Originally Posted by colemj
In February 2010 we jumped on the back of a whopping cold front in Long Island Bahamas
a 20kt broad reach for 4 days all the way to Puerto Rico
. So, while not normal, these things do happen. Take the opportunity when it presents itself. It is not often that you will get such a fantastic sail on that route
and the alternate is a real slog.
I caught that same opportunity in Feb, 2010 for my first sail to the eastern Caribbean
and what a great sail it was all the way to the BVI's. November was a specific target departure as I had frequently read that is the best month in the winter cruising season to avoid the onslaught of the Christmas
trades. So, to that plan, I left Ft Lauderdale early in the first week of November, waited for 3 days in Bimini
, Bahamas for the tail end effects of Ivan to pass through and then sailed down through the Bahamas, only overnighting in Warderick Wells (couldn't resist a return visit there), and then straight through to Luperon, DR to let a crew member
catch a flight home. Then it was a 4 day sail to Tortola. The sailing was great and even the oft-referred "dreaded Mona Passage" was not an issue. It was all about taking advantage of a great weather
window. Wish a return trip this year will go as well!