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Forget the pundit's jibes. The BVI in July-August is just fine. Over the past 35 years or so, most of my sailing there has been during the summer months.
There are a few differences, however, as compared to Jan-Feb:
1. The winds tend to be a bit lighter, and more from the E and SE than from the NE and ENE quadrants.
2. The average temperature is warmer, indeed, and feels like it. However, the temperature in the BVI only varies about 5 degs F winter-to-summer on average; somehow, though, summer seems warmer.
3. Sailing is still very good, and the islands are still great. You'll want to spend your time at anchorages rather than in marinas, where wind is plentiful and it feels considerably cooler than in marinas.
4. Mosquitos are not particularly bad in summer. The BVI has a spraying program which keeps the little monsters at bay. Compared to the Virgins of 20-30 years ago, insects are MUCH less prevalent.