Departing for New Caledonia

We are leaving for Noumea, New Caledonia at 10:00 am local time Monday, May 31 (which is 0000 UTC). The forecast is pretty good. We should start with west winds in the 10-20 knot range for the first two days, then a period of light and variable winds as we pass through the center of a high, ending with southeasterlies in the last day and one-half. Seas should be 5 – 8 feet. Our course will likely be well south of the rhumb line in order to deal with the wind shift. The passage should take about 5 1/2 days and cover 880 nautical miles.


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