Originally Posted by S/V Alchemy
Thanks for the post. We are debating jumping from Halifax
or St. John's to Ireland
, favouring the southerly route
due to ice and a probable circa June 1 leave date, so this is good information, even if we'll be half the speed!
In June, I'm guessing that St. John's won't be viable, unless you're ok with sailing in the ice zone. We had to dip down to about Cape Race's latitude to get out of the zone even in August. It probably wasn't necessary, but one growler can ruin your whole day, so we went ahead and routed around. We recently installed a new radar
, and have found it to be pretty much a piece of garbage, so that factored in. (we went with a broadband
unit this time, and have found that compared to the old 4kw, it falls short on pretty much all fronts)
Regarding timing for the crossing, we chose August mostly so that we could leave from St. John's. The distance is short enough that we felt that we would stand a good chance of getting across without getting thrashed too bad. We sat in port for a week waiting for just the right weather
picture to materialize and did manage to do just that. Some luck was involved here too, we know that.
Granted, we're arriving here at the end of the season, but that's ok. We'll be here next year too.
In any case, good luck with the trip, should you do it next year.