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World Cruising Destinations book

Compilation of world cruising destinations -- a must read for bareboat charter enthusiasts!

The latest offering by one of the most influential cruising journalists, World Cruising Destinations is a must read for any bareboat charter veteran who dreams of going beyond a Caribbean yacht charter vacation.

Jimmy Cornell has sailed over 200,000 miles on all the oceans of the world, including three circumnavigations and voyages to the Arctic and Antarctic. His successful guide to sailing around the world, World Cruising Routes, has helped many aspiring yacht charter voyagers turn their dreams into reality and follow in his footsteps.

This substantial new handbook, World Cruising Destinations, serves as a whole earth guide, and is intended as a partner to Cornell’s celebrated, World Cruising Routes, a compendium of information about hundreds of countries around the globe, every destination comprehensively detailed with information on cruising attractions, history, culture, local laws, regulations and formalities, facilities available, public holidays, public events, emergency telephone numbers, and much more.

There is also detailed information on climate and weather, including average monthly temperatures, rainfall and tropical storm seasons.

Lavishly illustrated throughout, it is not only a must-have onboard reference work for long distance sailors, but it will undoubtedly inspire the adventurous to sail to where they have never ventured.

Available from for $32.97

GET YOUR **FREE** COPY OF JIMMY CORNELL’S NEW HANDBOOK! Book your next bareboat yacht charter online at and simply mention “PROMO CODE – WCD2011″

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Serious bareboat charter customers and first time Caribbean yacht charter sailors all agree – making frequent checks of the weather is the first step to a safe, multi-day sailing experience. If you are planning a bareboat charter vacation in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), there are several options available for accurate weather updates.
The first option is so basic and simple, but widely overlooked – call your charter base either via cell or VHF.  No one has more of a vested interest in your safety – the charter fleet manager wants his Caribbean yacht charter vessel to come home safe and sound at the conclusion of your bareboat charter. 
You can also monitor NOAA on WX 5 (out of Culebra) and 6 (out of St. Croix) on your sailing yacht VHF radio. The broadcast are cycled in both Spanish & English. Important note: double-check your sailboat’s VHF, as not all models have a WX channel selector. Some cruisers have reported the NOAA signal does not come in very well at Leverick; this is probably due to the surrounding mountains.

Roadtown (capital of the British Virgin Islands) monthly weather chart

Roadtown (capital of the British Virgin Islands) monthly weather chart

If your Caribbean yacht charter sailboat has an FM radio, local BVI radio station 90.9 gives local weather several times a day, along with local news and music.
If you have a Blackberry handheld device, by far and away the most accurate information you can retrieve is a text message report directly from NOAA. Here is how it works:
Send an email to and paste the following into the body of the message:
cd data
cd forecasts
cd marine
cd coastal
cd am
get amz710.txt
get amz715.txt
get amz725.txt
After sending the email, wait about 3 to 5 minutes, and you will receive a new mail with the most up-to-date weather info for the British Virgin Islands.  
Go ahead…try it now on your home computer!
Finally, if you ask any old salt who has sailed in the BVI, he’ll probably tell you the best way to check the weather is, “Open your eyes, look out your hatch…and smile!”

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