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A truely grand sail

Many will come to the Caribbean one winter for a variety of reasons, but for those of us who really like sailing, there is a 40 mile run that is almost always a grand sail. No channel bashing on this run, generally just an easy, relaxed sail.
Most weeks we embark our customers in Hillsborough, Carriacou and meander through the Grenadines to disembark our passengers at either Port Elizabeth on Bequia or Young Island on St. Vincent. Then it's turn around and scurry back to Carriacou to do it all again.
The sail back is almost always a wonderful sail, with the wind on the beam or slightly abaft the beam and the seas moderated by the islands to windward. Generally the winds blow 12 to 20, east to east south east, but even with a more northerly wind it's still a fun sail. With stronger winds we still put up everything, turning a fun, relaxing sail into a grand romp.
Fishing can also be productive on this run, adding to the pleasure.
So for those wishing a really grand 40 mile sail (you can explore the Grenadines on your way back north) consider picking up a bare boat in St Vincent or from Sail Grenadines in Bequia and make your first day one of those sails you'll remember forever.

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Re: A truely grand sail

I cruised the Eastern Caribe for several years and loved the north south sail from Guadeloupe down to Trinidad... Much of the sails was in the lee of the islands which moderate the seas.. winds less so... and most were reaches will full sail... close, beam and broad. These sails were always a delight.

Departing from Rodney Bay, for example... I raised the main, winched in the anchor, turned off the wind and let out the genny... and off we go!
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Re: A truely grand sail

Have had the pleasure of sailing the chain from Barbuda to Grenada (with side legs to Dominica, St Kitts, Saba and St Martin) - many of those legs in both directions. All on a pretty spritely Bene 36.7. The runs 'south' were indeed exhilarating and yet easy, esp south of the Bequia channel.

We found Carriacou utterly delightful: safe, quiet, deserted beaches, and bus rides are not to be missed.

Thanks for the memories, Capta!
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Re: A truely grand sail

Too many times to count we've done 10 easy days hopping from St Lucia to Grenada. Always one way, IMHO it's worth the $$$'s to let the charter company take the boat back.

Capta knows this area inside/out. Great advice!
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