Originally Posted by multihullnz
We are planning to leave Nelson, NZ in early May. Bound for the Australs then Society Islands. Information or passage reports for this trip seem very few and far between. Please share any information and experience of this passage you may have. Ie: what time of year? general route
taken? weather conditions encountered? boat type and size? length of passage? weather router used? etc. Cruising in the "wrong" direction can be a lonely affair.
There are a handful of boats that do this trip every year. I have a friend that sails
an older Lagoon
55 (back when they were sporty) that has done the trip 4 times. As I was sailing to Fiji
last May from NZ, I was listening to two boats on SSB
(believe they were both monohulls) doing the NZ-Tahiti route.
The jist is to head
E between Lattitude 38-40S then turn N at desired Longitude. However, the route varies with yearly trends and weather forecasts/experienced on passage.
If you're in the SW Pacific you can pick up Gulf Harbor Radio
(google for schedule). GHR also has lots of good weather info on their website. Also, Bob McDavitt the Kiwi weather guru has a weather blog (free), weekly email
list (free), and private passage planning($).
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