Our first stay in New Zealand, in December last year, between our arrival here and our trip to Brazil, was an intense one. A few immediate repairs from the eventful passage from Fiji, arrangements to have Pesto safely secured during our long absence, and the eventual escapes to visit the surroundings with friends. Continue reading “Glimpses of New Zealand”
It’s a common understanding that weather forecasts beyond 3 days into the future are to be taken with a grain of salt. But how much salt is really necessary? I did some experimentation to check:
Here’s a forecasting trick I found useful when we were planning and looking for a weather window for the passage from Fiji to New Zealand last year:
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:
“Weather Window my %#%$# !!!”, I used to say jokingly for the first days pursuant to our arrival to New Zealand, after a very uncomfortable passage from Fiji.
Jokes apart, there was a lingering question in my mind: “Was it indeed a Weather Window, or Not?”
This is what I will explore on this post, in addition to sharing our leanings from this episode.