Originally Posted by xeon_tsd
Is the wind always from the west? Or does it change in winter? If leaving from Texas
in Oct/Nov could one sail south to the Caymans, and then East to VI? I know there are some long slogs in there, and it would suck if it was into the wind the whole time from Cayman. My guess is this is true 'cause i cant find anyone who does anything but leave from FL....even those here in TX.
I doubt if the wind ever blows from the west in the Caribbean
Sea. I travelled from the Caymans to St Thomas from December to June and found that the wind, swell, and current
always came from the east. To add to the frustration the wind, swell, and current seldon are on the sme track. Which meant that most times the swell was 10 or 15 degrees different in their direction from the wind, making 120* tacks the norm. Somedays the forward progress for 24 hours was less than 50 miles.
While in DR another owner of a Erickson 36, who was making the same passage
, estimated that the trip was taking 5 years off of his boat's life.