Originally Posted by Connemara
I know it's a typo, but the title of this thread stopped me cold....I'd love to charter a barboat.
I can fix that...
Originally Posted by parksie
Thanks for you comments. I was thinking a CCW route would mean leaving Barbuda for Barts in darkness which is probably not good for navigating out through the Barbuda reefs ! We could have perhaps done the passage
So perhaps it is best to go CW & get a very early start from Barts.
From my last visit to the area 7-8 years ago, we had mainly NE trades. Is November more likely to yield an E blow ?
Finally can you suggest the most reliable weather forecast
to check before we leave Barts.
The trick is to work
your way up to the anchorages
along Barbuda's western side in daylight, creating a GPS
track that gets you past the reefs into open water
. The reefs aren't very numerous on that side, but a good GPS
track is the ticket. Then you can depart before daybreak with no worries.
You don't want to miss that part of Barbuda. The beach there is nine miles of white sand with only one abandoned building that I saw, and the water
is an incredible turquoise. You can call on the VHF
for a water taxi to meet you on the lagoon
side of the beach to take you over to Codrington to clear out.
Here's a sketch chart from Chris Doyle's website...
We went in through the reef on the southeast corner, spent the night, then worked our way west through the coral
heads, around Palmetto Point and up the west coast
. Doyles' Leeward Islands
guidebook has everything you'll need to know about navigation
, clearance, etc.
The counterclockwise route exposes you to much less beating into headwinds overall. Look at Windfinder
for a seven day forecast, and also wind statistics by month. The NE Trades don't blow from the NE very much down here. It's mostly between ENE and ESE, with E being the predominant direction, as you can see from this page on Windfinder.