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At Sea: Charter boats behind

April 1st, 2009 · No Comments

Position at 11:25 BST 14.174, -62.068
1064 miles to go.  ETA San Blas Islands (Porvenir) at 5knts 22:18 8th April
Wind ESE 4/5 with rain squalls to 6

We finally got away at 20:00 last night.  The anchorage had quite a few new arrivals yesterday that had anchored very close to existing boats so its good to be clear of the charter boat fleets now.   I think there is one base kept by the Moorings group in the Pacific otherwise it will be New Zealand when we next see charter boats.

Was pleased to come away from the Windward islands with no local money.  Stopped at the fuel dock used by the local pirogue fishing boats with their Yamaha 75HP outboards.  Its sells fishing gear at local prices so I put my change on the table and we adjust combinations of line and hooks until we had used up all the money!

The weather is excellent.  We can expect stronger winds off the Columbian coast at about 76 deg West – you can see details if you use the Passage Weather link on the right hand side of the blog site.  This week is the nearly the first time since Xmas that it has been pleasant sailing breezes in that area.  Often the wind sits at 30 to 35 knots.  Chris Parker of the Caribbean Weather Centre ( is on the radio at 12:35 GMT (08:35 local) with a really good summary of the weather.  So we will see what he thinks in a few minutes.  He is always keen you only move about when things are calm.


Tags: At Sea · Atlantic Leg