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Old 27-12-2011, 09:56   #1
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So where do the 2000 cruising boats go in the SP storm season?

I am wondering if there is a common practice or migration route for cruisers out of the storm areas in the SP. So come early November, the advice is to get out of the storm prone areas and head for a safe area of Pacifica? So would this be South to New Zealand or North to New Guinea?

Or just move out of the path of a storm that is brewing?
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Old 27-12-2011, 10:04   #2
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Re: So where do the 2000 cruising boats go in the SP storm season?

I was always under the assumption that the popular choice was to head to New Zealand or Australia. Although I've heard there are a few hurricane holes in French Polynesia, though nothing is safer than leaving the area altogether.
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Old 27-12-2011, 12:28   #3
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Re: So where do the 2000 cruising boats go in the SP storm season?

Don't know about the other 1999 (a possible overestimate of the number, by the way), but for the past 21 years we have spent the cyclone season in either Oz or NZed. Not just as an escape mechanism, but to continue our cruising, as both are great cruising grounds.

A few do head north, either to the near equatorial regions where cyclones don't usually go, or on up to Micronesia or even Japan.

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Re: So where do the 2000 cruising boats go in the SP storm season?

I don't believe there has ever been 2000 cruisers in the South Pacific at one time. 10 - 20% of that number is a bit more realistic. If New Zealand is on your destination list (as it should well be imo) then Opua is a nice hold up. If you plan on splitting up your So Pac cruising into 2 seasons, then New Caledonia, Vanuatu, and Fiji provide good options (With Fiji offering the greatest number of options).
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Re: So where do the 2000 cruising boats go in the SP storm season?

i can reccomend heading north from vanuatu in november to kosirae,phonipei,yap palau philiphines if you want to keep on moving.

australia though a fantastic place has become very expensive and is best visited by land any way.
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Re: So where do the 2000 cruising boats go in the SP storm season?

G'day, mates. Approximately 400 or so (according to our annual visit by Customs) clear into New Zealand during each year. Happy New Year. Cheers
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I am wondering if there is a common practice or migration route for cruisers out of the storm areas in the SP. So come early November, the advice is to get out of the storm prone areas and head for a safe area of Pacifica? So would this be South to New Zealand or North to New Guinea?

Or just move out of the path of a storm that is brewing?
I would say 70 percent go to nz, 20 percent to oz, 8 percent stay in fp or fiji and the rest go north to the equator.
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Re: So where do the 2000 cruising boats go in the SP storm season?

Would there be a choice for safety? What about costs and yes would want to spend longer than few months in SP maybe several years?

Cheers for the responses. Gotthe 2000 yachts from a website I will try and find.

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http://www.cruisingworld.com/destina...ere-we-explore
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