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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Bay of Biscay south to North

    If you wait for a weather window, it's not too much of a problem. Heading for The Azores can add days to the crossing, which might as well be spent waiting for the window.

    On the occasions I have considered it, the only reason to head towards the Azores is if you want to go to the Azores
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    Default Re: Bay of Biscay south to North

    Quote Originally Posted by KellysEye View Post
    Crossing Biscay going north is upwind and up current boats often aim towards the Azores and turn when the wind goes west.
    Might be a viable strategy from the Algarve but makes no sense once you're in Spain.
    I'd rather be tethered to a pad eye than tethered to an iPad.

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    Default Re: Bay of Biscay south to North

    When looking for your weather window, be sure to look at the 'visibility' forecast as well as wind etc. I had a full three days of not being able to see beyond the foredeck whilst the accompanying drizzle made for wiping the instruments vary few seconds to look for AIS contacts - we could hear lots of stuff but see nothing.
    Probably the most tiring trip in 50 years of sailing - not fun.
    As others have said, you should plan for 3 days of motoring just in case.
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    Default Re: Bay of Biscay south to North

    Quote Originally Posted by KellysEye View Post
    Crossing Biscay going north is upwind and up current boats often aim towards the Azores and turn when the wind goes west.
    When you get halfway to the Azores & there is no wind, what do you do then, at least going close to the coast you have an opportunity to refuel/seek shelter should the shite hit the fan. Going west & then hanging a right, was the advice in Admiralty Sailing Almanacs, but then they were square rigged & couldn't sail close to the wind.
    Last edited by scotty123; 13-07-19 at 14:32.

  5. #15
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    Default Re: Bay of Biscay south to North

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard10002 View Post
    If you wait for a weather window, it's not too much of a problem. Heading for The Azores can add days to the crossing, which might as well be spent waiting for the window.
    Drink the wine and wait. Stats suggest that you won't have to wait too long for a favourable wind.

    Biscay Wind.jpg
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    Default Re: Bay of Biscay south to North

    Quote Originally Posted by LadyInBed View Post
    Drink the wine and wait. Stats suggest that you won't have to wait too long for a favourable wind.

    Biscay Wind.jpg
    Ah, stats!

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    Default Re: Bay of Biscay south to North

    Quote Originally Posted by LadyInBed View Post
    Drink the wine and wait. Stats suggest that you won't have to wait too long for a favourable wind.

    Biscay Wind.jpg
    The same stats that say you might wait for a favourable wind to sail the rhumb line? The NW corner of Spain shows a predominantly N wind but lots of days with NW round to SW wind...

    I’ve always sailed straight across. I ended up in Concarneau once but it’s a lovely place so I didn’t care.
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  8. #18
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    Default Re: Bay of Biscay south to North

    Quote Originally Posted by john_morris_uk View Post
    I’ve always sailed straight across. I ended up in Concarneau once but it’s a lovely place so I didn’t care.
    Same here, that's the joy of it, not really caring where you end.
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    Default Re: Bay of Biscay south to North

    Quote Originally Posted by LadyInBed View Post
    Same here, that's the joy of it, not really caring where you end.
    Saves on charts I suppose.

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    Default Re: Bay of Biscay south to North

    Quote Originally Posted by scotty123 View Post
    Saves on charts I suppose.
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