Proposed Voyage – Nordhavn 120 #1 – Xiamen, China – Hong Kong – Vancouver
Estimated departure date is July 12, 2013.
1st leg: Xiamen to Hong Kong, Clear Water Bay; distance is 276 nautical miles.
Final leg: Hong Kong to Vancouver; distance is approx. 6,000 nautical miles depending upon course selected for weather conditions.
After extensive sea trials with ABS surveyors and after all systems are thoroughly tested and operating properly we will depart Xiamen, China for Hong Kong. The main purpose of the Hong Kong diversion will be to further test the vessel in open ocean conditions and then have a work crew available to correct any deficiencies in Hong Kong as well as the ease of provisioning and compliance with Chinese requirements regarding the departure of the vessel out of Chinese waters.
For weather forecasting we will use Ocean Marine Navigation Inc; http://www.oceanmarinenav.com.
Bob Jones has provided PAE quality weather forecasting for the past twelve years including the Around the World voyage (ATW) aboard our Nordhavn 40 along with forecasting for the 2004 Nordhavn Atlantic Rally (NAR) as well as the 2007 Med Bound Rally. Additionally we have used their services for all Nordhavn voyages where weather following is beneficial..
The routing will be subject to the weather at the time of departure. Initially leaving Hong Kong, a northerly course will be taken working up to and along the East Coast of Japan. Once reaching about 35 degrees north, a more easterly course can be taken and generally a course will be followed along a line below 35 degrees north until about 160 degrees east and then a course alteration which will take advantage of the North Pacific high to Vancouver Island. The weather at this latitude will likely be favorable with south to west winds and a favorable push from the Aleutian current. Along this route the time percentage of gales is low in the summer months with only occasional depressions bringing stronger winds. Particular care needs to be taken during the first few hundred miles of the voyage for concern of typhoons which will diminish as northern progress is made. The typhoon threat can be accurately accessed by Ocean Marine Navigation at the start of the voyage and if necessary shelter could be taken along the west coast of Taiwan or along the southern coast of Japan. The overall distance is dependent upon the actual course selected with the minimal distance of around 5,800 nautical miles with increased mileage based on a more southerly course of up to 6,300 nautical miles.
• Run from Hong Kong up to Tokyo – 1,500 nautical miles
• Tokyo to Dutch Harbor – 2,675 nautical miles
• Dutch Harbor to Vancouver – 1,619 nautical miles
• Refuel – can run harder
• Crew changes as necessary
• Repairs and help closer at hand
• Will take longer
• Added expense
• More exposure to adverse weather conditions