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Old 14-07-2009, 07:23   #1
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October in BVIs

My Brother and I are considering a one week charter in the BVI's in October. We're considering October only because of the availability of frequent flyer miles and their impending expiration.

We've charted in the BVI's two times in the past, both times around or immediately after Thanksgiving, and both times had very nice sailing winds.

Our concern is the possible lack of consistent winds in October.

Can anyone provide a first hand account of their experiences of chartering in the BVI's in October? Any information would be appreciated.

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Old 14-07-2009, 07:34   #2
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I was there in Oct. I went then in the last week of the hurricane seasonal rates. There wasn't much wind, and it was HOT. That doesn't mean your experience will be the same. BEST WISHES in it turning into a great time......i2f
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October is probably the most uncomfortable month of all in the eastern Caribbean. It's hot and humid, and the Tradewinds are weak. I find it to be a lot like the Chesapeake Bay in August, but with more rain. Many restaurants and other businesses will be closed then, as well.
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Agree, it will be hot and generally less winds... but it will not be a crowded at almost any place you choose.

You didn't say where you lived but if you have spend a summer/ fall in Florida type weather with out AC... then you should be able to handle it. Make sure your boat has a frig/ freezer aboard and sufficient power to run it with out having engine run all night causing more boat heat. ALSO Do bring netting to sleep under. Few Charter boats have it as standard eq. Bring along the 3M Command hooks which can be placed where needed to hold the netting and be removed with out damage.

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We did October a few years back and it was hot, slept up on deck most nights which is interesting because there were always a few showers that blew through. As one person on the trip said, 7 wonderful days and 7 nights of hell.

this will sum it up:

no matter what the weather, it sure beats a week at work!

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october in VI: hot and muggy. the mosquitos are huge and in attack mode. always the chance of the odd hurricane.
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