So there is no real starting time for the trades, they are blowing all the time, as a quick look at Passageweather.com over the last week has indicated. At present they are 5 to 15 knots but would definitely blow us to Trinidad, just a bit slowly. Strength increases as the Atlantic high intensifies later in the year, but anomalies happen. There is nothing to say that a departure in mid to late October this year would not have sufficient wind
in the right direction for a happy passage
. I guess I will stick with that plan until the time arrives and see what the wind
is actually doing.
As an aside, passageweather.com has proven very accurate over the last 2 months in the Med around Corsica
and Sardinia where weather
systems are greatly affected by local topography. I am very impressed! It has been spot on for up to 48 hour forecasts and pretty good for up to 4 days.