Originally Posted by Valiente
Fair winds. Please do consider sailing on crewed, well-found boats first around 200 miles out, in preferably harsh weather. It's 100% of the experience at 10% of the risk of doing it alone in a boat possibly not up to the task.
In the meantime, the U.S. East Coast isn't often a lee shore, so get out there and shake some stuff loose. You have from Boston to Nova Scotia some beautiful and technically challenging (tides, lobster pots, nav hazards, fog) sailing that is also well-served with "outs" should you get in over your head...so to speak!
Well said... getting actual time in on the water in heavy weather is experience that every bluewater sailor should get long before doing a bluewater passage.
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