We hate to leave Jamaica, but it's time. We depart tomorrow at first light for Panama, with a stop-over in Providencia, Columbia. The voyage to Providencia is about 400nm. Conditions look good.
If you've never heard of Providencia, don't feel bad; neither had I till I began following sailors in the Caribbean. The island is located off the coast of Nicargua, but it is the territory of Columbia. And that's about all we know, except that it is a great stop to break up the long sail to Panama.
Our final days here have been filled with wonderful times meeting a colorful cast of dozens of sailors from countries around the world - old salts, retirees, young people, a Dutch female double-hander team - even a young couple from Germany with an infant. Most have crossed at least one ocean. We have discovered that, besides being a great place in its own right, Port Antonio serves as a stopover for sailors criss-crossing the Caribbean. Many are heading for Rio Dulce, Guatemala, a popular place to pass the hurricane season. Others, like us, are going to or coming from Panama. Still others are heading for the Bahamas, Cuba and Haiti. Sundowners are never dull.
If you care to follow us on our passage, I will have the tracker on. Click the link that says "TRACK US" below, or click here