St Croix to St Martin - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > Out There > Destinations > Caribbean > Caribbean Islands
 Not a Member? 


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 05-01-2009
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: St Croix, Virgin Isl
Posts: 16
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
lgaggie96 is on a distinguished road
St Croix to St Martin

We are in St Croix and for the 4th of July had planned on sailing over to St John and then on down to St Martin & St Barts for a few days . A period of 8 days. Any tips or pointers? We've never made the trek to StMartin and St Barts.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 05-01-2009
Zanshin's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Germany
Posts: 2,195
Thanks: 0
Thanked 14 Times in 14 Posts
Rep Power: 9
Zanshin is on a distinguished road
Pointers regarding the passage or the islands? I've been around both for the past weeks. The French side has now also started really charging, I think that you will pay about €20-€30 for the first night's anchoring in Marigot Baie, subsequent nights costing only about €1-2. I love going up to Grand Case with good holding, usually a calm anchorage and great food ashore. You could also enter the lagoon on either the French or Dutch side, but be prepared for a couple of groundings if you have a deep keel and use the French bridge.
St. Barts is quaint. I spent most of my time in Anse Columbier when I didn't want to go ashre. The two anchorage areas to the left and right of the main entrance channel are usually calm but are not really protected, so you will most likely have a bit of a roll, particularly late at night. If you can, it is worth the slight surcharge to go into the harbour itself and med-moor as there isn't much roll (but occasional surge, so stay off those walls). I was there last weekend and the place has quieted down, there was just one single Megayacht in there and it, too, looked like it was ready to depart.
The sail from St. Martin to St. Barts is a short one, but can be pretty choppy if there is a swell and you might have to tack a bit intypical wind conditions.

The trip from St. John to St. Martin is almost certain to be uncomfortable. I last did it, departing from Mahoe Bay at 3am and sailing about halfway before realizing that I was hardly making progress and then I motorsailed. With typical swells and wind you might be better of to just motor the whole way. Waiting for that miraculous weather window with a north wind and no easterly wave patterns is about as statistically likely to happen as you seeing the green flash at night in Arizona...
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 05-01-2009
hphoen's Avatar
"Nevis Nice"
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Virginia
Posts: 224
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 12
hphoen is on a distinguished road
Ditto what Zanshin said (Hey, Zan!). Don't miss the restaurants in Grand Case.

In July, your winds will likely have a southerly component. Motor-sailing overnight from the Virgins is the usual practice for getting to St. Martin. The tropical waves will be marching from Africa to the Caribbean pretty regularly by July, so keep a good watch on the weather. They can bring heavy squalls, even if no tropical storm is expected.

July wind statistics from Windfinder.com
Attached Thumbnails
St Croix to St Martin-july.jpg  
__________________
Hud
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
St Martin to Antigua to St Martin in 6 days? LeahMeryl Chartering 10 10-23-2006 07:12 PM
Report: Sunsail Charter in St. Martin WaltAllensworth Chartering 0 12-02-2003 12:56 PM
Sailing St. Martin ??? Angie2 Chartering 1 07-24-2003 03:07 PM
Jesse Martin Interview SailNet Learning to Sail Articles 0 07-22-2002 09:00 PM
Chartering out of St Martin mattf Chartering 3 05-01-2002 04:42 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:15 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.