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Sailing in January? #201194
07/27/2019 01:51 PM
07/27/2019 01:51 PM
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Hello! We’ve chartered many times in the BVI’s - November, early December, and March. Have a crew that wants to go in January now. Thoughts?

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Re: Sailing in January? [Re: CottageGirl] #201196
07/27/2019 01:57 PM
07/27/2019 01:57 PM
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Have a charter for mid-January. Should be able to avoid Christmas winds. Crowds have gone home after New Year's. Lower charter rates than December or February. A little less daylight and water temp is a degree or two less are the biggest negatives.

Re: Sailing in January? [Re: CottageGirl] #201197
07/27/2019 02:04 PM
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Outstanding time to go. I going part of January as well.


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Re: Sailing in January? [Re: CottageGirl] #201202
07/27/2019 03:10 PM
07/27/2019 03:10 PM
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I've only gone in January and love it!

Re: Sailing in January? [Re: DEL] #201204
07/27/2019 03:49 PM
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Originally Posted by DEL
Have a charter for mid-January. Should be able to avoid Christmas winds. Crowds have gone home after New Year's. Lower charter rates than December or February. A little less daylight and water temp is a degree or two less are the biggest negatives.


For folks that live above the 45th parallel, the seasonal change in daylight in the BVI really is negligible. What IS really significant, and bears remembering, is there is no twilight to speak of at 18 degrees latitude, so when that sun goes below the horizon, it is going to get dark VERY quickly. Here in the NorthEast there is generally an hour or more before the sky goes dark, and often significant afterglow from sunset. Un Uh in the BVI, dark as the inside of your pocket in about 10 minutes, and that is true year round.

That is crucial to plans for ashore, be they happy ARR or dinner. Bright flashlight or LED headlamp for the dinghy, and a way to easily recognize your charter boat in a mooring field. Charter companies seriously want their boats on the hook or a mooring by a certain time. That boat's actual OWNER doesn't want a call from his charter broker telling him his boat went on the reef at White Bay or North Sound, or trying to make Anegada at 7 PM.

Re: Sailing in January? [Re: CottageGirl] #201362
07/29/2019 11:17 AM
07/29/2019 11:17 AM
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Sounds like a great time to go - thanks for the input!
Breeze - who the heck leaves that late for Anegada???? We’ve always left early and we’re on a ball by Noon.

Re: Sailing in January? [Re: CottageGirl] #201397
07/29/2019 06:39 PM
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Lots of folks do stupid things while sailing. All of us who sail or have sailed have done stupid things.

That Company of the orange moorings wants folks to feel entitled/enabled
to sail to their hearts content, knowing they have a RESERVATION on a mooring.

My point is that no one has a reservation on daylight, and daylength in the BVI doesn't vary anywhere near as much as daylength in the higher latitudes.

December 22 has the shortest daylength in the northern hemisphere. It just grows longer from that point to the summer solstice.

Re: Sailing in January? [Re: CottageGirl] #201400
07/29/2019 09:43 PM
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Re: Sailing in January? [Re: Breeze] #201436
07/30/2019 11:32 AM
07/30/2019 11:32 AM
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No question that daylight varies more in the northern latitudes than the BVI, but my crew this year was influenced in deciding to go in May rather than January because there are almost two more hours of daylight in mid-May than mid-January. Snorkelers really appreciate more daylight.


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