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Old 10-12-2018, 07:33   #1
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I am crossing from Tortola to the Azores departing on February 20 2019. Can anyone tell me what are the coldest temps I could possibly expect mid journey?
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Old 12-12-2018, 10:18   #2
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If the weathermen knew for sure, they'd all be rich. Take the warmest, driest gear you have. Diving goggles might be useful in wind-driven rain. If you have the gear, but don't need it, fine. If you need the gear but don't have it, not fine. We went transatlantic in June and despite multiple layers of clothing, hats, socks & gloves, were cold for at least a week, even with a heater on board trying to warm us up. You are further south, but night watches can be cold even in summer.
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You'll be fine for the first half but I recommend weather gear">foul weather gear and warm clothes for the second half..
Did a similar timeline trip from Florida and boy was it chilly and wet as we closed Horta..

Dunno why I have the repeat..
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Thak You. Yes, I understand the weather cannot be predicted, especially at sea. But I was looking to see if I could expect temps below zero F or closer to 20-40 F when things got chilly. I know wind and dampness are big factors. It's the low end numbers I was trying to find out.
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Hahahahaa.. No.. more like 10 to 14c..
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That is an interesting time to cross. Assume you have a real reason to cross at that time of year instead of waiting for the fronts which come across the USA and head ne and make a mess of the Atlantic - we did the crossing on May 1 and had a great trip -


the pilot charts say a bit about it - but I would guess there is a reason to cross in Feb.
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That is an interesting time to cross.
My thoughts too, wonder what the plans are for further journeys after a stop in the Azores? Not the time of year to try for NW Europe that's for sure.

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Yup, I agree with both of you. But I own a Skydiving center in Southern Maine. www.skydivenewengland.com
I have to make 52 weeks of income where I'm only open from May first to November first as well as being weather dependent sport. So it's nearly a 7 day a week job in the summer months.
So I'll take what I can get. Boatman61 provided temps that are in a comfortable range given where I live. I wanted to fly over seas and sail west back but this is the only one I could find that fit my schedule. Time to break out of the Caribbean bare boat cruising and put my big boy sailing gear on.
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