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Old 24-06-2022, 22:51   #1
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Europe to North America

How common is it to sail from Europe to the USA? I see a lot of yachts/sailboats going from NA to Europe but not the other way around. Why? If there are more sailing from E to NA, why aren't they showing up on the tracking websites?
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Lots go to the Caribbean , as thatís the trade route beating up north to the US coastline is more work.
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I don't think there are many European that wants to sail in the US. Most go to the Caribbean and then to the Pacific or back home.
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I don't think there are many European that wants to sail in the US. Most go to the Caribbean and then to the Pacific or back home.
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Re: Europe to North America

FWIW...If I was in Europe and watched the news, I might just go to the Caribbean and call it a day.
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Re: Europe to North America

Generally, the winds favor crossing the Atlantic from America to Europe in northern latitudes and from Europe to the Americas in the trade winds, with a first stop in the Caribbean. On our circumnav, we crossed from the Azores to Boston and had the wind on our nose most of the way. We could have avoided that by going farther north, but there were icebergs along that route.


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FWIW...If I was in Europe and watched the news, I might just go to the Caribbean and call it a day.
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Re: Europe to North America

Few people enjoy cold cruising, so the tendency is the med or Carib.

East coast Canada and US north (Maine) has great cruising but is cold. Pretty much same for Great Lakes, which are even further.

Eastern seaboard has some nice ports, but isn’t known for cruising wonders. Exceptional places are swamped with tourists in summer.

So if you want islands AND warmth, it’s the Carib.
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Even in summer the northern route direct to the U.S. can have gales, and is pretty much guaranteed to have headwinds. Unless you went so far north as to have to avoid sea ice, something I would not do, the only route assured of favorable winds and no gales is the tradewinds route from the Canaries to the Caribbean. Considering the many options available in the Caribbean it would be a mistake to miss it. If time is the primary concern then the northern route may be the only option but be aware that it can be quite stormy any time of year. I knew one fellow that left Ireland on a direct route to Boston, wanting to be there by the 4th of July; it was the 6th gale that sank his boat and nearly took his life. As anyone who has cruised for long knows: schedules are dangerous and safety comes first.

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