The stunning British Virgin Islands. Easy line of sight sailing, reliable tradewinds and crystal clear water with beautiful sandy beaches make this destination a sailors paradise.
The BVI has everything needed for a fantastic week or two. A group of islands in the northern Caribbean, located along the St Francis Drake Channel - around 32 miles long by 15 wide. Decide on short hops to enjoy the fabulous anchorages, or head further out to Anegada to put your yacht through her paces. All of the islands have their own charm - make sure you take time to discover ashore. The cocktails are great!
One word - great! The main sailing season runs from the end of October through to late June. July to September is the official hurricane season when more rain can be expected and squally showers - however still nice and warm. The famous 'Christmas Winds' arrive around November and last for a couple of months. Temperatures are fairly constant around mid 80's fahrenheit. Tradewinds are predictably north-east during the main season, around 15-20 knots, with some funnelling between the islands. Tidal range is quite minimal.
Set sail on a BVI yacht charter from the base at Hodges Creek Marina, centrally located on Tortola. After slipping away from the dock, you will be perfectly positioned in the Sir Francis Drake Channel, the gateway to Paradise.
The BVI are served by Beef Island Airport (EIS) which is located ocross a small causeway from the main Island of Tortola. The airport does not have international flights, most clients will either fly to Antigua or San Juan, then onward by a short flight to Beef Island. LIAT and other small air taxi companies have frequent flights from across the Caribbean. Journey time from airport to base is about 20 minutes, transfers can be arranged and there are plenty of taxis outside the terminal.
Charters from Maya Cove can start and finish any day subject to availability.
As with all bareboat charters, prior experience of sailing a similar sized yacht is pre-requisite. A sailing resume will be asked for which can be completed before departure. Currently there are no official requirement for sailing qualifications, but as rules are always changing please check with us before you go. Be advised that the bouyage system is American - so around the 'wrong way' for us on the other side of 'the pond'. Many anchorages have a pick-up buoy system as part of the National Parks programme. The base team will give you a full briefing on arrival of how and what to do.
Is the $US Dollar. Credit cards are widely accepted.
Your charter fee will include any applicable taxes to the yacht. Most visitors do not require a visa but complete a landing card for immigration (usually handed out by cabin crew on your flight). Always check with your consulate before travelling. As most food is imported, costs are a little higher in supermarkets, although local produce such as vegetables, breads etc can be very cheap. If you are ashore, do try and visit the local establishments rather than the chains.