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Has anyone crossed from Canaries to Caribbean as late as Feb/March time and if so how was it?

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Actually, according to Cornell's world cruising routes, the best time for the Canary Island to Bahamas run is March to May... so if they waited until March, they would probably be okay. The suggested route is 3328 NM and goes as follows:

Las Palmas .......28˚07;N 15˚24'W to
.......................20˚00'N;60˚00'W to
Salvador ..........23˚54'N;74˚32'W to
Cockburn Town .24˚03'N;74˚31.5'W.
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thanks for the info, I've just ordered Cornells Cruising Routes, normally boats from the med would have left by now, but we're a bit behind schedule!! looking to head for Trinidad so don't know if that changes anything.

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Shouldn't change much... basically that's the same as Canaries to Lesser Antilles, which can be done from mid-November to May according to WCR.

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Las Palmas to St. Lucia, to Rodney Bay. A bit shorter at 2819 NM or so.
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so if wer've left by end of feb there forby the end of March, we would have 4 months ish before heading souh for Hurricane season July to Oct?
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Hurricane season starts in June....and we do get storms then... we also get storms through November a lot of years...
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I did the passage in April a few years back. It was okay, but the trades seem to have died down. I had a 5 day stretch of very little wind. It was a very pleasant cruise.
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