Famous for its teal blue clear waters, spectacular diving, white sandy beaches and vibrant nightlife, the British Virgin Islands are also known for their welcoming atmosphere for visiting sailors. If you charter a sailboat or catamaran in the BVIs, you will experience easy sailing with line of sight navigation, short legs and lots of time to relax (and party!)
When to go to the BVI
Late November to early December for lighter crowds. Or mid-April to June for cooler temperatures. December to January brings crowds over the holiday season. Hurricane season is from June to October, rainy season is August to November. The BVI Spring Regatta is in March.
Sailing and weather conditions in the BVI
The reliable trade winds and year-round tropical climate of around 86°F make this a popular place for cruising. From November to June, the trade winds blow from the north-east, averaging 15 to 25 knots. The winds can be stronger between December and January, known as the famous Christmas wind.
Ports and facilities in the BVI
There are superb marinas and yacht clubs on Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Peter Island, as well as hundreds of picturesque anchorages and bays dotted around the islands.
Antigua is one of the most exciting places in the Leeward Islands to charter a boat. Its 365 beaches means there are more than enough sheltered coves and bays to settle for the night. Relics from its colonial past dot the island and sit alongside typical colorful Caribbean villages. And there is plenty of English Harbour rum to go around…
When to go to Antigua
We recommend visiting between December and April.
Antigua Sailing Week is at the end of April in 2020.
Sailing and weather conditions in Antigua
As among all the Leeward Islands, Antigua is warm all year round, reaching a peak of 88°F in August.
The trade winds blow year round in from the northeast at 15 to 20 knots between November and May.
Between the volcanic island of St Vincent and Grenada lie 32 islands that are home to white-sand palm-fringed deserted beaches. Abundant wildlife and some of the best snorkelling spots in the world make St Vincent and the Grenadines perfect for a sailboat charter in 2020.
When to go to St Vincent
The dry season is January to April, while the rainy season and risk of hurricanes is between June to October/November respectively.
Sailing and weather conditions in St Vincent
Prevailing winds are north-easterly and range from 10 – 20 knots from June to October and 15 – 25 knots from November to May.
The Seychelles truly are a tropical paradise lying 1000 miles off Africa’s east coast. You can expect fine powder beaches, verdant hills and the freshest seafood dishes, all with a dash of French, Indian and African influence.
When to go to the Seychelles
Sailing is great all year in the Seychelles, but there are two disctinct seasons: May to September is dry, whereas November to April has more rainfall.
Sailing and weather conditions in the Seychelles
May to September sees cool south-easterly tradewinds of 10 to 20 knots.
October to March sees a north-westerly of between 8 to 12 knots.
Expect water temperatures of up to 86°F!
Ports and facilities in the Seychelles
Eden Island Marina on the main island of the Seychelles, Mahé, is a well equipped and comfortable marina.
Praslin Marina is convenient and has adequate facilities.
A myriad of exotic islands with fascinating limestone landscapes and some of the best beaches in the world await you on a yacht charter to Thailand. Enjoy cliff jumping and swimming at Koh Phi Phi, scuba diving at Similan Islands national park and aromatic fresh food at Phuket’s beach bars.
When to go to Thailand
The most popular time to charter a yacht in Thailand is November to March.
Sailing and weather conditions in Thailand
Thailand has two distinct seasons – one is the dry season of November to April with hot weather and north-easterly winds averaging 10 to 15 knots.
May to October is the wet season, with stronger winds and some afternoon rain. Winds rarely exceed 25 knots this time of year.
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