Originally Posted by boat_alexandra
auckland to wellington is a difficult first passage. It's difficult to say which way to go around the island. I went down east coast
, and I anchored in castle point in 60 knot winds. I then had to beat against 35 knots to make wellington before the next storm (they were about 48 hours apart) The next day I woke up to a dragging anchor
in evans bay with 50 knot wind
Why don't you sail to fiji
Yes, I know only too well! I've lived in Wellington for 22 years and know how fickle the weather around NZ can be. Even during the last month we've been hit by the remnants of 2 tropical cyclones at the height of summer! So, I'm certainly not under-estimating the potential difficulty of this trip and that's why I'm happy to pay for a professional delivery skipper
and 1 other experienced crew member
for the trip. My limited sailing experience doesn't give me the confidence to tackle this trip any other way.
And, yes, the more I think about it, paper charts may be the way to go for this trip. The delivery skipper
will be bringing their portable GPS gear
with them anyway but it would also help me add to my experience using 'old world' charts - and if there's a power
failure along the way then the paper charts are still there to keep us right.