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Old 24-11-2015, 20:07   #1
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West Palm to BVI

Hi everyone, we are currently scheduled for a departure to Bvi this upcoming weekend and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations on an I65 route this time of year. Also any recommendations on weather patterns to look out for and accurate weather information payed or free

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Old 24-11-2015, 20:25   #2
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Hi everyone, we are currently scheduled for a departure to Bvi this upcoming weekend and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations on an I65 route this time of year. Also any recommendations on weather patterns to look out for and accurate weather information payed or free
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I'd cross to the northern Abacos on the first weather window suitable for crossing the stream. Depart the Abacos east bound after a northerly frontal passage and continue reaching east until Lon 65 or the arrival of a north easterly breeze. Of course this passage requires the ability to stay at sea for 10 days or so. If you've never made a long passage like that in brisk winds you are probably better off to go south through the Exumas and along the "Thorny Path".
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Thanks for the info, crossing would be on a 2 year old 70 ft catamaran so pretty self sufficient boat with water maker and 6000 liters of diesel.
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I do this trip with monotonous regularity. Unless there have been strong Northerlies blowing for a few days, the Gulf Stream is nothing to be frightened of. Go through the NW/NE Providence Channel and head as much East as you can till Long 65. Once due North of Mona Passage, you can start to relax a bit but get all the Easting you can until Bermuda is North of You and BVI South. I'm doing it again (well, actually from Fort Liquordale) in a 40 ft cat in a couple of weeks' time. A 70 ft cat should have a blast....Size is King! Tony
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Old 25-11-2015, 09:18   #5
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Or....you could make a cruise of it...down thru Exumas, Jumentos....Windward Passage, Ile a Vache, S coasts of DR & PR.....definitely longer but likely much easier and more fun. If so, read Frank Virgintino's book and send him an email for further suggestions. We did it last February (on 44' cat, just from Georgetown) and it was pretty fast as well as civilized....
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We use Chris Parker for weather routing.

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But sailing East sure looks like hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of miles with the wind likely on the nose based on the polars for December.

I've always wondered if the best way to get to the BVI's from Florida at that time of year would not be to sail NE up to 30* or 31* North and then sail East. Look at the polars. In that way one would likely have a broad reach until one got to about W60* at which point one could begin to take a broad arc SE to get to W65*. This trip might take a few more days, but the sail would be be much more enjoyable. The idea of slogging for 600+ miles hard on the wind is less than appealing. One could make a case of why do it unless one has to.
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Typo! When you get to W70* is how the above should read.
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I just arrived in St Martin from Beaufort NC and did it from Key West via New Providence Channel a few years ago.

Out to 65W is the only real option. 70W is not good enough and you will regret it.
So out to 65!

If you have fuel (6,000 litres!!!) use it to help you get out to 65 when you are headed. You sure won't need it after 65 when u turn south!

Its not a bad trip if you leave now as the full strength Trades have not come in yet.

And don't be tempted at capitulating to the Thorny Path. The chickens way out is really much longer, much more arduous and demoralizing for the crew. Knock the damn trip over by being bold. It will be 10 days on the nose instead of 6 months hating every hop.

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Here is my nav solution for the turn at 25n 65w (actually 63w for me cos I was going to St Martin, not BVIs), and actual track.

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Hi Mark J:

Where do you base yourself in St Martin? Do you have any recommendations?

Thank you in advance for your input/POV.

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Where do you base yourself in St Martin? Do you have any recommendations?

Thank you in advance for your input/POV.

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Hi Ron,

I am on the Dutch side in SimpsonBay just out from the canal into the Lagoon.
Its close to the bars and restaurants as well as the marine services. Its pretty, can swim and... well, it's bliss!
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