Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 20-07-2011, 11:13   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 1
Sailing to the Caribbean

I plan to sail to the Virgin Islands later this year from Freeport, Texas. I have sailed to the Bahamas twice from Freeport vie way of Key West then north to the Bahamas. Talking to "knowledgeable people" I get as many different opinions as how to get to the Virgin Islands as the people that I ask.
How is the best way to get to the Virgins Islands?
Captain Dude
__________________

__________________
Captain.Dude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-07-2011, 11:24   #2
Registered User

Join Date: May 2009
Location: Vancouver, Wash.
Boat: no longer on my Cabo Rico 38 Sanderling
Posts: 1,794
Send a message via MSN to John A
Re: Sailing to the Caribbean

Welcome to the forum!
I'd suggest that you search the forum for answers as this topic has been beat to death by the same question asked at least once a week.

Short answer: It depends
__________________

__________________
John A is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-07-2011, 11:51   #3
Long Range Cruiser
 
MarkJ's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Australian living on "Sea Life" currently in England.
Boat: Beneteau 393 "Sea Life"
Posts: 12,828
Images: 25
Re: Sailing to the Caribbean

Quote:
Originally Posted by Captain.Dude View Post
I get as many different opinions as how to get to the Virgin Islands as the people that I ask.
How is the best way to get to the Virgins Islands?
Captain Dude
The best way is your way.


I think we have come to an impass of the old fogies who think there is only one way to go cruising. They say to do it by the book. The way others have done it. Using tried and true methods.

Bugger that!

Generations of seafarers have gone every which way about the Caribbean.

Just have a look at the charts and decide your way. So what if you are a few hours longer that some race boat thats used computer programs to optimise their route. Your way will make it your cruise. Not Jimmy Cornell's cruise, or Fatty Goodlanders or Slocumbs or Knox-Johnsons et al, but YOUR cruise.

Now, forget about what others say and tell us a way that you would like to go and we can, perhaps, check your ideas to see if theres some serious consideration you need to make

Mark
__________________
Notes on a Circumnavigation.
OurLifeAtSea.com

Somalia Pirates and our Convoy
MarkJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-07-2011, 12:47   #4
Moderator Emeritus
 
GordMay's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario - 48-29N x 89-20W
Boat: (Cruiser Living On Dirt)
Posts: 31,586
Images: 240
Re: Sailing to the Caribbean

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Captain.Dude.


__________________
Gord May
"If you didn't have the time or money to do it right in the first place, when will you get the time/$ to fix it?"



GordMay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-07-2011, 13:00   #5
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Santa Cruz
Boat: Boatless Again
Posts: 4,334
Re: Sailing to the Caribbean

Read Bruce Van Sant's " The Gentleman's Guide to Passages South".

Search this forum for "route 66"
__________________
donradcliffe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-07-2011, 13:19   #6
Registered User
 
Unicorn Dreams's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Clear Lake Marine Services - Seabrook, Texas
Boat: Gulfstar, Mark II Ketch, 43'
Posts: 2,359
Re: Sailing to the Caribbean

It all depends on when and wind.

We have gone both the USUAL ways, inside between the Bahamas and Cuba, and outside route into the Atlantic until you get far enough offshore to head straight to the USVI.

All depends on weather condition.s.
__________________
Formerly Santana
The winds blow true,The skies stay blue,
Everyday is a good day for SAILING!!!!
Unicorn Dreams is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-07-2011, 14:04   #7
Registered User

Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 741
Re: Sailing to the Caribbean

From TExas y ou have an upwind problem, so think about sailing south and then north. Maybe visit the ABCs before ehading to the Virgins.
__________________
Hannah on 'Rita T' is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-07-2011, 14:26   #8
Registered User

Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Seattle, WA
Boat: 'Pacific 30' sloop - being optimized for singlehanding
Posts: 153
Re: Sailing to the Caribbean

I've thought about this a lot having grown up in Corpus Christi. Seems to me there are two really nice ways to do this. Get to Key West in May. You've done this before. Now enjoy a cruise up the eastern seaboard for the summer, and plan to make your departure for down islands in the fall from where ever you are - from North Carolina to Newfoundland, or Europe for that matter if you cross over in the early summer.

The second way is to leave the Texas coast in the spring, head for Panama, do the west-about route, and make a downwind landing in the WI 18 months later.
__________________

__________________
Billy Higgins is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
Caribbean, sailing

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sailing During Hurricane Season in Caribbean - Need Advice Palarran Seamanship & Boat Handling 46 20-08-2017 20:36
Simply Sailing - Vancouver Sailing School chris_cruise Commercial Posts 0 15-07-2011 06:01
Beijing Sailing Center Beijingsailing Commercial Posts 2 15-07-2011 01:15
Caribbean Sailing in July ? nicasailandsurf Atlantic & the Caribbean 13 12-07-2011 15:36



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 21:32.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.