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I would say that, unless your guests have been there before, the USVI and BVI are more condusive to a relaxing vacation than Antigua and nearby islands. The crew list really is only when checking in and out and as captain you are responsible for your crewmembers so it can be a bit of a hassle. One more reason why singlehanding can be nice.
Having cruised extensively in the BVI and USVI I agree with your statement. However, I am not interested in giving my "guests" a relaxing vacation as they were invited by my friend without my prior consent. I know there are charter companies based in Antigua, so I'm guessing there must be some gunkholing available there. I've never been there before as I was on a schedule last season and sailed directly from St. Barts to Guadeloupe. Now I want to see what I missed on that trip.

I did suggest to my friend that maybe he should make other plans but he complained that he has already purchased plane tickets. I'm coming to the conclusion that it's much easier to singlehand.
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I would say that, unless your guests have been there before, the USVI and BVI are more condusive to a relaxing vacation than Antigua and nearby islands. The crew list really is only when checking in and out and as captain you are responsible for your crewmembers so it can be a bit of a hassle. One more reason why singlehanding can be nice.
I agree with your statement about the BVI and USVI, but my priority is not to give my "guests" a relaxing vacation since they were invited by my friend without my prior knowledge. I would much rather not have to deal with these crew change issues. I was on a schedule last season so I sailed nonstop between St. Barts and Guadeloupe (only to find the entire island on strike) so I want to see what I missed then. I know there are charter companies based in Antigua. Do people cruise just in that island country or do they visit others? Are there anchorages, snorkeling spots, restaurants ashore?

I suggested to my friend that maybe we should reconsider his joining me, and he complained that he already bought his plane ticket. I think I'd much rather be singlehanding...
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Having cruised extensively in the BVI and USVI I agree with your statement. However, I am not interested in giving my "guests" a relaxing vacation as they were invited by my friend without my prior consent. I know there are charter companies based in Antigua, so I'm guessing there must be some gunkholing available there. I've never been there before as I was on a schedule last season and sailed directly from St. Barts to Guadeloupe. Now I want to see what I missed on that trip.

I did suggest to my friend that maybe he should make other plans but he complained that he has already purchased plane tickets. I'm coming to the conclusion that it's much easier to singlehand.
Tell your friend to uninvite them. Sounds like you were being a nice person having a friend onboard to enjoy some of the islands and they over stepped that invitation by asking other to join. This should have been ok'ed by the captain first, unless it was family...
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Ohhnnnooo I think I've seen Gaiamar before! Was she the one up on the rocks outside Nanny Cay????

Just kidding ;^P it was at Trellis Bay??? No just pulling you leg again.

Appears your going to do about what I'm going to be doing over the next couple of years. I'm heading back to Tortola in December, where I also keep my boat but will probably hang in the BVI/ USVI doing the guest crew thing until about March or April when I hope to make a run up to the Spanish Virgins for a month or so possibly with a guest crew. After that I'm not really sure where I'll head but St Martin is high on the list and will probably stay around in the Leewards for several months. I like doing it slow with minimal schedules but I may have a guest crew join me at some point while I'm in the area.

Let us know what your plans turn out to be as we may cross paths a time or two and have a Rum!

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I think I've seen Gaiamar in the BVI before, too. St. Martin, St. Barts and Antigua are not to be missed. The food in Grand Case is the best I've had in the Caribbean and close to some top restaurants I've been to that are listed in Michelin and Gault Millau! St. Barts is just beautiful, Antigua is intriguing. Don't miss those wonderful destinations. In addition, St. Martin is the place to shop for things on the boat, both chandleries and consumables!

Back to singlehanding - I'm not a naturally gregarious person but have managed to meet new peple and boats in each and every port that I've been in. This happens while clearing, while shopping, while bar-hopping and while dinghying around - whether I want to or not. This ranges from getting trashed during daylight hours with Brian Johnson in the BVI to meeting Brazilian circumnavigators (with 2 young kids) in Antigua. But I need to admit that evening waterholes (aka "Bars") are best for meeting fellow cruisers.


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Maybe one of your friends friends has a sister that would be interested in...........well..............you know..............whatever.
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My friend's friends' brothers might be more of interest to me since I'm a woman.
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I would put it plain, and simple. You invited him, and not his guest. Kind of ballsy to not ask your permission, and invite people to sail with you. BEST WISHES in makingit a successful trip no matter how it goes.......i2f

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Thanks for your advice everyone. I think I'll suggest that my friend stay ashore when his "friends" are visiting. We'll see how it goes. After a couple of weeks with him aboard, I'll probably be ready for a break anyway.
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