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Leeward Islands Flotilla - St. Martin, St. Barts and more

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Leeward Islands Flotilla Info

Dates & Leaders:

Trip cost:

  • Yachts range in size from 38-51 feet
  • Cost varies depending on the number of crew & size of your yacht

Next Planning Party:

  • Saturday June 25th, 2016 @ 6:30pm

Reservations:

  • 800.223.2984

 


Sailing in the Leeward Islands can be as active as you like; we’ll be cruising the islands in style, with frequent stops for swimming, eating, relaxing, and partying on the beach. Be ready to experience distinct cultures, friendly waterfront taverns, fancy restaurants, sidewalk cafes, and shopping direct from Europe. Novice and experienced sailors alike will find inspiration in this amazing adventure. Come to our next planning party to learn more about joining us.



OCSC SAILING - Leeward Islands Flotilla - St. Martin, St. Barts and more - 01The Leeward Islands

The northern islands of the archipelago are more to leeward, so the British called them the Leeward Islands. They begin in Dominica, just above Martinique, and arc gently northwest for a bit under 150 miles to include Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Barts, Anguilla, and many others. They end near St. Martin 150 miles east of Puerto Rico. These waters are an ideal location for staging a St. Martin sailing vacation to a variety of destinations throughout the Leeward chain. Whether the island is British, Dutch, French, or independent, each has unique characteristics ranging from the upscale and trendy to the laid-back and isolated. Some islands are mountainous remnants of ancient volcanoes carpeted with lush rain forests. Others are low-lying, flat, and rimmed with incredible white-sand beaches and coral reefs teeming with sea life made to order for an unforgettable flotilla.

Whether the island is British, Dutch, French, or independent, each has unique characteristics ranging from the upscale and trendy to the laid-back and isolated. Some islands are mountainous remnants of ancient volcanoes carpeted with lush rain forests. Others are low-lying, flat, and rimmed with incredible white-sand beaches and coral reefs teeming with sea life made to order for an unforgettable flotilla.


OCSC SAILING - Leeward Islands Flotilla - St. Martin, St. Barts and more - 02Favorable Winds And Permanent Sunshine

The Leeward Islands that include the island of St. Maarten and St. Martin are constantly cooled by trade winds, so it's comfortable to visit them at any time of the year. The Leeward Islands have one of the most pleasant climates in the entire Caribbean, with average year-round temperatures holding at about 80°F (26°C) and rainfall totaling an average of 45 inches (1143 mm) yearly.

The trade winds typically blow from the northeast to east November through March and east to southeast April through October, ranging from 10 to 25 knots. They are the power behind the north equatorial current, which usually isn’t a factor except where it intensifies around the ends of some islands.

Visibility is generally excellent and on very clear days you can see the islands of Saba, St Eustatius (Statia), St Christopher (St Kitts) and even Nevis, some 60 miles to the southeast. Fog is unheard of but occasionally haze, especially from August to October, can reduce visibility to 15 miles or so.


Tides

The tide range is very small: 30 cm to 60 cm (one to two feet) including the variation of level due to atmospheric pressure and dominant winds. Tidal currents are weak due to the slight tidal range.

Historical Weather

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Mar

83

75

28

24

2

51

78

26

E15-20 kts

OCSC SAILING - Leeward Islands Flotilla - St. Martin, St. Barts and more - 03OCSC’s Flotillas

If you haven’t been on a flotilla before, here’s how it works. OCSC reserves multiple boats for the location and holds a series of planning parties to explain the details and answer questions from anyone who is interested. Some members choose to reserve a whole boat with their friends and family; some hook up with other singles or couples to form their own boat; a third option is to reserve a cabin on a boat skippered by an OCSC Instructor.

Flotilla charters are ideal for first-time skippers since OCSC helps in cruise planning, introduces individuals to others interested in sharing a yacht, and sends an experienced ‘group leader’ along. The security in this type of ‘buddy-boating’ is a primary reason for flotilla-style chartering, but the ease of participation and ‘instant parties’ make a first charter that much more enjoyable.

We hope you'll join us. Please call Mitch or Phil for more information and availability at 800.223.2984