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Old 08-01-2019, 13:08   #1
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UK to North America

Looking for a captain, or experienced crew, to sail a Vancouver 32 with the owner from the UK to the Canaries (or the Azores, Bermuda, or, ideally, North America) starting in early to mid-May.
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Would this come under a Delivery position with all that entails, or a food, board and some expenses, maybe.!!??
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Ideally the latter, but if there's no interest I'll go with the former... or something in-between - whatever works...
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Looking for a captain, or experienced crew, to sail a Vancouver 32 with the owner from the UK to the Canaries (or the Azores, Bermuda, or, ideally, North America) starting in early to mid-May.
you do know june is the start of hurricane season,and this would be a 3 month trip during hurricane season, if not intending to stop and depart from the canaries later in november
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I figured one and a half to two months. Three months? I haven't done it, so I don't know.

I know June is the start of hurricane season, but people cross then, so I thought I'd float it to see, with the other destinations as better ideas to varying degrees.
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you do know june is the start of hurricane season,and this would be a 3 month trip during hurricane season, if not intending to stop and depart from the canaries later in november
It should not take 3 months. But that depends on time at each stop.
As for Hurricane season, it is not the problem that many believe. I have made several crossings as a delivery Captain and there's plenty of means to get weather updates underway. I have found too little wind is a bigger problem at that time of year.
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Hurricanes: June - too soon
July - Standby
August - Go You Must
September - Remember
October - All Over
as the old rhyme goes....but you can never trust the dam things! Summer E-W crossings are ok (I've done many) but you have to watch the weather! Tony
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Depending where in the UK is the start point I would say 3+ weeks to the Canaries then say a week to provision, check/fix any minor problems that arose going down then say 4 weeks to cross.. its a 32ftr.
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Yep, Phil - I go along with that. It'd be quite fun actually - I haven't done a small one for quite some time!
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In early June there were boats arriving in Newfoundland from the Azores when we cruised up there. Turns out it's a pretty good/short route, though not intuitive unless you consult a great circle chart or globe. Newf. is a great place for a summer. Love to do the trip if I wasn't booked already.
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It should not take 3 months. But that depends on time at each stop.
As for Hurricane season, it is not the problem that many believe. I have made several crossings as a delivery Captain and there's plenty of means to get weather updates underway. I have found too little wind is a bigger problem at that time of year.
i've only done 7 atlantic crossings,and theoretically you could do the 5000 miles to miami via las palmas in roughly 50 days sailing without calms.
but realistically with stops,crossing the biscay,repairs ,reprovisioning,inabilaty to motor any distance,and avoiding tropical storms which can bring headwinds,3 months is realistic
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I might be interested. I'm Cornwall based, Day Skipper qualified, sail a MacWester 27 single handed, longest trip was a crewed trip Thames to Fowey. Longest trip single handed was Fowey to Scillies and return. Let me know if interested.
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I am on Canary Islands. I am agree. I sent a private message to you.
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Good Series of vids on northern route


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I would be interested in doing at least the first leg to the Canares or Azores I have a Yachtmaster Offshore, but I have not done a long crossing yet. Lots of channel crossings sailing Brittany and Cornish coasts. Have sailed since I was 10. Really interested in doing an ocean crossing and realistic on how rough it can be.
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