Time of year to cross the Atlantic?

Babylon

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Why do Jester single-handed challengers leave Plymouth in May for Newport, but the ARC crews leave Las Palmas in November for Barbados?
 

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Because down south you want the trade winds that run in the winter, and not the hurricanes that you get in the summer. In the north you are going to be bashing into the prevailing weather at any time of year so you might as well go in the summer when it will at least be warmer and hopefully a little less windy.
 

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The ARC goes to St Lucia not Barbados. The real reason they leave in November is to get there by Christmas. In late November/early December the wind can howl or you can get little or no wind sometimes for weeks. A better time to go is January when the Trades have settled in. The Jester mob leave in May to avoid the winter gales.
 
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