It would be the last passage of this cruising season.
It would also be the last leg in our crossing of the Pacific Ocean.
We wanted it to be a pleasant experience.
And still, it wasn’t.
In late November 2017 we sailed from Fiji to New Zealand, roughly a 1,000-mile voyage. The rationale for doing it was covered here:
This is a technical passage, crossing an area prone for heavy weather and significant currents, and we prepared accordingly:
The passage was indeed safe, as planned, but far more uncomfortable than expected. We analyzed it thoroughly afterwards, as covered here:
We often heard or read that French Polynesia is an expensive place for provisioning while we were getting ready to come here last year.
In fact it is.
We had to do a lot of research to understand the risk associated to Tropical Storms in French Polynesia, and thought of sharing our findings here. Albeit specific to the 2017 season – consisting of a weak LaNiña/Neutral one, pursuant to a strong ElNiño year – the sources we used in it could be of use to anyone interested on these waters.
INTRO: We just completed 9 months of full time cruising in French Polynesia, having crossed from Mexico during the first half of April 2016. We stayed the first two months in the Marquesas, followed by four months in the Tuamotus and the remaining three months in the Societies. Follows some highlights of this cruise.