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Old 18-04-2014, 08:33   #1
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Summer Weather In The North Atlantic?

Just wondering if anyone would care to share any practical insight or general wisdom with regards to managing typical weather systems on a late summer crossing in the North Atlantic.

I have looked at a couple of long range forecasts that suggest it might be a hot summer and wonder if that means more gales? Or if it could be more of a drifter?

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Re: Summer Weather In The North Atlantic?

well i guess you need to tell us on which side of the ocean you are talking about
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Re: Summer Weather In The North Atlantic?

Sandy Hook to Southampton, probably leave second week of July.

Mainly I'm interested in general advice as may be useful to anyone making a similar crossing, as in not headed to the Azores or points further South, but any more specific insight would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Re: Summer Weather In The North Atlantic?

Will be a great trip...as long as tropical disturbance doesn't intensify in the islands and slide up to the north while you are crossing during Hurricane season. It is the primary reason why an earlier crossing is considered to be lower risk. June month is preferred.

The idea is to cross in a window defined by the end of spring gales and the start of summer Hurricanes. The North Atlantic is a dramatic area. Be prepared!
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Re: Summer Weather In The North Atlantic?

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Will be a great trip...as long as tropical disturbance doesn't intensify in the islands and slide up to the north while you are crossing during Hurricane season. It is the primary reason why an earlier crossing is considered to be lower risk. June month is preferred.

The idea is to cross in a window defined by the end of spring gales and the start of summer Hurricanes. The North Atlantic is a dramatic area. Be prepared!
This is my understanding, hence asking. My first time across, fourth trip for the skipper. Departure date not my choosing, but we have allowed plenty of time for the passage so will be in no rush to make mistakes.
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Re: Summer Weather In The North Atlantic?

We set out in June from CT, headed to Ireland, and could not believe how cold it was. We ran the bulkhead heater for about a week of our 22-day crossing, trying to keep warm and dry out our gloves, hats and sweaters. Leaving later and heading further South might make it more comfortable for you. Goggles (clear shop goggles or diving) might be useful for nasty weather, when the rain and spray is being driven so hard you can't open your eyes to it. We had a 50 knot squall in the Irish Sea where they would have been handy. We ran into three day-long gales, with winds up to 35-40 knots, and waves to almost 20'. Driving off a bit from our course on a more comfortable heading enabled us to make reasonable time without beating the boat (and us) into pulp. Tankers we spoke with over the radio were having a harder time of it than we were: slowing to avoid the worst of it and worried they'd hang up between big seas and crack their hulls.
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Re: Summer Weather In The North Atlantic?

This might be of interest...

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/climo/#ori

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