“Whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul…I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.”—Herman Melville, Moby Dick
When the thermometer plummets, the days shorten, and summer cruising seems like a lifetime away, we all start thinking the same thing. Escape. Winter cruising in warm climes is the perfect break from winter. And, right now, there’s no better place to head than the British Virgin Islands.
The BVIs are some of the world’s best cruising grounds, and with plenty of flights in and out, it’s easy to get away for a week or two. Our friend, Luis Fernandez at MedCarribbean, gave us the scoop on chartering a Dufour with them. Based in Tortola, their busiest time is between Christmas and Easter, and it’s not surprising why–everyone love to escape the harsh cold winter by sailing the tropics.
As Luis explains, “The BVIs have a blend of constant wind, great temperatures, and protected anchorages. The configuration of the archipelago minimizes waves and makes for comfortable sailing. (Of course, if you want to face the open swell of the Atlantic you can, too!) The distances are perfect, so you can sail for a couple of hours and enjoy a different setting every day.” long charter can visit five or six islands. Longer charters provide the opportunity to make passages.In fact, a typical week
MedCarribbean is the only charter outfit in the BVIs with Dufour Yachts—their fleet includes four: Khitira, a Dufour 375 Grand Large; Zoe, a Dufour 410 Grand Large; Lua, a Dufour 450 Grand Large;and the newest, Noa, a Dufour 500 Grand Large.
Noa is a favorite with MedCaribbean and their clients, “The huge cockpit combined with the flat deck gives it a lot of comfort space outside. While the beam-wide, stern-opening transommakes for an instant private beach. Life on board is lived outside, which is perfect for Caribbean weather.”
If you’re considering buying your own Dufour yacht, chartering with MedCaribbean is the perfect opportunity to try before you buy. In the midst of your island getaway, you can spend some time really getting to know the boat.
It’s not fair, but we had to ask the team in Tortola: What’s their favorite sailing spot in the BVIs? It turns out it’s a toss up between Virgin Gorda and Anegada. “The first has a wide variety of beaches and anchorages and spots of interest (like the Baths), and the second represents the wild, virgin Caribbean island. To get there, you have to sail for a couple of hours usually with wind on your beam so it is very pleasant.”
Sounds like the perfect winter respite dosen’t it?