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Wishing to 1st time charter this upcoming year. Would prefer natural beauty & peace to clubs & booze. BVI''s would be choice for 1st timer but should I consider St. Vincent, St. Lucia or Grenada? How safe to sail? Any suggestions?
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For your first time, I would stick with the BVI''s. The Windward Islands you mentioned are a bit more challenging. Not so much of a navigation problem, but the winds tend to blow 20-30 knots pretty much all the time. If you do the BVI''s and are comfortable in that area, then you''ll be fine in the Windward Islands
 

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We did the BVI for our first time charter and highly reccomend it. The winds are good but not overpowering, lots of great places to go. You can even get a little taste of ocean sailing between Tortola and North Sound or by going up to Anegada

John Calhoon
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