Yacht Weather RouteingIt is coming up to the time of year when the charter yachts that have been plying their trade around Europe and the Mediterranean Sea start to make plans for the Atlantic crossing to the winter sun of the Caribbean.

Many are prepared to wait until December when the risk of tropical storms have diminished as the Hurricane season comes to an end. However, it has been noticed that many are leaving earlier in the year when the cyclone season is still in full swing.

The larger and more powerful yachts are able to take effective, evasive action should a tropical development form close to their vicinity. MetWorks closely monitor  all areas that appear to be at risk of developing a system and can provide early warnings so that avoiding action can be taken in plenty of time to prevent a close quarter situation.

The commonly used standard westbound passage via the Canary Isles and running before the trade winds regretfully places the yacht nearer to the tropical Atlantic region where the storms are more likely to develop.

A more northerly track might be considered to distance the yacht from the higher risk areas but this has the adverse effect of bringing the yacht nearer to the high Atlantic swells that are caused by the October ‘Equinoctial Storms’. However, using the advice from MetWorks we can help to find the optimum route for comfort also economy of distance and time.

The Hurricane season 2013 was predicted to have an above average number of storms of up to 16 named storms and thus far we have had 11. To date most of these have had a short life and not caused too much severe damage, mostly from coastal flooding.

The Atlantic storms traditionally follow a ‘text book’ route of moving northwest from the tropical region before re-curving to the north or northeast and then being absorbed into a mid-latitude depression.

Every now and again a storm appears to have a mind of its own and go against the expected normal behaviour. This occurred last year with TS ‘Nadine’ that wandered around an area to the southwest of the Azores for more than three weeks before finally fizzling out over the islands. This created a nuisance to a number of yachts that were making the westbound crossing at the time. Fortunately, those using our services came through the experience unscathed.

When making your preparations for the transit, don’t forget to contact MetWorks for your own peace of mind. You know it makes sense!