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We love Atlantic sailing crossings.
After the summer season in the Mediterranean, we approach the ocean in stages for the Atlantic crossing on a sailboat: the Balearics, Almeria, Gibraltar, the Canaries, and then the great jump into the ocean to the Caribbean, for winter season cruising.
In the end of April, it is time for me to return crossing: from West to East, from the Caribbean to the Azores, then Gibraltar, and finally Mediterrranean sea.
east to west
A 800nm route that starts at the beginning of November. Leaving the Mediterranean and sailing into the ocean through Gibraltar is always emotional. People with lack of experience of a long passage may start with this route: it takes about a week of sailing.
The real crossing. It typically starts around the end of November, the 2.900nm cross takes about three weeks... only the winds will guide.
west to east
It is strongly recommended for adventurous and experienced sailor-men. Someone has named as the the real Atlantic crossing. It’s much harder than the opposite crossing because you need to sail as much as we possible counter-wind. The first part takes around a week in order to reach the 30th parallel, then you may find more favourable winds.
We leave at the beginning of April from Martinique and sail for 2.700 nm to Faial, the most western island of the Azores Archipelago.
We leave the Azores and sail for 1.000 nm to reach Almeria, Spain.Weather conditions can be harsh in this last step: dead calms, gales, fair winds, sun and continuous rain.
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