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It's true that some of the passages (the Bequea channel, for instance) can be quite swelly.. but for the most part it's free sailing and quite exhilarating. If the trades bend and you're heading north then you may end up close hauled or nearly so, then it can get a bit uncomfortable (depending on the boat, of course)
But amongst the islands and the Tobago cays is quite a lot better, and you can usually duck behind a reef or an island for the night.
Sometimes the wind accelerates around the ends of the Islands too, so be prepared for that.
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Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)