The way across to Europe is one of the best ocean voyages.
How long does it take to sail across the Atlantic? The Atlantic takes about 3-4 weeks to cross.
Weather is a large part of any Atlantic crossing: deciding when to go, which route to follow,
and the sails…
The best time to cross the Atlantic to the Caribbean or South America is between November and February.
You can sail to the Azores (generally Horta) or go the longer route via Bermuda
It is one of the most interesting voyages, and the almost mandatory stop in the Azores means you’ll visit some of the most unspoiled, hospitable and interesting islands anywhere in the world. Plus there is the undoubted satisfaction of knowing that you are closing the circle of your Atlantic circuit by your own efforts and skills. So the aim is to catch and ride favorable winds for as far as possible, and most boats head for the Azores to make a stop there and then pick their timing to head across to Spain or Portugal or up to the UK. Tortola in the British Virgin Islands or St Maarten is the most popular starting points. But many crews make an intermediate stop in Bermuda and this is a particularly good option if the wind patterns change three to four days out from the Caribbean.
Please note: COVID-19 Biosecurity Measures for Yachts Worldwide have been changing from moment to moment. Check the websites for updates before setting off.