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Sailing in May? #81830
01/12/2016 01:53 PM
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We usually charter in late June/July, but circumstances require an earlier trip this year - 2nd week in May. Anyone have experiences to share on sailing this time of year? Climate averages suggest a high rainfall month in May - is this noticeable/bothersome? I'm fine with the short, sharp downpours, but not so much the steady, prolonged stuff.

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Sailing in May? [Re: ben_gale] #81831
01/12/2016 01:55 PM
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May is my favorite month of the year in the BVI. Still not hot, low crowds, out of the N swell timeframe.
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Re: Sailing in May? [Re: ben_gale] #81832
01/12/2016 01:58 PM
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We go in May and love it. Not as crowded, for one thing. We are booked May 3 to the 24th. this year. Can't wait... <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/circle.gif" alt="" />

Re: Sailing in May? [Re: charlie] #81833
01/12/2016 02:11 PM
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Devon, UK
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We have been in May for many, many years. Best time to go IMHO. Not too hot, maybe some showers but last few years have been very dry. Not crowded but everything still open. We'll be there 8-30 May. See you around.

Re: Sailing in May? [Re: salica] #81834
01/12/2016 03:53 PM
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We went in May last year prior to that we went on Easter break. May had nicer weather and the crowds seemed less, I was concerned about the more rainfall but it didn't rain at all on our last trip. We will be back on a Moorings 393PC from May 18 to 27 and am looking forward to the trip.

Re: Sailing in May? [Re: WayneC] #81835
01/12/2016 04:45 PM
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May is lovely.

Re: Sailing in May? [Re: Twanger] #81836
01/12/2016 05:19 PM
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Ottawa, Canada
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I cruised last year in the 2nd week of May for my bareboat sailing course and it was glorious weather, didn't rain once and was cool enough at night not to need the air-conditioning with the nice trade winds. We had no problem getting mooring balls in when coming in at 4:00 PM after a hard day of sailing.

The only issue I had was there was a bunch of little jelly fish or something that gave you a little sting around St John and Norman islands. Hoping whatever that was isn't there this time. It wasn't a problem at Cane Garden and Jost, I wondered what it was and why it only affected those islands. Just a little annoyance though.

I am hoping that the weather will be as nice this May when I return for my first charter! with my wife, my buddy and his wife. <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Grin.gif" alt="" />

Re: Sailing in May? [Re: UncleLuff] #81837
01/12/2016 09:48 PM
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Billings, MT
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2014 we went in May. 2015 we went end of November/early December. More prolonged rain and more chop this last trip. May was definitely our favorite.

Re: Sailing in May? [Re: harleybuffett] #81838
01/12/2016 11:57 PM
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What a relief! We're also headed out for our 7th trip the first week of May, but we have never been that time of year. Sounds like the weather will be glorious as always. <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Clapping.gif" alt="" />

Re: Sailing in May? [Re: ben_gale] #81839
01/13/2016 02:46 AM
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Our preferred month of the year. Less crowded, lower rates, no hurricanes, no swells, consistent winds and never needed AC. We'd do May over any other month of the year!


Life involves risks, take some prudent ones (NOT with the BVI ferries)!
Re: Sailing in May? [Re: beerMe] #81840
01/13/2016 09:20 AM
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Many thanks for all the input folks - most appreciated! Very supportive and helpful crowd out here ...

Re: Sailing in May? [Re: beerMe] #81841
02/11/2016 11:51 AM
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Encinitas, California
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So excited to read all your posts, we too are heading there May 20-30th. Was also trying to find information on the swell direction this time of year, so to hear the north swell is generally not a concern this time of year was very helpful. See you all there... We sill be on the Southern Charm out of TMM.


Steph
Re: Sailing in May? [Re: sbrownell] #81842
02/11/2016 12:58 PM
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Toledo, OH, USA
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We will be there from May 1-15th, hope to meet some of you!


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Re: Sailing in May? [Re: Orange_Burst] #81843
02/11/2016 01:13 PM
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We will be there for 8 days starting May 18th. Looking to share some itinerary ideas or suggestions.

Re: Sailing in May? [Re: WayneC] #81844
02/11/2016 06:32 PM
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Maybe we'll see you guys down there. We'll be there May 5th - 14th with Moorings


Phil
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Re: Sailing in May? [Re: philthepilot] #81845
02/11/2016 07:08 PM
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We will also be there April 30th - May 7th. We will be on Island Sista from CYOA St. Thomas. See you at the bar! <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/dine.gif" alt="" />

Re: Sailing in May? [Re: philthepilot] #81846
02/11/2016 10:21 PM
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We will be on a Bali 4.5 out of Dream Yacht Charters. Stop by for a cocktail if you see us.


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Re: Sailing in May? [Re: Orange_Burst] #81847
02/12/2016 12:54 AM
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We should share our tentative itineraries as we get closer to May. If they align we could get a group together for drinks! I know we're starting on JVD, but we haven't decided if we're going to work counter clockwise or not. We aren't "hosting" anyone so we get to go wherever the wind takes us.

Re: Sailing in May? [Re: Smully] #81848
02/12/2016 09:01 AM
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Sounds great, we fly down on April 30th, get the boat on May 1st. We have no itinerary set (and usually don't), we will be on the boat for 14 days, so we are pretty flexible. I will share our tentative itinerary as we get closer. Love meeting fellow TTOLers


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Re: Sailing in May? [Re: Orange_Burst] #81849
02/12/2016 10:39 AM
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We don't have a set itinerary other that picking up half our crew as they get off the plane at EIS on May 6th. Prob spend the night at Trellis or Marina Cay that night since their flight doesn't arrive till 7:10. Maybe we could hang our TTOL flags so to spot each other smile


Phil
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Re: Sailing in May? [Re: philthepilot] #81850
02/13/2016 03:18 AM
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Seattle, WA
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Going to be there the last week in May for our third year running. It is lovely that time of year. My favorite time to be in the Caribbean.

Re: Sailing in May? [Re: mattt] #81851
02/13/2016 09:40 PM
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Fat Daddy K and crew return to the BVI May 17-31! Chartering through Pro Valor again--Cecilia and Jim are GREAT people to deal with! Hitting the Baths and Marina Cay first, then to Leverick for the buffet and Jumbies, then the Full Moon Party at Trellis, then to Saba Rock, Anegada for a couple of days, JVD, Norman, and finally Cooper before turning in the boat. Then, it's three days at Cane Garden Bay to rest. Can't wait to get back! Post your itinerary and maybe we can share a cool, refreshing beverage!


The world is an oyster; now where did I leave my oyster knife...?
Re: Sailing in May? [Re: FatDaddyK] #81852
02/15/2016 03:18 PM
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Georgetown, Maine
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We are sailing April 20-May 11 on Critical Window. The TTOL Flag will be flying proudly. Stop by for a beverage.

Dave / Carol

Re: Sailing in May? [Re: sailtimeNE] #81853
02/16/2016 02:00 PM
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We ended up locking into May 9th to 16th on Glissade from SailTMM - stop by for a beer!

Thanks again for all the help folks!

Re: Sailing in May? [Re: ben_gale] #81854
02/19/2016 01:24 AM
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Ottawa, Canada
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We will be cruising May4th till the 11th! Stay away potential credit card captain candidate! Less than three months, can't wait!

Re: Sailing in May? [Re: ben_gale] #81855
02/20/2016 11:43 PM
02/20/2016 11:43 PM
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St. louis mo.
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How do you get a TTOL flag? I would like to buy one.

Re: Sailing in May? [Re: MACC60] #81856
02/21/2016 08:42 AM
02/21/2016 08:42 AM
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Ocala, Florida
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TTOL Shop at top of the page. We also will be cruising May 19 thru the 28 with Marine Max 38 PC. Still have a berth for another couple. PM me if interested.


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