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Cam's spot on... Swells in the typical anchorages in this region are mostly minor - the episodes that seem the most troublesome are those caused by intense weather systems to the north, setting up a northerly swell that manages to curl down the leeward sides of the islands, making ordinarily good anchorages a bit uncomfortable. In addition it can make getting ashore in the dinghy a lot more interesting as well.
I'd recommend a stop at Saba (if the swell conditions allow - there are no real good anchorages here, mooring bouys on the "leeward" side, but swell state has to be low in general) - a most fascinating island that is a real counterpoint to all the other sandy palm fringed islands in the chain. Not far from St Maarten if you have the time.
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".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)