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Lots of FOOD
Pack all the nonperishable food you can fit. Go offshore with at least triple the food you need for the trip. If anything goes wrong, at least you might get fed and keep up your strength.
Food is pricy in the BVI, so all the leftover nonperishables, will give your pantry a jump start anyhow. Pack in all you can.
DOn't forget CRACKERS and GINGER ALE, these are great if anyone is seasick, it seems to lessen the sesickness (anything with ginger!) and the crackers keep the tummy occupied. I personally never go offshore with alcohol, I just think it's trouble waiting to happen... I want everyone SOBER when the @#$% hits the fan!!! tee hee hee
The MOST USEFUL thing (food wise) I found for offshore sailing was super tall styrofoam cups. On a rough delivery, we were able to fill the cups 1/2- 2/3's with the soup du jour and not worry about hot food spilling. Especially handy if you are eating at the helm as they fit in cup holders. If you want ot go more green, then buy some super tall insulated plastic cups.
Also, when you have owner and hired captain on board, you better decide BEFORE you leave the dock, who has the final say, who IS the captain at sea.
Captain by committee rarely works well. I've seen some bareboaters here arrive in port and have mass confusion over anchoring or doing anything becasue they are all captains and no crew...
See you in the BVI!
By the way for more info on the BVI and weather, see DearMissMermaid.com