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Old 13-06-2009, 14:03   #16
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All I have to say is: if T & M had taken the trouble to tell us all that in the first place, a lot of good people could have saved themselves some time and effort.

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Old 16-07-2009, 06:24   #17
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A more practical route for sail would be north to Bermuda then east to the Azores then to your desired port in Europe. This route would avoid the easterly trades, skirting the north edge of the Horse Latitudes and, depending on the time of year and weather patterns, benefit from the prevailing westerlies. That one is a bit under 4000 miles.
This is good advice. We just crossed from Antigua to Lagos, Portugal, via the Azores -- and we started out heading towards Bermuda because of the prevailing winds. It took us 17 days from Antigua to the Azores and 7
days from the Azores to Portugal.

If you're interested you can read about the passage on our website:
Hit Our Travels, Summer 2009: To the Med!, and Atlantic Crossing.

It's great that you're planning so far ahead -- and good luck in pursuing your dream!

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Old 16-07-2009, 07:06   #18
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with a 37' cat, it took us (my wife and I) 4 days from Bahamas to Bermuda. Spent a week in Bermuda waiting for a wheather window then 11 days from Bermuda to Azores. 10 days cruising Azores islands then from Floreal to Gibraltar 8 days of light winds.
We started in may and never passed norther than 40L noth rumb line.
Max true winds were 40 sustained knots for 6 hours close to Azores arrival, and 18 hours motoring to get out the HP a day after leaving Azores. Max swell and waves were 20 feet for an average of 8 to 10 feet.

Before starting, we received a lot of warnings getting a too norther route.
I've met Canadian crossing in 2006 (or 2007?) on a Leopard46, getting 60 knots ++.
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It would depend on boat speed but figure 4~6 days to Bermuda roughly 800 miles. Bermuda to Horta is 1920 so 12 to 16 days. Horta to ?

Maybe provision for 150~175 miles per day? If you can find a sistership that has done passages ask them for average daily runs rates.

Originally Posted by Tom and Maje View Post
How long does is normally take to sail from the USVI to the closest point in Europe?

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We have just completed a passage from Antigua to Morocco via the Azores - we estimated 16 days for the first leg and took 21 (no wind). The second leg (effectively to Gibraltar) was budgeted on 8 days and took exactly that. Make sure you have pleanty of fuel as unless you go a long way north before turning east you will run out of wind as you hit the Azores High. We have a range under power using standard tanks of 1,000nm but we carried an extra 50 gallons on deck and were grateful for it!

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