Across the Atlantic
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I haven't done the crossing myself yet , but from what I understand, it's actually pretty dull. Bluewater sailing is mostly long stretches of blue, in light airs, cruising at 5 knots.
So, in general, it's not super hard. However, it can get pretty lonely at times. Most sailors agree that this is the most difficult part of crossing the Atlantic. However, it does take some nerve to cross an ocean.
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Open sea can get quite rough, and when it does, the waves are higher and the winds blow harder than anything you're used to inland. You should be prepared for these kinds of changes. The most important thing is that you're able to quickly take down a reef. So you should have a simple rig, that allows you to adjust to sudden changes in weather.
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If you don't have the experience necessary to deal with heavy weather, you could make fatal mistakes. You need to have the confidence that you are in control of your sailboat.
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How much fuel should you actually carry? It's easy to calculate. Find out how in my article on fuel usage here opens in new tab. But what about storms?
I think that if you have the knowledge, experience, and proper gear, it's not difficult. However, if you're unprepared, inexperienced, and unsure about your own capabilities, the great blue could get the better of you. Luckily our ancestors from the sixteenth century and up were plenty smart. They found the Atlantic had very reliable 'wind roads', which they could use to relatively safely sail to the Americas. These are called trade winds , and they're so useful precisely because they're very predictable.
Each new season we can be sure the trade winds bring us to the land of the free. And so they have been used by merchants for many centuries. You might think that, since we've used them for trading so much, so we'd call them after the trade. But it's actually the other way around. The word derives from the Late Middle English trade , which means path or track. The winds were first called trade winds, and then we've named our commerce after them. In the eighteenth century, the word trade comes to mean 'commerce'. In the dead center of the Atlantic basin, there's a large area of high atmospheric pressure.
We know it as the Azores High, and it stretches all the way to Bermuda. Hot air rises in tropical regions below, after which it cools at higher altitudes, and comes down near the poles. This indefinite transaction creates wind.
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Because of that, there's a dead zone in the center of the Atlantic, where there's or no wind at all, or hurricanes. The reason the winds are so predictable, and nearly always blow in the same direction, is due to the rotation of the earth this is called the Coriolis effect.
The current also moves in this direction, creating a comfortable ride. How long did the Atlantic crossing use to take? In it took Columbus two months to cross the Atlantic. In the 18th and 19th century, it still took on average six weeks. If weather conditions were bad, it could take up to three months.
Why does crossing the Atlantic take less time nowadays?