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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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Last edited by Ferretchaser; 09-30-2012 at 11:20 PM.