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Northernlies Gulf of Mexico

I am looking for informations about the northernly winds in the Gulf of Mexico.
I hear some very bad things about them.

I will be sailing from Curacao to Florida in early December ( probably not the best time of year, but if it is

not advisable, then I will change My plans)

My question is about the frequencies of the Northernlies.

Are they happening once or twice a months lasting for 3 to 4 days ? or are they occuring one after an other with

a very small window of opportunities in between them.
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Re: Northernlies Gulf of Mexico

They can stack up back to back some times. I sailed from Curacao to Belize non stop in the early spring of 1992 ( 9 day's) and hopped up the coast to Isla Mujeres, waiting for a window to get to Key West. I made it across the Yucatan Channel and got 40 miles south of Key West when I was nailed by a norther, hove to for three day's, ended up at Fort Jefferson holed up for a week, when another norther piled up on the back of the prevoius sticking me out there for another week! If you can use Cuba as a waiting spot it can be very helpful. That Yucatan Channel is no place to be in any kind of north wind or even for a few day's after for that matter. They stack up pretty quick and when the domminant trades return, the cross swell get's the sea boiling. Febuary is a sh!tty time to try and make it north through that area IMO. But it can be done.
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Isla is a great place to wait for a window, great anchorage, cheap food and drink, and of course, mujeres every where.
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Re: Northernlies Gulf of Mexico

Thanks Capt.Aaron. Yes Cuba will be the plan. A Canadian flagged sailboat has an easier time when it comes to Cuba.
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Re: Northernlies Gulf of Mexico

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Thanks Capt.Aaron. Yes Cuba will be the plan. A Canadian flagged sailboat has an easier time when it comes to Cuba.
That's what I figured. In that case I would sail the trades from Curacoa to Jamacia, then up to the south coast of Cuba, bop around the west end, gunk hole inside the reef to Havana and cross up to Key West when the wind and sea conditions are right. Fantastic trip when you think about it.
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