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St Thomas to Hilton Head Passage Planning

I'll be crewing on a Frers 41 leaving St Thomas on/about June 10th bound for Hilton Head.

Planned route is offshore, straight line direct bypassing the Bahamas to the northeast (ie leaving them to port). 1300 nm of ocean passage at an average of 160 nm each 24 hours so 9 days or so on passage.

Other than the possible issue of it being early hurricane season, what specific and general weather pattern and passage considerations would be important to this specific route?

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Re: St Thomas to Hilton Head Passage Planning

As the crow flies it would be about 1200nm. You might want to pass just North of the Bahamas bank to pick up the Gulf Stream and then ride it North. You could also stop for fuel in the Bahamas if you are running low. I had to motor the entire way to the US one year (no wind at all). We ran low and I carry 400 gallons. The Bermuda high will also give you favorable winds. Use a routing service or Southbound II (HERB) for roting guidance if you have SSB. I use MaxSea for trips like this and it works great.
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