The plan is to leave late November-early December and be back (if at all possible) late May-early June.. The boat is Orana
in very good shape. In addition to standard equipment
obviously much will have to be added. (folding props, gen set, new and better set of sails
, spinneaker, water
maker, extra fuel storage
, solar panels
, extra batteries, safety gear
such as drags, satellite phone
I haven't done very long passages but sailed extra batteries,quite a bit with this boat in the Med. (Palermo-Marmaris, İstanbul-Marmaris, etc, both in winter..)
I know the toughest part will be the med to be made in December, but I can wait whenever it's necessary, I don't mind motoring when I am below 4 knots of speed under sail and I can handle the boat w/out problem up the 40-45 knots of wind
. (which I already did) I can also afford to stay in the marinas
if necessary and more convenient.
I will have at least another sailor at least as good as me if not better with me in every step in addition to my wife (limited help is expected
Many of you will say that it's far too fast and very little time for cruising in the Caraibes, but it's just find with me.
Would appreciate yr comments / thoughts regarding:
-will it be too risky to set sail towards Europe
as early as March ? Directly to Azores
or via Bermuda
? Which one is riskier ?
-I am particularly concerned of safety
. (being boarded, stollen dingy/outboard , excess buraucracy, etc) Any specific spots that I should stay away in Caraibes or on my way in general ?
-My wife is getting seasick. She's willing to do it all the way, but I'd be very surprised basing on my past experience. Does seasickness disappear over time or just get worse ? Any first hand experience ?
Any comment is welcome..
Thx a lot