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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Azores and back, Best time for a round trip ?

    Thanks Pete, this is the conclusion I've been coming to,
    Leave June but get back before late September. Always good to hear from those who've done it.

    I also hear they're very beautiful and worth taking the time to explore. I suspect my wife will come out and join me too.

  2. #12
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    Default Re: Azores and back, Best time for a round trip ?

    This has not been ruled to, although I do like the idea of jumping off from Baltimore too, it's also a lovely place having visited in the past, all be it by road.

  3. #13
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    Default Re: Azores and back, Best time for a round trip ?

    What route are you thinking of taking?
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  4. #14
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    Default Re: Azores and back, Best time for a round trip ?

    As it stands I知 planning on departing from Falmouth. Route will largely depending on conditions ... closest to the rhumb line ideally but expecting that I値l do what the wind lets me do. I知 keen to keep out of Biscay though. I know many say head south then west. I知 not decided yet. This is why I知 asking what others have done or recommend.

  5. #15
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    Default Re: Azores and back, Best time for a round trip ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Halcyon Yachts View Post
    Best to be back before the end of September...

    Pete
    Thanks
    It is all down to the fact that my wife does not understand me !!

  6. #16
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    Default Re: Azores and back, Best time for a round trip ?

    Squeezed between the winter/spring storms in the western Atlantic and the autumn hurricane season, a late spring/early summer voyage has to be favoured. Ideally leave UK mid May and aim to be back in Europe by mid August. I left leaving the Azores until late August and got winged by the remains of a tropical storm.

    Passages both ways are likely to be affected by head-winds on the direct route, and there is something to be said for going, and even more for returning, via NW Spain. Not sure why Tinker13 specially wants to avoid Biscay which is not problematic if you keep well out.

    An obvious planning resource is Jimmy Cornell's "World Cruising Routes".
    Last edited by AndrewB; 09-11-18 at 15:22.

  7. #17
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    Default Re: Azores and back, Best time for a round trip ?

    Quote Originally Posted by GHA View Post
    Some handy wind averages from sat data >

    http://cioss.coas.oregonstate.edu/co...one_x_one.html
    OK Humour me. I should know this but I want to be sure & i expect there are others that do not know the answer ( i hope that i am not the only one so let then answer the question BEFORE they read the answer) - Thanks for the link by the way
    On opening your link then clicking a date a wind a grid chart opens up for that time of the year
    One then clicks a point with the mouse that you want to know the typical wind pattern
    This opens up a wind polar to the right of the screen
    This shows the average wind speed along with the direction for that position for the time of the year
    Hope I have it right so far
    So my question is
    Here it comes !!


    Is the wind blowing towards the centre of the polar or away from the centre of the polar





    No cheating answer the question first
    It is all down to the fact that my wife does not understand me !!

  8. #18
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    Default Re: Azores and back, Best time for a round trip ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Daydream believer View Post

    Is the wind blowing towards the centre of the polar or away from the centre of the polar

    No cheating answer the question first
    Towards the center, IE if the bar is in the SW then the wind is blowing from the SW, if I understand correctly but I may not.
    Tom, Sundance
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  9. #19
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    Default Re: Azores and back, Best time for a round trip ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yellow Ballad View Post
    Towards the center, IE if the bar is in the SW then the wind is blowing from the SW, if I understand correctly but I may not.
    Seems so, click the map and you get an option for tabular data.

    The more familiar pilot charts are also easy to get for openpcm plus a very handy climatology plugin to view the pilot charts plus cyclone history

    https://opencpn.org/OpenCPN/info/pilotcharts.html
    https://opencpn.org/OpenCPN/plugins/climatology.html
    Last edited by GHA; 09-11-18 at 09:51.

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