I've sailed back and forth to the caribe from Southern NE many times. It is rare not to see other vessels during the passage
. Usually they are apparent in converging on a landfall and less scene midway. Out there you might see commercial
traffic on headings crossing your path.
Interesting thing about seeing vessels offshore
. We did the Marion Bermuda race
in 91 and as I recall
there were over 200 boats in the race
. The start was amazing to see them all tacking out of Buzzard's Bay. The 8 or 10 classes
the number) were staged, so you hand bunches of about 10 vessels in each class.
We started in the middle but did rather poorly for the first 12 hours or so as it turned night time we saw scores of white stern lights ahead. But we had a better point of sail and we slowly caught up and passed many boats. I assumed that we would have vessels in sight for the entire race with binocs. By the morning less than 24 hours into the race there was not a single
vessel in sight!
A storm was coming up the Gulf Stream
to meet the race and now we had huge seas, squalls... rather icky weather
. Many yachts suffered. One lost
. When we made it through the storm and the Stream, we scanned the horizon when we were atop some huge rollers (the surfing was amazing now on a beam reach). WOW captain
, we spied a yacht from the first class! Had the finish line been there we might have won the race, but as the winds died we couldn't keep up and ended in the middle of the pack where we started. But as we came into Bermuda
in the evening the sailboat lights were all about us and by day break there was a steady stream of yachts making way to the finish line. But for the intervening 3+ days we say not one of the other boats!