Well, we did the two weeks without incident. Our sail from St. Martin to the BVI's was slow. There was only 10 to 12 kts true and we where running at around 130 to 140 degrees off it. It took 15 hours.
The BVI's where AWESOME. There where quite a few sailors out for this time of year. A lot of Puerto Rican's. The weather
was fair with quite a few rain showers during the day and night.
We left the Baths on Virgin Gorda back to St. Martin with 12 kts true straight out of the east. After 6 hours of sailing and barely making headway, we motored back. Just west of Anguilla the sea's started to build and we crashed into them for 3 hours until we made the lee of St. Martin. At that point, we decided to continue to St. Bart's and made it by 10:30 am. So the return trip was 17 1/2 hours.
I was able to check NOAA and Windfinder at least every other day for forecasts. In hindsight, the best speed I could have made back to St. Martin was probably around 7 kts against wind and current
. Given the crappy weather and the concern for a tropical storm, I probably wouldn't do that trip again, even though the risk was low. A better option would have been to head to Antigua
or Barbuda for a week as going west to excape an approaching storm would have been easier and quicker.
Thank you for all the information.
carrier is EL Specialty Marine