This is a not-too-far-from-reality scenario I've been debating and I can't come to a conclusion, I'm sure someone else who makes this crossing has considered this and/or tried it. If you wanted to sail from Miami
(essentially dead E) and the wind
was hypothetically dead E, considering an average gulfstream drift of dead N at 2.5kt (and, if you wish, an average boat
speed of 5kt and 10-15kt wind
speed - did I leave anything out?), what would you do?
It actually doesn't help (as far as I can estimate) in this scenario to leave from further south; even setting off as far south as Molasses Reef, a close reach on starboard tack would miss any land by a HUGE margin, and a close reach on port would only add a lot of distance. So it seems to me that leaving from Miami
and tacking close reaches (obviously, with longer port legs) would be the best bet, but I would like to hear what others think.
I understand that I have the option of waiting for a wind shift, etc, and that I need to watch out for cold fronts this time of year, and hurricanes in the second half, etc. These aren't part of the question...
Thanks for your help as always! pete