We have chartered every year since 1978 during hurricane season in the BVI. In fact, we are there now and don't end the charter until August 10. Usually we do 2-3 weeks at the end of July and beginning of August. Usually we end by the 15th of August except last year we did not end until the 27th. Last year we felt OK about it because of the cooler than usual temperatures in the eastern Atlantic and that turned out to be a good call.One year we arrived right after a hurricane with winds up to 105 hit. We had 3 boats that year and two were damaged before we got there. The company had replacements
for us that were newer and bigger.
Great trip with lighter than usual winds and less than usual swells so clearer than usual water
Another time Cecilia came close so we were directed to dock
for a night in Nanny Cay so we ate ate Peg Leg's.
The closest was 2 years ago in August of 2014 when the hurricane went over Puerto Rico
. We were directed to the North Sound and saw 58 knots and 2-3 foot swell hiding behind Mosquito on the way in. We were directed to pick up a mooring
in Leverick Bay where we double tied. Mostly the highest gusts were in the 50's with the most at 72. The mooring
sailed some and we heeled to 30 degrees but seas 1-2 feet.
Companies will also have you go to the Bight but we preferred the North Sound so we could get off the boat
where it was hot from being closed up. It rained hard. Wind
over 30 for 9 hours and over 40 for 1.5 hours.
Company recently BVI Yacht Charters. Past used Moorings & Sunsail mostly.
Most companies automatically offer cancellation insurance. We decline and would not have used it in the 38 years. All flights would be canceled also. We will not have an event this year - you know about 10 days out. But the temps are going up in the eastern Atlantic.
I would not book for the last week of August now but if it was in the works I would still plan on going but would try to be flexible about when I expected to get back.