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Bene...you CAN follow a frontal system that comes off the continent and moves out to sea after it has truly passed and the wind has shifted. The only caveat is that if you will be crossing the gulfsteam...you really need to make sure that 24 hours have passed since the front has passed (assuming north winds after a frontal low off the east coast) as the stream takes a while to settle down after stong winds have oppsed the current for any length of time.
I am referring to frontal systems here...not following brief squalls.
Obviously the boat and the captain should look at the predicted wind and sea state for after the front before leaving port but unless you are talking about something really massive that hangs off the coast...leaving after a front can get you south without having to beat into the prevailing high.
 
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