North American Tour 2017-2019

From Portland, OR through Panama Canal to East Coast of USA and back via Caribbean, Panama Canal, Golfito to Victoria, BC and home

26 March 2019 | Western Caribbean Passage
24 March 2019 | Western Caribbean Passage
24 March 2019 | Western Caribbean Passage
23 March 2019 | Western Caribbean Passage
19 March 2019 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
18 March 2019 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
16 March 2019 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
14 March 2019 | In Passage to Port Antonio, Jamaica
08 March 2019 | Boca Chica, Dominican Republic
07 March 2019 | Boca Chica, Dominican Republic
01 March 2019 | Ponce, Puerto Rico
28 February 2019 | Ponce, Puerto Rico
25 February 2019 | Fajardo, Puerto Rico
23 February 2019 | Fajardo, Puerto Rico
18 February 2019 | Spanish Virgin Islands
16 February 2019 | US Virgin Islands
15 February 2019 | US Virgin Islands
09 February 2019 | British Virgin Islands
09 February 2019 | British Virgin Islands
06 February 2019 | British Virgin Islands

The Fourth and Final Day of Our Passage

26 March 2019 | Western Caribbean Passage
George Stonecliffe
60 miles out from the Panama Canal, it is midnight on the start of Tuesday, March 26th. We will be entering Shelter Bay Marina and taking care of Customs and Immigration. The seas were up to 10' all day today with winds NE18-22. It will be good to get into port!

Third Night of Passage

24 March 2019 | Western Caribbean Passage
George Stonecliffe
One ten minute sprinkle marred an otherwise sunny day. Winds were ENE13-16 allowing for some reasonable sailing. But the engine has been in use along with sails at times to keep our speed up. As we come within 150 miles of the Canal, we continue our push to finish our Caribbean experience. It will be good to get there on Tuesday morning, the 26th.

Half Way To Panama

24 March 2019 | Western Caribbean Passage
George Stonecliffe
The wind is backing which forces us off our course. Hopefully we can make adjustments as the day goes on. We might need to jibe as we approach our waypoint tomorrow. The near full moon and starry night made the night pass quickly. Venus, the morning star, rose about 0500 before first light. Sue saw a bird land on the boat during the night for awhile. Cool!

On Our Way to Panama

23 March 2019 | Western Caribbean Passage
George Stonecliffe
Left Port Antonio, Jamaica on Friday the 22nd at 0700. The day was sunny with no wind (E3-4) and flat calm seas. So we motored for the first 20 hours making 6-7 knots as we picked up a favorable current. At 0300 Saturday 23rd we picked up a light breeze E10-12 on the beam. Raising a full main and genoa, we are doing anywhere from 5.3 to 7.0 knots. The seas are 2-4' which make it easy going. So begins the second day of our four day passage. We expect to make Panama on Tuesday morning the 26th.

The Dennis Coffee Plantation

19 March 2019 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
George Stonecliffe
On the way to Kingston we toured a small coffee operation in the Blue Mountains. Coffee beans on the plants were of all stages of growth. Many beans were ready for harvest. The Dennis family coffee operation has one metal pot for roasting over a wood fire, and a roaster that is constantly turning the beans for about 45 minutes. The various steps were explained, but the proof of the batch of roasted beans was a wonderful multi-flavored cup of coffee.

Bob Marley Museum in Kingston

18 March 2019 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
George Stonecliffe
We took a road trip to Kingston to go to the Mega grocery store, also to stop at a well-stocked marine chandlery, and drop off our stainless radar bracket for repair. But the stops of interest were a coffee plantation in the Blue Mountains, and the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston. Bob Marley's Jamaican home is now the site of his Museum. Touring the home, we had a wonderful guide who brought his life and career to life through his music, his numerous Grammy awards, and his progression of ideas through his brief life. Born in 1945, he died an early death from a type of melanoma cancer in 1981. But during that time he helped develop Reggae music, and had a great following of music fans worldwide. Jamaica loves their Bob Marley!
Vessel Name: Julia Max
Vessel Make/Model: 45' Passport/Peterson Custom Ketch
Hailing Port: Portland, Oregon, USA
Crew: George and Sue Stonecliffe
About: Float Plan: July 1, 2017 Leave Portland, OR; head south along US West Coast; leave San Diego 10/29/17 with Baja Ha-ha Rally; go through Panama Canal 3/2018; Florida 6/2018; NYC and Rhode Island 7/2018; Chesapeake Bay 9/2018; Caribbean 12/2018; Panama Canal 3/2019; home 6/2019
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