It's an upwind sail to either Barbuda or Antigua from Nevis, and there's generally some adverse current
, too, so you can pretty much count on motor
sailing the rhumbline. Leaving from the anchorage at Pinneys Beach on Nevis, it's about 55 nm to the west coast
of Barbuda, compared with 47 nm to Jolly Harbour, Antigua.
So, the trip up to Barbuda is doable if you leave early in the morning. The winds that time of year are usually ESE, which somewhat favors Barbuda as a destination
over Antigua. You'd have to anchor
off the nine mile beach and clear in the next morning. Two ways to do that--drag your dinghy
across the beach and putt-putt across the lagoon
to Codrington, or beach the dinghy
and call a water
taxi to take you over and bring you back. If you do the latter, you could arrange for a guided visit to the frigate bird rookery later that day, and perhaps negotiate a package deal. Be sure to check Chris Doyle's guidebook for info.
Statia has only one anchorage, right off the town. It's is incredibly rolly if there's any swell running, luckily not too likely in June. Saba
is an interesting stop, with good snorkeling/diving. To visit St Kitts and Nevis, I recommend coming to Nevis and clearing in in Charlestown. The anchorage at Basseterre, St Kitts is not the most attractive place to spend the night. In Nevis, you can get a cruising permit
to go to St Kitts SE peninsula bays if you want to--Cockleshell, Majors, Ballast, White House. The first one has a couple of restaurants on the beach; the others are pretty much deserted.
On Nevis you're required to take a government mooring
at US$15 for three nights or US$20 for a week. The exception would be in Oualie Bay, where the locals have taken all the moorings. Most cruisers moor off the southern end of Pinneys Beach where there are several good beach bar/restaurants with free WiFi
If you want to have a look ashore on St Kitts, catch the ferry
from Charlestown to Basseterre US$10 pp. Take a taxi tour of the island, walk around Basseterre and then catch the 4 pm ferry
back for happy hour at Sunshines.
Let me know if you need any more info.
p.s. welcome to Cruisers Forum. Hope you hang around and enjoy it here.