Sunday, March 26, 2017

Mona Passage plan


...Another Large Storm helps us...
We are checked out of the Dominican Republic and we have our exit paper work called a "Despacho" which will allow us to legally leave the country. This all took about 4 hours with customs, marina office and the navy officer to check out our boat. Once all was signed, stamped and approved, we were given the proper paperwork. Next task was predict wind app which we now spend an hour a day on as we study the winds and the swells. As it looks tonight at 1900 Sunday, with a planned departure at 0700 Monday, it all looks good to cross the Mona Passage. This is a 150 nm run all into the east and with the current storm up north of us, once again we have the winds pulled from east to southeast and then flipping to northwest. The storm has the ocean really kicked up into a 10 foot to 15 foot swell but that is north up in the Bahamas. For us the swell is predicted to be 5 feet out of the north east which will put the swell on our port beam. The winds are to be on our stern at 10 knots. We plan to check into Puerto Rico at Marina Pescaderia in the town of Port Real Tuesday at 1200-1400. Here are the captures of the predict wind app.

HERE ARE THE WINDS

Samana 0700 when we depart port

Monday Midnight as we push onward

Tuesday 0800 as we approach the coast of Puerto Rico


Tuesday 1400 we should be docked at the marina, ready to check into the country

HERE ARE THE OCEAN SWELLS
You can see the large storm up north of us. This is causing the swells

5 foot swells on our port beam. Not a bad ride, we hope


This shows the ocean swells for the entire 24 hour trip
This being our first crossing of the Mona Passage, of course we are looking at all data we can access. While here at the DR marina, we have had intermittent internet access making it difficult to get our weather information, let alone blog.  We do feel that we have a good weather window to cross the Mona Passage, once again, a strong storm far away from us has pulled the trade winds south and then north and has given us a passage opportunity. Sometimes cruisers wait for weeks to cross this passage, we waited 4 days! OK. We will see you in Puerto Rico.....

2 comments:

Reuben said...

Happy Crossing...I'll be watching

Gary McCoy said...

Kathy here: Safe and comfortable passage to you two intrepid travelers and your buddy boat companions! Looking forward to Puerto Rico right along with you guys.