Relocating from Chesapeake to St. Thomas, VI — Cruisers & Sailing Forums

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I believe your 4 week timetable is wildly optimistic. The ICW to Miami will take you 3 weeks minimum from Norfolk. Miami thought the Bahamas to Turks and Caicos is another week minimum and TC to BVI is at least one more week minimum. This assumes NO waiting for weather. or repairs or layover rests, which is highly unrealistic. Even pushing hard, I would bet on your time being closer to 2 months than 1 month.

In the Bahamas you would generally check in at Bimini then go on to Nassau. From Nassau you can jump to Georgetown (perhaps stopping at Staniel Cay, Exuma Land/Sea Park or another Cay on the way down.

We did Georgetown to TC (Provo) direct in 3 days. so any stops would lengthen that. From TC you have another day hard on the wind to make Luperon or PuertoPlata (new marina) in the DR.

From Luperon, if you get a good weather window you can make Puerto Rico in 3 days of 24×7 cruising. Otherwise you need to find a good weather window and some very unprotected north shore anchorages in the DR until you get to Samana which is a rough place but good anchorage to rest and wait for a weather window to cross the Mona Passage to Puerto Rico. I recommend heading straight for the south shore rather than Boqueron in PR. and instead pullling into Ponce which is just a 1/2 day further on and provides easy customs and immigration and is a great city.

From Ponce. you can make the BVI’s in 24 hours of sailing with a good forcast but you also have the option to stop off in the Spanish Virgins, (Culebra) and/or St. Thomas.

The one point I would make is that at ANY time of year you will be hard on the wind and straight into the seas for 600 miles once you turn the corner at the TC’s. You may THINK, no big deal. I have a big boat and a good engine but my 52 footer had to hunker down for 4 weeks from Provo to BVI as it was impossible to go to windward under sail or power given the wind AND the waves. A GOOD day will be 15-20 knots and 6 footers on your nose. In March those come along infrequently. In June they will be more frequent but don’t underestimate the need to just stay put along the way due to weather.

If you only have a month I would recommend going offshore as Hud suggests.

If you go the Thorny Path..get the Explorer Charts for the Bahamas. Pavlidas’s Guides for Bahamas/Turks and Caicos. which have charts to cross the TC banks and for Luperon. and also his guide for PR.

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The Maptech/NOAA charts for PR are fine and we used the Wavy Line chart for the DR which I didn’t like much but which was the best available. Not sure if there is anything better today. VanSants Gentleman’s Guide gives good sketch charts for some of the north shore DR anchorages as well as for some of the stops between Georgetown and TC if you do not sail directly.

Oh. and listen to Chris Parker or get a subscription with him for your personalized weather along the way. He will save you a lot of wear and tear! ( )

Good luck.


Cam — I am no longer a member here. Look for me on other forums. same name.

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