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Old 20-02-2012, 10:56   #1
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East to West Atlantic Crossing in June?

My daughter is in France, and she'll be returning to the states in mid June. She's out of touch with the civilized world at the moment so I'm posting on her behalf.

She's a sailor and has some ocean sailing experience. She's wondering about the possibility of catching a crew position to sail home. Questions:

Is mid-June a good time for an east-west Atlantic crossing, weather-wise?

Are east-west crossings pretty popular during this time frame?

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Re: East to West Atlantic crossing in June?

You'll have to be more specific. East-west in June is best done in the trade wind zone...Canaries to Caribbean, as far as I know. So she might have to fly there or to Portugal/Spain to catch a ride, and then she'd need to fly to wherever further from the Caribbean, unless the boat in question was going to reach north to the States.

Mid-June would probably still be early enough, if potentially lively.
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Re: East to West Atlantic crossing in June?

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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, weather-wise?
Are east-west crossings pretty popular during this time frame?
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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 Europe route 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.
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