The Aghulas current
is not a counter current
- it is the main East to West current. When you throw in the SW buster then you can churn the sea into a fair representation of a washing
However, from Cape Town
eastwards is very do-able. As several people have said, you coastal hop. The weather
forecasts are pretty reliable and ‘windows’ are well documented and regular. I have done this passage
a number of times. By keeping well inshore you avoid the Aghulas current and may find a gentle counter current. The advice
I received on my first West-East passage
, from Saldanha Bay to Durban was to stay close enough inshore to read car number plates. Obviously, this was a slight exaggeration but the principles were correct. It is actually a wonderful sail as long as watch the weather and use the harbours along the way. I can really recommend Knysna (very interesting entrance!) - we ended up staying there for nearly two months on one trip and had the pleasure of meeting Lynne & Larry Pardey
there (early ‘94 I seem to recall).
QUOTE=El Pinguino;2577160]The 'counter current' you are thinking of is the Aghulus.... one of the world's biggest... if not the biggest... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agulhas_Current
With a strong SW'ly wind
it can produce a rather nasty sea ... vvvvvv .....
If I was wanting to get to the 'South Seas' from the east coast
of the US and didn't want to go via Panama
I would go via the Beagle Channel ( but then I would say that wouldn't I
No need to go around the Horn..... only hard bit is getting down the Argentine coast...
Going that way you get to enjoy some of the finest cruising in the world and after clearing the channels at Canal Chacao just poke on up the coast to Ecuador