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Join Isbjorn in Tortola for the passage south and east to Antigua, where we'll stage and prepare for the RORC Caribbean 600, our next leg. We'll sail to St. Martin and Ile Fourche on the way, so it will be a combination of island exploration and proper, Caribbean ocean sailing!
We sailed this route in 2016 after getting turned around on the way to Grenada. Normally, it's upwind all the way, against the prevailing easterly trade winds. But in 2016, we sailed out of the harbor in Road Town after the sun went down, and almost miraculously sailed through the night on starboard tack, the wind from the south, which is extremely rare in that neck of the woods at that time of year.
Once we depart Tortola, we'll aim east. There is no set itinerary, but several places we can stop along the way. The French side of St. Martin is always a fun place to visit, and definitely the classier side of the divided island. Ile Fourche, the gorgeous, deserted marine park that belongs to St. Barth's is another popular stop where we often go ashore before the dawn for a sunrise hike up the moon-like landscape.
Antigua is the easternmost island in the Leeward Islands, so it's all upwind from St. Martin or St. Barth's. Good thing Isbjorn is such a windward thoroughbred! Depending on timing, we can make landfall in Antigua in Jolly Harbour on the island's west coast, or sail another 30 miles or so around to the south and into Falmouth Harbour, the epicenter of the Caribbean superyacht scene. Last year, 3 J-Class yachts were in the harbour at the same time, which made for quite a sight.
This passage is classic Caribbean trade wind sailing, taking in some of our favorite destinations en route to Antigua. You'll love it!