15. februar 2012  
  The crossing of the Caribbean
 
 

1125 nautical mil

8 days (186 hours)

140 nautical mil per day

6 knots average speed

15.2 knots max speed

210 nautical mil in one day (the fastest day)

Sail Recording: Mostly genoa II and sail with good reefs

Two-stage

The stage is planned two-fold. The first leg is from Union Island to Bonaire. Second place is from Bonaire to San Blas. We are not going to visit either Curacao or Aruba. The reason is that we must be very far out to sea before we round the north end of Columbia to reduce the effect of what is considered the worst trip distance with under the wind and waves.

Winds between 30 and 40 knots are common, and the waves build up rapidly to 6-8 meters. All literature that is written about this distance warning against very harsh conditions - much tougher than getting into the Atlantic. Many boats sailing experience that will be destroyed, autopilots fail, trouble management and rig breaks down, so just to be well prepared.

Dark Added along the coast of Venezuela

There is a significant risk of being approached by pirates along the coast of Venezuela. We are therefore well away from the coast - never within 100 nautical mil. It is a pity, for the north coast of Vebezuela, including islands, is considered one of the world's most beautiful coastlines. One of the simplest such measures we practice is to sail completely dark at night. Navigation at the top of the mast can be seen at 30 to 40 nautical miles, and we minimize the risk.

Day 1, Monday 23 January, "It goes away"

Very good wind and a downstream of 1-1.5 knots means that we leave behind us all the 165 nautical mil first day.

Day 2, Tuesday 24 January, "Birthday on board"

Today's birthday on board. Fresh cake, gifts and birthday song. It is as it should be!

Day 3, Wednesday 25th January, "embarrassed air, but Bonaire in sight"

We count down. The wind is bad and go there after, but the log counts continuously down to 0 The timing is not quite ideal, for we come in at midnight. Navigation on land is a rarity on Bonaire, so we sail into the marina equipped only with a strong flashlight.

Now we are left on for about Bonaire. a week. We will have completed installation SSB (short wave radio), so that we have communicated with the other boats when we are in the middle of the ocean. Beyond that is the diving-diving-diving and snorkeling.

Day 4, Friday 3 February, "Bobstart!"

This is not a rest home. As we leave the north end of Bonaire, slams northwesterly breeze blowing in from starboard at 35 knots. We have a fantastic day with a record both in distance and speed. 210 nautical mil in one day and a maximum speed of 15.2 knots!

Day 5, Saturday 4 February, "it goes away ..."

The area is notorious for rough conditions. We have been watching the weather for many days of Bonaire, and seen that we have both high seas and strong winds. This strike, and we have super speed, but must concentrate enormously not to destroy the rig and sails. Many feel larger and less damage to the other leg.

Day 6, Sunday 5 February, "now we must begin to calculate the date"

San Blas is nothing more than 350 small islands with the highest point of 2-3 meters. it is simply not possible to see the islands before we are closest to the keel in the sand. There is no navigation on the San Blas, and the islands are surrounded by coral reefs. This means that it is totally unacceptable to sail into the dark. When the day is 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness it goes without saying that we have good hours arrival.

Day 7, Monday 6 February, "incredibly tired of waves and wind"

Now we would like to land. Sail from Bonaire has been really tough, and given minimal rest - difficult to sleep under such conditions. But now we see the end. Tomorrow we arrive in San Blas.

Day 8, Tuesday 7 February, "arrives the land of the cona indians"

On a tiny sand bar is the office of immigration and an unfinished runway for aircraft. We arrive at San Blas!