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Old 11-12-2017, 07:17   #1
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Florida to Windward Passage ?

Hi Friends,

What would be the proffered route from southern Florida (Fort Lauderdale-Miami)
to the windward passage? Passage to be the beginning of February, Boat draws 5'
Would it be better to take the Old Bahamas Channel
or first head due east, staying north of the trades then turn south at around 73west?
At this time no stops are planned but if we did it would be the Inagua Islands
Any bits of your reasoning would be appreciated.

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Re: Florida to Windward Passage ?

What boat will you be taking??
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Re: Florida to Windward Passage ?

Hi Snore,
Lagoon 440, I always round up draft
to next foot, thus the 5
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Re: Florida to Windward Passage ?

Sailed this route years ago. Cruised the Bahamas down to Acklins Island. Then from Acklins straight to Jamaica via Windward Passage (WP).

Timed route to catch a frontal wind shift and had NW winds thru WP.

Note that, at least in a NW wind, there is a gap effect in the WP that amps up the wind speed. We had about 25 kts out of the Bahamas. That increased to 30-35 in the WP with two wave trains...prevailing waves were about 6-8' from NNW intersected by a more NNE train periodically of about 8-12'.

It was a great sail ! 😎 Surfing to 15 knots!

Lots of commercial traffic around the E tip of Cuba. Separation scheme is shown on charts. The big boys were moving fast so we stayed outside the separation scheme and had no crossings with commercial traffic.

Also see "Pineapple Cup" route. This is a race from FL to Jamaica (Mo Bay).
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