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hoodsail 07-10-2013 11:40 AM

Sail time from Annapolis to St Martin - November
 
Attempting to schedule time off to crew on Island Packet 38 from Annapolis-St Martin this November (after hurricane season). What is a realistic range of days this may take assuming non-stop? Then flying home to CT. Going to compare w/ skipper's estimate. thnks dave

Zanshin 07-10-2013 01:01 PM

Re: Sail time from Annapolis to St Martin - November
 
I sailed from Annapolis to St. Martin at the beginning of December last year. From Annapolis 2 overnight stop before clearing out in Norfolk, Va. and then 8 days crossing in heavy weather to St. Martin.

This is on a 57 foot sloop but I didn't push it - partially motorsailed and 2-3 reefs in the sails. 6-8 knots speed were common, sometimes higher and occasionally lower. An IP38 is going to be quite a bit slower overall on this trip due to the expected seas and weather, you would probably average under 5 knots so your trip would take several days more.

A lot will depend upon the boat, the weather and whether Bermuda is planned or used as an emergency or weather stop.

10 days minimum from Norfolk to Marigot (good weather and some motorsailing/motoring), 12-14days likely and 15-17 days with adverse conditions.

chef2sail 07-10-2013 01:03 PM

Re: Sail time from Annapolis to St Martin - November
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by hoodsail (Post 1056967)
Attempting to schedule time off to crew on Island Packet 38 from Annapolis-St Martin this November (after hurricane season). What is a realistic range of days this may take assuming non-stop? Then flying home to CT. Going to compare w/ skipper's estimate. thnks dave

1400 nm approximently. 120-150 miles per day. 10-12 days in perfect straight line conditions. I would say 14-16 days.

hoodsail 07-11-2013 09:06 AM

Re: Sail time from Annapolis to St Martin - November
 
Appreciate the information regarding approximate days enroute and will confirm w/ the skipper that no detour to Bermuda is planned. thank you, Dave

Fllcatsailor 10-08-2013 11:10 AM

Re: Sail time from Annapolis to St Martin - November
 
I agree with Chef... 14 days or so

SVAuspicious 10-08-2013 12:20 PM

Re: Sail time from Annapolis to St Martin - November
 
On an IP38 you will be 12 - 16 days unless you hit weather.

You can make this a 30 day trip if you want, wandering down the Chesapeake, a bit of ICW, heading offshore from Beaufort ... not recommended if the goal is to get to STM.

Annapolis to Norfolk is less than 24 hours, stop in Little Creek for fuel, water, weather, and go. Head 135T until 65W and turn right.

Everything depends on weather.

hoodsail 10-10-2013 10:48 AM

Re: Sail time from Annapolis to St Martin - November
 
Dave:
Appreciate the input. i will be crewing on the boat so it will be up to the skipper to decide rte, but my impression is to get the boat down south with minimal time for dawdling, ie. lv Norfolk, head off the coast for some distance, avoid the Gulf stream and get to the islands ASAP. thnks again

SVAuspicious 10-10-2013 12:13 PM

Re: Sail time from Annapolis to St Martin - November
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by hoodsail (Post 1102237)
my impression is to get the boat down south with minimal time for dawdling, ie. lv Norfolk, head off the coast for some distance, avoid the Gulf stream and get to the islands ASAP.

You can't avoid the Gulf Stream, just minimize the adverse effect.

North Carolina tips the Gulf Stream over and it runs NE along the North Carolina and Virginia coasts. It clocks a bit more well offshore and aims for the UK. This is one of two reasons to get your Easting as early as possible.

Sailing 135T makes your course perpendicular to the Gulf Stream, minimizing time in the current. While you are in the Gulf Stream this far North you will get as much Easting (fair) as Northing (foul). South of Beaufort NC it's all Northing.

The other reason to get East early is that as you get South you will get into the trades (E to NE) and getting further East is work. Get out to 65W and don't give up any Easting you don't have to. You don't have to lose too much ground to find yourself in Puerto Rico instead of the BVI. If you are aiming for STM buy another half-degree of longitude early and hang on to it.

If you do get pounded by weather (what are you using for onboard weather anyway?) and bail for the Bahamas please don't try to run any inlet except Nassau in the dark. If you have a choice between the Bahamas and Bermuda choose Bermuda - you'll lose less ground and heading on to the Caribbean is easier.


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