LEEWARD ISLANDS 2017
Remember how bitter cold it was last winter? Well SOS offers you the chance to experience tropical breezes
and sun instead! This winter our planned escape is in the sunny Leeward Islands. We have planned for both 7 and 10 day boats so those of you who have limited time off can do the 7 day Saturday to Saturday trip (Feb 18 – 25) and those of you
with extra time can do the Saturday to Tuesday trip (Feb 18 – 28).
The Leeward Islands are part of the eastern border of the Caribbean Sea. These northern islands of the archipelago are more to leeward, so the British ships sailing
from other colonies called them the Leeward Islands. They begin in Dominica, just above Martinique, and arc gently northwest for a bit under 150 miles to include Guadeloupe, Antigua, Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Barts, Anguilla, and many others. They end near St.
Martin 150 miles east of Puerto Rico.
Whether the island is British, Dutch, French, or independent, each has unique characteristics ranging from the upscale and trendy to the laid-back and isolated. Some islands are mountainous remnants
of ancient volcanoes carpeted with lush rain forests. Others are low-lying, flat, and rimmed with incredible white-sand beaches and coral reefs teeming with sea life made to order for an unforgettable Bareboat trip.
The trade winds typically
blow from the northeast to east November through March and east to southeast April through October, ranging from 10 to 25 knots. They are the power behind the north equatorial current, which usually isn’t a factor except where it intensifies around the
ends of some islands. Tidal currents are weak due to the slight tidal range of about 1.5 feet. The Leeward Islands have one of the most pleasant climates in the entire Caribbean, with average year-round temperatures holding at about 80°F (26°C).