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Old 13-09-2010, 15:44   #1
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Wind Atlas Websites

Hi,

We are planing a year long cuise and looking to find some material for a wind atlas or wind patterns in atlantic.

Does any one have any ideas?

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Old 13-09-2010, 16:00   #2
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I don't know about websites, but if you are planning on crossing oceans, Jimmy Cornell's World Cruising Routes contains the wind patterns and several suggested routes for making the crossing.
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Old 13-09-2010, 16:07   #3
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Hi,

We are planing a year long cuise and looking to find some material for a wind atlas or wind patterns in atlantic.

Does any one have any ideas?

cheers
You need the pilot charts for the N. Atlantic...available from the government for free at Maritime Safety Information

There's a different one for each month of the year. But remember, these are just averages, not promises.
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Old 13-09-2010, 20:25   #4
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Besides the pilot charts, you can get the monthly average of wind as actually measured from the QScat satellite program (alas now deceased) at:

Climatology of Global Ocean Winds - COGOW

There is also a program called Virtual Passage which allows one to plot a course based on the pilot chart wind rosettes and currents and produces a summery as to how many days will be sailed, at what expected point of sail, and how much motoring (if one is inclined to do that), and how many days the voyage may take...

Once upon a time you could actually download QScat data on SailDocs for wherever you were or were going, and it was absolutely great. Now the satellite has irreparable problems (I think with the antenna) and does not send data. Alas, alak, alay! Write your Congress Person...

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Thanks every one for your advice, I have looked at the websites and have found them very handy. We were looking to head back to the UK from East coast of N America in Jan/Feb...

Its not looking promising weather wise. We are now think of leaving the east Coast of North America for Bermuda in early Feb, then start the crossing to the azores late feb.
Late march we would leave azores and head to either northern tip of portugal or SW tip of UK depending on weather.

What do you think any sugestions?
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