Karin and the kids are going to visit friends and family for a couple
of months while I do the ungentlemanly thing and bash my way upwind to
- Fiji [670 nm]
This first hop is pretty obvious. The great circle mileage
will stretch out to 1000nm if we assume winds on the nose
so about 6 days. Average winds are E or SE at about 16 knots.
Basic weather strategy is to jump on an east bound cold
front or at least avoid huge high preassure and the associated
reinforced trade winds.
- Tonga (Neiafu) [435 nm]
A possible stop if the winds do not suit for a direct passage
from Fiji to Samoa or we want a couple of shorter hops.
- American Samoa [670 nm]
Same assumptions and weather concerns as for the first hop,
about a 6 day trip.
- Cook Islands - Penhyrn [815 nm]
A longer hop than the first two, but as it includes about
300 miles of northing, we can hope for a slightly more
direct course. Probably 6 or 7 days of sailing.
A stop at the Suvarov Islands is possible.
If, as several people have warned, we encounter light winds
and contrary current, on this leg, we'll head south to Rarotonga
- Kiribati - Christmas Island [660 nm]
Should be mostly beam winds so 4 days is doable.
- Hawaii [1160 nm]
By the guides and pilot charts this passage is mostly on the
wind but we shouldn't need to get too far off the great circle -
8 or 9 days should do the trick.
All told, a total of about 28 days of sailing in the course of about 2 months.