2013 Leeward Islands Flotilla

2013 Leeward Islands Flotilla

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Hmm, Turquoise waters, porpoises, flying fish, barracudas, green vervet monkeys, whales…. These are the images I’m holding close to my heart as I sit in reverie about our 2013 OCSC Leeward Islands flotilla. In addition to seeing great wildlife, we sailed, we toured, we ate and we drank and we had a spectacular time! Six boat of OCSC members, family and friends spent 10 days cruising various islands, including St. Martin, Sint Maarten, St Barth’s, St Kitts, Nevis, St Eustatia, Saba and Anguilla.

Our experiences ranged from window shopping Cartier in St Barth’s to screaming along in the trades winds at 8-9 knots with 82 degree water spraying up around our bows. We toured an 18th century fort and a resort made from an old sugar plantation on St Kitts, walked through small Caribbean towns like Charlestown in Nevis and drank at Le Select, St Barth’s, where Jimmy Buffett’s “Cheeseburger in Paradise” was inspired.

Our first few days were more calm than the expected 15-20 knots of easterly trades that are normal in March. However, that made for quieter anchorages and easier anchoring. Because of a strong storm that moved through the Southern US, we had northerly swells, sometimes as large as 11 feet on our passages between islands. These were awesome swells to ride as they were really long period (gradual) and made for a comfortable but exciting ride.

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