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Old 29-08-2015, 07:40   #1
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crossing the carribean

i am currently in panama city panama and need to be in san juan puerto rico when i leave is not important that i get there is ! crossing the canal is not a problem as i have done that as a line handler and have enough contacts here that i can handle that. the only thing i know from what research i have done is the hurricane season ends mid November? i have read a great blog about travels from cartegenia to panama back and forth but north from there seems to present a problem? i have a large cat " 42 solaris" does not do well up wind . i carry enough fuel to motor 500 plus miles in an " average sea " .i looked at san andres islands as first leg . on to jamaica second leg then to dominican republic ,, on to puerto rico ?? i have been told by a close friend that has sailed the carribean that what i ask is " impossible " ? any input as to alternate routes ??? advice as to the route i want to take ,, any and all advice is greatly appreciated ..
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Re: crossing the carribean

Panama to San Andreas is certainly do able (especially with plenty of range under power), though Cartagena gives you a better wind angle, but after that getting to Jamaica/DR takes you much harder to windward. It is a common route to loop further West thru the NW Carib and then easterly over Cuba. You might take a look at that as an option.

colemj, another member here, recently sailed Panama to Jamaica, but the windward performance of his Manta is likely better than the Solaris.
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We did a lot of motor sailing and waiting for most favorable wind direction before leaving. To make matters worse on this trip, there is a west-flowing current most of the way. Up to 2kts of it. We were doing this at the same time as a J-40 (good upwind boat) who was predominantly sailing only. They started 100nm East of us and were 100nm West of us just south of Jamaica. I think leaving from Cartagena would give one the best chance of a low-fuel use trip because the winds would be more E rather than NE. Once past the windward passage, the trip is downhill, although one may run into cold fronts if starting too late.

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ok so you are saying skip san andres islands start at cartegenia or possibly ? santa marta and sail north east ?? that looks like a long haul ? well over 700 miles ? yes .. there are many good blogs about the trip to cartegenia so that leg does not look like a problem ..
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Re: crossing the carribean

Sorry, I overlooked the PR part and thought you were heading for FL.

For PR, it doesn't really matter where you leave from - it will suck regardless.

You might consider going to Cartagena and heading for south coast of Haiti/DR and get in the lee. From there, do a Van Sant day hop thing over to PR. I think Frank Virgio has a guide for this.

Getting to Cartagena is no piece of cake weather-wise. Pick your weather or travel through the San Blas and across to the Colombian islands Northeastward and it can be OK.

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