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Old 17-03-2011, 10:06   #31
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Re: A Safe Voyage Westbound Around the Cape - Update ?

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barnakiel suggests a late leaving to catch the lesser trades ... others a June leaving ... I've downloaded the pilot charts for June-December, and it's pretty hard to discern a difference in wind strength month-to-month, given their reliance on averages ... on wave height, pretty clear that August is a tough month for the portion NE of Madagascar. Any final insights welcome!

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Well, in fact I would not hesitate to cross at any time provided the crew and the boat are up to the job. I think I am, but my own boat is only 26' hence my disgust for setting off or crossing in conditions less than the best I can get for my craft. I believe my first mate shares this conservative attitude with me.

My experience with other, bigger boats was that they were mostly up to the job, their crews hardly ever so. Talking of rough going, not balmy trade winds runs.

Vide the picture attached - it is only a sample of how differently weather data can be interpreted. This is what I think Rod Heikell had in mind talking of peak trades. Judging from the set of misfortunes and adventures we heard about on and after the crossing, he was right in that given year.

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Old 24-03-2011, 01:44   #32
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Re: A Safe Voyage Westbound Around the Cape - Advice ?

There is a really good log/report in the Yahoo Circumnavigation Group. Check the Files section for:
Chagos Notes from 2007 Part 1
Chagos Notes from 2007 Part 2
Chagos Notes from 2007 Part 3
Chagos Notes from 2007 Part 4

This includes photos, chartlets, etc.

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Re: A Safe Voyage Westbound Around the Cape - Advice ?

Thanks, Bill -- and thanks for your informed leadership re: the piracy situation. It has been invaluable to me and Jennifer as we consider our options to complete our planned circumnavigation. Best to you and your wife and your vessel.

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All voyages are 'UNSAFE'..... until you arrive at your destination...
Anyone who thinks its possible to cross an ocean in 'COMPLETE' safety is living in Disneyland..................
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