From Fiji to New Zealand

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:

 

 

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How Risky ?

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.

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