AT West Africa to Brazil

Best time: Tropical storms: Charts:

Pilots:

October to February None

Waypowts: JV/lfllfHil'

Intermediate

Landfall

Destination

Distance (M)

AT161 Cap Vert

14'45'N, 17=35'W

AT162 Banjul

AT163 NoronhaN

AT 164 off Fortaleza

Fortaleza

1778

13'35'N, 16'55'W

3'40'S, 32'28'W

3'40'S. 38'27'W

3"43'S, 38'29'W

1751

AT161 Cap Vert

AT163 NoronhaN

AT165 off Recife

Recife

1716

AT162 Banjul

8'00'S, 34J49'W

8W, 3r52'W

1689

AT161 Cap Vert

AT163 NoronhaN

AN166 Bahia

Salvador

2079

AT162 Banjul

12'58'S, 38'30'W

2052

West Africa is becoming a more popular destination and many boats that cruise there continue their voyage to Brazil before sailing on to the Caribbean. The transequatorial passage requires careful planning as the doldrum belt in the proximity of the African coast can be 400-500 miles wide. Even if one is prepared to try and motor through it, a power assisted passage through the doldrums can be very uncomfortable because of the confused swell generated by the trade wind systems meeting at that point. It is therefore recommended to try and stay with the NE trades north of the equator and only cross it in longitude 29 °W or 30 °W. A more westerly crossing point is not advisable if making for Salvador because of the risk of headwinds south of the equator. See also AT10 and AT15.

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