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Old 08-03-2016, 15:17   #1
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Newfoundland to Irland


Planning to make a crossing from st.john og Helifax to Irland this summer.
Anyone with som experience that got som tips and pointers ?

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Re: Newfoundland to Irland

I seem to remember Don Street doing it and publishing an article. Try 'googling' him and see if you find it.

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Re: Newfoundland to Irland

We did it five years ago. Left from North Sydney to St. Pierre Migalon(France) Burin then to Fortune and then crossed from Fortune To Cork Ireland in 18 1/2 days most wind 35 kts twice for about 8 hours each time. Fog for 8 days in the Gulf Stream. Did it July and August. A pretty Easy trip really. We were weather routed by Herb.
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Re: Newfoundland to Irland

Don Street writes:

... Braving the Bergs
Some boats, after leaving the Caribbean, head for the United States, run up the ICW to Norfolk, sail coastwise to Nova Scotia, then head across the Atlantic. Others head north from Bermuda to Nova Scotia and across. For these boats, I recommend a coastwise cruise from Halifax to the Bras d'Or lakes and on to St.-Pierre and Miquelon, just south of Newfoundland, which produce the best French bread in all of North America. That, the excellent wine and cheese, and the duty-free beer make St.-Pierre and Miquelon a worthwhile stop for those doing the extreme northern route. And from there to Mizzen Head, Ireland, at 150 miles a day, it's only 12 days!

A study of the pilot charts for May, June, and July, checking for gale frequency, wave heights, and ice conditions, reveals that the last week in June is the optimal time to embark on the northern route from Nova Scotia. By that time, the ice problem is minimal, you have almost 24 hours of daylight, gales are few and far between, and you should have a following breeze all the way across.

When sailing this route, monitor two things carefully: ice and Race Rock, which is off Cape Race, Newfoundland. Ice reports can be obtained from the Canadian Ice Service (http://ice-glaces. or the U. S. Coast Guard International Ice Patrol ( With GPS, you can avoid Race Rock. In 1975, a D.R. plot I made in an area much rougher than the amount of wind would indicate put us close to Race Rock, which I thought was about 15 to 20 feet down. I later discovered that Race Rock was only 9 feet down. Obviously, we shouldn't have gone anywhere near Race Rock.

When sailing the northern route, I strongly recommend taking a pause on the southwestern coast of Ireland. Crookhaven is a wonderful place to enjoy the rewards of a well-timed Caribbean exit ...

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