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Old 07-21-2014, 02:00 PM   #41
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Sounds exciting!!!! Good luck, fair winds and following seas!!!
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Old 07-21-2014, 02:31 PM   #42
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Re; the non working radios, spur me to ask, do you have SSB and/or satellite phone on board?.
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Old 07-21-2014, 05:23 PM   #43
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Glad you got it cleared away and set for the journey. I wonder how many wires I have in my boat that go to nothing. Last year, I found a functioning oil pressure gauge wrapped in electrical tape and attached to wires under the helm. Who knows why or what with these older boats. Bless you guys on your journey.
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Old 07-21-2014, 06:34 PM   #44
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Re; the non working radios, spur me to ask, do you have SSB and/or satellite phone on board?.

I thought he said he had a sat phone onboard.Maybe I read it wrong.
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Old 07-21-2014, 07:16 PM   #45
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What's your first destination? Flores Island in the Azores?
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Old 07-21-2014, 07:18 PM   #46
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I thought he said he had a sat phone onboard.Maybe I read it wrong.
Missed that, haven't read all of his posts. Interested in what his electronics rig is for this journey, pure curiosity.
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Missed that, haven't read all of his posts. Interested in what his electronics rig is for this journey, pure curiosity.
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And they're off...
I'll be watching with you all and wishing them safe passage.
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Am I the only one leaning to the starboard in my chair....waiting for the right turn?
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Non euclidean geometry. Great circle route.
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Hi guys - new member here - a wannabee, no, make that a gonnabee! I've been trolling here for a few months soaking in all of your knowledge. Yep, they will not be turning to starboard any time soon - as Northern Spy so expertly described they are taking the great circle route - maybe stopping in Greenland or Iceland for a fuel top off. Wow, we've taken a route close to this on the QM2 several times - a couple of times smooth as a small lake, but other times 20-30ft seas. God speed to them!
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Hi guys - new member here - a wannabee, no, make that a gonnabee! I've been trolling here for a few months soaking in all of your knowledge. Yep, they will not be turning to starboard any time soon - as Northern Spy so expertly described they are taking the great circle route - maybe stopping in Greenland or Iceland for a fuel top off. Wow, we've taken a route close to this on the QM2 several times - a couple of times smooth as a small lake, but other times 20-30ft seas. God speed to them!
I seriously doubt if headed for the Azores the Great Circle Route is anywhere's near Greenland or Iceland (been to both leaving Newfoundland). Leaving the NYC or Boston area to England takes you closer to those places...but not if headed for the Azores.

Here's their summary from post #1

"While our route is somewhat dependent on weather and seas, we are planning on the great circle route (course 082į T) from Cape Cod to the Azores as it takes one southeast of Nova Scotia, east along 42įN then east-southeast.

1900 nm, it will take 13 days, maybe 12 with the following seas we hope to have, we will pretty much be riding over the top of the Bermuda/Azores High."
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Thanks guru - probably correct. But if it was me I would want to top off anywhere possible!! I hope I'm not the only one that's salivating with envy. :-)
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Gotta hand it to 'em. If it were me, I'd have been looking back over my shoulder till I couldn't see the Cape anymore.
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Old 07-22-2014, 08:52 PM   #56
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A globe comes in very handy when trying to understand these routes, but I guess in this day and age those have become obsolete. I cherish ours.

This type of passage has no appeal to me, but for those for whom it does, Godspeed and fair seas!

I'll start getting envious once they are in Europe. Really envious.
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A globe comes in very handy when trying to understand these routes, but I guess in this day and age those have become obsolete. I cherish ours.


Here's a google version of the GC route. I tried to obscure the flight time block and distorted the route slightly, but you get the idea.
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Old 07-22-2014, 09:18 PM   #58
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Thanks guru - probably correct. But if it was me I would want to top off anywhere possible!! I hope I'm not the only one that's salivating with envy. :-)
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No fuel stops on this route...

There are quite a few cruisers who have spent a lot of time in the open ocean and know of the dangers and the real lack of stimuli other than grinding out the miles.

I would rather fly and charter a lot of exotic destinations than make the open ocean miles...but as I said..I have a lot of sea time so the enchantment wore off a long time ago and I certainly can't afford the vessel I would want to cross.

The 42 KK is suitable...but to buy one and outfit her the way I want...I just couldn't swing it these days.
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Here is the Great Circle Mapper site with the route and info:

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Or better yet:

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It looks like their headed to Maine. Maybe they need fresh blueberries?

I would have thought a more easterly track toward Nova Scotia and up toward Newfoundland. But maybe they need blueberries, real bad. Hope all is well.
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