My Goodness, that is uphill all the way, it WILL be unpleasant and choppy if not rough.
San Antonio is open to the weather
, from what I gather is just a Jetty (take a close look with Google
Earth) the only shelter is away in the mangroves, coming (presumably) around the point to Juventud could also be challenging but it is gorgeous in the bay. especially if you like sailing in 12 feet azure water
with a white bottom. But, you MUST clear into Cuba
at one of the few official ports
. From Cuba
can be nasty and will be slow against the currents AND waves. Close to Mexico
you have to watch out for the cruise
ships who are doing donuts off the coast waiting to dock
at their next shopping
I loved the Rio Dulce, wet as it is, watch the bar at the entrance.
For my money
you would be better sailing clockwise, take a little longer, hit the San Blas and Panama
(take the crewing
thru the Canal experience... a lifetime thrill).
But, if you don't go that way, don't rush, wait for weather
windows and have fun.
I'm looking at sailing out of Galveston in May, possibly making a stop in Cuba, then heading to Rio Dulce. Anyone have experience crossing the Gulf Stream
between Cuba and Mexico? The pilot charts
show a 2 knot current
. I'm thinking of heading straight to Cuba and checking in at Marina Cabo San Antonio then hugging the coastline around and exploring Pinar del Río for a few days. From there a straight shot to Rio Dulce should be a nice sail. This is my first long trip. Anything I should be weary of? Preparations for sailing into Cuba?[/QUOTE]