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post #15 of Old 04-07-2014
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Re: Sail From Nova Scotia To The Bahamas

The OP is probably gone by now but the advice above about sailing to the Canaries or Azores is way off base. I'll offer this in the hope some future reader is not misled.

Uricane, look at a chart of the Atlantic. Boats leave New England for the Carribean every year in early November, passing by or stopping in Bermuda, and then proceeding south to the BVI or points east and south of there. Halifax is two days max to the latitude of southern NE and the angle on the wind isn't that much different. If you're set to the east of Bermuda, it's no big deal as the NE trades will be found south of there.

The route most competent skippers would take if doing this trip non-stop (and that's a big if) is NS to Bermuda (stop if necessary) and then to Bahamas. Timing is challenging, but if going non-stop then leave on a cold frontal passage in early November and beat feet south as fast as possible so you hopefully only have to deal with one nasty gale along the way (odds are that time of year you'll have two). The biggest risk along this route is having to deal with an approaching gale or worse while in the Gulf Stream and/ or it's numerous eddies.

With a 50' waterline the NS -Bermuda leg would take a week plus or minus, and the Bermuda to Bahamas leg a day or two less.

The risk of encountering a strong gale in the Gulf Stream in November is very real and shouldn't be discounted. People have died and boats have been lost doing this passage in recent years. A better approach would be to cruise down the US coast during the summer or early fall and leave from Norfolk in early November.

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