This one looks like it'll be a fairly strong tropical wave, and we'll likely catch the northern tip of it as it goes by. Waves bring moisture (humidity and rain squalls), and sometimes gusty winds. The winds normally back a bit north (ENE) in advance of the wave, and then veer a bit south (ESE) as it passes by. You don't have to worry about winds coming around to the west or anything that radical. Swells shouldn't be much of a concern next week. The two systems in the Atlantic, north and northeast of us are kicking up a little bit of a swell, but nothing to worry about.
In Nevis, just anchor
at the south end of Pinneys Beach, where the mooring
buoys start. It's an easy dinghy
ride to the pier in Charlestown, where you can clear in. It's the first pier south of the larger concrete ferry dock
. There are no piers along Pinneys Beach, so you'll have to beach your dinghy
when you go ashore for drinks and dinner. Luckily, the restaurants along the beach don't insist on shoes.
You can clear out in Charlestown, and then have 24 hours to actually depart the Federation. If you go to St Kitts
, you're technically supposed to clear out of Nevis and back in on St Kitts, a PITA. Go over on the ferry
if you want to sight-see on St Kitts.
The trip to Deshaies is generally hard on the wind, and about 75 nm. It almost always took me 12 hours, motorsailing the first leg to Montserrat. Go north through The Narrows to get your best angle on the wind, then pass north of Monserrat, after which you can bear off a few degrees. The anchorage is right there in Deshaies. Leave at dawn. If it's dark when you get to Deshaies, just go right up the middle of the entrance, between the cliffs, and find a spot to anchor. It's pretty straightforward. Keep away from the fishermans' marina to the right (riprap).
You can walk up to the Douanes (Customs) to clear in, but I've never, ever, found them open. There's a Customs
office in Basseterre, also, but they may be closed, too. I always waited until I get to Les Saintes to clear in and out. The French aren't too uptight about that sort of thing. Are you diving
around Pigeon Island? There are some moorings there, and a small bay. I've stopped for snorkeling, but never spent the night there.