On Passage

Ocean Gem
Geoff & Eileen Mander
Thu 3 Apr 2014 09:00

Position: 19:34.302N 69:15.286W

Date: Thursday 3rd March 2014

Time: 10:00am


From what I have read in the sailing books, the worst part of any passage to Puerto Rico is the Mona Passage, the channel that lies between Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic.  Well in our case it turned out to be a bit of a pussy cat, with very little wind and gentle seas.  However early Thursday morning things changed as we ran into the trough that had been predicted by Chris Parker, the weather expert I had spoken to before we left.


The seas built, and the wind increased to 20+ knots.  There were a few squalls with associated rain showers and gusts of up to 26 knots.  It was a little uncomfortable but all quite manageable.  Things stayed pretty much the same during after dawn with the sky being quite cloudy.