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Old 22-11-2015, 11:01   #46
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Re: Would you sail now or wait until Spring 2016? Holland to the Med

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Advice: don't ask other sailors to leave or not, you will get so many different answers (with respect). It brings a lot more difficulties. Only go to the harbour master or Lifeguard for asking them about facts; no meanings.
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More great replies. Thanks for your comments. Really appreciate them.

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Re: Would you sail now or wait until Spring 2016? Holland to the Med

Canal depths are controlled by how much rainfall run off there is. Summertime is the least rain and the least depth in the canals. Winter should be decent water depth. Not as much as the spring because of that nasty white stuff in places but still the second best time for depth.

With inexperienced crew, would be Leary of the Bay of Biscay in winter.
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Re: Would you sail now or wait until Spring 2016? Holland to the Med


I live in Belgium and my boat is based in Zeebrugge. Frankly, with the quality of today's weather forecasts, you could undertake such a trip in winter. Provided you have plenty of time. You might have to stop several times to wait for depressions to pass over. But there any plenty of harbours along the way to do so. The hardest part might well be to get to Brest, as you are going against the prevailing south westerlies. To cross the Gulf of Biscay, just wait for the right weather window (usually right after a drepression). And of course, it is becoming cold (you will need to get experience with that) and days are short.

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