Sailing in the BVI is different from all places west and south. It is a charterboat Mecca with many protected anchorages
balls and bars/restaurants ashore.
St. Martin, Anguilla
, St. Barths, Saba
, St. Kitts, Nevis
, St. Eustatius (Statia), Barbuda and Antigua
have fewer anchorages with shoreside facilities and even fewer anchorages that are protected when the dreaded north swell sets in. Distances are longer, anchorages fewer. But there are a lot less boats so you have a good chance of getting a secluded spot on the water
even during the height of the season.
The "Christmas Winds" mark the seasonal wind
change and can bring 20+ knots of wind
for days or even weeks. These winds have a long fetch, so the corresponding waves are bigger than normal as well. It is hard to predict when these Christmas
Winds will start up, but it can happen in November or after Xmas. When these winds are howling it makes getting into and out of Oyster
Pond a possibly harrowing experience. Nonetheless the usual anchorages are well-protected from these weather
conditions... just be prepared for a rolly night or nights if a big north swell sets in.
, Statia and Basseterre on St. Kitts are anchorages open to the seas and only calm when there are no big seas or winds.