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#11 Adams

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 10:40 AM

 

Thanks for these threads. Really good info.


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#12 PeteG

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 11:20 AM

Having done both coasts a couple of times, and both directions. Best idea is to be organised to go either way, and don't be totally fixed on a date. The weather will dictate which way is best, and you won't make the final decision until the day before you go.

Don't get hung up on which way people on here say is "the best".  Probably the only advantage of east over west is that there are a more places to stop if you want/need to. The weather forecast that YOU decide to go on will decide it for you, and it is not compulsory to get snotted.


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#13 Sail Rock

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Posted 16 January 2019 - 05:59 PM

I have sailed both coasts, only one time each, but agree with PeteG - best route depends on the current forecast. In any case allow several extra days for the whole trip in order to delay departure, put into Gisborne/Napier/Mangonui, heave to, or whatever it takes to catch favourable winds or ride out snotty weather.
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#14 Black Panther

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 04:30 AM

Yep. Just spent a week in wellington watching the wind blow.
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#15 wild violet

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 02:43 PM

Wondered why I haven't seen a black schooner in Nelson yet,you took the long way.
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#16 Black Panther

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 01:26 AM

We were in nelson for xmas then torrent bay for NY
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#17 wild violet

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 02:35 AM

Bugger missed you then,How did you find the Abel Tasman at xmas,I wait till later as its usually a madhouse.
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#18 Black Panther

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 09:17 AM

Nowhere near as crowded as mansion house
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#19 Island Time

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 09:42 AM

Yeah, Southern sailors have no idea what busy is!


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There is nothing, absolutely nothing, half so much worth doing, as simply messing about in boats


#20 ScarecrowR31

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 08:12 PM

Just returned from sailing my 31 footer RNI. Weather forecast should dictate what is best. In our case worst section was small leg from East Cape into Hicks Bay. Found weather data accurate within reason but west coast means you are too far out for updates so are relying on old data.


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