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There are a number of advantages to sailing directly from Cape Town to Europe without going via the Caribbean according to meteorologist Chris Tibbs.

In this article for Yachting World, Chris sets out a number of advantages – including saving around 3,000 miles of sailing and disadvantages – where the passage from the doldrums is predominantly upwind against the trade winds.

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