Originally Posted by duncan_ellison
John A. I was indeed thinking of going east, but now reconsidering this in view of your comment. What consitutes a ROUGH passage in your book ? You sound like you have first hand experience of this ?
First a bit of trivia. The Cayman Islands
, athough owned by Britian, pay no taxes
to the UK. After the residents of the Island saved everyone from a flotilla of boats that floundered during a hurrricane. King George declared that the Island would nolonger be taxed.(so said a cruising guide for the area).
Everything in the Caribbean
Sea flows east to west: winds, swells, current
, hurricanes, etc. Another side note: easterly winds and westerly currents flow iri the same direction.
I left the Caymans on December 15th. And sailed hard on the wind
for over a 100 miles at which time I found myself directly north of the Islands, I flopped over on a port tack and 70 miles later found me 30 miles ENE of the Caymans. Four more tacks and several days later I was able to catch the NW corner of Jamica, Montigo Bay. I then stayed along the north coast and used the on-shore/off shore breeze to traverse the north coast as the island sheltered me from that damnable current/swell.
I had intended to go thru the Windward Passage to do the north coast of Hispanoul(sp) to Luperon, until a freighter hailed me on VHF
and we discussed what a "Graybeard" was. (wind taking the tops off of waves and turning them to spray) so I went into Kingston. I then BEAT, with many tacks across the south coast of Hispanola, a lee shore, to Santa Damingo and from there across the Mona passage to the north coast of PR and San Juan
. I didn't have charts
for the south coast of PR.
I came within 30 feet of a water
spout in the Virgen Passage but that's another story. I arrived in ST. Thomas on June 5th. Some lengthy stays along the way were the cause.
Talking to other boats along the way we figured that the conditions took about 5 years off the lifes of our boats.
One of the downsides to singlehandling, is that there's no one to tell you when something is a dumb idea.