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11-25-2011 12:11 AM
Geoff54 I’ll let you decide how long it will take but Soper Hole is about 8 nautical miles from Road Town and Marina Cay about 9. Typically Sopers Hole will be roughly downwind and Marina Cay mostly upwind. Conventional wisdom is that the wind is from NE at the beginning of the year becoming SE from February until Hurricane Season approaches. You can expect 10 to 20 knots occasionally higher – “your wind speed may vary”. Occasionally there will be a “North Swell” when the wind comes from the NW (ish), in which case you should avoid anchoring/mooring in Cane Garden Bay, around Dog Islands or SE end of Virgin Gorda - it gets quiet uncomfortable.

Your charter company may give you one but a really useful planning tool is Cruising the Virgin Islands planning map from Fine Edge. It has recommended “cruising routes” with waypoints marked and a list of waypoints with Lat/Long. If you have a handheld GPS you can program in the waypoints ahead of time which makes it quick and easy to program routes (not that navigating in the BVI is very difficult). You can get it from West Marine, Amazon or fineedge.com, and probably a bunch of other places too.

Have fun – you’ll love it.
11-24-2011 01:51 PM
edneff Thanks for the prompt replies. I checked with BVI YC and they confirmed that we can drop the captain off and pay his fare home... Now we can plan with confidence.
11-24-2011 11:24 AM
SVAuspicious Roadtown to Soper's is probably two hours under most conditions. Marina Cay will be three or a bit more if you sail all the way as you'll be tacking.

Another alternative if the Captain is willing and locally connected is to go to Cooper Island and snag a ride home from a dive company, Deliverance, or even the employee shuttle. That will cost you more to get him home, but Cooper is an easy 2 hour close reach, one tack.
11-24-2011 10:07 AM
edneff
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Originally Posted by SVAuspicious View Post
You could easily make Fat Hog's Bay and anchor out or Soper's Hole and grab a mooring. Dinghy your skipper ashore and send him home in a cab. You could even do Marina Cay and have him take the free ferry to Trellis and a cab home.
That sounds like a plan. Can you take a wag at how long to sail to Soper's Hole or Marina Cay?
11-23-2011 06:24 PM
Geoff54
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Originally Posted by edneff View Post
We are chartering a Lagoon 400 from BVI YC in February. This will be my first time chartering in the BVI's and first time on a cat.

It's also been years since I have skippered a larger sailboat, so I decided to get the "Captain check out" on my first day. They charge $150 for that, which seems fine, but I am wondering how long this will take...

My big concern is that after a two hour or so checkout we will be hard pressed to get away to an anchorage for the first night and will end up on the dock in Roadtown...

Any idea what to expect, or suggestions for a nearby anchorage for our first night out?

Tks
If you want to pick up a mooring, The Bight has 80 and is an easy sail from Road Town. It gives you your best chance of picking one up if it getting late and if you aren't lucky, you can always anchor. But ask your checkout skipper, he's sure to have a suggestion.
11-23-2011 04:38 PM
Vasco
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Originally Posted by edneff View Post
We are chartering a Lagoon 400 from BVI YC in February. This will be my first time chartering in the BVI's and first time on a cat.

It's also been years since I have skippered a larger sailboat, so I decided to get the "Captain check out" on my first day. They charge $150 for that, which seems fine, but I am wondering how long this will take...

My big concern is that after a two hour or so checkout we will be hard pressed to get away to an anchorage for the first night and will end up on the dock in Roadtown...

Any idea what to expect, or suggestions for a nearby anchorage for our first night out?

Tks
Your best bet is Little Harbour on the end of Peter Island. A beautiful spot. get right in close where it`s not so deep. Straight across from Roadtown. I think the skipper stays with you for the day and if you`re ok they`ll pick him up and you`ll be on your own.
11-23-2011 03:37 PM
SVAuspicious You could easily make Fat Hog's Bay and anchor out or Soper's Hole and grab a mooring. Dinghy your skipper ashore and send him home in a cab. You could even do Marina Cay and have him take the free ferry to Trellis and a cab home.
11-23-2011 01:07 PM
edneff
First BVI Charter

We are chartering a Lagoon 400 from BVI YC in February. This will be my first time chartering in the BVI's and first time on a cat.

It's also been years since I have skippered a larger sailboat, so I decided to get the "Captain check out" on my first day. They charge $150 for that, which seems fine, but I am wondering how long this will take...

My big concern is that after a two hour or so checkout we will be hard pressed to get away to an anchorage for the first night and will end up on the dock in Roadtown...

Any idea what to expect, or suggestions for a nearby anchorage for our first night out?

Tks
10-21-2011 03:18 AM
Bermudahigh I started chartering in 1995. First in the USVI, then the BVI.
Most recent first: Pro Valor, w/Jim and Cecelia (there's a guy who sold the company trying to charter under this name also): 4 times, TMM, more than 5, BVI yacht charters 1, Catamaran Co 1, Sunsail 1, Moorings 1. Pro Valor worked the hardest for us, finding boats to meet our time slot. That's why we did our last 4 charters with them. TMM, also on the 'good' list. In the end, it is more than who had the newer boats, it was the feeling that you had the company working for you.
We now own a catamaran (not for charter) in the islands and as an owner i'd lean towards Pro Valor as my first choice for a charter operator to manage my boat.. PM if i can help. Joe/Ocean City/St John
10-20-2011 11:18 PM
Bad Crew i have read several barbecues of Conch Charters, check out charterexpert.com. I would like to know what you do since I will be chartering in early January 2012. Thanks and good luck.
J
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