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Mike Thomas
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09/01/2011 01:12:19
Hawaii to Canada any information please This is a dangerous trip to make in January. The entire North Pacific spends most of its time from November through April much like a blender on pure' After you clear the trade winds and start running your easting down to approach Juan de Fuca Strait you can expect heavy seas and gale force winds. The Japan current running across the wind as you approach the coast and heavy wave systems from the west will give you speed but ensure an unhappy voyage if not a dangerous and risky one.

The best time to make the passage from Hawaii to Vancouver or points north is from May through the end of August. However, expect significant calm caused by the North Pacific high during those months, and as much as 600 NM windless stretch. The size of the high increases through late August, so May/June is best overall. Fair winds
08/10/2011 19:26:19
Hawaii to Pacific West Coast USA Honolulu lies on the 157th meridian. The north Pacific is a rather inhospitable place for much of the year. Lows come out of the Bearing Straits and are picked up by the jet stream to create successions of lows that revolve anti clockwise as they work their way east to the BC west coast. The weather patterns alter in late spring and summer months as the North Pacific High moves northwards. This high is considered to be stationary but tends to move north with the sun. This in turn pushes the Jet Stream northwards as well, creating better sea and wind conditions. Passage then from Hawaii to the west coast is best done in May through August. Close reaching almost due north on the NE trade winds is a wet but safe trip for about the first 1,000 miles. At some stage you will run into the Pacific high and run out of wind. The high can be as large as 600 miles across. At the stage motor NE or sail in light air until you encounter the westerlies. This will likely be around latitude 40N or so - it varies - At that stage you can run your easting down towards Juan de Fuca straight. If you are heading to a point farther south on the US mainland you can then put the wind on the quarter as the seas permit and continue east south east to your destination. This is the best ride. Smooth Passages!
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