I am picking up my new catamaran somewhere in the Leewards/Windwards and need to get it to Panama canal. I thought first about sailing direct to Panama as this would be a down wind sail but in reading Cornell's book they say this can be a really hard sail. The book said some sail down island and then across the top of South America over to Panama. Then I heard that things can be pretty rough in Western Venezuela and Colombia. So, my question is what is the preferred route to get to Panama? Did I mention that my boat will be arriving in December and I need to have it through the canal by March. There must be quite a few people who have done this on a circumnavigation. Any thoughts/ideas would be appreciated.
thanks in advance,