Bob Blog 28 June

Compiled Sun 28 June 2020

Bob McDavitt’s ideas for sailing around the South Pacific.

Disclaimer: Weather is a mix of pattern and chaos; these ideas are from the patterned world.


dated  21 June, 2020: **OPEN**

Maritime borders are now open for foreign flagged vessels and superyachts.

There are strict conditions to allow entry.

See Government Guidelines for Entry

It has been confirmed by the Fiji Government that if a covid test prior to departure for Fiji is not possible, then quarantine on arrival and a test in Fiji may be an option. Entries will be approved on a case-by-case basis. Individual yachts will need to make and declare their interest directly with their agent and Fijian Border Agencies, at least five working days prior to departure, at which stage an assessment will be made.

If quarantine is required on arrival in Fiji, this can be done on board the yacht but will be strictly monitored.

The only port of entry will be Port Denarau Marina.

Important: While the announcement has been made, there is still much work to be done to implement these new procedures. Fijian authorities are doing trials on new arrival protocols which are being tested on superyachts initially with the hope they will be extended to cruising yachts in due course.

Cruisers are urged to be patient, and to allow the Ministry of Health and Port Denarau Marina to get the procedure in place before making an application to go to Fiji.

There is also a rumour that Tonga may open on 1 July— not sure yet.


The Tropics

The latest cyclone activity report is at and Tropical Cyclone Potential is from

The remnants of BORIS are Southeast of Hawaii, travelling west-southwest.

There are also some potential areas for formation along west coast of central America.



Weather Zones (see text) as expected Wednesday 00UTC showing isobars, winds, waves(magenta), Rain (Blue), CAPE (pink), STR, and SPCZ.)


SPCZ=South Pacific Convergence zone.

The SPCZ is active around Solomon Island, over northern Vanuatu, and Tuvalu/Tokelau then stretches south east to south east of Niue.

A tropical trough should cross Tonga on Monday and then go southeast.


Accumulated rainfall for next week from

Subtropical ridge (STR)

HIGH 1024 is expected to form in western Tasman Sea on Monday and travel along 30S reaching northern NZ on Thursday/Friday then off to east of NZ.

LOW travelling east over Northern North island on Monday, then going southeast and deepening to 990 hPa at 45S near Chatham Islands on Wednesday.

Next Low should be traveling east across south Tasman sea, south of Tasmania on Thursday and then south of NZ by Saturday, with a westerly flow over NZ.

From Panama: Squally due to ITCZ, but some rare NW winds are likely around Panama this week, Will need to go south at first and maybe then WNW to handle SW winds SW winds from 6N to 4N/80 to 95W. 2 or 3 tropical features likely to form off west of central America in a week or so, but not bother voyage to Marquesas .


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Pattern and Chaos

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