Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby into the Pacific area
We are currently in Port Moresby, and wish to sail basically East to visit the Solomons, and then several of the Pacific islands such as Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga,(not necessarily in that order), New Caledonia, then Norfolk Island, then to NZ and back to Australia. What are your recommended times for these legs? I have read through World Cruising Routes, but much of what I want to do is going W to E, which is the reverse of much info in the book.
This is not an easy route at the best of times. You need to sail in the safe season (May to late October) so you will be hard on the wind (SE) much of the time. Try to make your way ESE to the Solomons at the change of seasons (April) keeping an eye on the possibility of a late cyclones. Then hop from island to island through Vanuatu all the way to New Caledonia and on to Norfolk. From there on you should pick up better winds for the passage to New Zealand.
Jimmy Cornell, noonsite