Cruisers Forum
 


Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on Cruisers Forums. Advertise Here
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 01-09-2019, 14:51   #16
Registered User
 
wingssail's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: On Vessel WINGS, wherever there's an ocean, currently in Mexico
Boat: Serendipity 43
Posts: 4,157
Send a message via AIM to wingssail Send a message via Skype™ to wingssail
Re: Curacao to Panama - inshore or offshore route?

I am not sure of the security situation. Quite a number of small cargo vessels have been travelling to and from Venezuela and Curacao, so there is some boat traffic. There is less obvious traffic to and from Aruba.

But since there is very little distance lost by going north of Aruba, that seems like a good choice.

Also, for passage planning it is smart to head for an offshore waypoint off of Punta Gallinas, around Lat 13 degrees North, and then turn to the SW towards Santa Marta. This makes the distance difference between routes even less. The current and wind (and waves, Big wind, Big waves) all along this passage will be behind you. We felt it better to sail a broad reach on starboard jibe rather than dead downwind, for easier handling, then gybe to port for the second half.

Between Aruba and the waypoint we averaged 7+ knots through the water and high 8's over the ground, sailing with a double reefed main and a 85% headsail.

Once we hit our waypoint we gybed onto port for a broad reach towards Santa Marta. On this leg the wind and current gradually abated somewhat and while our boat speeds stayed high, the SOG dropped 1-2 knots. We actually put away the jib and finished this leg under mainsail alone, still hitting sixes and sevens, in order to time our arrival in Santa Marta in the daylight.

This leg, from Aruba to Santa Marta, was one of our best passages sailing 285mi in 40 hours at an average speed of 7.1. We never pushed it. The monitor steered the whole way.

Now, this just gets you to Cartagena, Colombia. If your are interested in anything other than just "getting around as fast as you can" you must stop in Cartagena and also spend some time in the San Blas Islands rather than going straight to Colon. And there is quite a lot of interesting cruising in Colombia and Panama, and Cartagena is one of the world's most fascinating and beautiful cities.

The trip from Cartagena to the San Blas is pretty easy.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	5746-The waves Come.jpg
Views:	67
Size:	416.4 KB
ID:	198997   Click image for larger version

Name:	5750-Bath, anyone.jpg
Views:	62
Size:	406.3 KB
ID:	198998  

__________________
Sailing is a sport, an athletic activity, not a sedentary one.
Fred Roswold-Fred & Judy, SV Wings, Mexico
https://wingssail.blogspot.com/
wingssail is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2019, 10:17   #17
Registered User
 
sy_gilana's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: On board
Boat: Van de Stadt 50'
Posts: 1,389
Send a message via Skype™ to sy_gilana
Re: Curacao to Panama - inshore or offshore route?

Our Route
San Blas re-re-visited
__________________
Tight sheets to ya.
https://gilana.org
sy_gilana is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
Curacao, offshore, Panama, route

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Difference Between an Inshore and Offshore Boat. Would you take a Boat l... Jbingham Monohull Sailboats 196 08-06-2014 06:26
inshore, offshore, ocean classification and insurance arecuk Rules of the Road, Regulations & Red Tape 5 05-01-2014 15:47
Experience with Curacao Marine - Shipyard in Curacao Felicite Atlantic & the Caribbean 2 14-08-2012 11:07
Gill Inshore Lite Jacket Closeout ! HopCar Vendor Spotlight - Great Deals for CF Members! 1 08-12-2011 17:15
A Yankee for Inshore Sailing ? Sabbatical II Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 3 31-10-2010 04:07

Advertise Here


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 16:27.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.