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We’re a little over 36 hours into our passage to Panama and we’ve gotten off to a great start. Our strategy for this passage was to head a bit north from Grenada and then turn west. There are two reasons for this.
1) Our weather reports are showing a pretty consistent band of wind in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, while a bit further to the north and south there are lighter/more variable winds.
2) The area right along the coast of Colombia is renown for high winds and rough seas. By deviating to the north, we will be adding almost an additional day to the passage rather than sailing directly, but hopefully we can avoid the worst this area has to offer. A worthwhile trade off in my opinion.
My favorite part of this passage is that it finally is a return to downwind sailing. Leaving Grenada was a deep reach and then once we made the turn west, it’s been almost dead downwind. To keep things easy as we get back into the passage groove, we’ve just been using our genoa and mainsail in a wing-on-wing configuration. My hope is that we’ll try getting our spinnaker up today and see how that works for us.
If I had to guess, I’d say Amy’s favorite part of this passage is that Poseidon listened to her prayers and we caught another tuna! Yesterday morning, I saw a large churning in the water, and flying fish going everywhere. I put both lines out and almost immediately, we got hits on both! Amy came up to help while I got the boat slowed down, and while one fish pulled a Houdini escape act, we got the other one on board.
A dinner of fresh tuna sashimi was delicious and tonight is going to be tuna ceviche. The rest we’re saving as an added treat for our friends who come to Panama, so consider that an additional incentive to join us!