We are 3 friends in our 20's who own a 1972 Columbia
30. We are currently in Utila, Honduras
, but are trying to get to the Eastern Caribbean
this winter. We could spend a couple months coastal cruising north to Mexico
and then east and down, but for many reasons we are more interested in getting straight to Jamaica
and starting our cruising from there. The leg from Utila to Jamaica
is around 500 miles, definitely is offshore
, and will require some good beating, but the planned departure will be in Dec or Jan to find a clear weather
window with the northerlies already set in.
We could consider ourselves intermediate level sailors, we have about 1000 passage
miles each on other boats, but have not made a major crossing with our boat yet. We bought the boat in Feb in decent condition but with plenty of issues, and have spent a lot of time since then working her into shape and taking it out for day sails
. The boat is sound now. She has a good thick hull
, we have completely overhauled the engine
and replaced both side stays and the backstay which had cracked fittings, etc. However, as with all old boats with a few previous owners, you never really know what can come loose here or there and cause problems.
To get to the point...Who wants to buddy up and sail from the Bay Islands/Rio Dulce area to Jamaica (or a bit beyond if your intentions lie elsewhere)? We want to make the crossing with another boat to create a mutually supportive situation so we can all be safe! The most I have been offshore
is 50 or 60 miles and I would love to have another boat with me the first time I cross the Caribbean
Anyone planning on heading that way around Dec/Jan?