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Old 15-12-2009, 12:03   #1
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Tasman Crossing - Advice Please

Hi All, have a delivery trip coming up in Feb 2010 from Brisbane to Whangerei.
Thinking about the best course for a passage?
Although longer it would appear to me it might be better to head south initially and then head for Nelson and up the east coast of the North Island.

This should increase the chances of a South Westerly breeze for the crossing and then leave plenty of options for the cruise North on the east Coast.

I realise you have to look at the weather pattern and make a call then but comments please would be appreciated.
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Old 15-12-2009, 12:23   #2
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How long have you got? The route you're describing is nearly twice as long as the direct route, by the time you've gone through Cook Strait and up the East Coast. So unless there's a cyclone hanging around up north, you're much better to go the standard passage around North Cape. You can still swing down in a southerly arc to catch the best winds if they're down there, and heading for New Plymouth is an option if there is a storm a-coming.

If you really want to sail the East Coast then you may as well clear at Wellington - no need to make the detour to Nelson unless you're sightseeing (or there's a nasty southerly you want to wait out).

As you say, weather will be the final determinant.
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in december 1986 i sailed from coloundra to new plymouth and then onto christchurch and when via lord howe island and would go this route again if that is any help
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