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Old 12-03-2006, 02:50   #1
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Advice on Cruising from New Zealand to Chile

Hi guys.

I'm the son of a singlehander sailing on a 44ft steel single masted yacht. He is effectively perpetually without internet access, so he asked me to make a few inquiries.

He is currently considering sailing from the North Island of New Zealand, to Chile. He was looking to see if anyone here had undertaken the trip, or knew of any pertinent information for someone looking to do it.

Thanks in advance
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Old 12-03-2006, 12:00   #2
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Basically turn right and travel for a long while till you bump into land.
Nah sorry, just being smart. It's good to see someone head the other way for a change. Although I would ask the question why is it against the normal flow? I suggest he needs to get some info on weather and currents. There maybe a particular season that is better suited for that direction. In know there are some very strong currents to factor in to a trip that way. You may not want to just follow a straight line as such. You also have some nice Islands to visit along the way.
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Easbound Pacific passages generally require travel along very high latitudes (50-60 deg), because the major mid-latitude winds and currents are westerly.
Goto the Atlas of Pilot Charts at:

The major surface currents are wind generated (as most other oceanic currents are), creating a large clockwise gyre (circular feature) in the north Pacific and a counterclockwise gyre in the south Pacific. An equatorial countercurrent flows in the opposite direction of the adjacent currents of the major gyres north and south of the equator.
In the north, the Kuroshio current flows eastwards across the Pacific from Japan to the coast of North America, where it turns south as the California current, then flows west again as the north equatorial current. Small counterclockwise gyres exist in the Gulf of Alaska (Alaska current), and in the northwestern Pacific basin , where the flow near the Asian coast is known as the Oyashio current.
The Southern Pacific Ocean has a counterclockwise subtropical gyre , consisting of the westward flowing South equatorial current in the north, the southwards flowing Australia current, the Antarctic circumpolar current that flows east (at 50 - 60 Deg. S.), and the Peru (Humboldt) Current that flows northwards near South America.
There are numerous other small current systems are found throughout the Pacific Ocean basin and its marginal seas.
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