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Old 17-03-2014, 10:51   #16
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Re: Newport, RI - Poole, England

George from commander weather said all the routing programs tend to be a little fasr, so he thought 24-27 days might by more realistic than the 21 we got with adjusted polars. Dependent on actual weather of course. We'll be booking flights towards the via shore crew and probably leave some time which can be used to land explore or recoop. Thanks all for your help. Rick

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Correction. Towards the end

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Old 17-03-2014, 11:32   #18
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Re: Newport, RI - Poole, England

Thanks for your comments. We will be delivering a NA 40 purchased last summer by a friend who lives in England. I confess I have been busy lately and haven't had my head in the game so far. After reading the saga of Boatman61's recent adventure I think we solidified our decision to pick up a Spot or other similar device for what that worth.

My friend will be out in a couple weeks to do some prep on the boat and I expect I will be getting more involved in route planning at that time. In the meantime probably wouldn't hurt me to do some searching of here on the forum, anyone know any good threads on the subject of route planning for the North Atlantic offhand?
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Old 30-03-2014, 02:51   #19
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Re: Newport, RI - Poole, England

I just reread contributors comments and find them all very helpful. This time I particularly noticed Doug Brown's. Thankyou all.

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Re: Newport, RI - Poole, England

Just an FYI from our experience. Left Halifax on June 15, 2011 for Oban, Scotland on the heels of a gale. We were on the great circle route. Arrived Cork, Ireland July 4, 19 days later. We were pinned on 45 lat by 4 major consecutive gales. The last was a 970 mbar low and we spent 3 days side stepping it.

At one time we were 300 miles off the coast of Spain before we could turn left.

Wives had airfare to Glasgow, Scotland with a stop in Dublin, Ireland. They got off the plane in Glasgow instead. No extra charge.

Lessons learned in North Atlantic:
1. Have good weather forecasting as it will save you getting spanked.
2. You will be forced by Mother Nature to be flexible in your schedule and route. It won't be your decision.
3. Have a well prepared boat.
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