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Old 18-12-2010, 17:46   #1
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Anegada Passage

What is smoothest routing from Tortola to St. Martin across Anegada Passage?
Recommended first destination in St. Martin.

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Smoothest? Depends on WX.

Best to leave from somewhere up north, like Neckar Island passage. Leave in late afternoon to arrive in daylight.

Watch out for currents...they can set in most any direction.


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Look for a window where you have a north component to the wind and go as btrayfors has suggested. It's about 80nm.

If you want to go into the lagoon, it is most inexpensively done by checking in on the French side, therefore I might suggest arriving to Marigot Bay and waiting for the bridge to open on that side. After you are through and find a comfy spot to anchor, dinghy to the Marina/shop/restaurant area in Marigot in the lagoon. The marina office is where you can check in. Ask another cruiser once you're there for more specifics.
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Route as advised.... but you could go out to the Sth and beat toward Saba... then tack N'ly into the passage between Anguilla and St Martin... I used to prefer this route... a bit longer but not as lumpy.
Once you get into Marigot bay anchor at the Nth end as close to the Marina as you can... the check in office is at the Ferry port there... its a short dinghy ride in...
Then you can find out bridge times etc... you'll likely have to drop the hook anyway so may as well use the time clearing in... its pretty quick normally
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