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Wind Barbs and the Gulf
Ive been reading some of the threads about crossing the gulf because i live in Texas and want to do that someday. I have not had any chart training as of yet accept as a private pilot (but i will before any heavy sailing). The wind barbs are new to me, so i just learned how those work by googling them, but here's my question.
Several of the old salts say to sail south from Houston to the Yukatan or Cancun, then turn north east toward the Keys or USVI (man, Cuba is in the way). This is for favorable winds and to avoid abandoned oil platforms...my God, i had no idea. That should be illegal, but that's another thread. It looks though, like the weather patters show that you would be sailing right into the teeth of the wind if you went south. This is where the winds come off the Atlantic in the usual hurricane jet stream coming from Africa.
Am I missing something?
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