Originally Posted by shaisimon81
Thanks for the replys. Skipmac i looked at the noaa charts
for the current and it makes a big loop going north from isla mujeres and then turning east and south to the florida
straits.your suggestion is to folow it north and then east and when it curves south to leave it and sail north ?
Yes, more or less. I would stay flexible on the route
and alter the plan according to conditions at the time.
First the Gulf Stream also loops into the Gulf of Mexico
and you could in theory follow that loop more or less north for a boost. However that loop is not as consistent in location and speed as the main stream towards the Straights of FL. If you have internet
access there are online maps that show the daily meanderings of the currents. Check that just prior to departure to get an idea on this.
Then you should take into consideration the winds and how fair they are for which course. If the winds are on the nose for following the Gulf Stream east towards the straights, rather than beating into that might be better to go ahead and head
north. If the winds are more SE and conditions good stick with the easterly course for a bit.
In any case I would plan to turn north no farther than the longitude of the Tortugas.