Originally Posted by Helio
How does El Niño could afects??
We plan on crossing this year also. This is a strong year for El Nino but the good news from what I'm hearing is it should be over late this spring. The last two years with minor El Nino's have had lousy sailing for most leaving Panama
for FP. Some went between 1200 and 1600 miles west south west with only light winds or no wind
before hitting the trades.
Our plan is to go through the canal in early Febuary, hang out in the Las Perlas Islands then sail down to Euador and leave for FP from there going south of the Galapagos
Isalnds. From Ecuador
it should be only about 450 miles to the trades and we avoid the more nasty convergence zone that is North and west of the equator. I'm starting to check the winds on Passage Weather
daily to start getting trending. A bit early to do so but it keeps me excited waiting to get back to Panama
On our trip to Ecuador
we may even turn west south west if we get a good wind forecast
for FP. We will sail about two hundred miles off the Columbia
coast so we miss most of the commercial fishing
fleet and local boats. Being 200 miles offshore
and with the right wind it will be tempting to turn right and keep going. We will be ready for both going to Ecuador or crossing for South Pacific
Are you in Shelter Bay Marina now?