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Old 23-03-2011, 14:14   #1
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Sailing from New Orleans to the Yucatan

I'm planning a sailing trip from New Orleans to the Yucatan. I'm looking for any information on best routes, expected time of travel, and any general advice. I'm also looking for more local marinas than the tourist hot spots of cozumel and cancun. Any help is much appreciated.
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Re: Sailing from New Orleans to the Yucatan

Do you have a time of year in mind?
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Old 23-03-2011, 14:18   #3
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I am planning on leaving in mid-May.
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Old 23-03-2011, 14:23   #4
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Re: Sailing from New Orleans to the Yucatan

We're doing the same trip, debating leaving from galveston or doing the ditch over to MRGO.
South from there.
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Old 23-03-2011, 18:11   #5
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Re: Sailing from New Orleans to the Yucatan

Wow and in a very similar design by Gilmer. Sloop or ketch? When were y'all planning on leaving and what route??
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Re: Sailing from New Orleans to the Yucatan

We are in the Ketch. Not sure yet about departure date as we plan on sailing locally (houston) for a few weeks to de-bug the boat. New standing and running rigging, new sails, new windvane...on and on.
When we do take off we'll be heading to isla Mujeres direct (hopefully). Wind forecasts will play a role in out departure from the river or Galveston.
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Hello! I'm a local sailor in the Yucatan and live in the port of Progreso. I consider May to be a good time for sailing around this area, since the further you go into summer, the wins begin to die down a little. April and May are very windy months. Wins mainly from the south east, but also north east. Just as an example I'm in my terrace now by the ocean, and is blowing 18 knts. NW. The eastern tip of the Peninsula where Cancun and Isla Mujeres are, is very touristic, and also incredibly beautiful, but since you are coming from Texas, I suggest you make a stop at Progreso which is on the northern side of the Peninsula of Yucatan, and is much less touristic, and more like the real Mexico. It also has good marinas and services, and is the entry way to the city of Merida which you'll love to see. Ohh and forgot to tell you is very safe here!!! Nothing like the border areas.
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I suggest you search for Yucatan cruising guide on google. There is also a published book called "Cruising guide to Belize and Mexico's carebeean coast" that you can also find online and is very descriptive of places to go with detail charts and explanations. But in only covers the eastern side of the Yucatan and all the way down to Guatemala. It skips the northern shore of the Yucatan.
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Re: Sailing from New Orleans to the Yucatan

when we sailed out of slidell to go to isla mujeres, we went via dry tortugas-- from there is a straight shot across to isla... i would have done it differently in my ketch-- i can take winds and seas better than the sloop i sailed with last yr--i would go to pensacola then straight to isla.......seems to be the best way to void the mississippi delta area

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Re: Sailing from New Orleans to the Yucatan

Looking at the gulf stream map, (right now), west of the missisippi seems to have a more favorable current for going south. It that true most of the year? April seems like a good time to go as far as Texas coast weather, if you leave in between cold fronts.

If anyone is planning on going this spring I would be interested in a buddy boat.
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Re: Sailing from New Orleans to the Yucatan

Just found this thread and we are also in New Orleans and planning to go the Western Caribbean this Spring. Our thought is to go to Florida, have friends in Key West, then over to Isla. Would love to chat with others going.
Also thanks Poncene for Progresso tip.
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Re: Sailing from New Orleans to the Yucatan

I wasn't able to take off last year but I am departing New Orleans single handed on May 10th and heading straight to Isla Mujeres. The Regatta al Sol is departing May 9-10th from Pensacola to Isla. When returning I was planning on circling back and stopping in Havana, the Bahamas, and Miami. Or I might do a clockwise circle through the gulf instead. Haven't decided yet. All I know is I'm leaving May 10th and sailing for around a month. Does anyone have recent information on traveling to Cuba? Anything special I should be aware of?
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Re: Sailing from New Orleans to the Yucatan

We have done it a couple of times from west of the river (miss) stright to Isla M. never had a problem in either april or may it's a pretty simple sail really. keep a GOOD lookout theres a lot of other vessels out there fishin and such so it requires a little change in course some times just to give em a lot of room !! Have fun we always do !! and if you stop at Cancun be sure to go to the Takill ya factory !! they have 2 killas that together make the worlds best Margarita !! stock up if ya like em YUMMM Bob and Connie
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US tourists still cannot legally travel to Cuba. However, those restrictions are placed by the US government, Cuba is glad to have you and will issue tourist visas on arrival while refraining from stamping your passport. Cuba is still a totalitarian regime on the one hand - pretty safe overalbuts till of concern; and on the other hand the US government may impose heavy fines if they found out.
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