Author: Livia Gilstrap

Is the lagoon half empty or half full?

During the past three seasons in French Polynesia, we have observed the frustration many captains feel as they leave their emotion-laden Marquesas landfalls to navigate the sometimes tricky passes of the atolls of the Tuamotus.

Calculated risks

Despite the obvious danger (Editor’s note: Vanuatu was just hit by cyclone Pam as this issue goes to press), the idea of spending the South Pacific cyclone season in the tropics is tempting.

Is New Zealand outside South Pacific cyclone zone?

Every year hundreds of boats transit the South Pacific, leaving from ports in North or Central America and arriving in tropical paradise. By the end of the cruising season, after visiting a handful of Pacific Island nations, each boat has to decide where to weather out the South Pacific cyclone season.