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Old 16-02-2016, 04:26   #16
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Met a guy in the Azores on my last crossing.. mine was Florida - E Spain.. his was Canada - UK.
It had taken him 50 days to reach the Azores.. severe storms drove him S.. ripped most all his topside 'furniture' off and dismasted him.. he was Soooooooo happy he was in a steel boat.
Theoretical navigation is a wonderful thing.. there's apps around that will give you a route, distance and if you enter an average speed (or hull speed) it'll tell you how long... just tap in the Depart - Arrival ports..
Just don't EVER make the mistake of carrying just enough food and water for those amount of days...
I've yet to do a crossing in the 'Optimum' possible time...
Coastal's something else and I've been quicker than the estimate.. on occasion..!!
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Thank you for the good wishes.

We're not terribly conflicted, but simply approaching the passage with more caution than most. I've set off on multi-week passages in the tropics with hardly a look at the weather, but this trip is a bit of a different animal, in our estimation.

I am writing this post from the Bering Sea. I'm currently in my 25th winter of fishing up here, so it's really not about conflict. Respect would be a more accurate term. 5000 or so sea days between 50N and 60N will do that to a guy.

But, as I mentioned, I don't think that there are any free passes on this trip, regardless of route. So, we'll suck it up and hope for a good blast across. If we get the wind right, we should be able to get across in under 8 or 9 days.

I think that boat speed is a big asset here, and we fortunately have that going for us. I think that if we were slower that would influence my choices too.

Ok, enough of that. Thanks again, I am also sure that we'll be just fine.

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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 with current, 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.
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