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Basically, you pay your money and take your chances!
The Christmas winds are neither predictable nor inevitable. Some years you see them, some you don't. Most years when they come it's only for a day or two...or a week at most. Rarely, however, they may be pretty much around for six weeks or more.
In general, the tradewinds in the BVI blow harder in the winter months than the summer months, and tend to have more of a northerly component (e.g., ENE rather than the ESE winds common in summer). This, too, isn't inevitable.
Christmas winds are not just strong tradewinds. They are mini-northers which can blow at 40-50 knots or more. The good news is that you might go through your charter period without seeing them at all. And, if they should come, there are lots of good anchorages to snuggle down in and ride them out.
The bad news is the unpredictability....a bit like rolling the dice :-)
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