On Saturday I fly down to Tahiti on a one-way ticket. I will be joining my friends Eric (the proud Captain who just bought the boat), Johnny, Jason & Emily on the beautiful Outremer 55 Light Catamaran, Zephyr. She is currently lying at anchor off Marina Taina, Papeete, Tahiti. We plan to provision her up, pull anchor and sail east to the Tuamotus. After a week or so in the Tuamotus we will either sail for the Marquesas or Hawaii; destination to be driven by the weather. The 2,500 nm passage to Hawaii should take about 10-12 days – the Zephyr can post 240+ nm days and can sustain speeds above 10 knots. It should be a very exciting and fast ride north.
We are going to be in the South Pacific during the tail end of cyclone season so we will be watching the weather forecasts very closely. Right now there are some nasty cyclones developing over Vanuatu and headed between New Caledonia and Fiji. There is another one developing and headed for Tonga. They usually track SE so should not become any concern to our planned routes. But watching a 105+ knot cyclone on the weather maps certainly encourages vigilance in our weather monitoring.
Weather-wise, barring any nasty tropical storms, it should be a pleasant sail north with the prevailing wind on or just forward of the beam. I’m really hoping the weather Gods smile on us upon approach to Hawaii because it has been just nasty here the past few weeks. Right now I am getting rocked around in our slip with 30 knot winds whipping through our rig. We do not want one of these strong northers to be blowing on approach. So everyone do the trade wind dance when we get close and wish us light easterlies for our landfall.
Wish us fair winds and calm seas and follow our voyage at the link below. Eric is bringing a quadcopter with GoPro so look forward to epic aerial video!