Originally Posted by mareksol
Hello, We're planning on sailing from the Gold Coast of Australia
back to Tahiti
sometime in May of 2023. Our boat
is a Catana
521 and she's undergoing a refit
currently to prepare for the trip. Looking for suggestions on routing and timing. Thanks in advance.
May is getting late for departing from Australia, but you have to balance that against the chance of a late season cyclone (Queen’s Birthday storm happened in June!).
From the Gold Coast your best route
is to route
north of NZ, then head
SE to between 36* and 40* S (until you see steady W winds, sometimes they’re further north and sometimes further south), then head
E for the Australs. After that your choice whether to head for the Gambiers and the Marquesas
, or directly up to Tahiti.
Alternatively, if you feel you can trust a 10 day weather forecast
to get you around the top of NZ safely, leave at least a month or even two earlier - it will be warmer during the passage
(east of NZ) and you’ll have less chance of winter
Assuming you arrive in French Polynesia
in late May or early June, what are your plans for the next cyclone season? It seems a shame that after a relatively long and hard passage
that you rush all the way back W to NZ or AUS.