... but it does happen. And even smaller unnamed storms can ruin your day.

Absolutely no need to go to NZ or AU. Plenty of paradise in the small latitudes.
All true, Typhoons no hurricanes, difference is just the name...
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Re: Pacific Hurricane Season in Kiribati

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Re: Pacific Hurricane Season in Kiribati

We did this twice, the first time when everyone was headed south from Fiji we headed north through Samoa, Kiribati, Tuvalu, and the Marshalls. Second time down from San Francisco and straight along the small latitudes before ducking south into Vanuatu.

As mentioned above, rotating storms have a hard time in the small latitudes, but even in their death throws they can be nasty, and there can be other weather systems. On the other side of the coin, there can be a lack of wind along the equator that makes sailing a challenge sometimes.

We found the people very friendly (and the second time through many that we had met the first time still knew who we were). As Atoll mentioned, these are some of the most remote and least visited islands, supplies can be hit or miss, so make sure you have plenty of the basics. When you find an island that seems to have a good supply stock up in case the next one doesn't.
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Re: Pacific Hurricane Season in Kiribati

Oh my goodness, thank you all for your quick and informative replies. Lots of good information to review. Greatly appreciated. And special thanks to Atoll for being a hero! Good on you! Cheers
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there who must be starved of educational resources. Not to mention t shirts and caps. Does anyone know of an organisation I can contact so I can make sure I take what the people of Kanton really need.
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there who must be starved of educational resources. Not to mention t shirts and caps. Does anyone know of an organisation I can contact so I can make sure I take what the people of Kanton really need.
You could start here:

Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA)

I'm thinking they could get you in touch with someone who knows specifics.
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Awesome surf there if that's why your going... its a incredible the amount of breaks. You can see them working on Google Earth. I did here that its pretty unclean.
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There are no hurricanes in Kiribati.

Typhoons there are possible, and apparently rare, Any island with a latitude of less than 7 or 10 is quite safe from serious tropical storms ... but it does happen. And even smaller unnamed storms can ruin your day.

Absolutely no need to go to NZ or AU. Plenty of paradise in the small latitudes.
Typhoons are still possible, example is the last few days, one formed at 2.5 north and turned into a super typhoon by 5 north, Palau was very lucky not to get completely nailed Haven't heard any reports from boats up there yet.
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