TL;DR Question: Where and how should we spend August & September in the Caribbean
I would love to have some strong crisp opinions. I will make my own choices, but I enjoy receiving strong opinions from others over vague notions. I did a search and found some hints from other threads, but given my specific context I would value others' experience and views.
1) We are a family
of 5: Husband, wife, two boys (14 & 11) and grandma on a Lagoon
450 that we have owned for 4 years, and have sailed for 6 months total so far. We have just taken her out of charter
and are now full-time cruising newbies.
2) Currently in BVI, will pick up our household shipment in St Thomas next week, and then we are having some crew changes occur that have us in St Martin
through August 9th.
3) We are getting our canvas
and clears for our hard bimini
. The vendor is based in FL and will fly in to install and currently wants to install them in the virgins in September to group it with another install
4) We have visited all three flavors of the virgins extensively and we are getting bored of them and would not mind not coming back for a very long time. We love St Martin
and St Barts and would not mind spending a lot of time there and suspect we would like the other French islands a lot.
5) We have been told that Grenada
is The Bomb! And we are looking forward to being there.
6) I am not restricted by my insurance
What do you suggest we do specifically?
A) Sail directly from St Martin / St Barts to Greneda after the August 9th crew change? It is Approx 400 nm and it seems that the wind
angle is likely not to be too close? This would appear to be an approx 3 day offshore passage
. As a family
we did a 3-day offshore
from La Rochelle France
to Gijon Spain
before, while not apprehensive of doing offshore, we probably prefer island hopping. But this option would get us down to Greneda by say mid August and would be arguably the more conservative option in regards to hurricane safety
B) Island hop from St Barts down the chain and get to Greneda as we see fit, irregardless of hurricane
season, and then simply clear out and sail south if one forms?
C) Do a blend of A & B, where we island hop say from St Barts to Nevix, skip Antigua
for now, land in Les Saintes? And then skip down to St Lucia
, and then Greneda?
D) Not worry about hurricane season at all, and hang out in St Martin / St Barts until my canvas
and clears are ready to install in September, fall back to Tortola, get them installed, and then finally head
down the island chain to slowly cruise
Which one would you suggest, A, B, C or D (or ?) and why?
Thank you very much for your experience,