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Old 10-01-2008, 13:25   #1
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St. Lucia to St. Vincent etc

We have booked bareboat out of St. Lucia and wanted to know the sailing time to St. Vincent and if this could be safe sailing at night? Also does anyone have a good week itinerary they can suggest for St. V and the Grendaines and some great anchorages?



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No need to do it at night. In any event your charter company will be unlikely to allow it. Get yourself Chris Doyle's "Sailors Guide to the windward Islands" if you do not already have it. It is a great read, very informative and will whet your appetite for your voyage.

If you stay at the Pitons, southern end of St.Lucia, and leave nice and early next morning you will make Admiralty Bay in Bequia no problem in one days sailing/motoring. Leave maybe an hour before dawn just to give yourself plenty of time. You will prob be too late to check in at immigration/customs on arrival in Bequia, so do that the next morning and say you just arrived: will save you being asked stupid questions and the demand of overtime for the customs officials.

Do a search on previous posts on Grenadines itinerary. Re St. Vincent, I would only go to Petit Byahaut and/or Young Island Cut. DO NOT overnight further north. In the Grenadines, I would not miss: Admiralty Bay, Bequia; Tobago Cays; Saltwhistle Bay on Mayreau; Mustique; Petit St. Vincent. If you are with the Moorings you can call into Canouan to get water.

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We've probably spent over two months in the Grenadines and love it. However, if you're starting from St Lucia, it's a stretch unless you're doing more than a week's charter.

I don't know where your charter begins, but Kesey is right--go from Soufriere (the Pitons) directly to Bequia, about 12 hours sailing and motor-sailing. We have made the decision not to stop in St Vincent.

His suggestions for destinations in the Grenadines are great, and I would add Clifton Harbour on Union Island. The problem is, you have to clear out of St Lucia and clear in to SVG, and then clear out of SVG and clear in to St Lucia when you come. That takes time and you can only do it when the customs/immigration offices are open. Really, if you want to sail in the Grenadines, you should charter out of Canouan or Blue Lagoon on St Vincent to maximize your time there.

On St Lucia, you have Rodney Bay, Marigot Bay and Soufriere/Pitons. You could spend two or three days at Soufriere and take a water taxi around to Anse Castelet, and also over to the hotel between the two Pitons. Both have good restaurants for lunch, good beaches and good snorkeling. If you pick up a mooring at the Bat Cave moorings, you have good snorkeling right off your boat, and a great restaurant at the Hummingbird.

If you want to get out of St Lucia, you might want to consider heading up to Martinique. Spend some time in St Anne--lovely little town. And you could slip around to Grande Anse d'Arlet. Martinique is closer to St Lucia than the Grenadines, and the food is better .
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Ditto Hud's recommendations and would add that Martinique is indeed great and LeMarin is an excellent little town, marina and place to check in as a base for further exploration...very close to St. Anne. Rental cars are pretty cheap and you can see much of the island in a day and enjoy cheap French food and wine and about a million different cheeses along with the fresh baguettes!
That plus fully exploring and sailing around St. Lucia can easily fill a week with great memories.
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