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This long passage is only done without calling either at Madeira or one of the Canary Islands by those in a great hurry, as both these island groups lie close enough to the recommended route as to warrant a short stop. Directions as far as Cape Espartel are given in route AN31.

The best time for this passage is in the summer, but an Atlantic crossing during this time, which is the hurricane season, cannot be recommended. Good conditions for a nonstop passage may also be encountered at the end of spring, beginning of summer (May or early June), when the chances of encountering a tropical storm en route are very low. The route at such a time will be close to the great circle course as favourable winds will be found most of the way across. This would be the case also during summer when, however, a crossing carries northern quarter are still predominant. The passage to the Canaries should not be left too late in the season, as strong SW winds with rough seas can be encountered on this route after the end of October. Anyone intending to see more of ^he Canaries should plan on stopping first in Lanzarote, which is the best island from which to start visiting the Canary Islands in a logical sequence.

too many risks, especially at the end of the summer. If this passage is made during the summer months, stations broadcasting early warnings of tropical depressions should be listened to regularly. As the trade wind belt lies further north during the summer months, a more direct course can be sailed across the Atlantic than in winter. Between May and July the frequency of hurricanes is quite low, but it increases after August, reaching a peak in September.

During the winter months, steady NE winds will be found only in lower latitudes, most probably south of latitude 25 °N. The route at such a time will pass between the Canaries and Madeira and, depending on weather conditions, the strategy to be employed will be similar to the suggestions given for route AN51 (page 72).

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The Lesser Antilles, Sailor's Guide to the Windward Islands, Yachtsman's Guide to the Windward Isla,

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