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Old 23-08-2013, 03:58   #1
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Sailing to Bermuda

What is the best time of the year to sail from Newport, RI to Bermuda?
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Old 23-08-2013, 04:02   #2
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Re: Sailing to Bermuda

I've done it many times.... leaving after the Hurricane season.... October, November.
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Old 23-08-2013, 04:23   #3
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Re: Sailing to Bermuda

Or before hurricane season, late spring.
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Old 23-08-2013, 06:36   #4
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Re: Sailing to Bermuda

I've done it 3x in May-June from Cape May or Norfolk. Once in December - never again that late in the year!
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Old 23-08-2013, 07:22   #5
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Re: Sailing to Bermuda

A lot depends on where you are going after Bermuda.
If you are heading further south then I would wait until November (Hurricanes are still fairly common in October - remember Sandy). If returning to NE or Mid-Atlantic region, I would go before the Hurricane season - May - mid-July.
Of course, if I were making the trip I wouldn't make my departure from NE. I'd first move the boat south to Norfolk or Beaufort, and then depart for Bermuda. Much less chance of a bash to windward, late spring or early winter storms, and much easier to navigate the Gulf Stream.

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Old 23-08-2013, 09:24   #6
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Re: Sailing to Bermuda

I left in late October from Long Island, and had mostly a reach or run, with only a little close hauled. The Gulf Stream was wonderful, since I was tired of being cold in CT/NY. Arrival was a little dodgy due to squals around Bermuda, and the need for sexton shots. (pre GPS days). As has already been said, your overall plans need to be considered.____Good Luck____Grant.
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Old 23-08-2013, 11:18   #7
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Re: Sailing to Bermuda

Just remember the perfect storm hit the NE Atlantic 28 Oct - 2 Nov.

Hurricane Katrina formed on 3 Nov

In 2005 there was a hurricane in Dec and a tropical storm in Jan.

Then there are Nor'easters that often start in October and in a typical year definitely by Nov and rolling in on a regular basis by Dec-Jan.

Be very careful picking a late fall window to leave New England. It's not uncommon for the end of hurricane season to overlap the start of winter storm season in the NE.
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Re: Sailing to Bermuda

Skipmac,
Katrina was an August, 2005 storm, but your point is well taken. There is no month that has not had a N. Atlantic tropical storm. They are very rare Dec-Apr, in-frequent May & Jun, and peaking in Aug-Oct.

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Katrina was an August, 2005 storm, but your point is well taken. There is no month that has not had a N. Atlantic tropical storm. They are very rare Dec-Apr, in-frequent May & Jun, and peaking in Aug-Oct.

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Oh, quite correct. I was looking at the dates for the first hurricane Katrina in 1981 but the big Katrina, which is the one I was thinking about, was August 2005.

Of course after that one the name was retired to avoid further confusing old sailors.
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