Originally Posted by SVAuspicious
As of now, with a passage plan of 135T to 65W then 180T to Tortola I would leave at or slightly before dawn Monday morning 4 Nov. You'd be on a beam to close reach out of the Bay then a broad reach from the sea buoy as you settle onto course. As the wind clocks over Tuesday into Wednesday you stay on course hardening up to a close reach and possibly a beat for a while. Don't turn South early - protect your Easting as it will be hard to come by when you get into the trades further South.
Should be interesting to track the Caribbean 1500 departure on this one...
With their penchant for routing the fleet down the beach to Hatteras, and crossing the Stream there, given the inshore forecast of NE 25-30 thru Sunday night and seas to 10' thru the following day, that's gonna provide a VERY sporty crossing of the Stream for anyone who chooses to do so off Hatteras... I would suggest this might be one year where that tactic would not be advisable...
In any event, there's gonna be some sick puppies aboard many of the boats in that fleet, and some of those crew on their first-ever night offshore are in for a major wake-up call... Sounds like another classic first night out on the last offshore passage they will ever make, for some... :-)