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02-26-2007 02:52 PM
Lessons for All

Sounds like there will be no dull moments

Here's link to Doyle's site.......every now & then you can get other links or nuggets of info............the comments by readers/sailors get scrambled (my SXM from 2 yrs ago are under another name + '06 Guad/Dominica have disappeared) at times but may have up to date info vs guide

Buying Guides - yeah, sometimes hard to find off shelf. I either get at navigation store nearby, west marine, boat show or on-line.

Fair Winds............sure You don't want to switch places? I've got lovely rain with heavy cloud cover & cool winds.........much better than that bright sun, UV risks & sand in unspeakable places.
02-26-2007 01:22 PM
Zanshin Half my day today was spent getting cricket appreciation lessons so I'll be ready. And my crew finally got the "sailing for dummies" book in the mail today, so I'll have to bone up on nautical terminology so that I don't look like a complete idiot.
I checked the bookstores in town today for cruising guides with no luck, but I'll get the Leeward guide in the BVI.
02-26-2007 12:55 PM
Win - Win

Cricket + day & night.
I'm sure the TVs will be playing the Cricket matches on Anguilla if you can sneak away from the beach or during happy hours.

The beaches/snorkling will be worth the visit. The Doyle Cruising guide or web sites will help with rental car out of Road Bay to see the island.

And You will score points with the Crew.
02-26-2007 03:12 AM
Zanshin After reading your notes and looking around the internet a bit I think I'll get there two days early and get a good anchorage then use the rest of the time to play tourist and relax on the beaches. The tickets to the ICC Cricket finals are about the same cost as this concert; and there the torture lasts all day and you get a lunch break as well as tea-time.
02-25-2007 07:15 PM
Thought it was Fine

Holding was very good..................sand if my memory is right......I was there for 3 nights and we got pushed around with a couple of squalls without any problems..........winds mostly 060 to 120.

Rolly - not at all with the wind directions we saw. The harbor does not have a huge entrance & it's not flat/ it has a hook around the east side which blocks waves coming across the top of the island it's hard for waves to enter unless the wind was blowing out of the North.

Just peeked at the concert details:
Wow, 3,500-4,000 people @ $100 a piece
Sounds like a lot of charter (big Cats) bringing over many plus ferries. Noticed the venue is @ Rendezvous Bay which is on the south side closer to SXM.....that will cut down on the crowd at Road Bay ....sounds like they are making arrangements to handle immigration @ Rendezvous (although they were overwhelmed during Carnival - not sure daytrippers even tried) so unless they want to stay or hang out at RB reason to travel around to RB.

Mosquitos - Don't remember any problems on board...........especially when wind blowing......think we may have used repellent in the evening on the beach (no see-ums, et-al).

Crew Requests - humm.............know what you mean..............could be nice if a big Parrothead fan jump one of the big party cats from SXM with rum flowing so you do not have to worry about anything & concentrate 100% on her = score big points.............then off to T & T
02-25-2007 06:08 PM
Zanshin That looks quite nice. Is the holding good and is it a rolly anchorage? Is that an inland mosquito breeding ground on the right of the picture?

I'm planning on heading all the way down island for Mardi Gras - T&T. I might skip Anguillla but my visitor is a big JB fan and I've always been a pushover for the "weaker" sex (whoever came up with that term obviously had little real-life experience).
02-25-2007 05:49 PM
Road Bay Fit

SXM = damn, that's a crazy story...............that whole Phillisburg/Simpson bay thing was not for me = too busy, bridge thing, etc..........sure it's a thief's paradise.

OK, onto to more positive things.............Road Bay is pretty big. It's very popular for Carnival (8/1) and many boats come over from SXM. They were jammed into bar/beach area (ie;Johnnos, immigration, etc) . I'm trying to think of another one to compare to.............reminds me of Roadtown with out the long channel coming in ........seems bigger than Cane Garden Bay - deeper & rounder

Here's a short video clip I just found.........scroll down to screen aka Sandy Ground

Just found a photo that does a better job:

I was to the left (out of frame) of the wreck (bottom) and there was plenty of room behind me.

Due to strange fee structure many yachts skip anguilla and many powerboats + cats gather very close to beach (top slightly left) rafted up and double/triple parked leaving the rest of the bay available for anchoring with swing room..........that yellow comm'l boat is at the comm'l dock and the beach goes away toward the wreck & beyond so the crowd does not come down that way.
There was plenty of room during Carnival which included Island local sailboat races (big fun & very entertaining) was full of noise but it was Carnival.........
Ask away if you need more.
02-25-2007 05:39 PM
Zanshin Chuteman - thanks for the advice and info. I sailed to SXM my last trip, mainly because I couldn't get a real espresso in the BVI and needed real coffee and some baguettes. I sailed upwind through a storm! I also needed to go shopping at Budget Marine. I broke their record - I bought a new dinghy and new outboard and, just over 5 hours later, they were stolen. I even had the dinghy tied + chained to the boat. I anchored outside the south bridge since I missed the opening times and someone must have have seen me depart the store with my new acquisitions. I didn't even unpack the oars on the dinghy; all I had left for a couple of thousand dollars was the patch kit and a single reserve spark plug as well as the manuals.
I rented a car and drove around the island, but I was really vexed with the local PD because of their inability to take my report. I didn't expect them to find the dinghy, I just wanted to document the fact that neither was in possession in case they were used to commit a crime.
I never explored the anchorages the way you did, I'll do that again this time around, taking your comments into account.
How many sailboats can fit into Road Bay in Anguilla? The JB concert has a limited audience, but there might still be a lot of sailboat showing up for this event.
02-25-2007 05:06 PM
Part 2

I broke into pieces to avoid timeout on & learn the hard way

SXM con't
Orient Bay (NE corner) - Less favorite location & anchorage - I anchored behind Ile Pinel..which is a very small island. Shallow getting in here gotta pay close attention to chart + cruising guide. Protection is much less than previous given windward side. Beaches in the area are very popular so many more jet skis, swimmers, etc than charter boats. I only stopped here because it was close to base for return early the next day. It is also close to TinTinmarie which is a small barrier island where sun bathing al fresca is abundant.

Anguilla - Road Bay - (north) Very Enjoyable stop + very good anchorage - the anchorage is protected due to shape. We anchored over near the wreck passed the comm'l dock to avoid the traffic & noise of beach bars-main town. The comm'l dock can generate noise too but overall it was fine.
They do have a unique Fee schedule when checking in = staying in Road Bay vs visiting other parts of the country via your yacht (adds cruising & park fees). So we kept the boat in Road Bay & used our dinghy to zip around the the water within about 6nm or so. It was Carnival time so renting a car, etc was tricky. The island has great beaches & very good snorkling..also a nice break (quieter) from all the activity on SXM.....I will definitely go back

Need more - let me know.
02-25-2007 04:50 PM
Been There

If you prefer, we can exchange PM or e-mail for nitty gritty details.
But here's an overview.........
I've done 3 anchorages on SXM + primary on Anquilla.
Grand Case - (NW) my favorite town (french feel + lots of food choices) but less favorite on the hook = rolly especially with NE winds + anchored in front of town /main dinghy dock. Maybe better if further north tucked in behind bluff. It's a big flat bay + winds come thru cut in hills by airport (yes GC has small airport) which tends to get a wind vs wave movement going in the anchorage.

Marigot - (W) Less favorite town but favorite anchorage - Modern marina avail for water (higher concrete docks so fenders have to be high & prepare for interesting departure if winds are blowing you onto dock) , fuel (diesel), showers, laundry, internet, etc........we anchored in the bay & bought a "Use Pass" which gives you access to marina services (still have to pay when required ie; showers) & security (bonus) @ dinghy dock. Bay is big but protected from swells of normal winds. Can be noisy at times due to bars & off shore breeze but not that bad. Can also be shallow in places especially going into marina area but the channel is marked.
Ferries go in & out on north side near marina so there's traffic but easy to avoid by anchoring just a little south away from that. We used our dinghy to zip all around from there ie; Simpson bay is about a 10-15 min Dighy ride depending on where you are going, also gasoline is avail via dinghy (not marina in '05) plus there's a cute waterside area of Marigot that can be accessed too (turn north after going under TINY BRIDGE that you also use to get to Simpson bay)

BTW - Simpson Bay (S) is huge & I'm sure it is crazy in the winter from what I read..............we never tried to enter with yacht due to location (south access bridge) vs our route. But they have multiple marinas, bars, restaurants and Marine services scattered throughtout this large area that is easily accessed by dinghy from Marigot..............night navigating (we did day+ dusk) by dinghy is tricky unless you have a bright light to see + be seen.....lots of boats anchored or moored everywhere.
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