I'm avoiding the Northern route as much as possible, as avoiding cold and wet (I need heat along with the salt
air and am in no rush, so no travel deadline). Cold and wet also means storm fronts.
So some sort of crossing South of any potential hurricane
tracks, then across to the Cape Verde
Islands (trying not to get pushed to the Azores). It's going to be a lot of extra miles, but I am ok with that. Time, I have, and getting well in tune with the boat takes time anyway.
I have Cornell's Ocean Atlas: Pilot Charts
for All Oceans of the World Spiral-bound, and, as starting to be weighed down with books
for the flight to pick up the boat, will pick up others for delivery
(e.g. Cornell's World Cruising Routes) when in America.
There is a route from Brazil
to Cape Verde
, but you have to watch you don't get pushed to the Azores. Much will likely depend on what month I end up setting off across.
I'm hoping/planning for the biggest problem I will have, being a bit too far South at times, and getting stuck in too many calms, so it could be very slow going (but in heat with salt
air, which I need, I am fine with that). It will also mean going a lot to windward, but with wind
, going about 60 deg off the wind (the boat is supposed to be very comfortable with that, and track like it is on rails), it shouldn't be too stressful for the boat, and perhaps I won't have to motorsail too much (though I will carry a lot of extra fuel
just in case).
I'll get stuck into the detailed planning when I have the extra books
on the boat, and it could be interesting to see how the eventual route 'down South' pans out today (I don't think it gets travelled that much any more, but I may be wrong).
This is a very good resource to look over for general comparisons (click on the 'Earth' label to get the options for surface winds, currents, wave height, etc):
earth :: a global map of wind, weather, and ocean conditions
Boatie, have you ever done a West to East crossing, much further South than usual?
I intend to carry enough supplies to be the Slow Boat to China
and back, twice.