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Old 07-07-2019, 06:40   #1
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Gibraltar to Canary Islands timing

Hi we are planning on crossing the Atlantic end of November probably from Canary Islands via Cape Verde. We havenít done any ocean crossings so getting an experienced crew member on for it but he canít join us till October 22nd. Is this too late to leave Gibraltar in term of weather or is it safer to leave earlier but with less experience on board? Have read that this part of passage can be the most difficult and not to leave it too late but nothing on when the weather tends to change and when Ďtoo lateí actually is.
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Well I have done the run from Gib to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria in early November with no problems.
It was on a Lagoon 380 and took just under 6 days running before N'lies averaging F5-6 with just the asymetric or genoa, myself + one.
Just keep well off the Moroccan coast.
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Re: Gibraltar to Canary Islands timing

Not sure what boat you have but it should be a downwind sail all the way, with a current behind you as well. Personaly I would go with just a Genoa on a very broad raeach, with a gibe half to two thirds of the way. (Depending on your Canaries destination)

Lanzarote is a good first port of call with an excellent marina a few miles south of the very well lit airport.

Read up on and be VERY AWARE of the wind acceleration zones between the islands. If you see white water ahead reef immediately. The wind can go from 5 to 40 knots in seconds!
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Re: Gibraltar to Canary Islands timing

I did Gib to Canaries singlehanded,and,with a open calendar ,the second half of Oct was my choice. Only problem was fishing boats.
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