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Ocean eddies

I was watching the videos Nick Jaffe put together from his transatlantic crossing. On the leg from the Caribbean to NYC he describes getting caught in an eddy for a few days. Is this common, and what could someone do to get out (without a motor)?
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Re: Ocean eddies

I got into one of them on my last trip ( west solo transat ) from the azores to delaware bay. I had a 12 knot west north west wind, was on a west south west track doing 4 to 5 knots through the water but pretty much sailing on the spot over ground. I turned the nose due south irrespective to my then course over ground and was out of it in 18 hours. It is a bit confusing at first but you get used to it pretty quick. I was at one time thinking to just stay on my course and hoping to get through it but though it better to not swim against the current as it were. Worked for me.
IMHO motoring through them is in more ways then one not the way forward unless you have a boat that is capable of doing some serious knots under artificial wind. I would have just burned a lot of fuel for nothing.

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Re: Ocean eddies

I saw same vid. Been through the gulf stream several times and never had a problem. But could see if you were in a gulf stream eddy with no wind could be. Here is a pic showing many eddies of the gulf stream.
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Re: Ocean eddies

Cool image. Really makes you realize the ocean is alive (especially THAT part!).
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Re: Ocean eddies

Navigators try to utilize the eddies to their advantage on Gulf Stream crossings.
Folks like Jenifer Clark spend time tracking their locations in real time and can provide valuable routing services.

I recall having to run the engine for awhile with all sail up to break free of the northerly push of the stream while trying to make west on a return from Bermuda. Another vessel reported that they got pushed so far north that they ended up returning to the Chesapeake via Delaware bay.. Rather than Hampton Roads/ Norfolk
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Re: Ocean eddies

The ocean really can just make us her b*tch, if she wants.
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Re: Ocean eddies

pardon the interuption but on wave is an eddy, iv never heard of that term.
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What is an eddy?
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Re: Ocean eddies

I ended up doing the same in the end. Going into the delaware and then through the CD canal
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