Phil, I'm still with 'ya here mate....and as you commented a few days back, wondering if they were following some weather
Or maybe they were looking for "an adventure"?
As this was even 300+ nm west of the Great Circle route
....there must have been SOME reason for this???
Originally Posted by boatman61
Still cannot understand why they were so far West.. what is this thing that says going via Bermuda is safer..??
If they sailed for the Azores they'd have made it.. or been close enough for a better/quicker response..
Sorry.. I just don't get it..
This early in the season (It's NOT even summer yet!), I don't get it myself...
And, for anyone interested in a summer route, it is still better to try to stay below 35* until well out past the line which the Lows fly along the fronts...(this line varies from year-to-year, as well as week-to-week . month-to-month....but at least until well east of Bermuda's longitude, typically out to 50*W....)
Although my east-bound Atlantic crossing here was from Florida, not the Caribbean....some may find this informative...
Here is a plot of my actual track from 2007....departed S. Florida
afternoon of June 26th...arrived Horta, 20.5 days later...(please ignore the location in the Bahamas
, that was before this passage
....and ignore the location near 39*N a few hundred miles off Portugal
, as this was an erroneous latitude/typo...)
As you can see, I was planning on heading east between 34*N and 35*N, and then turn for the Azores as I could follow along the Azores High (hoping to skirt the northern edge of it, not sail thru it), probably turning ENE or NE, between 50*W and 45*W....
But, as you can see, I looked at the wefax and saw the Low that was coming off the coast flying along a front, was NOT tracking NE'erly very fast....(and speaking to Herb on the HF radio
that evening, confirmed what I saw on the WeFax), so I headed SE for a day, and then due east along 33*N....and it was during this next night that the Gale kicked me good (35- 40kts, gusts to 50...and seas 16'+...for 24 hours....but subsided quickly...)
Other boats JUST a couple hundred miles to my North and NE weren't so lucky....they suffered 48hrs of winds 40-50kts...and a couple turned for Bermuda after suffering damage...
A day or so later, I was able to head
NE'erly to about 35* 50'N x 61*W, and then continue my easting from there, until 49*W....where I saw good wind
north of me, so headed north and then had good wind
for a rhumbline course the rest of the way to Horta....
This was without stressing things too much (especially myself and my two other crew on-board), keeping an eye on weather
, etc...keeping a reef in the mainsail
for more days than you'd think...and I still averaged 6.6kts over the approx. 3100+ miles sailed....
No injuries, no major issues on-board (save a loose autopilot
drive bracket, which we repaired in a few hours, at sea), and excellent hot meals
every day...with great food
, great music
, great comradely, etc....
So much for the "Great Circle" Fantasy huh???
Oh, and please take note that is was a late-June / mid-July crossing...(departed S. Florida June 26th!!)...
Those leaving earlier in the season should take even more heed to staying south (and east) of the nasty continental weather (the Lows and Fronts)....and as long as you watch for "tropical development" once a day, there is no real risk of Hurricanes....
Finally, please know that I'm not being critical of decisions made by those who may have paid the high price
of their lives....
And, my prayers are still with their families....
(I just thought some here may wish to see another passage
s/v Annie Laurie