This board has been mostly accenting the positives of sailing, (passagemaking). Cruising to exotic locations and sipping rum
punch under a coconut palm, while watching "baywatch" beauties play in the surf.
But there is another side to sailing, first you have to get there. Recently someone posted they were thinking of crossing in marginal weather
. Fortunately they decided to cross early and missed the worst of it. But what of those time the weather
turned nasty too late to turn back.
During the winter we are repeatedly hit by cold fronts approx a week apart. During the late summer we are hit by tropical storms about the same frequency. Sooo a sailboat on the same latitude should be experiencing about the same thing only with no land around? Is there ever a "good" time to cross, I.E. calm seas and steady winds? Or do you pretty much plan on a week of nice followed by a few days of hammered?