On February 19th, 2016, the RV Chapman set sail for Dominica at approximately 12:30pm setting a heading of 67 degrees west after passing Klein Curaçao. Over the next 3 days, this Caribbean crossing would span 480 nautical miles averaging 6.5-7 knots with relatively calm seas. Minor course adjustments occurred due to the Equatorial Current that averages 0.5-1 knot and originates in the Atlantic Ocean. This current enters the Caribbean Sea just East of Grenadines then heads North-west through the Grenada Basin then turns Westward between 12-15 degrees north latitude.
During this voyage, the crew of 17 experienced wonderful sightings of Humpback Whales, Beak Whales, Spinner Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins, Schools of Dorado & Tuna, and even a late evening recon flyby from a Military or Coast Guard Drone.
On February 22nd, 2016 at approximately 7:00am, the RV Chapman and her Crew arrived safely at their destination.
Let Expedition Dominica 2016 Begin!