Join Date: Oct 2006
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Hi Clayton. I have the same reaction to cut and paste sailors that you do.
Sorry to be late to the party here, but I'm finishing up a delivery and just catching up on the boards since I got a cell signal.
Based on personal experience (as you asked) I generally head North(ish) and keep my options open as long as possible to hit Bermuda or the Azores first. Of course I provision heavily so I can go all the way to the UK if necessary without stopping. Fuel capacity is an issue and I run a rolling threshold for motoring -- early on we sail no matter what and as time progresses and we get further along the minimum boat speed before firing up gets higher and higher.
What usually happens for me is that I decide early on whether to grab the Gulf Stream or go East of the Bahamas. After that, I decide whether to stop in Bermuda, mostly based on fuel burn.
I do carry Cornell's book, but for the Atlantic the routes haven't kept up with the reality of the Gulf Stream running further South than historically and boats that point better.
I know you said you have been running cats for a while, but I'll share one thought anyway. I use a snatch block to pull the sheets inboard to point higher. This is a magic bullet for squeezing 10 or 15 degrees out of the boat.
Have a great trip. Let me know if I can share anything else that may be of assistance to you.
sail fast and eat well, dave
beware "cut and paste" sailors.
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