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Old 16-10-2009, 12:38   #1
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Off-Season Destinations...

Last week was my second trip to the BVI. Iíve done both in the off season. This time I returned to Road Town just as the docks were emptying for a regatta. The night prior we had been in The Bight, with just 4 other boats.

Iíve come to really like off season sailing. While many of the on-shore attractions were closed, the sailing was great. We did get some rain, and we had to cook aboard more than planned (closed restaurants), but we had Sandy Spit to ourselves for a day, and we were the only boat between Sandy Spit and Foxyís for the night. Often nobody came to collect mooring fees.

I can cope with rain. Iím new enough that 12-18 knots is still a good day for sailing. I donít need 25 knots to make it fun. I enjoy the empty space. While I respect the need for some folks to party hard, Iím not that guy. When we came back to Road Town, it was a completely different place then when we left. It became something other than the nearly closed port we left. Now I called it ďDaytona Beach for gown ups with Gold Cards.Ē

Now Iím thinking to go charter everywhere/anywhere in the off season. Any advice out there? Any wisdom or favorite off season destinations? Please donít limit your comments to the Caribbean. Iíve only got a few years of sailing, so the map is open for me.

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