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Dear All~
I am happy to be a new member to the Sailnet community.
I had a question. I am planning to cross from Canada (New Brunswick) to London (UK) this summer (on a Contessa 32). The crossing can be in either July or September. I can go either take a shorter norther route. We are also considering sailing to Santa Cruz Das Flores, then to the UK. Is there a more recommended time and route? Specifically, is September a good month to do this crossing?
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September is the height of hurricane season and very wrong. July is better but the earlier the better.

I am doing the northern route this year and next.

File:Typical North Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Formation in September.png - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Good tip

Thank you for that. I had doubts about September.
Going in July would leave just 1 month to get across (to London from New Brunswick). Is this enough time to allow for the crossing, or a bit risky?
Thanks again. Alexander
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You should be able to make the crossing in a month.

July is no bargain and the later you cross the greater the risk.

File:Typical North Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Formation in July.png - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

File:Typical North Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Formation in August.png - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I am crew on a transatlantic race but that starts late June and the boats are fast so they will be there mid-July.

Next year on my boat I am leaving mid-May.

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Hi.
One additional question. We would be entering the Atlantic from the very far north (via Canada), and could consider a far north route, hugging Iceland and Greenland and ending in the United Kingdom. Most of the maps show little activity for hurricanes in the far north; however, would this still be very risky for September?
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I dodged a hurricane in Nova Scotia in September, you need to go or wait a year. Later in the year you get fall/winter storms the further north you are.
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A guy I know is doing it right now. He left the USA in the middle of May and made passage to Bermuda. He left Bermuda on May 31 and is currently enroute to the port of Horta in the Azores. He should be there on Monday. He plans a week layover there and then heads for England.

He is emailing friends with a sat phone and we are able to track his daily progress on the internet.

He reports flat seas and light winds on this passage. Which makes me think this would be the perfect time of the year to make a west to east Atlantic crossing.
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