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Thailand to Brisbane, Australia

By doina — last modified May 22, 2008 05:27 PM

Published: 2008-05-22 17:27:19
Topics: Malay Archipelago
Countries: Thailand , Australia , Indonesia , Malaysia

Would you have any suggestions (dates and routes) for a passage between Phuket and Brisbane in July and August 2007. The boat is a 45-footer catamaran motoryacht. Our range is in the region of 900 NM. From Phuket to Singapore, obviously there are not many options, but from there we would appreciate anything from people who have done it already. For instance what about Timor (political context), piracy and swells in the Cape York region as well as on the Eastern side of Australia. It's a power boat, therefore less wind and swells is better...

There are two route options to reach Eastern Australia from SE Asia. The first is to sail south via Indonesia, east through the Torres Strait and continue south inside the Great Barrier Reef. The most favourable conditions may be found at the change of seasons (April or October) but such a route should not be attempted during the cyclone season.

The other alternative is to strike out east from Singapore going via the Philippines and perhaps calling at Palau or the north coast of Papua New Guinea. The route should stay in low latitudes and cross the equator far enough to the east so as to ensure a better angle across the prevailing SE winds once the South Pacific had been reached. The route continues south past the Outer Solomons, Vanuatu and possibly New Caledonia, before it swings west towards the port of destination. This route is best sailed during the safer North Pacific season (December to March), and May to October south of the Line.

Stopping in East Timor is ok, but you must find out about the situation nearer the time.