Originally Posted by jacquiee
Hi, we would like some advice on the best time of year to sail from Brisbane to New Cal.
We are heading out to New Caledonia & Vanuatu from Brisbane in company with a yacht rally departing Brisbane May 2. This is our first blue water, so we have decided to err on the side of caution and join up with some more experienced yachties. Our original plans were to peel off from the rally as it headed across the top of Huon Reef at the northern end of New Cal and spend a couple of months cruising on our own before heading up to Vanuatu for another two months cruising and then head north west to join up with the Cairns - Louisaides Rally in September - sailing back to Cairns in company in late October.
Now after some discussions with the Vanuatu Rally organisers we're going to reverse our plans and stay with the Rally all the way to Vanuatu, cruise for a couple of months and then head back down to New Cal in late July and cruise there for another couple months. It's looking like work commitments wont allow us the luxury of heading up to the Louisiades so we'll sail straight back from New Cal to Cairns.
There is also the New Cal to Brisbane Rally in Sept that you are probably already aware of.
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