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Old 12-06-2012, 18:48   #1
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Sailing route fiji to hawaii to west coast

I am looking for information on a route and a time of the year to sail fiji, hawaii, seattle.
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It's a summer time trip. Sail N to 40th parallel. Then E around the permanent high pressure. . Hawaii might take as much time to reach as Seattle unless you can get enough easting in while sailing north.
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Re: Sailing route fiji to hawaii to west coast

If you *must* stop off in Hawaii, you had better make your easting while you're still south of the equator. It's much harder to head east once you're in the northern tradewinds. It's tough enough to make Hawaii when you leave from Tahiti.

Or so I've read. I've not done it myself, but looking at the pilot charts I can believe it.
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Re: Sailing route fiji to hawaii to west coast

Thanks everyone,
I am trying to avoid the high lats. as much as possible. I know Japan, Aleutians is possible, but could also be a bit challenging.
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Re: Sailing route fiji to hawaii to west coast

If you are prepared for a *long* passage, there's no need to stop off in Hawaii, or to swing by Japan and the Aleutians. Just sail north or NE as best you can, possibly swinging through the Marshalls and Midway (can you stop there? - I don't know if it's allowed), then continue north until you can start heading east at about 30-40 deg N.

This is a long way without stopping, and you obviously need to be aware of the weather. And don't take my word that this is a practical route, I've never done it and am just looking at my charts.
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Re: Sailing route fiji to hawaii to west coast

Thanks Paul,
I'll check it out.
I was also looking at nth to Guam then NE until I get something favourable. As you say, there is a lot of nothing out there, and weather will govern.
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