I have sailed from the UK to Panama
, but not in such a small and slow boat. 2 years ago I sailed via the Cape Verdes (I wouldn't go there again, but it does break the trip) to Tobago
. The north end is very nice and you can clear in there.
I would strongly advise NOT to go anywhere near Venezuala, even if the fuel
is cheaper than drinking water
. We didn't think the food
was that cheap
Most cruisers stop in Curacao
as it has a very good safe anchorage, unlike the other ABC islands. You need to stop there until the weather
is good for sailing past Columbia
, probably the roughest bit of the Caribbean
. See October 2008 PBO for a story by one of my Banshee catamaran
owners and also Y Monthly same month (I think) for a monohull
viewpoint. You can download a cruising guide to Columbia
from Caribbean Compass
Cartegena is lovely and worth stopping at.
Definitely stop in the San Blas, Panama
Not sure if you can go through the Panama Canal
though?? You need 6 people on board, 5 of them must sleep one night on board and you must be able to do 5 knots under power with that load, possibly into a head wind
. Also you cannot have an outboard
on the transom, it must have remote
Many people stop in Ecuador
these days and then travel inland (that is we did last winter - had a great time).
I haven't sailed in the Pacific, but if you leave Panama in February and sail pretty much non stop you'd get to Australia
about November. It is half the world after all.
The real question is why the rush, and why such a small boat?
Plenty to see in the N Atlantic!!
Hope this helps
Richard Woods of Woods Designs
Woods Designs Sailing Catamarans