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The worst sails in the Eastern Caribbean.
Earlier I posted about one of the best sails one can do in the EC and I thought I'd put out there my thoughts about the worst sails here, in my experience, for those renting a bareboat for a pleasant vacation.
By far the worst, is the voyage from Virgin Gorda Sound to St. Martin (80 nautical miles) in normal tradewind conditions. In Christmas Winds it can be a boat breaker! Almost due east into the wind and seas with a serious north current. The only good crossings I've ever had to St Martin from the Virgins was in the dead of summer, in a flat calm, on a 50 foot cigarette, when we'd go over the St Martin or St Barths for lunch, and back before dark. Zoom, zoom!
The other shorter, but no less frustrating, trip is from Grenada to Tyrrel Bay, Carriacou. At around 30 miles, it is most often a hard beat and with the strong, normally west setting current, one can be as much as 5 or 6 miles west of Carriacou on the first tack. Most just roll up their gear and power up into Tyrrel, wishing to get the pick down and have a beverage, rather than spending another hour or more beating up, especially if one gets a late start from Grenada.
So, if you are planning a Caribbean sailing adventure, keep these in mind when you choose a base from which to depart.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
ďBelieve me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.Ē ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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Last edited by capta; 12-08-2017 at 04:26 PM.