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July 9, 2013
The countdown is on! Just 4 days until the Nordhavn 120#1 gets underway
Next week, the much anticipated Nordhavn 120 will set sail on her own bottom from Xiamen, China, bound for Vancouver, BC, Canada. The 6,300 nm trip marks N120#1’s maiden voyage, a seatrial by delivery of sorts. For the past two months, the 120 has undergone rigorous tests and surveys, having passed with flying colors. But this Friday, the massive yacht will take on its greatest challenge as a crew of Pacific Asian Enterprises, Inc. (PAE) staff, factory engineers, vendor technicians, and the boat’s esteemed owners bring her half-way across the world with just one planned stop less than 300 nm into the trip in Hong Kong. The journey is expected to take approximately 28 days, and PAE is inviting all virtual crew members to accompany us on the historic delivery of the brand new Nordhavn queenship. Throughout the voyage, 120-watchers can get real-time tracking, current video footage, daily on-board commentary and trip statistics by following the special N120 delivery section. Stay on top of all the latest updates of the delivery by signing up to receive alerts straight to your inbox. It’s going to be a fascinating and monumental event you won’t want to miss a single exciting minute.
UPDATE: As part of the on board commentary, we will be including the daily weather reports and advisories as given by our professional weather consultant Bob Jones of Ocean Marine Navigation (O.M.N.I./USA). On the brink of peak typhoon months in the northwest Pacific basin, Bob is closely monitoring Nordhavn 120#1’s course and has already identified the first weather event that may have an effect on the first couple days of the trip.
Date: 08 July, 2013
To: Capt. Jim Leishman
Due to the presence of Typhoon Soulik (07W) we are starting our daily service for the Maiden voyage of the Nordhavn 120 with this update.
Typhoon 07W (Soulik) at 2100UTC 19.5N 140.9E. Max winds 65kt with gusts to 80kt near the center. Present motion WNW (290/deg) at 10kts. Gales extend outward 90nm east of the center and 70-85nm west of the center
Radius of 35kt wind NE of center (nm)
Radius of 35kt wind SE of center (nm)
Radius of 35kt wind
SW of center
Radius of 35kt wind NW of center (nm)
Further east high pressure ridging is expected to prevail between 35N-40N/175E-140W with the ridge extending WSW toward 30N 140E through July 12-15. It will be this ridge that helps steer the Typhoon toward the WNW. This ridge should break down a bit during July 16-18, resulting in a new high center pushing south across the central N/Pacific with a weaker ridge toward the WSW. This will also give a new low center the chance to move across Japan and across 43N 140E through July 17/1200UTC. Thereafter the low tends to track NE across 50N 165E through 19/1200UTC.
Based on an ETD of Fri/12th around midday (12/0400UTC) we suggest the vessel remain at least 300nm away from the Typhoon as the impact of wind/sea conditions will extend beyond the area of gale force conditions listed above. In fact, chances are Typhoon Soulik will likely have a slightly stronger max wind speed/gusts as well as a broader area of gales during the coming days.
As of now, in order to maintain the most distance from the Typhoon, we would suggest the shortest route to south of Taiwan (Bashi Channel) then sailing south/east of the Ryukyu Islands rhumbline toward 30N 140E (south of Japan), then GC Cape Flattery, shortest Straits of Juan de Fuca/Vancouver as conditions and safe navigation permit.
This route tends to pass well south of Typhoon Soulik as it tends to pass just north of northern Taiwan by 13/0000UTC, then takes advantage of the expected western Pacific and central N/Pacific high ridge pattern that is expected to prevail. This should keep the winds more aft of the beam to following once east of 140E.
However, depending on the track and forward speed of the Typhoon and the expected conditions that develop between Hong Kong and south of Taiwan, it "may" be best to delay departure until the expected fresh SW-ly conditions have a chance to ease. The conditions will ease a bit once the Typhoon makes landfall which now appears to/about after 13/1200UTC or so around central China.
For now, expect
Fri 12/0400UTC (departure) - Sat 13/0000UTC
Wind: Backing W-WSW to SW, 080-15kts, freshen to 15-20kt, then SW-ly 20-25kts, gusty through 13/0000UTC
Sea: Slowly increase from 2-4ft to 5-8ft through 13/0000UTC (to south of Taiwan)
Swell: SW-SSW 3-5ft, upto 5-7ft possible by 13/0000UTC
Sat 13/0000UTC - Sun 14/0000UTC
Wind: SW-ly 20-30kt, gusty/35kts possible through the period.
Sea: Building 7-10ft, upto 12-13ft during the strongest winds.
Swell: SW-ly 5-8ft. Combined sea/swells of 14-15ft are possible south of Taiwan and NE-ward through the period.
Sun 14/0000UTC - Mon 15/0000UTC
Wind: SW-ly 20-30kts, gusty early, then subside SW-SSW 15-25kts and maybe as low as 15-20kts by 15/00000UTC.
Sea: 9-12ft early, tending to gradually subside to 6-7ft through 15/0000UTC
Swell: SW-ly 6-9ft. However, combined sea/swells of 9-10ft still possible through 15/0000UTC
Mon 15/0000UTC - Tue 16/0000UTC
Wind: Continuing to improve SW-S to even SSE 12-18kts and maybe as low as 10-15kt.
Sea: Continue to subside from 5-7ft early, then 3-5ft through 16/0000UTC.
Swell: Slowly improving SW-WSW 6-8ft early, then subside to SW 4-6ft with some ESE swells starting to mix in.
We will continue to monitor this pattern and update daily until arrival. Please advise your departure, route intent and daily position, weather and speed while enroute.
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