This is fun and all, but has anyone thought about routing from New York to Guyana with a mid-November departure in a boat that doesn't go to windward very well?
My guess is he has to sail a long way east, then south, then west. The great circle route?.
I don't think sailing east from New York in mid-November will be much fun.
bugger, i am not much of a navigator, being mostly content just to pinpoint my location rather than plan ahead too far.
but i have heard a little bit about that passage from other sailors and yeah, it's a zig zag.
he will have to go east first, that's correct.
it is actually fortunate that he is starting so far north, it gives him a lot more favorable angle.
i would guess he will basically head over spain wise then south along africa far enough to slide in low on the hellish north bound current along the sa coast north of brazil. no way he can buck it in the scow, it would break up in the relentless chop. he will probably follow his catamaran track to the letter, he doesn't actually like to change a once successful event..he likes to replicate it and is very predictable that way much as he tries to come off as a risk taker.
i read an article by i think its redshoes on cruising world one time where he describes sailing the other way, direct, down from the antilles. i never forgot his story. if you can find that article, it's a really good read.
he can get out of winter in just three days and the boisterous winds will actually help him move along reefed waay down sloppy hauled.
Reid doesn't overthink it, he uses the passage charts and follows the windroses on there, regardless of current conditions so if you look at those charts, you will have his route precisely.
the only drawback in that plan is his crew. he might be thinking he should follow the u.s. coast down to nc to temper his crew and dump the sea sickies who want off. he can't do that in the middle of the atlantic. but he might pick up some spare change hustling the docks offering tours of the schooner and some family might give him some groceries.
the angle from there is much harder though. due east to clear the bahamas i think.
i predict he will first head to the place where they drifted and did repairs for months and remenisce with a blog entry. (swami pip). i also think one of the girls might suddenly discover other commitments and can't go..