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Old 11-06-2024, 13:30   #1
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Halifax to Cork?

Thinking of a transatlantic trip on a boat for sale in Halifax. To Cork, Ireland, or thereabouts.

What is this route like? What time of year and what to expect? Possible to do later this summer (2024)?

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Thinking of a transatlantic trip on a boat for sale in Halifax. To Cork, Ireland, or thereabouts.

What is this route like? What time of year and what to expect? Possible to do later this summer (2024)?

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Go to the "Sailing Uma" channel on YouTube and search back a few years. They did essentially that trip and made a video daily. Leaving in late July or early August and, per the pilot charts, you will be sailing down wind almost all of the time. But bring your long underwear, as it could get chilly. It is about a 1750NM trip from Newfoundland. Sound like great fun!
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The sweet spot (in the time/space continuum) is June. Before is an endless series of powerful lows. After is to risk a hurricane passing you.

Did the same route in 2010.
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Have you considered Halifax to Azores then Azores to Ireland. First leg is shorter and there is time to wait for window in Azores before second leg. Much warmer too.
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Some friends of mine did it and complained about the endless cold and lots of fog. The Great Circle route takes you right up to Newfoundland's south coast. The first few hundred miles of the route would be the worst for fog, potential icebergs coming down from Labrador and lots of fishing activity on the Grand Banks. Favorable winds the whole way though. My go-to guide for trips like this is Cornell's World Cruising Routes.
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If needed/wanted, one could also stop at Killybegs, Ireland which is in County Donegal on the north west corner of the island.
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Here is the Sailing Uma video, the first of many about their crossing. It is #191. Enjoy!


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Take a look at the pilot charts for July (attached). There is no question that having a good diesel heater would be desirable, but the great likelihood is a broad or beam reach all the way.
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We sailed from CT to Cork, leaving in June. We practically wore ski clothes - four or more layers, hats and gloves - and were still incredibly cold. Cabin heater barely helped dry gear out, though it was warmer below than on deck. A week of fog on a 22-day trip. Halifax should be about five days or so quicker. When you get there you actually want to head to Crosshaven, not the industrial port of Cork.
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Thanks to those who replied….

It seems the common denominators are fair winds but ice cold. That is something to think about. Or a more southerly route….
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