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17/06/2011 16:13:40

Mike Kopman<br>South Africa
Mike Kopman
South Africa

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Hello,
I am contemplating a passage south to Brazil from Trinidad. World Cruising Routes describes a possible (though no doubt tedious) trip against the NW setting Guyana current (Route AT17) but specifies the best time to do this trip as between October and March, but I need to have the boat in Brazil by August. My options as I see it are to hug the coast to avoid the counter currents, or go well offshore for better sailing angles. Has anyone done this southward trip around this time of year, after a Caribbean winter perhaps?
Thanks very much,
Mike
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01/10/2011 02:54:16

David Kory<br>United States
David Kory
United States

Posts: 17
I'm late with a reply, but did this trip in July. Did you also complete your trip?
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27/10/2011 21:38:29

Vincent Duke<br>Ireland
Vincent Duke
Ireland

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Mike, I lived and sailed from Trinidad for 20 yrs. Save yourself an awful lot of grief and sail to the Azores, Cape Verdes and Brazil. A lot more miles but a lot less pain and suffering and damage to your boat........ Vin


Mike Kopman
South Africa
wrote:
Hello,
I am contemplating a passage south to Brazil from Trinidad. World Cruising Routes describes a possible (though no doubt tedious) trip against the NW setting Guyana current (Route AT17) but specifies the best time to do this trip as between October and March, but I need to have the boat in Brazil by August. My options as I see it are to hug the coast to avoid the counter currents, or go well offshore for better sailing angles. Has anyone done this southward trip around this time of year, after a Caribbean winter perhaps?
Thanks very much,
Mike
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31/10/2011 18:29:21

David Kory<br>United States
David Kory
United States

Posts: 17
I did this trip in July, the direct route, and did not experience any pain and suffering, and certainly no damage to the boat. It is true that most of the trip was close reaching, but it was also mostly light winds. If turning on the motor causes pain and suffering, then don't go this route. But there is no reason to damage the boat. For me, the much shorter time required on the direct route, as well as having the option to stop and anchor anytime I liked, or pull into to a port to re-supply or explore or whatever, far outweighed the option of crossing the ocean twice just to go downwind.
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