Muttnut - I've sailed through the Narrows several times. When the seas are down and the wind
under 12 knots or so it is very easy to tack upwind through the Narrows since you can see the obstructions and water
color easily. If you have a Raymarine chartplotter
as I do, the coordinates on the chart and reality are very close together so it can be used for navigation
, and the paper charts
have excellent descriptions of headings/bearings to take.
I've gone through in rougher conditions and with my 8.5 foot draft
I admit I burned through a lot of calories doing it. I think the conditions next week might give some biggish seas on the rocks in the Narrows, though.
One downside of taking the southerly route
around Nevis is the large area of shallow waters and the preponderance of fish
traps, many of which are just emptied "Tide" or engine oil
containers attached with line and are difficult to see, at least until they get tangled on your boat and you get to see them close-up and personal
This is only a problem for you on that leg if you are going at sunrise, but returning from Antigua
and rounding the corner around sunset is no fun at all. I have seen fish-traps in the Narrows, but they do seem to congregate on the southern fishing