Originally Posted by Reid
Hi All. My boat and I are in Adelaide South Australia
. I want to get to Perth in the next 12 months. Other than "don't do it" can anyone provide info about sailing east west across the Great Australian Bight. This is the Southern Ocean so I am very cautious. Questions like prevailing winds.. how far between landfalls.. boat prep etc come to mind. Any help appreciated. Regards Reid ... SV Flying Cloud.
Reid, Ive done it a few times in both directions. For an east/west crossing , summer is the best time. The High pressure systems are well south so the predominant wind
is South east or possibly light with a fresh South East sea breeze in the afternoons. The high will also help to erode any strong cold fronts that approach from the southern ocean. You can day sail from Adelaide to Streaky Bay or Ceduna to minimize the crossing distance too say Daw or Middle island to around 600 nm from memory. So in summary leave Adelaide in early February and keep an eye on the BOM web site and don't go to far south as the seabreeze effect may only stretch to around 100nm offshore