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Sailing Distant Oceans<br />British Virgin Islands<br />Copyright 2011 Mike Harmer  Unsinkable2.com<br />
Presentation Outline<br />Top 10 Reasons to Sail the BVI<br />Introduction to the British Virgin Islands<br />7 Day Itiner...
#10 “Carribean-blue” Water<br />
#9 Tradewinds !!<br />
#8 Ideal Sailing Grounds<br />
#7 Culture Built Around Sailors<br />
#6 Easy Access<br />
#5 Snorkel & Dive From Your Boat<br />
#4 Beaches<br />
#3 History<br />
#2 Weather<br />
#1 SailingCapitol of the World<br />
Caribbean Sea<br />
BVI Map<br />
Brief History<br />Arawak<br />Carib<br />Colonization<br />Pirates<br />Plantations<br />Emancipation<br />Today<br />
Virtual Charter: 7 Day Itinerary<br />
Day 1: Norman Island<br />2 hour sail<br />Snorkel the Indians and the Caves<br />Anchor in The Bight<br />Dinner at Pirat...
Day 2: Sopers Hole & Cane Garden Bay<br />2 hour sail to Sopers Hole<br />Lunch at Pussers<br />Explore Sopers Hole shops ...
Day 3: Jost Van Dyke<br />1 hour sail to Sandy Cay<br />Explore uninhabited island<br />Sail to Manchioneel Bay<br />Lunch...
Day 4: Bitter End Yacht Club<br />6 hour sail to North Sound on Virgin Gorda<br />Dinner at Saba Rock<br />Bitter End Yach...
Day 5: Marina Cay, Trellis Bay<br />4 hour sail<br />Enter the “Gangway”<br />Moor at Marina Cay or Trellis Bay<br />Best ...
Day 6: Baths, Fallen Jerusalem<br />1 hour pre-sunrise sail<br />Explore the Baths<br />Sail to Fallen Jerusalem<br />2 ho...
Day 7: Peter Island<br />3 hour sail to Great Harbour, Peter Island<br />Snorkel the cliffs along the shore<br />Walk to D...
From Lake Sailor to Charter Captain<br />Experience<br />Certification<br />Sailing Skills<br />Navigation Skills<br />Big...
Charter Companies<br />1st Tier: e.g. Moorings, Sunsail<br />Pros: charter base, hundreds of boats, brand new boats, world...
Questions?<br />Mike Harmer<br />skipper@unsinkable2.com<br />blog.unsinkable2.com<br />Charter Companies<br />www.ConchCh...
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Sailing Distant Oceans: British Virgin Islands Presented as the closing session of the 2011 Winter Sailing Seminars. Features many photos of sailing through the Caribbean.

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  • Bareboat Chartering in the British Virgin IslandsCopyright2011 Mike Harmer - Unsinkable2.com
  • Water clarity changes through the year and depending on weather patternsMore unsettled weather, less clarity?Visibility in spring trip 40’ perfectVisibility in winter 25-30’?
  • Wind is steady and predictable!Usually:Winter 15-25 NESpring 15-20 ESummer 10-15 SEExceptions:Christmas winds (30 knots sustained)Hurricane season (June-November)Actual Experience:Wind varied day to day Easterly +/45 degreesVery predictable, check forecast each evening/morning
  • Line of Sight navigationProtected from Atlantic SwellsBluewater opportunities (tame)Lots of activities for crewUninhabited islands
  • Kids sailing schoolIsland exists because of sailTowns are build around and because of harborsBeach Bar &amp; Grills at most mooring locationsMany are only staffed for the evening’s mooring guests
  • Leave SLC in the morning, sleep on board tonightTwo main optionsFly to Puerto Rico, then to St Thomas, then ferry to BVIFly to Puerto Rico, then direct to Tortola (Beef island)American has connections straight throughFly weekdays for best flight times / faresAa.com
  • Best snorkeling and dive sites are accessed directly off your sternClear waterWarm waterMany wrecks &amp; dive sites
  • RelaxExploreFishingBar &amp; Grill establishmentsMusicWatch sunsetUnwind from day of sailing
  • Pirate cultureAnegada, Jack &amp; Burns Point
  • Frequently asked, “What’s the weather like down there this time of year?”85 degree days, 70 degree nights, water temperature 80 degreesSome variation winter to summer (+/- 5 degrees)Hurricane SeasonJune – novemberPrimarily July – OctoberOften good charter deals neighboring hurricane season
  • Often called the “Sailing capitol of the world”Many regattasMore charter companies in the BVI than anywhere elseUninhabited islands give you the thrill of exploringSailing schools available
  • TradewindsTrade TriangleCaribbean vs Gulf of Mexico and AtlanticBVI - Protected
  • TradewindsTrade TriangleCaribbean vs Gulf of Mexico and AtlanticBVI - Protected
  • ArawakPeacefulMatrilinealMigrated out of Andes to Orinoco Valley to Caribbean and other locationsAmong the first native groups that Columbus metStratified society, Some villages as large as 60,000Numbered nearly 3 million at one point.Today only 30,000 left – mostly in Guiana / French GuianaCarib IndiansWarlikeCannibalism, barbecueWord “Caribbean” from the Arawak word for the Carib IndiansPatriarchalColonizationColumbus discovered BVI on second voyageNamed for St. Ursula and the Thousand VirginsColumbus named Anegada, St. Peter Island (?), Virgin GordaPlantationsSugarTrade TriangleSupply in EnglandSail to Africa to purchase slavesSail to West Indies to sell slaves and purchase sugarSail to England to sell sugarPiratesPrivateers carried Letters of MarqueIn peacetime, many privateers turned to piracy“Republic of Pirates” a good reference on this topicEmancipationTodayTourism Banking / Tax Shelters
  • Planning considerationsUse a list of possible places, not a scheduled itineraryWind may be more favorable on different daysCrew may be up for more rigorous sailing or want an easy downwind dayI made the mistake of planning a detailed trip my first time, beat straight into the wind for 6 hours one day and didn’t need to.Always have a Plan BRefer to blog for detailed itineraries, photos, and logsSample trip itinerary:Day 1: Norman IslandDay 2: Sopers Hole / Cane Garden BayDay 3: Jost Van DykeDay 4: North Sound, Bitter EndDay 5: Marina Cay, Trellis BayDay 6: The Baths, Fallen JerusalemDay 7: Peter Island
  • TradewindsTrade TriangleCaribbean vs Gulf of Mexico and AtlanticBVI - Protected
  • TradewindsTrade TriangleCaribbean vs Gulf of Mexico and AtlanticBVI - Protected
  • TradewindsTrade TriangleCaribbean vs Gulf of Mexico and AtlanticBVI - Protected
  • TradewindsTrade TriangleCaribbean vs Gulf of Mexico and AtlanticBVI - Protected
  • TradewindsTrade TriangleCaribbean vs Gulf of Mexico and AtlanticBVI - Protected
  • TradewindsTrade TriangleCaribbean vs Gulf of Mexico and AtlanticBVI - Protected
  • TradewindsTrade TriangleCaribbean vs Gulf of Mexico and AtlanticBVI - Protected
  • ExperienceSailing ResumeUsually like to see experience within 5 feetOwnership a plusFrequency of sailingCertificationNot required, but recommendedASA, US Sailing, other reputable schoolMoorings/Sunsail mention that it is being more often requested at some international destinationsI recommend for the experience, learning, and to put some big boat time on your resumeSailing SkillsMooring &amp; anchoringReefingMechanics (inboard, generator, showers, etc.)Navigation SkillsLine of sightRules of roadGPSCharts &amp; aerialsBig Boat Operations“Form follows function”Sailing a 50’ Beneteau is the same as sailing my kids’ 14’ LidoExperience grabbing jib sheet in light windRandall cutting hand during mooringRaising main on 50’ boatCatalina 25 – rare to use winch handle. On a big boat it should be sewn to your gloves
  • Disclaimer – I haven’t sailed with Moorings or Sunsail (yet)How old are your boats? (3 yrs or less? 10 yrs or more?)Moorings boats are sold to 2nd tier companies after 3 yearsCatalina 25: When it blows it goes
  • Disclaimer – I haven’t sailed with Moorings or Sunsail (yet)How old are your boats? (3 yrs or less? 10 yrs or more?)Moorings boats are sold to 2nd tier companies after 3 yearsCatalina 25: When it blows it goes
  • Transcript of "Bareboat Sailing British Virgin Islands"

    1. 1. Sailing Distant Oceans<br />British Virgin Islands<br />Copyright 2011 Mike Harmer Unsinkable2.com<br />
    2. 2. Presentation Outline<br />Top 10 Reasons to Sail the BVI<br />Introduction to the British Virgin Islands<br />7 Day Itinerary – The Virtual Tour<br />From Lake Sailor to Bareboat Charterer<br />BVI Charter Companies<br />For More Information<br />
    3. 3. #10 “Carribean-blue” Water<br />
    4. 4. #9 Tradewinds !!<br />
    5. 5. #8 Ideal Sailing Grounds<br />
    6. 6. #7 Culture Built Around Sailors<br />
    7. 7. #6 Easy Access<br />
    8. 8. #5 Snorkel & Dive From Your Boat<br />
    9. 9. #4 Beaches<br />
    10. 10. #3 History<br />
    11. 11. #2 Weather<br />
    12. 12. #1 SailingCapitol of the World<br />
    13. 13. Caribbean Sea<br />
    14. 14. BVI Map<br />
    15. 15. Brief History<br />Arawak<br />Carib<br />Colonization<br />Pirates<br />Plantations<br />Emancipation<br />Today<br />
    16. 16. Virtual Charter: 7 Day Itinerary<br />
    17. 17. Day 1: Norman Island<br />2 hour sail<br />Snorkel the Indians and the Caves<br />Anchor in The Bight<br />Dinner at Pirates Cove<br />
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    24. 24. Day 2: Sopers Hole & Cane Garden Bay<br />2 hour sail to Sopers Hole<br />Lunch at Pussers<br />Explore Sopers Hole shops & spa<br />2 hour sail to cane Garden Bay<br />Beach, Sunset<br />Dinner at beachside grills<br />
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    35. 35. Day 3: Jost Van Dyke<br />1 hour sail to Sandy Cay<br />Explore uninhabited island<br />Sail to Manchioneel Bay<br />Lunch/Dinner at Foxy’s Taboo<br />Hike to Bubbly Pool<br />Explore tidal areas and snorkel<br />
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    50. 50. Day 4: Bitter End Yacht Club<br />6 hour sail to North Sound on Virgin Gorda<br />Dinner at Saba Rock<br />Bitter End Yacht Club<br />Biras Hill<br />Swimming, reading on the beach<br />
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    63. 63. Day 5: Marina Cay, Trellis Bay<br />4 hour sail<br />Enter the “Gangway”<br />Moor at Marina Cay or Trellis Bay<br />Best Dinner/Dessert: Marina Cay<br />Best Appetizers: Last Stand Resort<br />Shops along Trellis Bay<br />
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    77. 77. Day 6: Baths, Fallen Jerusalem<br />1 hour pre-sunrise sail<br />Explore the Baths<br />Sail to Fallen Jerusalem<br />2 hour sail to Maya Cove<br />Anchor for the night<br />Barbecue, swim, snorkel<br />
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    103. 103. Day 7: Peter Island<br />3 hour sail to Great Harbour, Peter Island<br />Snorkel the cliffs along the shore<br />Walk to Deadman Bay<br />Dinner at Oceans 7 Beach Club<br />1 hour sail back to charter base<br />Dinner at Fort Burt Hotel<br />
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    111. 111. From Lake Sailor to Charter Captain<br />Experience<br />Certification<br />Sailing Skills<br />Navigation Skills<br />Big Boat Operations<br />
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    120. 120. Charter Companies<br />1st Tier: e.g. Moorings, Sunsail<br />Pros: charter base, hundreds of boats, brand new boats, worldwide locations, bigger staff, ownership program<br />Cons: Cost<br />2nd Tier: Many options (e.g. Conch Charters)<br />Pros: Lower cost, employee-owned<br />Cons: “Older” boats, small staff, BVI only<br />My Experience with Conch<br />
    121. 121. Questions?<br />Mike Harmer<br />skipper@unsinkable2.com<br />blog.unsinkable2.com<br />Charter Companies<br />www.ConchCharters.com<br />Presentation and Photos <br />Copyright 2011 Mike Harmer<br />
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