Hi Folks, please help a French man navigate your waters.
I need to take my 45 ft. sailboat to Panama
from the Chesapeake, and I intend to go through the Bahamas
and the Windward Passage
. I have little time for this journey so I will go straight from the Chesapeake to Eleuthera or San Salvador.
I've made my plan using pilot charts
but I would like to get some advice and hear from people that have experienced this route
It will happen at the very end of march.
I intend to go ESE (like heading for Bermuda) from the Bay until I get out of the Gulf Stream
(around 12-13W according to the pilot chart), then head
SSO in the direction of Eleuthera. I don't have time to follow the coast so that's not an option.
Any thoughts on this ?
Also, one specific question: I would not get out in the Carolinas with any north wind
against the Gulf Stream
, but is it that bad in front of the Chesapeake ? I mean, can I get out with a NO or N wind
F4 or F5 out of the Chesapeake heading in the direction of Bermuda
or I am going to take a beating because of the wind against the current
? I know south of Hatteras one should not try this but is it the same north of the cape ?
Thank you for your insight !!!! Greatly appreciated.