Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 15-02-2010, 08:55   #16
Registered User
c.spots's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Now in Davao, the Philippines.
Boat: Leopard 40 catamaran
Posts: 121
Send a message via Skype™ to c.spots
We did this trip April 2009 on a Leopard 40, and it was glorious. Did a brief blurb for SSCA (the perfect passage) and there is info on my website also.
Based on experience (not expertise), I suggest using Grib files (or a weather forecaster) look for a weather window with a prolonged norther. We never saw any south winds that lasted very long. Just as the norther starts, cross the Gulf stream, and get past the Bahamas (through, or north of), so you can continue this Eastern reach as the wind fills in. Stay north to make sure the trades are well to the south. We had lumpy seas and 20-25 knots of wind for only about 12 hours. Depending on the direction of the trades, you should be able to cut the corner a bit before L 65, and pick up the trades for more reaching to the BVI.
It took 7.5 days, reaching all the way, but we heaved to for several hours to assure a daylight arrival at Virgin Gorda (a spectacular sunrise and rainbow on Easter morning).

The conventional wisdom for this route is to wait for a period of no wind, carry lots of fuel, motor to L65, and anticipate at least one storm. We motorsailed the first day as the wind filled in, to make sure we didn't lose our weather window.

Be prepared to catch fish, but you'll need to clear the weeds from your line frequently.

Robert W.

Life shouldn't be a race to the finish line - enjoy the journey.
c.spots is offline   Reply With Quote

fort lauderdale

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Destin, FL to Fort Lauderdale WetDawg Atlantic & the Caribbean 10 21-12-2009 04:47
Hello from a Fort Lauderdale Newbie 18Bravo Meets & Greets 6 07-11-2009 17:16
Hello from Fort Lauderdale, FL! katwynne Meets & Greets 6 29-08-2009 19:16
Hi! Q about buying in Fort Lauderdale Big_Nige Meets & Greets 7 24-01-2008 12:23
boatyard in fort Lauderdale claire Multihull Sailboats 4 21-03-2006 14:03

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:55.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.