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post #4 of Old 01-19-2006
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Miami to Antigua

Steve, just keep in mind that the ''Hwy 65'' route (perhaps jumping off at San Salvador Is. with hopes to get E/SE to 65W and then rhumb line to your destination) is a very different experience than island hopping. Late Fall/Spring - either before or after the Winter Trades set in - it''s more do-able task than mid-Winter. Some crews get a good wx window, don''t find the run too tough, and exclaim that this is a slam-dunk run. Some crews can''t make it at all and end up falling off to T&C Is. We met a youngish couple on a big Swan with a compressed timetable (both airline pilots) and they couldn''t get their boat to windward past the T&C''s even after some extended effort, so there is some luck involved in a weather sense.

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