Had another go at the delivery from Hong Kong again this week. The forecast was OK, but not very accurate, so we ended up with the wind (25kts) blowing directly from Kaohsiong to HK.
After a day of hard slog we were about 30 miles in the right direction, and not going to make it in the time we had left. Bit of a bugger, really, although I had a lot of fun, and the trip back was great - wind and big waves behind us in the starlight.
As none of us can get time off in the near future, the job may go to a professional delivery skipper with no time constraints. Otherwise we'll try again in April/May.
Mods, and anyone else interested: There's another thread in the 'miscellaneous' section, which deals with learning to sail. As this one is more about travel I'd be obliged if you don't merge them.