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How did you do Mona Pass last time?

Yes, Mona Pass in PR. Your experience from north to south? What were your thinking prior to the pass and what are your thinking now if you need to do it again.

I would like to hear the details of your crossing, but not other people saying on the net or/and books.

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Re: How did you do Mona Pass last time?

We went from south to north and had quite benign conditions.

Back home on Lake Ontario after something over 36,000 nm circumnavigator. Not surprisingly there is a lot of stuff I want to get done on Ainia both cosmetically and functionally. Getting an early start so it will be ready to go for next summer (Lake Superior?).
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Re: How did you do Mona Pass last time?

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We went from south to north and had quite benign conditions.
Was the wind behind you with the current pushing along and you were doing above hull speed.....hahaha.


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Re: How did you do Mona Pass last time?

I don't remember the details of the passage since it was just pleasant and uneventful. We were prepared for nastiness based on the reputation of the place. All I remember is that when we left the anchorage in SW Puerto Rico, our PR courtesy flag fell in the water as I was taking it down. Rescue efforts were not successful.

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Re: How did you do Mona Pass last time?

Bruce Van Sant's book has it right. When I did it North to South we left in winds a bit stronger than he recommends (can't remember what exactly), but all was well except we were going faster (45' cat) so arrived early at the NW end of Puerto Rico so got kicked by some serious thunder storms, resulting in sail/boat damage which resulted in turning around.
My then lady had done the trip several times and the only thing she disagreed with Bruce about was that she kept even farther away from the hourglass shoals.
In hind sight would have waited for more benign conditions and taken our boat speed into account by leaving a bit later in the day.

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Bruce Van Sant's book has it right. When I did it North to South we left in winds a bit stronger than he recommends (can't remember what exactly), but all was well except we were going faster (45' cat) so arrived early at the NW end of Puerto Rico so got kicked by some serious thunder storms, resulting in sail/boat damage which resulted in turning around.
My then lady had done the trip several times and the only thing she disagreed with Bruce about was that she kept even farther away from the hourglass shoals.
In hind sight would have waited for more benign conditions and taken our boat speed into account by leaving a bit later in the day.
FSMike, good to know. To fully learn from your experience, I wonder if you can provide me a bit more details on your trip

1. Where wasyour starting point?
2. Your heading is to the NW of PR?
3. After your reached NW of PR, the boat suffered damage, did you continue south.
4. When heading south along the west coast of PR, how far off the coast of PR.
5. What was your final destination after crossing Mona Pass?

As for your Ex, if you know
1. Where was her stating point, Samana?
2. Where was her destination?

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Re: How did you do Mona Pass last time?

1) We departed from Samana.
2) Yes, as per Bruce Van Sant's recommendation. You should read the rationale in his book.
3) As I said, we turned around. We headed back to the DR, going into Luperon actually, before heading to the T&C/Bahamas/Florida.
4) Can't remember, I'm guessing 5-10 miles. Probably would have stopped at Boqueron but if I recall rightly we were going to make up our minds when we got down there.
5) Final destination was Trinidad.

As far as my ex, she probably left from Samana and her destination was probably the USVI, maybe somewhere else. She single handed her old yawl around the Caribbean for years so no telling where she was headed.

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