Running Down to Cuba

Every downside has its upside, and as my good friend, experienced Cape Horner and professional psychologist Katarzyna said, “The cure to everything is always more sea and less land.”

Following this motto I am going to cure my grief over the loss of my dear crew members by embracing the new freedom and setting sails to Cuba tomorrow, a freedom many US Americans unfortunately do not have.

—- Passage Briefing —-

Port of Departure: Key West, Florida, USA 🇺🇸
Port of Call: Varadero, Cuba 🇨🇺
Distance: 100 nautical miles (185 km/115 mi)
Estimated Duration: 22 hrs
ETD: Monday, Jan 20, 2020 14:00 UTC-5
ETA: Tuesday, Jan 21, 2020 12:00 UTC-5

Northerly winds 5-6 Bft

Significant wave height <1 m at first, increasing 2 m from NNW

High 23°C, Low 13°C

Reefs and shoals around Key West. Gulf Stream setting east with 3 to 3.5 kts. Lots of traffic in center Straits of Florida.

I expect a smooth and fast downwind passage at first that will get a bit rolly towards the end when waves build up from the north. According to my previous experience I will need to lead 20° west to offset Gulf Stream impact.

—- EOM —-