Originally Posted by GoingWalkabout
Thanks lodesman. Your observations are absolutely correct. A good case of dodging a bullet by getting out if its way.
Only in hindsight perhaps. Although Miami
escaped the brunt of the storm, it was certainly included in the earlier forecast
predictions. But given the choice, I would prefer to be in Miami than the Bahamas
, if not for the sake of the boat
than certainly for its captain
Although heading out to sea may be prudent in some parts
of the world, I'm not convinced it's all that sensible to attempt to do so in the N. Atlantic during hurricane season. As we saw again this season, many of these storms forming off the African coast wind
up tracking well to the east, i.e. Bermuda
& beyond, and there is often insufficient certainty in the forecast
until it may be too late in a 6-8 kt. sailboat. The exception, as already noted, is if you are already in the S. Carib and can head
below hurricane latitude -- e.g. Trinidad.
In other words, it can be dangerous to generalize . . . .