The Tradewinds Passage
Redhook, St. Thomas, USVI to St. Georges, Bermuda
Estimated Departure: April 15th, 2024
850 nm / 7 Days
Sailing from St. Thomas, USVI to Bermuda 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 St. Thomas to Bermuda route takes you through the heart of the Caribbean, promising warm tropical weather and crystal-clear waters. Expect to experience a significant change in climate as you sail from St. Thomas 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 Bermuda, you'll need to clear customs and immigration, as it's a foreign country. 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 you will be sailing far offshore. Stock up on essentials like food, water, and fuel before setting sail from St. Thomas.
Cultural Experiences: As you visit each island, 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 St. Thomas to Bermuda 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.
Estimated Bermuda to St. Thomas, USVI
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