Originally Posted by simonpickard
Just wondering if I could ask about the post above as I also have an interest in the same route. Is it easier due to the winds? I.e. going from the Med to New York is hard work? What sort of times would you undertake a trip like that if possible?
It's a long trip if you want good weather and based around the position of the Azores
High. That high wanders up and down the Atlantic by season and the Trade
Winds are south of it.
So you can't do a rhumb line fromGibralter to New York, you need to go south, then west right across the Atlantic and then north.
However, the good news is you don't have to take to old sailing ship route but with modern boats you can go much higher, close to the center of the Azores
High. Also you don't have to stop in at any of the places/islands along the way and that saves a great deal of time as they are all many miles off your straight through route.
Optimum would be Gribralter to near Maderia, west to near the Caribbean
, north outside (east) of the Bahamas
, north to NY.
The duration is the tricky thing because of the location of the Azores High, too early or late and you don't go anywhere, or cop storms that one really doesn't want to be in.
The best times at November (late Nov) to April (early) but in reality you don't want to get to NY before May.
The direct route in leaving first of April should get you to NY by mid May.
Of course the better idea is to stop off along the way leaving Gibralter in September, leaving Canaries late November at the time of the ARC
in the Caribbean
, march April in the Bahamas
and leaving May 1 st for New York
Fast or slow it is a great trip provided you sail in the correct season and those months given above are the correct season. No other months are viable because of winter in America and Hurricanes in the southern North Atlantic.