Originally Posted by FranklinGray
I'm also wondering if I should go a bit east when the winds are moderate so that when I get farther south where the winds are stronger, I'll be able to take them a little aft. Sound like a good idea?
This was our strategy - we had heard the current
could be up to 1 knot
, closer to Colombia
- so we pointed well east of Santa Marta - winds forward of the beam all the way from Haiti
until we made our course adjustment as we approached the coast. We went further east than we needed to, in retrospect. If we did it again, I would still point up a bit, but would make more frequent adjustments, as we approached the coast. I doubt the current
was even a half a knot
Average speed, about 7 kn, including the time we spent standing off Santa Marta, waiting for dawn - bad timing.