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That shelf between East Cape and Hicks can be horrible.

You have to go out around 15 miles to get deep water which is hard to get your head around for a 12 mile leg.

Last time heading North we had very steep seas with the peaks so close together it was hard to keep the boat moving.

Mind you I've had it flat calm there as well.

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Again pick your weather. The last time around (going north), we spent the day sailing north past Gisborne in the forecast 10 knot E winds and a lazy swell, a yak on the vhf with the ship that nicely gave us some room at East Cape at 0200, then the forecast 10 knot NE breeze to follow us as we came around and headed across the Bay of Plenty. So nice we even doodled into Cape Runaway and along the coast for a bit for a gander, then out to White Island for a look. Think it ended up 4 days from Tory Channel to Mercury Islands for a break. There is a sea god!

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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.

Nice one! How long did you take to do it? How many crew?

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Thanks Sabre

4 crew which meant 2 on watch if needed. Across the BOP we needed 2 at one stage with 25-30 knots on the quarter but only for about 6 hours. Waves sounded like trains. 6 days up (including Three Kings) and down, then 5 on the way up home but spent about 6 hours anchored at Hicks Bay for a sleep. Motored lots to keep in weather window so carried 200l of fuel. Easy rip with a gennaker run across Cook Strait.

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Hi All,

 

I intend to sail my 38' steel sloop from Auckland to Wellington where she will stay.

 

I have extensive with blue water sailing (eg, NZ - islands) but have not sailed to Wellington before.

 

What are the pros and cons of either the west coast (heading north first) or the east coast? Places to stop, if any? Is it best to hang out up north after Cape Reinga and wait for a good window? If going east coast, is there an issue with headwinds after East Cape? These are things I have heard, hence my request to this wider, well-informed forum.

 

Also, is there a preferred time to go? Ideally, I would do this in the next weeks, month or so.

 

If this has been discussed before please advise which threads.

 

I am also looking for a crew member - see my other post.

 

Thanks.

 

Paul

I have crew and almost ready to commit... East Coast leaving Sun Auck... bound for Wellington.

Windy.Com shows light-ish conditions til Sat/Sun when ex-Tex-TC appears depending on whether you trust EC or GFS model. Bob McDavitt considers EC more accurate...he also agrees Windy.com is the best but neither model very accurate beyond 5 days.

 

Thoughts??

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