Originally Posted by TOM
We are planing on doing Grenada
to the ABC'S then on to Cartehenga and San Blas leaving early August from Grenada
. My understanding was that once you leave Aruba
you should go to the 2000 metre line to avoid the steep inshore waves . I have heard so many horror stories about the passage between Aruba and Cartehenga . More info on how you could "almost day hop" to Santa Marta would be appreciated.
The weather guys are wrong on this. Closer to shore is definitely better. Offshore
you will have the full brunt of the winds from the Columbia
low pressure system. Also, you will be directly in the commercial shipping
lanes and dodging large ships constantly.
Look here for day hopping info: CRUISING THE COAST OF COLUMBIA
I recommend NOT following their advice for day hopping. Get a good weather window and go all the way - at least to Santa Marta - after that it is much easier. The windows close fast, and many people who try to day hop get caught for weeks in sketchy coastal bays getting beat up badly. Besides, the bays they talk about are not very interesting or beautiful and are isolated in a not good way.
With a good 2-3 day window, this trip is a piece of cake. Just wait for the winds to be 15-20 (any direction but West, of course) and you will have a great sail and nice trip.