Before setting sail offshore, I used to think Sea Currents occurred in broad, long streams along the surface. And whereas the Gulfstream may be such case, most often offshore currents happen in the the form of relatively small, swirling eddies. And they can play a relevant role on a skipper’s routing, as they did during our recent passage between Fiji and New Zealand. Read on:
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:
- On the Meantime …
- What Happened ?!?
- Watch Those Currents !
- Using 500mb Charts for Forecasting and Passage Planning
- Variability of Long-Term Forecasts
Thoughts and Learnings from our 3,111 mile passage between Mexico and the Marquesas.
In the first quarter of 2016 we departed the west coast of Mexico, sailed across the eastern Pacific Ocean on a 3,000 mile non-stop passage across the equator, and reached French Polynesia.
These two posts cover our preparations for the passage:
We then captured our daily activities and emotions on the last few days leading up to departure:
We departed Mexico on March 18th and were having good progress when a failure on our rigging forced us back to port. These four posts cover this event:
One week later the broken part was fixed, redundancy provided, and a new weather window was about to manifest. We departed Mexico a second time in anticipation of this window, so as to catch it in optimal conditions already well into the open ocean. We wrote and published posts during each day of the passage:
- Day 1: Gone Again
- Day 2: Stillness
- Day 3: Pesto has Boobies !
- Day 4: Overdrive
- Day 5: Lemons and Lemonade
- Day 6: Slam !
- Day 7: Shaken AND Stirred
- Day 8: A Week
- Day 9: A welcome slowdown
- Day 10: The Middle
- Day 11: That ain’t working
- Day 12: Ping Pong
- Day 13: Interlude
- Day 14: Becalmed
- Day 15: Wet
- Day 16: Zero
- Day 17: Bliss
- Day 18: The Inception
- Day 19: Go Pesto, Go !
- Day 20: There !
After arrival we published a series of three posts with images from the passage (which we were not able to upload while under way):
- Puddle Jump in images 1 (Photos, first half of the way)
- Puddle Jump in images 2 (Photos, second half of the way)
- Puddle Jump in images 3 (one short video of us weathering a squall)
And finally, here is a summary of the main highlights and learnings from this experience: