The Charter capital of the world!

British Virgin Islands is named the charter capital of the world, there is a good reason for this and it’s because there are more charter boats here than anywhere else.

Why you ask? Well because it has some of the most idyllic sailing conditions on the planet!

The BVIs boasts tropical weather. pristine anchorages. constant reliable trade winds. hundreds of anchorages and all this coupled with the fact that the Sir Francis Drake channel gives protection from the sea conditions usually associated with tropical trade wind sailing.

The Island chain has 2 lines of islands that run roughly east west with the channel separating them. The trades blow constantly in the winter months at 15 – 18 knots, sometimes a bit more, sometimes a bit less. This is a perfect amount of wind for sailing.

Unfortunately this amount of wind blowing over open seas would create 5 to 8 foot sea conditions, nice for those who are hardened sailors but for mom and the kids, not so much. This is where the BVI shines because of the way the two rows of islands are situated, they protect the channel from the swells and waves of the Caribbean sea and Atlantic oceans. This makes the BVI the Charter capital of the world.

On a day when the outside is in the 5 to 8 foot range the channel is more in the 2 to 4 foot range, still with the trades blowing through which means great sailing without having to batten down the hatches. This also makes the area ideal for power boating, because as we all know going upwind in a powerboat in large seas is not what anyone would call fun! This makes The Virgin Islands a perfect area for boating on all levels.

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Oil Nut Bay.

Perfect Conditions

The more hard core sailers will love being on the outsides on a close reach creaming into the atlantic swells.

The novice with the family on board will love the more gentle pace of going from one perfect anchorage to another without spilling their rum punch. Coupled with this there is always another perfect anchorage only minutes away.

With all these charter boats one might think it’s going to be a bit crowded. Many who come to the BVI want to go to all the highlights which include The caves, The baths, Bitter End, Foxy’s, and of course the Willy T’s.

These areas do bring in the crowds, they all have overnight moorings available so even the most novice can visit these areas.

If you want to be away from the crowds there are dozens of rarely visited places. There has never been a week on charter that I have not been able to find an anchorage that we are alone in every night, or only 1 or 2 other boats accompanying us.

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