We had a great passage on the EAST coast, 6 days Sun - Sat (17/2/19 - 23/2/19) with a stopover sleep and morning/afternoon break at Mahia Peninsula in Hawke Bay.The weather window was perfect, mostly sailing with northerlies although we had a fair bit of motoring but that is okay. We were very aware of the looming low on Sunday 24/2 which a week before had (incorrectly) been predicted to be an ex-cyclone, TC OMA. The northerlies were perfect. The Southerlies kicked in a few hours too early on morning of Saturday (3 am) approaching Cape Palliser so on the nose and even had to tack a few times! Then it pushed us into Wellington. Mostly uneventful but never before have I had seaweed foul a prop...twice! Once near Port Jackson on first night (a huge branch of the black stuff with bubbles on it) so pulled into there to sleep and swim down to remove in the morning. Second at Mahia Peninsula as approaching the narrow passage between main peninsula and the island on way to an anchorage to slow down a day to synch with southerlies. Thick dark green leather-like weed wrapped around prop hub. It lowered revs initially and slowed speed from 5 to 3 kn.
We used Windy predominantly but also Predictwind, when in phone range. I had two other crew.
I am glad we took the East coast but would recommend only if weather data is monitored and the window was favourable. I can see how southerlies after East Cape could be a problem (eg, Cape Turnagain is well-named).