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British Virgin Island

 

Sailing the British Virgin Islands:

Your cruise in the Brith Virgin Islands will begin in Tortola. The way Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Tortola are arranged you’ll fell like you’re sailing continental waters. Off the coast they slow down the atlantic swell and the trade wind. That’s why the BVI’s are perfect for caribbean-rookies.

The distances are short an you’ll navigate on sight. Fantastic bays for anchoring can be accessed easily and the crystal-clear water will let you recognize the ground easily too.

Even though they may seem small, the BVI’s offer endless options to anchor in small bays with fine sandy beaches. Families from all over the world value the great combination of bathing and sailing holiday in the caribbean. Charter this dream now.

 

Wind and sailing Conditons:

During the winter months (Nov. to Jan) the wind is from the northeast at 15-20 knots. The Christmas winds can produce 25-30 knots for several days at a time. In February the winds move to the east and by June it changes to the southeast at 10-15 knots. September & October the trade winds are at its weakest and the weather can be less settled. By November the high pressure system around Bermuda starts to stabilize and 15-20 knot breezes become the norm. Local seas are »relaxed« seas and generally in the 3-4 foot range.

 

Highlights:

Many of the British Virgin Islands are mountainous remnants of long-extinct volcanoes, rising from the sea in lush green that captivates the eye. The area includes majestic stone formations and intriguing flooded caves. Coral reefs abound. The natural beauty is a major reason why sailors choose a British Virgin Islands yacht charter, but the attractions ashore are also plentiful and varied, from beachside bars and luxury resorts to quiet villages and eclectic shops.

 

On the shore:

The Bight

A pleasant sail southward from Road Town, The Bight on Norman Island offers one of the most sheltered and beautiful anchorages in the BVI, as well as the popular Willie T floating restaurant. Treasure Point is indented with four flooded caves; the northernmost of which extends 70 feet. Inside the water is shallow, carrying depths of four feet to the naturally carved room at the end. With an underwater flashlight to illuminate the sea life below and the purple and rust coloured walls of the cave interiors above the water’s surface, it’s an unforgettable snorkelling experience. Due north of The Bight is Pelican Island and The Indians, four tawny rock pinnacles extending 50 feet above and below the water’s surface to create a superior snorkelling and dive spot. Elkhorn, brain, and star coral, sea sponges, sea fans, and gorgonians flourish there, along with colorful tropical fish.

Anegada

Unlike the volcanic islands farther to the west, Anegada is low and flat. Its highest elevation is 28 feet above sea level. Salt ponds occupy much of the west end and are home to pink Caribbean flamingos introduced more than a decade ago from Bermuda. Abundant wild orchids, pine and palm trees, and fabulouse white beaches make this coral and limestone isle unique and well worth a visit. In a typical southeasterly, the wind is favourable (aft of the starboard beam) when departing from Virgin Gorda, a perfect point of sail.

On the north shore, Loblolly Bay is known for its spectacular snorkelling and scuba diving in crystal clear water. Lagoon swimming and beach walking are also popular pastimes, and a sail to the island wouldn’t be complete without enjoying the locally caught lobster. Cow Wreck Beach Bar & Restaurant, Anegada Reef Hotel, and Neptune’s Treasure are just a few of the dining possibilities.

 

Charter bases:

Road Town and Maya Cove on Tortola.

 

Journey to British Virgin Islands:

Take AirFrance/KLM to St. Martin, or Iberia/American Airlines to San Juan. Then continue with LIAT, Windward Air or American Airlines to Beef Island (Tortola). Transfer from airport to base Road Town takes approx. 30 minutes.