AN Bermuda to Gibraltar

Best time:

May to July

Tropical storms:

June to November



US: 140, 143, 147

Cruising guides:

Yacht Scene, East Spain Pilot.

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AN 1240 Bermuda 32'22'N, 64'38'W


40'00'N, 20C00'W AN 1243 Vincent NW 37'00'N, 9°08'W AN 1244 Hoyo 36WN, 6'20'W AN1245 Tarifa 35'59'N, 5:36'W AN 1246 Can't'ro 36'03'N, 5C25'W

AN1247 Gibraltar 36'08'N, 5°22'W

Marina Bay1 36'09'N, 5'21'W


Boats bound for the Mediterranean have the choice of sailing nonstop from Bermuda or the more popular alternative of breaking the voyage in the Azores. The direct route should follow similar instructions as AN123 so as to make most of the Atlantic crossing with the help of the prevailing westerly winds and east setting current. Taking one's leave from WP AN1240 NE of Bermuda, a course should be set for WP AN1241. Depending on weather conditions, the crossing should be made as close as feasible to latitude 40 °N, or even higher if conditions warrant it. From WP AN2242 the course can be altered for WP AN1243, seven miles west of Cape St Vincent. It is unlikely that westerly winds will continue beyond WP AN1242, as the prevailing winds of summer in the vicinity of the Portuguese coast are northerly. Instructions for the section between Cape St Vincent and Gibraltar are described in detail in route AN16 (page 44).

A stop in the Azores will provide an interesting interlude, but will add considerably to the passage. Allowance should also be made for a slower passage from the Azores to continental Europe. For more details see routes AN125 and AN134 (below and page 146).

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