Questions & Answers
What is the best location for my first charter?
In our opinion, and a first cruising grounds for many a sailor, the best for beginners and old salts alike. Not to mention a better than great vacation spot. The U.S Virgin Islands (USVI) and the British Virgin Islands (BVI). The BVIs is Charter Advisors' sailing home.
Ok, yes you could head to the nearest coast with charter boats. Or you could head to one of our more temperate coastline states, but is this really a "vacation?" Maybe. But for nearly the same cost you could be somewhere actually worth going. Remember, this supposed to be a "vacation," not just proving you can sail a yacht.
The Virgin Islands are an ideal place to get your sea legs. The navigation is line of sight, you have the protection of the Sir Francis Drake Channel, and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands at your disposal. You will never run out of places to go. You can choose to sail 10 min. to the next cove, 30 min. to the next island, or head to the other end of the island chain and spend 4-5 hours under sail. Regardless, with the constant trade-winds, you can get almost anywhere whenever the mood strikes you. This is a very well documented area and the ideal place for a first time cruiser and the experienced sailor. It never gets old and you can make it as challenging or as easy as you like. Keep inside the channel and cruise easy. Head off into the Atlantic if you want to try sailing in bigger seas and wind. Very few places offer the variety of the Virgin Islands. You can change your view daily! Each body of water and each island is different. Everyone discovers their own "paradise" within these storied waters (Even Sir. Drake and Blackbeard hung out here to relax in their day!). It's no wonder why the BVI's motto is "Discover Nature's Little Secrets."
My friend who sails a lot keeps saying: "Remember when you're sailing, plans are really intentions." What is he talking about?
He's speaking about rule number 1. Your plans and expectations are actually only intentions. The best way to ruin a trip is to expect too much or to have rigid plans. Remember you're at the mercy of the weather and wind. Happiness comes with accepting that the best laid plans and expectations are really no more than good intentions.
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