I've been sailing the upper Gulf Coast area for a number of years and
find the spring and fall to be the best months for comfortable
temperatures and moderate winds. The summer is HOT, the usual
temperature being 95 deg during the day and 75 deg at night, and the
winds are normally pretty light during the summer. Being sub tropical
you can expect on-shore winds in the morning and off-shore winds during
the afternoon with the doldrums for a couple of hours in between.
The other thing that you have to be aware of is shallow water resulting
in steep,choppy water when the afternoon storms skip by. The barrier
islands: Cat Island, Ship Island, Horn Island etc provide for some
shelter and are great stopover points that can be very private. There
are a number of marinas scattered about and places like Gulfport,
Mississippi have city marinas at reasonable overnight fees.
But, most of all!!!....The food is great.
What area do you normally sail in?
By the way, I have sailed at least once in every month of the year,
although I've never been able to do every month in one year.
Happy sailing and hope to see you sometime along the coast.
Dan and Debbie,