Leave after atlantic hurricane season. Depends on how long you stay in Bermuda. Two weeks roughly. Oh, welcome to the Sailnet Forum.Hi I am interested in making the sail from Halifax, Nova Scotia to The Bahamas none stop. I would have a crew of four on a 50ft ketch. What time of year would work best and how long would it take?
Crossing it might be a better idea. Where to cross might depend upon finding a favorable meander. It is a pretty long trip. From Halifax it may take a week. A crew of just four is going to get very tired unless the weather is extremely fine and favorable. If you wait until the end of hurricane season, this is extremely unlikely.You're fighting the gulf stream the whole way, ouch--
How is any of that info going to help you describe the best time of year to leave and how long it will take? That is all the guy asked . . . no one has come close to discussing either question.If this isn't just a death wish, and your serious, you should provide us with some imfo. on this 50 footer. The design, rig, nav.gear, sails etc. You will get good helpfull imfo. on this net from some very experienced sailors,so give us some details. There is one thing...most likely half of your crew will be sea sick an not much help. Hey welcome to the net!
Yes, sometimes this forum beggars belief.With all due respect FSMike I have been sailing for over thirty years in the Great Lakes and have grown up around boats my hole life. I find your comment very insulting, .
==========================================The OP is probably gone by now but the advice above about sailing to the Canaries or Azores is way off base. I'll offer this in the hope some future reader is not misled.
Uricane, look at a chart of the Atlantic. Boats leave New England for the Carribean every year in early November, passing by or stopping in Bermuda, and then proceeding south to the BVI or points east and south of there. Halifax is two days max to the latitude of southern NE and the angle on the wind isn't that much different. If you're set to the east of Bermuda, it's no big deal as the NE trades will be found south of there.
The route most competent skippers would take if doing this trip non-stop (and that's a big if) is NS to Bermuda (stop if necessary) and then to Bahamas. Timing is challenging, but if going non-stop then leave on a cold frontal passage in early November and beat feet south as fast as possible so you hopefully only have to deal with one nasty gale along the way (odds are that time of year you'll have two). The biggest risk along this route is having to deal with an approaching gale or worse while in the Gulf Stream and/ or it's numerous eddies.
With a 50' waterline the NS -Bermuda leg would take a week plus or minus, and the Bermuda to Bahamas leg a day or two less.
The risk of encountering a strong gale in the Gulf Stream in November is very real and shouldn't be discounted. People have died and boats have been lost doing this passage in recent years. A better approach would be to cruise down the US coast during the summer or early fall and leave from Norfolk in early November.