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Old 18-02-2011, 17:40   #1
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When Is a Good Time . . .

For a crossing from Canada to Ireland? Never made that crossing. I have very little experience in the Atlantic. All of my sailing has been in the Americas and Asia and Oceania but I have this boat on the East side and that trip really looks good to me.
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Not sure .....june July seem obvious after winter storms and before hurricane season seems to make sense. I am sure you will get better answers from those who have done it. Where is the boat on the east coast??
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Well, not exactly the coast. It's in Cleveland, encased in ice.
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I always try to leave Canada around 7am.
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Old 18-02-2011, 18:01   #5
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Makes sense, then you can get there before dark>
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Check noonsite.com

Besides noonsite, I'd suggest Jimmy Cornell. From memory, and a recent CrusingWorld article (try fall '10), I think June was early. July / August might have been better to avoid ice. My thoughts in reading both were that you'd be balancing between avoiding the ice early and hitting north atlantic weather systems late.
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That is my thinking too, mid summer. I would be hard pressed to get ready to go in June but July I could do. I don't think the current varies much. I wonder about the breeze. I should look at a pilots chart I suppose...
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I wonder about the breeze. I should look at a pilots chart I suppose...
No wondering necessary -- they're free online.

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Really? Where?
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Really:

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Try this link too: google.com

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Found um, thanks! The breeze seems to prevail the right way in July, a good sign.
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You might ask LakeSuperior, who made that voyage last summer. He took 19 days, departing Halifax on June 15, and arriving in Ireland April 5.
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Re: When Is a Good Time . . .

Will be doing similar trip this year leaving Toronto first couple of weeks in June and leaving Sydney 1st of July. Wouldn't sail down to Halifax. Either do South shore of NFLD to St.Pierre (cheap booze) Leave from there or around to St. Johns and leave from there. or N shore Nova Scotia to Sydney (easy spot for a crew change if needed and shopping very near to Dobson YC).
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Re: When Is a Good Time . . .

June or thereabout. If early, go more S.

Being there late July or Sept a bad idea as the hurricanes re-curve and bash the area with extratropical systems of considerable range and force.

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June or thereabout. If early, go more S.

Being there late July or Sept a bad idea as the hurricanes re-curve and bash the area with extratropical systems of considerable range and force.

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Wot he just said... also the reason I can never understand the reasoning for the Carib/Bermuda/Azores route taken by so many.... and why they seem surprised when they get hit..
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