Originally Posted by wristwister
My daughter is in France
, and she'll be returning to the states in mid June...
... Is mid-June a good time for an east-west Atlantic crossing
Are east-west crossings pretty popular during this time frame?
Not really - your daughter may be bucking the trend, with her Spring/Summer plans for an East ☞ West Transat’.
November is the more usual time for an East ☞ West Transatlantic crossing. For instance, the Atalantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) departs from Las Palmas
de Gran Canaria, en rout Saint Lucia, in late November. The 2700 nautical mile passage
on the NE tradewind route
takes on average between 14 and 21 days. This is also when the boats which have summered in Europe
(principally the Mediterranean) return to the Caribbean & North America.
The West ☞ East ARC Europe
rally usually departs for Europe in Spring (May). The ARC
takes the yachts a total of some 3625 miles eastwards across the Atlantic Ocean
from Tortola in the British Virgin Islands
, to their final destination
of Lagos in southern Portugal
, stopping in Bermuda
and the Azores
along the way.