Originally Posted by wheumann
Thank you for the response. I was thinking of leaving Panama
in early February and departing the Galapagos for Marquesas later that month. Last time I departed the Galapagos in May and we had a great passage (19 days). I'm concerned about leaving the Galapagos too early so perhaps I will leave later which would fit with a May passage to Christmas island.
I am also considering going to Papeete and then north.
I see in Landfalls of Paradise that the route Marquesas to Christmas Island is shown as a route for power boaters. I assume the issue is wind, not weather other than dealing with the ITCZ. I can look at historical Buoy Weather for that area, but I have read that weather reports in the ITCZ can be unreliable.
Do you have any comments on the passage from Christmas Island to Tarawa or directly to Majuro?
Thanks for your feedback.
with any trans-equatorial passage the issue is lack of wind.
as barnikiel noted,you will also encounter fantastic lightning
storms,some with wind,some without depending on the north- south position of the ITCZ.
during the N hemishphere hurricane
season these squalls can often be accompanied with strong westerly winds,lasting hours,or sometimes days,so care is needed if anchored inside lagoons,in protected NE anchorages
,that can very quickly become untenable in a westerly wind.
during the NE trade
wind season you should expect good strong ENE trades once around 8-10 deg north of the equator,interrupted occasionally by typhoons that form in the ITCZ, tracking north as you get closer to the philipines,though generally typhoons do not reach full strength till further north.
during my last 2 crossings of the N pacific once north of the ITCZ we were at hull speed
a lot of the time,taking in 1-2 reefs
at night,very little traffic out there apart from Taiwanese tuna boats operating a 1000 miles from the nearest land!
lagoons can be very deep so having ground tackle enough to anchor
in 30m+ is important,as is a good tender
to get ashore with.
generally the locals are friendly,but beware if they are drinking and chewing beetle nut
permits/visas need to be arranged for some islands/atolls beforehand.
have fun and keep us posted