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Old 19-01-2018, 03:54   #1
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Big Seas Around Lord Howe Island.

Quite scary in the lagoon!
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Old 19-01-2018, 04:11   #2
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Re: Big Seas Around Lord Howe Island.

We're heading there in March. Hope it's calmed down by then! Looks like a great place though.
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Old 29-01-2018, 14:53   #3
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Quite scary in the lagoon!
Really beautiful !

and I thought until now you sail only behind islands in less than 0.4 m of swell and post videos of fast sailing on CF.
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Re: Big Seas Around Lord Howe Island.

Worst sea conditions that we've ever encountered were about 50 miles north of LH. Can be a rough area! (And that is why we've never actually gone to that lovely island. Shallow lagoon anchorage which precludes much protection for deeper draft boats and high costs for mooring have caused us to sail on by each time in the area).

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Old 29-01-2018, 16:04   #5
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Re: Big Seas Around Lord Howe Island.

So itís moorings only, no Anchorage?
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Old 29-01-2018, 16:29   #6
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Re: Big Seas Around Lord Howe Island.

Hi Jim, our strategy will be to wait for a good weather window and avoid the sea mounts. We have a cat so hoping the lagoon won't be too uncomfortable. Neap tides should help. Prevailing winds are from the east in March which should also help as lagoon is west facing but will make getting out there from Port Stephens challenging. Looks like an amazing place. Did you experience a lot of current?
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Re: Big Seas Around Lord Howe Island.

We tried for Lord Howe twice but both times gave up because of the weather. Flew there in the old Sandringham flying boat on the second last trip which was a memorable experience.

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Re: Big Seas Around Lord Howe Island.

I'm beginning to get a bit nervous we won't make it out there. Perhaps leaving from Port Macquarie or Coffs, waiting for light winds and then motoring due east for two days might be the best strategy? Should be easier getting back.
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Re: Big Seas Around Lord Howe Island.

You wanna try flying in there too!
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Re: Big Seas Around Lord Howe Island.

Batten down the hatches, looks like those seas are going to get a lot bigger over the next few days as the winds shift southerly when that depression to the NE moves south (according to Windyty.)
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Re: Big Seas Around Lord Howe Island.

Hope that's high of the high tide for you.
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Re: Big Seas Around Lord Howe Island.

Budawang, you could consider going via New Caledonia, it is lovely, who would disparage French wine and cheese, lots of excuses to go, and not a bad trip to LH from NC.

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Hey! That aluminum boat is our sistership Mawean. He just finished the Northwest Passage over Canada, then Russia, Japan and now down in Australia.... crazy French!

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Re: Big Seas Around Lord Howe Island.

Wow, hope those stay on the windward side of the reef!

I assume exiting the lagoon is not possible now?
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Worst sea conditions that we've ever encountered were about 50 miles north of LH. Can be a rough area! (And that is why we've never actually gone to that lovely island. Shallow lagoon anchorage which precludes much protection for deeper draft boats and high costs for mooring have caused us to sail on by each time in the area).

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Could you describe these 'worst seas' ?

LHI is on my list also
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