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Re: Sailing NE Florida to the Abacos

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Thanks...too many missed my point I think...I don't want to hug the coast sailing south or do the ditch going south. The goal is to sail offshore, open ocean for several days heading east and enter the Bahamas from east to west.

Would like to hear from anyone who has done the passage in this manner. 7 to 14 days offshore is fine.

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I think you're missing the point too. Experience here says DONT DO THAT ROUTE. But if you insist on beating into prevailing SE winds against a current that is 2-4 knots in the wrong direction (even if you're out of the main gulfstream)...its your boat.

Not many people do what you're doing, but hey if you discover some magic route where the eddies flow south, publish a book. Thats one way to keep the cruising kitty full!!!

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Re: Sailing NE Florida to the Abacos

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You probably will be beating SE but there is no 2 to 4 knot current running west on the north side of the Bahamas. The gulf stream itself is a 2 to 4 knot current.
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Re: Sailing NE Florida to the Abacos

There's probably a very good reason why you haven't received comments about the plan to sail offshore and enter the Bahamas from East to West.
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Re: Sailing NE Florida to the Abacos

Malyea there is nothing wrong with just going sailing and seeing what happens...Often you have to sail towards Bermuda on the starboard tack as the port tack tack puts you into the stream going nowhere. But if you get westerlies or southerlies you will be there in 2-3 days.

The two dangers are north winds into the Gulf Stream and a rage when you get to the Abacos and don't do it in hurricane season. The only real danger is trying to do the trip to a schedule.

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ps Bermuda is very nice...Last time we went off-shore going to the Caribbean we did warn the crew that we might go via Bermuda!
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Re: Sailing NE Florida to the Abacos

Maybe someone can help a newbie, I always see these threads, is the prevailing wind from the east is that why these are tough passages...??

Looking at maps etc, one would think the wind would be from the south along with the gulf stream and it would be just a reach to the island the OP mentioned..

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azguy: This site may give you some info on historical wind directions. NRCS National Water and Climate Center - Climate Products - Climate Data - Wind Rose Click on the "Wind Rose Plots" at the top of the page and pick you state and city.
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Re: Sailing NE Florida to the Abacos

NightOwl is right! Stick close to the coast or use the waterway, Cross to the little Bahama Bank and you can sail in the dark to Great Sale Cay. Leave from W.Palm Beach for the 60nm voyage to Memory Rock. You don't want to be anywhere north of the Bahamas in poor weather, and your sail south offshore will be terrible!...Been there..done that! In a 48'boat with a 65hp engine....took forever!

When you wake-up in Great Sale Cay, its paradise!

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Take a look at this fabulous site. It has the pilot charts for the world. Pick your month and look at the area East of Florida and you'll see what we are all talking about.

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Why the aversion to the Little Bahamas bank? Most of the north end is over 10' deep, easy to sail across. Stop in Great Sale for wind protection from almost any direction.
From there it's a long day to Green Turtle.
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