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Cruising the British Virgin Islands on a Sailing Yacht Charter – 4 Spots Not to Miss!

Places to Visit When Sailing Through the British Virgin Islands

Sailing the BVIs at dusk

Sailing the BVIs at dusk

British Virgin Islands (BVI’s) is a group of approximately fifty islands and outcroppings. The BVI’s are considered an easy sailing area as the islands are all within sight of one another so that navigation can be done by Dead Reckoning. And, The Sir Francis Drake Channel, which in right in the middle of these islands, is well protected for comfortable sailing. The 4 spots in this article, not to be missed, are easily included in a one week sailing yacht charter in the BVI’s.

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Exploring the Diversity of Leeward Islands through Yacht Charters

Leeward Island Sailing and Yachting

A true yachting experience is one where you not only just visit a location but experience a part of the culture, history, tradition and lifestyle of the place. One of the most diverse places for any yacht travel is the Leeward Islands.

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A to Z Caribbean : Antigua

A Caribbean Island called Antigua

The country of Antigua & Barbuda, with a population of 83,000, is made up of 3 main islands; Antigua is just 108 square miles in size (14 miles long by 11 wide), however it is still the largest of the English speaking Leeward Islands. Barbuda is 30 miles to the north and just 68 square miles of coral island. Redonda is essentially just a large high rock uninhabited by humans, but with sea birds and wild goats in residence.

The main island of Antigua is mostly flat with the highest peak being Boggy Peak at 1320ft. The island is surrounded by beautiful beaches and there are many offlaying coral reefs that offer fantastic snorkelling and diving. The original inhabitants, the Amerindians, named it ‘Wadadli’ which means ‘our own’. It was named ‘Antigua’ (meaning ‘ancient’) by Columbus after a church in Spain.

Tourism is the main economy of Antigua, with employment being mostly in tourism and government services. Agriculture is limited due to an insufficient supply of water on the island, with most of what is grown being consumed locally.

Antigua also have a large international airport that is used as a hub for many of the other islands of the Caribbean. VC Bird International Airport has over 1 million passengers passing through it’s terminal each year. There are also two medical schools located on the island.

The reputed 365 white sand beaches are the foremost attraction for visitors to Antigua. Many hotels and all inclusive resorts offering sports and activities or just relaxation, line the shores. The myriad restaurants are varied in foods and cuisines.

During May / June each year, Antigua Sailing Week brings many world class professional and amateur sailors to the island. English Harbour and Falmouth Harbour are the centre of yachting in Antigua for provisioning, docking and anchoring. English Harbour is also home to Nelson’s Dockyard. Built in 1725, this was a maintenance dockyard for the British Royal Naval Warships as they protected their reign over the valuable sugar islands of the Caribbean. Remnants of the dockyard are still visible, including the boat house & sail loft, which has been roofless since a hurricane in 1871.

The beauty of Antigua has attracted many notable people to purchase a residence there including:

Oprah Winfrey
Richard Branson
Eric Clapton
Giorgio Armani
Silvio Berlosconi
Larry Flynt
Timothy Dalton

Antigua has direct airline access to Europe, US and Canada. It is a lovely spot to explore and discover whether you too could own a residence on this land of 365 beaches.

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Circumnavigation to St Lucia

Circumnavigation to St Lucia

Participants of the 2007-2008 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers who just didn’t want to go home have had the opportunity of continuing on around the world for another 14 months. On March 26th 2009, they will be approaching St Lucia again having circumnavigated the world.

The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers provides sailors with the opportunity of crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a sheltered environment by travelling as a group. There are usually over 200 yachts that start from the Canary Islands and complete the journey in St Lucia. The World Atlantic Rally for Cruisers is an event designed for those who just want to keep on going.
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Home for a Boat

Finding a Home for your Boat

If you are a Caribbean sailing enthusiast you may desire to secure an island home that either is within a marina or close to a good anchorage. However the choice in the region is fairly limited and finding a property that suits the needs of both you the buyer and your boat can be a challenge.

A recent article in ‘All at Sea’ magazine, a publication for the Caribbean’s boating community, focuses on the increasing demand for luxurious properties with marina facilities. They quote Kerstin McConnell, the owner/broker of Sea Glass Properties on St. Thomas, who says “The opportunities for boaters to have a residence at a marina have, heretofore, been very rare, although the desire to have a land base near the boat slip is a near-universal one.”
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