Posted by: rosyroadsadventures | September 9, 2012

Passage Envy

N 12° 31.04′   W 70° 02.3′

Oranjestad, Aruba.

We wished farewell and calm seas to our friends on the Renegade. It was a somber moment for us.

We said farewell to our friends on Renegade as they set off for their next port. We have buddy-boated on and off with Deb and Bill since Guadeloupe and have really enjoyed their company and that of their new crew Don and Sarah. They are on a faster pace than we are and it is unlikely we will catch up with them. One of the nicest parts of our travels is the wonderful people we meet and one of the hardest moments is parting ways, knowing it may be a long time until our paths cross again and that a “farewell” might really mean “goodbye”.

Lots of well-wishers joined the marina staff to send off the Renegade

We were ready to move on too but felt the weather and sea forecast was borderline for our tolerances and comfort on our smaller, lighter vessel.  The shorter trip from Curacao, undertaken with a similar forecast, was miserable for a time.  The passage between Aruba and Colombia has a reputation for being troublesome and since we are not pressed for time decided to hold out for a calmer departure window. As it turned out, Renegade reported actual conditions were much more pleasant than the models had forecast. They had perfect passage weather and seas of 2 feet and less.  In hindsight, it would have been a fantastic opportunity for us to get this passage behind us.  The mysteries of weather at sea!

I am beginning to feel some anxiety that it might be a long time to find that perfect forecast. The tropical system I wished for doesn’t look promising. Captain Bob is cool and confident that our window will arrive. I probably spend an hour a day studying wind and wave forecasts, weather sites and other cruisers blogs for clues as to why it is so different in this part of the world and what we can expect here.  Oceanography class was fascinating yet didn’t convey the true experience of how winds, currents, tides, land masses and distant storms interact to create conditions at sea. In a small vessel, comprehending weather lessons results in a very personal set of consequences.  Bob says “no worries” we will make it to Santa Marta just fine. 

They say it’s better to be in port wishing you were at sea instead of the other way around.  We’ve been in this situation before and we will be here again.  Aruba, like the BVI’s, is another great place to be stuck.

The marina is across the street from this wonderful tourist photo spot and just about every time I pass by I get a chance to take a group photo for someone. Today I convinced the Captain it was time for our official “I Love Aruba” photo. It took the added incentive of a trip to the hotel’s breakfast buffet to persuade this reluctant subject to cooperate.

 

 

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  1. You will find your “perfect” weather window.

    • Oh, I know we will. Just nerve-wracking watching and waiting. Might be something shaping up for next weekend. We’ll see!


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