overnighter to Grand Cayman
09 May 2017 | Grand Cayman
Virginia and Dennis Johns
Our last day in Cuba we hired a taxi driver to take us on a tour of Havana for the day. It was very enjoyable. The next morning we cleared with customs and immigration and used the rest of our CUC (Cuban Convertible Pesos) to put some diesel in the tank.
We were off by about 9:30, a bit later than we had hoped, but officaldom takes time. All the officials in Cuba were very nice - we have a few stories to tell in a more detailed blog we will post later when we get internet.
It was a 30 hour overnight passage to Grand Cayman and weather forecast was not as favorable for sailing the first half of the trip as the forecast had predicted. We had little to no winds and had to motor to about the halfway point. But it was flat seas so that was comfortable. Around midnight the wind piped up to 17-22 with frequent light rain squalls and with the squalls came wind 25, gusting to 30. We were sailing all the second half of the passage, but with that wind came big seas and it was uncomfortable and wet.
But we arrived here in Grand Cayman about 2pm and the winds abated a bit just in time for us to take Libertad to the customs dock (very precarious and tricky in the 16 knots of wind we had at the time). And now we are on a mooring ball in a calm anchorage overlooking 7- mile beach.
We will explore town tomorrow, do some provisioning, and find some internet - we haven't been able to check our email, pay bills, etc for almost two weeks now.
From here we go to Panama. That would be multiple nights out to sea. There are two islands a bit west of our rum line, even with Nicaragua, that we can use as stops if the weather turns bad or we are in need of a good night's rest. There is a tropical storm potentially brewing on the Pacific side of central america and we will stay here in the Cayman's a few days to watch what it is doing and how it will affect our weather on this side.
All's well aboard.