I don't think you have any choice but to go anti-clockwise if you want to visit Antigua
. The winds in April vary from E to SSE, so it's a beat the whole way against wind
, waves and current
. It would take pretty much a full day/night to get there.
If you go anti-clockwise, the beating is SXM to St Barths (short hop), then Nevis
to Antigua (9-10 hours to Jolly Harbour). The passages between Saba
, Stacia St Kits and Nevis
are short open-water legs with motor-sailing in the lee of the islands.
Here's a suggested itinerary:
Ile Forchue - lunch stop, snorkeling, hiking
St Barths - French, restaurants, shopping
for the ladies. Bring a fat wallet
- rolly moorings; snorkeling and hiking are good there
Stacia - rolly anchorage; hiking, site seeing
- Brimstone Hill is the best preserved fort in the Caribbean
Nevis - Sunshine's beach bar, some very good restaurants, hiking
Antiqua - motor-sail upwind for 10 hours, lots to do there
Barbuda - solitude, turquoise water
and an 11 mile long white sand beach
if you leave Barbuda very early in the morning, you can make it to Phillipsburg, St Maarten before dark. Or, you could stop at St Barths.
Leave some time to enjoy St Martin/Maarten. Grand Case for the restaurants, snorkeling at Roche Creole, Tintamarre.
Check out Chris Doyle's Cruising Guide for the Leeward Islands
for a lot of very good information on each island.
Here's what the winds look like at SXM for April...