Friday, June 8, 2012

Weather to Go, Weather to Stay

A screenshot of Weather Guru

We finally got checked out of Mexico, but you'll never guess what? We are still in Puerto Morelos! At this point, we might as well resign ourselves to opening up a palapa bar and living here forever, making periodic trips to Cancun so that Mexican officials can continue stamping our paperwork. Vlad has even invented a new version of "Hotel California" that goes a little something like this: "Welcome to the town of Puerto Morelos ... you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave." (Actually, you can't check out any time you like, or we would have been in Honduras already!)

So what's our hold up? The weather, plain and simple. We are serious weather weenies and really don't enjoy going out in heavy seas and high winds. After three days of waiting for the weather to change, conditions are decent currently, but over the weekend and down the coast the winds get higher again and, more importantly, the wave height gets up to between two and three meters, coming right on our beam, a recipe for one of my vomiting and sweating episodes and not great for Bettie either.

Neither one of us has experienced nine-foot seas, nor are we particularly keen to do so. Therefore, we have decided to once again be illegal aliens in Mexico until Sunday when we can make a mad dash to  Roatan, one of the Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras.

Plus, my mom had some excellent advice when I asked her opinion on whether we should stay or leave. She said, "Why would you willingly go out when you know the weather is bad. You'll have plenty of opportunities to experience bad weather even with a good forecast." You might not be able to trust the weatherman, but they say moms are always right.

If any of you are interested, here's a list of weather sites we use.
  • Passage Weather - Note: This site lists the wave height in meters, not feet. Before I knew that little detail, I kept wondering why everyone was in such a tizzy. I mean, the winds were 20 to 25 with gusts to 30 - which is on the high side but nothing that couldn't be handled with a reefed main and jib - and the seas were only two to three feet. Oh, wait, that says meters. Doh!
  • Wind Guru
  • NOAA
  • Then, there is Chris Parker, who gives the weather in the morning over the SSB. He also does custom passage reports for a fee. Here are the stations and times:
    Caribbean Weather Network
    6:30 4045
    7:00 8137
    8:00 4045 (Bahamas)
    8:30 8104 (Caribbean)
    9:15 12350
    9:30 6221 and 16531
Please let us know if we are missing any good ones. 


  1. Cool. Wind Guru is new to me. I had been using

    1. I'll let you guys know if I hear of anything else. They're all wrong, it seems like, at least half the time.

  2. Honduras will still be there, hang tight. I plan on being a fair weather sailor as much as is humanly possible as I don't have a darned thing to prove.

    Oh and after suffering for years with flight anxiety and being miserable, I gave up on my natural, drug free existence and embraced the Xanax, It was a game changer for me- one tablet and I can fly to Europe without a single panic attack. I am now a firm believer in better living through chemistry. If you are prone to sea sickness,take the meclizine. You will not lose your super hero status in my eyes and you'll feel a hell of a lot better.

    1. I take the medicine! Absolutely. I feel like I owe it to Vlad more than anything else. It's not fair for him if I'm sick but could have avoided it.

    2. I agree with the medicine advice! Atilla it was your post about crossing the Gulf eatin only ginger and then spending 2 days sick as hell, that prompted me to put Tate and myself on seasickness medicine. We didn't have a 3rd crew member so before we get our sea legs it's "scopolamine patches and scopace pills".

      They are prescription and work wonderfully. The conditions changed so much during our trip that i'm so glad we took them. Neither one of us got sick when we were in perfect conditions for getting super sick....

      One day when we are really cruising I hope to get these "sea legs" and take very little medicine..until then...

    3. I would kill for sea legs!! Glad my post on violent vomiting helped you guys out! Without additional crew and if you don't know if you get seasick, it's definitely best to be prepared. Sorry to hear about y'all's break-in, by the way.

  3. Bettie will be able to handle it just fine. Wind is better than motoring through squalls full of lightning. Lightning is something the weather forecasters don't predict, but lightning hates wind. Plus squalls bring big gusts when all your sails are up trying to squeeze out movement from calm winds. Whatever you do don't put yourself in a position of motoring through calm seas full of lightning, worse than sea sickness for a boat owner.

    1. Bettie can for sure handle it, but we won't like the heavy seas at all! And it can be tough bash on the boat as well. Thanks for the tips on motoring through lightning!