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Any guesses of current sailing conditions between Galapagoes and French Polynesia?

Hi everyone,

currently organising to fly out to Nuku Hiva in French Polynesia to join a yacht sailing to Australia for six weeks. However debating whether to delay my trip for a week as the recent positions indicate the yacht is now averaging 2-3 knots, where previously they were averaging 6-7kts. As they still have 1,800nm to go I reakon they will arrive anywhere between 18th and 24th May. Below is the latest weather map for the area.

Their latest position is 6:59.99S 110:11.80W. Lately they have been tracking due west around 7 degrees south, however they will eventually have to starting heading further south to get to the Marquesas Islands.

So any guesses? Looking at the above map my guess is that they have just left the 15-20kt area and they may get back into similar wind conditions soon. However the majority of the rest of the trip looks like 10-15 knots. In other words, closer to 4 knots average, rather than 6 knots average.

If your interested the yachts' latest positions can be seen here.


Last edited by Ilenart; 05-06-2012 at 03:18 AM.
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