Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
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Lots of good advice here. It always amazes me how little preparation the Europeans do for a transatlantic trip. They bop down to the Azores and then lounge across to the Caribbean, downwind almost all the way. Warm water and steady wind: piece of cake. Going the other way is not the same. We ran into three storms on our 21 day voyage to Ireland. One of them lasted for more than a day and generated waves about 20' high. Out the the 21 days we had about 14 without fog. Sometimes the fog was so thick we could not see the forestay from the helm on the 38' boat. It was so cold (we left in June) we ran the bulkhead heater to stay warm and dry our gloves, hats, sweaters and other clothes. We had four crew keeping the boat moving, plus the skipper and his wife/cook who both helped whenever needed.
One aspect of our trip you will appreciate: the skipper was a WWII Destroyer commander who had served in both the Atlantic and Pacific. He subscribed to what he called the Air Force System: Plan everything. That way, he said, when the Sh** hits the fan, it will be because you planned it that way. He did a circumnavigation of Labrador to prepare for the transatlantic trip. He'd seen the North Atlantic in Winter, while looking for submarines.