Originally Posted by Fat Zoe
Sounds feasable, are you talking from experience ?? we are only 32ft so flat seas are important to make good progress. any news on how El Nino is affecting the pacific this year?
Yes, we have been that way twice. It's about the flattest body of ocean water
there is. No swell and generally light winds.
You can read the El Nino updates here:
Climate Prediction Center: ENSO Diagnostic Discussion
We find Ocean Passages to over simplify that area and not be that accurate for the Panama
run. Our experience is either you get doldrums light variable winds (mostly SW but it is possible to get some N if there is a lot of pressure on the caribbean
side), or you get a S/SW breeze coming from the stationary high pressure off Ecuador
and bending into the gulf. The winds do shift S and SE as you get west but you don't usually get SE until you are past (west of) the Galapagos.
Our experience both times was that its best to head
south of the GS route
as possible as quick as possible