Good lord, I just read this thread and had no idea we were sitting on a gold mine! We bought our copy just a couple of years ago at some regular, expected book price
(don't remember, but I would not have spent over $30).
The book mostly just reinforces common sense and repeats the adage to wait for the weather
window. And the book is mostly for those who refuse to do overnight passages when the weather
But cold fronts are your friend in this passage
. If you can hop on the back of one, you can make a lot of Easting and Southern miles non-stop before the winds re-establish in the E. But this requires overnight runs - we sailed from the Bahamas
to Puerto Rico
non-stop for 4 days in a 20-25kt broad reach on the back of a front.
story - when hopping along the South coast of PR during a period of no wind
at all, we found ourselves traveling along with another boat heading down the Carib like we were. But this boat was following Van Sant to the letter with no deviation or situational awareness. Again, there was no wind
at all for 2 weeks. So every day, we would set out around 9am and motor
in flat seas to the next place we wanted to go (against all of Bruce's advice). And every day, this other boat would wait, leave at 4am and we would see it arriving in the anchorage around 9am while we were pulling anchor
and leaving for the next place.
Exactly like Bruce says to do!