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The Tradewinds Passage

St. George, Bermuda to Redhook, St. Thomas, USVI

Estimated Departure: November 12th, 2023 

850 nm / 7 Days

Sailing from Bermuda to St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) offers a captivating journey through the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Here's what you can expect during this sailing passage:

Tropical Bliss: The Bermuda to St. Thomas route takes you into the heart of the Caribbean, promising warm tropical weather and crystal-clear waters. Expect a significant change in climate compared to Bermuda.

Trade Winds: Traditionally, this passage benefits from the steady easterly trade winds. These consistent winds, usually blowing from the east-northeast, can make for pleasant and predictable sailing conditions. They'll be your faithful companions throughout much of the journey.

Navigation: Careful navigation is still crucial in these waters. The Caribbean is known for its intricate reef systems and coral formations, so you'll need to pay close attention to charts and navigational aids. The route typically involves a mix of open water sailing and navigating through island channels.

 

Watchkeeping: Maintain a watch system, particularly during overnight passages or when transiting busy channels. Nighttime navigation requires extra vigilance due to potentially reduced visibility and increased traffic.

Clearing Customs: When arriving in St. Thomas, you'll need to clear customs and immigration, as it's a U.S. territory. Ensure all necessary documentation, such as passports and vessel papers, is in order before arrival.

 

Marine Life: The Caribbean Sea is teeming with marine life. You may encounter dolphins, turtles, and vibrant coral reefs during your passage. Keep an eye out for opportunities to snorkel or dive in these pristine waters.

Trade Wind Swells: While the trade winds are generally favorable, they can also create consistent trade wind swells. Be prepared for a bit of rolling and pitching on your journey.

Provisions and Resupply: Plan your provisioning carefully, as resupply options may be limited on smaller islands. Stock up on essentials like food, water, and fuel before setting sail from Bermuda.

 

Cultural Experiences: As you make stops at various islands along the way, take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture, cuisine, and traditions. Each island has its unique charm and offerings.

Cruising Community: The Caribbean is a popular destination for cruisers, and you'll likely encounter a vibrant cruising community. This can provide opportunities for socializing, sharing information, and making new friends along the way.

Sailing from Bermuda to St. Thomas offers a delightful blend of adventure, exploration, and relaxation. With proper preparation, navigation, and a sense of adventure, you can enjoy a memorable sailing passage through the Caribbean paradise.

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Estimated Bermuda to St. Thomas, USVI

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