I am chartering out of Jolly Harbor Antigua
at the end of January for 7 days on a 42 foot monohull
. We would like to do about 4 or 5 hrs sailing per day then anchor
at locations with snorkeling or shopping
plus beach bars and somewhere to eat at night. I was looking at clearing out of Jolly Harbor, going to carlisle Bay (day 1) then leaving within 24 hours to sail to Deshaies. Clear in at Deshaies and stay the night (day 2), then motor
/ sail down to Pigeon Island and then to Isle des Saintes (day 3). Back up to Deshaies (day 4), then on to Falmouth harbor (day 5) to clear back in to Antigua
. Deep bay onto Dickerson bay (day 6), then St john's in the day and back to Jolly Harbor (day 7) to leave for home the next morning. My charter
company limits sailing to between 07:00 to 17:30. I am OK with a lot of sailing, but the admiral wants to keep it to around 4 or 5 hrs, but would be OK with longer providing there is time to see where we get to. I know that she would like to spend at least 1/2 a day in English/Falmouth harbor.
Given that I have to clear in and out of the islands am I trying to do too much in a 7 day charter
- would I be better just sailing around Antigua? I have thought of going up to Barbuda but really would prefer to have beach bar / restaurants at night - could cook on the boat one night though. I am OK with water
sailing (sailed Bermuda
to the caribbean), but the admiral would not like much over 20 kts or 10 foot swells, so if the weather forecast
is above this we would probably skip the trip to Guadeloupe
, and keep on the ewst sides of the islands.
Any suggestions / comments please.