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Old 12-03-2016, 12:54   #1
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Sailing from St. Martin to St. Croix

Hello all!

Planning a sail for May and was wondering if anyone has any experience sailing from St. Martin to St. Croix. Looks like pretty much a down wind run but would love to hear any insight.

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Hello all!

Planning a sail for May and was wondering if anyone has any experience sailing from St. Martin to St. Croix. Looks like pretty much a down wind run but would love to hear any insight.

Thanks in advance!
Yes, you're in the trade winds belt. In May you will have 94.378% odds of a downwind run to St Croix. Biggest variable will be wind strength.
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Biggest variable will be wind strength.
Range 16 to 17 knots...


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Range 16 to 17 knots...


I was there once in May when it was only 15.5 knots.
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I was there once in May when it was only 15.5 knots.
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Re: Sailing from St. Martin to St. Croix

Thanks! I've been sailing in the BVI for a few years and realize going the other way can be adventurous but hadn't hear of anyone sailing this particular passage.
Looking forward to it!
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Made that trip, Feb. 2012. Overnighter, 4:30 PM to 9:00 AM. 18-22 kts (true) following wind with lumpy 6 ft following seas. Autopilot held. Squalls on radar passed us by, but missed us.
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Re: Sailing from St. Martin to St. Croix

Here's a great resource that may assist you. We're heading out of Marsh Harbour this week and going your way.
https://www.windyty.com/?25.083,-77.350,6

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Yes, you're in the trade winds belt. In May you will have 94.378% odds of a downwind run to St Croix. Biggest variable will be wind strength.
I am not sure how you got your number, but I only get 92.001%
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Yes, you're in the trade winds belt. In May you will have 94.378% odds of a downwind run to St Croix. Biggest variable will be wind strength.
94.378% (!?)

Did you know that 75.283% of all statistics are made up on the spot?
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I am not sure how you got your number, but I only get 92.001%
Maybe I forgot to add a compensating factor for the El Nino. I'll rerun the numbers and get back to you.
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94.378% (!?)

Did you know that 75.283% of all statistics are made up on the spot?
I'm 99 and 44/100% certain that this is so.
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wing and wing all the way most days
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Re: Sailing from St. Martin to St. Croix

I've done it both ways.....
It's more advantageous in my opinion to sail to St.Croix for a few days and then the shorter trip to St. Martin into the wind but from a better direction.
Coming home is usually a sleigh ride up.
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Easy peasy downwind run. Back in 2012, Christiansted harbour busy, and tricky to find an anchorage that wasn't in the way of the seaplanes or directly over a wreck!
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