I'm sailing up some of the islands at some point in the next two weeks. Given the course between a couple is actually slightly to windward in the usual ENE winds, are there any cunning strategies to make things easier?
Is it worth going very early or even overnight? Are winds lighter then (I'm in Bequia where it seems always to be blowing so wouldn't know)?
Is it worth working what tide there is?
How far out to the west from, say, St Lucia
does the lee extend? How far out could I expect to be in relatively protected waters compared to the channels between the islands? I'm thinking of heading off the wind
a bit to ease the bashing and then once in the lee tacking - or motoring - up to the island.
I don't care about using some fuel
, I don't care about taking a bit longer, having been beasted by the Atlantic crossing
I just want an easy life!