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Which way to BVI and southward from NE USA

We are going to be going from the Eastern Seaboard to the Western Caribbean either next fall, or in 2010. I have read quite a bit about the two alternative ways to get there: 1) offshore from the Norfolk area or 2) the Thorny Path.

I can see significant advantages and disadvantages to each approach. Just wanted to see what people would recommend for our trip. The boat is a well-equipped Bristol 45.5. Crew for the offshore approach would be 4 or 5 people. If we did the Thorny Path it would most likely be just the two of us. I have some offshore experience (skippered four Bermuda-NYC trips). The admiral has only a few days of offshore experience but likes it more when it blowing 20 knots than 8 knots.

I n your comments, could you please indicate which of these trips you have taken (better still if you have done both!) and with what kind of boat and how large your crew was.

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