Originally Posted by woc
No offense taken Dave,
You may be interested to follow Jimmy Cornells "Blue Planet Odyssey". The fleet organized by him left Key West Jan. 10 and are presently rounding Cuba
heading for Jamaica
on their way to Las Plas Islands, Panama
I have discussed routes personally, face to face with Jimmy on several occasions.
Leaving Key West they're going around the west end of Cuba and they'll have a rough time upwind to Jamaica, but if the wind
is typical for this time of year - ENE to E - they can maybe make it in one long port tack. I expect they can bail out ashore in Cuba or Grand Cayman if the wind
goes too far E or ESE and wait. I personally would not want to make that beat to Jamaica in January. I expect this has been chosen due to some other more time restrictive consideration further along their route. But once they claw
their way to Jamaica, it's home free and all off the wind to Panama. Note they are not going around the world west to east.
Your route, on the other hand, is all upwind and much further to the USVI, on a boat not necessarily distinguished for its weatherly prowess.
My point is that there are no guarantees for weather and any trip well planned can be successful regardless of the time of the year.
OK, good luck. So proceed, and let us know how you do. But I do strongly recommend you pick out some places to stop and hole up for awhile. This is part of "well planned."
Alternatively, read van Zant's book, wait till March - at least, and take the Thornless Path, giving yourself plenty of time.
2 Hulls Dave