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The Nordhavn 120 is on her way!

That is, she’s made it a few nautical miles from the factory and is safely nestled in a nearby anchorage. The crew is waiting on one final formality before they continue to Hong Kong within the next 12 hours or so. They dodged Typhoon Soulik’s bullet but need to arrive to Hong Kong soon as they face another tropical low with typhoon potential. Reports Capt. Jim Leishman: “We can feel the ocean’s swell and are standing watch tonight. We’ve made about 10 miles progress from the South Coast factory to the ship anchorage but we’re still not quite underway. If we can get out at dawn, we should arrive in Hong Kong by midday Thursday – just ahead of the developing storm.”

Today’s statement from weather router Bob Jones of OMNI:
To: Jim Leishman - M/Y NORDHAVN 120
Fm: O.M.N.I./USA www.oceanmarinenav.com
1735UTC 16 JULY 2013

We note Tropical Depression 08W.If you get further delayed it will have more of an impact on your trip to Hong Kong as it should reach minimal Tropical Storm strength before weakening to a Tropical Depression across Taiwan.

We have noted easterly winds of 15-20kt, even as much as 25kts at the Luzon Straits. Easterly winds will spread toward the SE coast of China over the next 12-24hrs. However, the further SW you travel, the better the overall pattern will become. The first 12-18hrs will tend to be the roughest as this will put you closest to the Tropical Depression.

Tropical Depression 08W at 1500UTC was located near 16.8N 123.3E with max winds of 25kt and gusts to 35kt near the center. Present motion is toward the NW (320 deg)at 09kt.

Date/time (UTC)

Lat

Long

Max Wind

Speed (kt)

Gusts to

Speed (kt)

Radius of 35kt wind NE of center (nm)

Radius of 35kt wind SE of center (nm)

Radius of 35kt wind

SW of center

(nm)

Radius of 35kt wind NW of center (nm)

17/0000

18.1N

122.4E

30

40

 

 

 

 

17/1200

19.8N 

121.0E

35

45

 

 

 

 

18/0000

21.7N

119.9E

45

55

60

55

55

60

18/1200

24.0N

119.6E

40

50

40

40

35

35

19/1200

28.7N

120.0E

30

40

 

 

 

 

We are also watching for a possible tropical low developing off the E-SE coast of Vietnam. Any development will be slow, but chances are, should the low develop it would tend to stay well south of Hong Kong through Thur/18th (through your arrival) so the only influence it would have would be some increasing S-SE wind/sea.

Further development off Vietnam may be reduced because of TD/08W. The depression may be taking some of the energy away from the south China Sea, so further development across the South China sea will be very slow through Thur 18 and into Fri/19. At this point, the development of this low will tend to have more impact on your conditions from departure Hong Kong toward southern Taiwan depending on when you plan to depart for Vancouver. Here, increasing Southerly winds/sea/swells would be expected.

Expect along your departure Xiamen Wed/am direct toward Hong Kong with an ETA Thur late morning/early afternoon.

Tue 16/1600UTC - Wed 17/0000UTC
Wind: Backing at departure ESE-ENE 10-20kt
Sea: 2-4ft, but could reach as high as 5-6ft during increased winds late. 4-6sec
Swell: SE-ESE with some ENE late in the period 3-5ft. Combined sea/swells could reach 6-7ft late. 8-11sec.

Wed 17/0000UTC - Thu 18/0000UTC

Wind: Continue to range ENE-ESE early on, but easing/veering E-ESE to 10-16kt after 17/1200UTC
Sea: 2-4ft, upto 5-6ft possible through 17/1200UTC. 3-5sec.
Swell: ESE-E 3-5ft. Upto 6-7ft combined seas/swells possible through/about 17/1800UTC. 8-11sec

Thur 18/0000UTC-1200UTC (arrival Hong Kong)

Wind: ESE-SSE to even SSW through arrival; 08-14kts.
Sea: 2-3ft, possibly as low as 1-2ft after arrival, 3-5sec, but could be closer to 2-3ft close to arrival.
Swell: ESE-SE 3-5ft. 8-11sec

We will continue to watch and update accordingly. Please keep us closely advised of your departure Xiamen, position reports while enroute to Hong Kong and you expected ETD Hong Kong.

 



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