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Old 23-07-2021, 14:10   #16
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Re: South Atlantic weather history

For the OP. When do you plan to cross. If plans are a year or more in the future then this is a good sight to keep a watching brief on - https://earth.nullschool.net/#curren....25,-10.55,725

Couple of points . Historically the South Atlantic does not have hurricanes/typhoons/call them what you will. They had one a few years ago - the only one on record.

Really nasty weather can form offshore and I know of a few cases when sailing vessels have been lost off the southern Brazilian coast. This is one example. https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2...ff_brazil.html I'll let you do your own research on that.

I have no sailing experience north of the Rio de la Plata, quite a few of my younger years in steam - yes steam - were spent north of there though. On the run from the bulgy bit of Africa to the Cape the SE trades always seemed to have more south in them than east.

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I can think of 5 West African countries S of the Equator.. he could be headed for any of those.
Regardless the summer months (Nov - Feb) are best for a crossing the ride the winds N to the equator..
Careful, you will unleash our resident pedant. Maybe the OP could tell us exactly where he plans to go.

I don't think Namibia, Angola, or the Congos are considered West Africa even though they are on the western side of Africa - we used to run to the first two but we didn't run to West Africa. We did however run to South West Africa before it had a name change.

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Something tells me he's headed for Angola.. but I could be wrong..
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