QUOTE=enovillo;2124353]Triumphant, how close to shore do you find the south-setting current? I assume it's an eddy?
I'm planning to go from Isla Mujeres to San Pedro or the main channel, but the north-setting current along that 200 miles (2 to 3 knots according to Rauscher's charts) doesn't look appealing. I'm even considering going from Cienfuegos to Cayman and from there straight to Belize, bypassing Mexico altogether. But we were looking forward to provisioning
in Mexico... decisions, decisions[/QUOTE]
Opps this was a typo I meant Belize to Isla Mujeras not the other way, 2 to 3 knots of current going North is about right
When leaving Isla Mujeras for Belize, if you leave at first light or better still anchor off Cancun
the night before and leave at dawn, you can get a fair way down the coast going south before sunset by hugging the coast. You need to stay inside the 75 foot depth
contour (50 foot is better) and you will be out of most of the current. This should get you well south of Cancun before you loose the light.
After that, go out to sea a safe distance and slug the current south, it is not too bad, it may take you 4 – 5 days as opposed to 2 days going north.
I delivered a 40 foot Leopard
Cat from Isla Mujeras to Placencia under sail (stopping once over night) recently and it took us 4 days
I am told you need to at least 100 miles off the coast to miss the current but have never done this myself, certainly 60 miles was not enough,
I do remember leaving Cienfuegos for Isla Mujeras and having to factor the current in.
Another option could be to enter Belize through the main ship channel and go down to Placencia to check in