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Old 10-08-2012, 07:51   #16
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Re: How crowded, really?

I guess it depends on how you want to spend your time. We usually make a mid day stop for some snorkeling/diving and then move on to a nearby spot for the evening.

If you want to spend more time sailing, you could simply choose longer distances between stops. We always try to keep short distances to enjoy more time in the water, exploring on land..etc. But you can simply do the opposite. First night at Norman for example and then from there head to North Sound. Then Anegada, Jost Van Dyke, Cooper..etc.. If miles are the goal, you could probably do a couple loops around Tortola rather than the typical loop.

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Old 10-08-2012, 08:48   #17
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Re: How crowded, really?

Roadtown start, lots of sailing, assuming a charter boat:

You will have a lot of trouble getting off the dock before noon the first day and even sailing nuts will benefit from a shake down of sorts, and some rum drinks. *grin*

1. RT to Cooper, anchor below Cistern Point.

2. Early start head to Anegada, anchor off the commercial pier.

3. Jost Van Dyke, anchor White Bay (if ground swell is down) or Great Harbour

4. Marina Cay, anchor NW of mooring field

5. Key Point, anchor as far up in the gap between the point and the cay as you can

6. North Sound, anchor at Drakes

7. Soper's Hole, get a mooring ball as far west as you can

8. Virgin Gorda, anchor outside Spanish Town - cab to the Baths

9. Cane Garden Bay, anchor West of the mooring field in 10' close to the beach (lock your dinghy at the dock here)

10. early start to return to RT in time for check-in.

I love sailing but this wouldn't be my own choice, just responding to what you said you wanted. I'd do:

1. RT to Cooper
2. early start Cooper to Baths, ball off Devils Bay; Baths to Marina Cay, anchor there
3. Marina Cay to Drakes in North Sound
4. Drakes to Prickley Pear in North Sound (you could row)
5. North Sound to Anegada
6. Stay put
7. Anegada to White Bay JVD
8. JVD to Sopers
9. Sopers to The Bight
10. Return to RT

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Old 21-08-2012, 18:30   #18
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Re: How Crowded Really ?

I think everyone has kinda forgotten that the distances in the BVI are miniscule!
If you sail more than 6 miles in a day, you've traveled past a lot of anchorages.
If you wanted to go from Norman Is to Peter, you might need an hour. You could do the Baths from Trellis and onto Gorda Sound in 3 hours of sailing. It's only about 40 miles from Virgin Gorda Sound to St. John, or less than a normal day trip in the Windward or Leeward Islands.
Relax and take each day as it comes, don't get so hung up in planning.
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Old 16-09-2012, 16:50   #19
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Re: How Crowded Really ?

Conch Charters Bareboat Trip Review Kakuris Laggon 440

This is a trip report from my last trip to the BVI's in May 2012. There really is only one way to screw up the BVI's and that is to rush through them.

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