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Question Routes and safety Sailing to South America from Tx

I am learning to sail. Once I get some proficiency I want to sail from Houston Tx to Brazil.

As I like to plan well ahead I was hopeing from some suggestions.

My questions:
What route might be best?

Should I avoid cuba? Avoid Hatti(as cost guard is there to keep earth quake from fleeing their country?

How long does it take to make the trip. Is this something I can do in a month?

What is the best time of year to make the trip?

If my experience is not enough, How might I locate someone sailing down there and get onboard to help out. Perhaps, a payed learning trip?
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I hope somebody who knows can give you some good replies, Danda, I'd like to know the answers to these questions myself.

From what I understand going east out of the lower islands towards the eastern tip of South America is a long beat into the waves and wind, but I don't have a lot of details about that, I have just heard it isn't how most people want to spend a few weeks. But then that makes it even more interesting, doesn't it ? Because it means few people head off in that direction!
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Here is where I read that it was a beat to windward ...

Atom voyages | Back to Brazil

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Here is his route ...

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Wow, so I'd have to sail to that clockwise direction to go with the wind? I might have to take a personal leave of work to have enough time to do that.

I would love to talk to someone who has made the trip.

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Do you have a blue water boat? With limited sailing ability I wouldn't make this trip but if I did, I would hug the coastline down Texas and into Mexico and beyond.
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I have yet to buy my own boat.

Yea, hugging the coast line was a thought I had. I just did not know if there were danger in doing this.

I really think I might just try to find someone to sail me down there, renting a boat. Then I can learn as we go. Where or how do I locate a skipper that might do something like this?
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I have yet to buy my own boat.

Yea, hugging the coast line was a thought I had. I just did not know if there were danger in doing this.

I really think I might just try to find someone to sail me down there, renting a boat. Then I can learn as we go. Where or how do I locate a skipper that might do something like this?

Buy a boat before you start looking for a skipper. You are putting the cart before the horse......
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Buy a boat before you start looking for a skipper. You are putting the cart before the horse......
Free, I think he means a charter.
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I really think I might just try to find someone to sail me down there, renting a boat. Then I can learn as we go. Where or how do I locate a skipper that might do something like this?
If you do not mind going the other direction, this would work: Cruise the Northwest Passage / March - November 2011

Leg 2 is Rio to Halifax.
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