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passage to new zealand ~ the plan

Posted by on July 30, 2014

November 9 – 18, 2013

For months prior to the passage to New Zealand, numerous cruisers fret over what could possibly be their toughest passage to date. With New Zealand lying between the Tasman Sea and the Southern Pacific Ocean, there are many strong low pressure systems that move across the region. One must also be alert to the fact that the beginning of cyclone season could come early, bringing a tropical system from the north.

Even though we had accumulated a wealth of weather knowledge over our months spent between French Polynesia and Tonga, we also talked to many experienced Kiwi and Aussie sailors, and read anything we could about how to pick a weather window to New Zealand. There is a very popular and quite helpful Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) article written by John and Lyn Martin that does an excellent job explaining how to get yourself from the tropics to New Zealand.

Passage Planning: SW Pacific to New Zealand ~ July 2011

theoretical route to take from Tonga to New Zealand, with a stop in Minerva Reef (#4) ~ that was the plan!

Using the knowledge we had gained, we plotted the 1200-mile route we would take, and when the high pressure system came for us, we were ready for the 10-day ride.

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2 Responses to passage to new zealand ~ the plan

  1. James Outland

    Hello Jenny, Wil, Justine and Colin,
    That fishing story sounded just too fun. I guess you guys eat fish a lot or so I am thinking. I would love to be able to eat seafood so frequently. I try to imagine myself on the boat and think….I caught the fish on the boat, I had to dress it and cook it and eat it all on the boat. Thats a lot to do even on the Full Monty as big as it is. But it sounds so good. yumm!
    And navigating the boat the way you guys do. I know you talk to others and you have learned so much but honestly, you must be an expert at the weather. These weather people back here in the states cant get anything right. They need to spend some time cruising and relearning how to read the weather because they sure are wrong most all the time here now. Im jealous that you have so much knowlege about reading the weather.
    Steve posted a little video of us working on his Fuji sailboat on youtube. Its just a few pictures of us sanding and painting the sides and bottom but it shows the work. We still have the deck, the mast and the inside to work on but we are taking a break during the last two hot months. Its been murder here this summer. Crazy hot to say the least. Annapolis is only two months away for the show….OMG. Its always so great to hear from you!!! James

    • Jenny

      Hi James!
      We almost never tire of fishing, and have a pretty good system down for cleaning & prepping the fish. There was a time when we were actually getting tired of eating fish, but not anymore. We actually prefer it to other meats now, and I’ve become quite creative with cooking a variety of fish meals. I think we eat more gourmet meals now than we ever did . . . it’s what happens when you have to eat onboard all the time!
      With respect to learning the weather, and with all our weather routing that I do, Wil has said maybe I should weather route for others. Not sure I want someone else’s life in my hands though!
      Would love to see your video of the boatwork! How do we find it?
      So exciting that you’ll do Annapolis again, and that it’s just around the corner!
      Stay cool!
      Jenny & crew

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