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My wife and I are headed to BVIs for a week on April 6th. We are chartering a 34' Beneteau, and I was wondering what we could expect for winds and crowds at that time of year. Also, I have been reading some threads about travelling clockwise or counterclockwise from Tortola....is there an advantage to either way.?

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It is my understanding that the winds start to die down as you approach the summer, but i do not know this as fact. there is a weather site that provides historical wind data for last year and beyond, and this would be of help.

When went with a 322 Beneteau during Christmas to New Years this year, we were told by the Moorings to circumnavigate Tortola clockwise . . . the winds, for the most part, were coming straight down the channel. However, when we were on the back side of Tortola (the Jost van Dyke side), the winds seemed to be coming straight at us, too, when we attempted to head north to Trellis. While down there, we met some sailors who typically go counterclockwise and others who told us that they always go clockwise. This was the first time we bareboated, and I am a new sailor, just learned this summer, and the waves on the Tortola back side were high for us . . . about 5 to 7' or so. Some appeared higher.

The crowds should be a lot less in April, too. During the time we went, we tried to be at a harbor no later than 1:00 to get a mooring. Depending on the harbor, some moorings were still available until around 4;00.

I am planning on going back this summer.
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If you go counterclockwise the upwind stretch is in the channel and waves are much lower as the long fetch is broken by the outer islands. The winds are milder (but more variable). I just did the downwind JVD stretch from the North Sound a couple of days ago in 30+ knots and waves higher than 7 feet but it was a comfortable and easy downwind run and I pitied the few boats (under power, nobody was sailing) when I saw them pound against the Atlantic swells (I gather that the waters north of JVD and Anegada are considered Atlantic and not Caribbean).
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DO NOT GO DURING EDASTER WEEK. The BVI is inundated with power boats from Puerto Rico. They take every mooring ball and achorage available. When those are exhausted they start rafting three to four boats on one ball. I grabbed a ball at 2:00 pm after idling for over an hour in Sopers Hole. I was hit twice by drunken skippers maneuvering to raft. We were hit again that night when the wind changed and the raft was too wide for the space. The locals don't care, they get a fee for every boat that ties up. I won't do that again.
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I forgot about that - I was stuck at the dock without a rudder last year for Easter and it was just jzeke16 stated with the BVI invaded by Puerto Rican powerboaters. The power of their engines was just somewhat more than the wattage of their speakers! They certainly do know how to have a good time, though and I had fun although I my Spanish isn't even sufficient to order a Big Mac. Given a choice I would have been elsewhere over Easter Weekend, perhaps Puerto Rico is a good destination considering they all end up over here; just as it is impossible to meet a Parisian in Paris during August.
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I have chartered with Footloose in both 2005 and 2006. Going again this year. With the misses being a teacher, I don't have a choice but to go at Easter. It has been great both times. Easter Mass at Spanish town was great. The locals are wonderful people. Best rythms I've heard in church in a long time.

Weather has been great both times. We first went to North Sound and caught a bouy by the Bitter End. Went to the baths to Norman and Peter, on to Sopers hole before going to JVD. Finish up in Trelis before heading back. Winds ranged from light to moderate (15). Seas were not an issue. Great place to go. Good company to work with. Just remember, your there to relax.

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Are they there the whole week...or just the weekend...?
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You will find that the PRs enjoy an extended weekend much like a US Holiday. They will be more concentrated a the popular beach areas i.e. Cane Garden, White Bay (at JVD), Pirates (Norman Island).
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Provisioning

Our bareboat in the BVIs is getting closer, and we are now looking at provisioning for the trip. Bobby's seems to be the big name we see in Tortola, however I was wondering if anyone has used any other company
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We just got back from the BVI's in November. We used the Moorings and had an absolutely great time. THe Mooring have newer boats and better support than Sunsail and Footloose. As the boats age they move down from Moorings to Sunsail and then into footloose. Saving a few bucks is great but Moorings WILL be there quick if you need assisitance ( head breaks, windlass dies etc...) The last time we went we had a 47 foot Beneteau which was great! 3 couples ( boat got smaller by the day but there is a lot of room ). The year before we had a 47 foot Catamaran which was outstanding even with 4 couples. If you have the option and already sail your own Monohull at home I would go with a cat. It is vacation and you can't sail at night so there will be a lot of down time. The moorings and any other charter company really gets you on provisioning. There are grocery stores close to the moorings base that can save you almost half. That is what we are going to do next time. Diet Coke is like liquid gold there as well if you are a fan of that with a splash of rum stock up. You can bring it on the plane. Most everywhere is really casual. The first time we went we brought nice go out clothes. Just took up space, one outfit will do it. Shorts, a sweatshirt for and night and bathing suits are the only thing we bring now. Make sure not to drink the tap water. One of our crew decided to make coffee with it and we paid dearly. Stick to bottled water. The BVI's is a magical place. Make sure to hit Ivan's on Jost Van Dyke. It is the most relaxing place I've been. Anagada is great too. Make sure to hit Foxy's as well. Pretty commercialized but still lots of fun. Beware the "Fire Water Rum"! Good stuff but has a price the next day The Islanders are very friendly, some of the men are too friendly. I had to have a little chat with some of Native's about crossing the line. It is not unsafe just be aware.

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