There are many ways to cross an ocean I learned. I am curious to hear about your way you have done it. The reason is, we are planning to do it some time during end 2019 / beginning 2020 on a catamaran
What obviously comes in mind is joining the ARC
- and most people very likely chose this route
. I read a lot about it, the advantages of socializing upfront and get forced to equip the vessel to the standards set by the rally statutes, but also the possibly not ideal weather
windows, over-crowded marina and busy chandlers.
Arriving on the Canaries
shall be latest beginning of October because of the rough weather
to the islands.
Then I read about the NARC - people that may sail around this time window, but do not join the ARC
activities, so they use the advantage of a crowded ocean (ha ha ha) for peace of mind, save the money
- but also stick to the same weather - not ideal.
Other options would be to maybe find some like-minded yachts to do your own passage
and maybe even chose a more unusual / interesting route
at a different time - like sailing during the end of the summer from Gibraltar
to the Canaries
with nicer weather, doing earlier the Maintenance
at the Canaries (e.g. in September / October) and leave before it gets too crowded to the Cap Verde's, than maybe sail earlier more south and do a different landfall e.g to Brazil
, than stay there for a while and sail after the hurricane
and rain season - maybe in January - up north through the Caribbean
Than go back for the next winter to Panama
and cross to the Pacific - this may become challenging with the Hurricanes.
I am reading the World cruising guides
and try to figure out, what would be the most pleasant weather window to make the longer legs using the trades and avoiding the squalls and Hurricanes, but also having a nice round-trip on the Caribbean
So here we go, ARC, NARC, individual crossing, what did you like most, what least - have you considered different land falls, is Brazil
/ French Guiana worth the deviation etc.
is not a very frequently traveled sailing destination
. Is it worth it (and safe) to visit before going to the Pacific? (Maybe stay there / sail the Brazil / Uruguai coast down and up during the next winter and do Panama
later during spring time - like a 1 year round-trip eastern America's coasts and islands?)