Our yacht, a Dufour
40, is currently in Canaries
and we intend to return to Europe
next spring / early summer.
I am aware of the principle that the shortest route
is via the Caribbean
but, for various reasons, don't wish to do that this year. Our current
plan is, after a couple of months in the Canaries
, go down to Cape Verdes and then head
up to Azores
in late March / early April. We would head
off NW, beam reaching the trade
winds, to transition into the North Atlantic weather
system expecting to arrive heading NE. While this is not a well trodden route
, from my available sources, e.g. Atlantic Pilot Atlas, this seems to be eminently do-able. Chatting to others, I have received comments from 'unusual, but don't see why not' to 'don't even think about it, you will wreck your boat and drown'.
The latter comes from folk who have met someone in a bar and got given a scary story or who haven't actually looked at what I'm proposing, but since there may be truth in even half informed opinion, I am loth to commit myself to a potentially unworkable position.
Has anyone done this route and can offer advice?
Have I missed something? Is there perhaps something about the transition between systems in the area that presents a particular hazard.