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Old 21-02-2016, 09:05   #1
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Nevis to Antgua via Monserrat?

We are planning the route and would like to get to Antigua from Nevis. Seems the only way to do it in a "bearable" fashion is via an overnight in Little Bay in Monserrat...otherwise the wind and current is on our nose for the entire trip (I have listened to the old salts1)

Anyone stayed over in Little Bay. Is this doable?


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Re: Nevis to Antgua via Monserrat?

We did just that a couple of years ago, one thing you need to watch out for is any northerly swell will make Little Bay a tough place to be. We had watched the forecast and stayed there two pleasant nights, they were calling for northerly swell to begin on the day we were leaving and we felt it start during the night. We have spoken to other cruisers that have stopped by Little Bay on several occaisons but have just kept on going because of swell. If it works out though it makes for a pretty easy trip to Antigua.....with the caveat that the wind has not backed to the north.
We have also done it from Nevis but said never again, the best way to reach Antigua is from Guadeloupe and that is usually a fun romp. Leave Dashaies at sun up and you are in Falmouth for lunch. Jim

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Re: Nevis to Antgua via Monserrat?

We spent one night in Monserrat. At the time the volcano was quite active and we had a continual fall of ash just to the south of us, but nothing onboard. In normal trade wind conditions the harbour is OK, not smooth, but OK. Not sure how the authorities would take it if you just came and anchored and left in the morning. They had a lot of officials ashore for a place with a tiny population and little traffic. We had to go back and forth between immigration, customs, and the port captain as I remember. They were only open until 430 or 5 pm, I guess you could anchor after that time and leave early and you would be OK, but I think it is worth staying there for a couple of nights and doing a tour with a local driver.

We went from Monserrat to northern Guadeloupe and it was hard on the wind with the conditions we had. Going to Antigua in normal conditions would be nasty. Might want to go to Guadeloupe (Deshaies is a nice place to stop and very near the north end of the island) and then go north to Antigua
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Re: Nevis to Antgua via Monserrat?

Little Bay is fine. Obviously any open roadstead anchorage can be affected by swell.

There's a local bus that goes close to the volcano observatory and u can ask if its open to go close into Portsmouth on the way past. That's kinda cool.
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Nevis to Antigua is a pretty easy day sail. We tacked close to monsterat though last trip. You could sail to Barbuda or guadelouoe pretty easily as well. Start early and pick the destination depending on the wind ⛵️
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Re: Nevis to Antgua via Monserrat?

Been there a few times. Each time was comfortable. No provisioning near though.

With a heavy northerly swell it most probably will be rolly. Consider sailing to Antigua via The southern tip if it is not closed by the Volcano Observatory. It is impressive to motor up to the ruins and smell the sulphur.

Gives you a better wind angle too, which you may well need.

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