What wind conditions can we expect and what will the temperature be like?


The Leewards lie across the easterly trade winds which make for easy passages north or south, just far enough apart for open water sailing.The winds normally blow at about 10 to 20 knots in the summer months and from 15 to 25 knots from November to May. Winter season winds are generally east Northeast, while the passage of weather systems between July and October cause Northeast/Southeast variations for short periods. The currents generally flow in a westerly direction and the tidal range is about 18 inches.

The normal general weather conditions are hot, sunny, sometimes humid and warm evenings. The Caribbean can be subject to squals or sporadic rain showers and there we'd recommend taking along with you a waterproof jacket.

For an up to date forecast visit here

Do we need sailing experience?

As part of chartering Taboo you will need to detail and disclose all experience and qualifcations you have, if you have any. Experience sailing is not a necessity however it is preferable that atleast one member from your guests does sail. Taboo charter is with our Skipper only and therefore no one on the guestlist need be qualified. To ensure a happy, safe and comfortable holiday guests need to be aware that sailing and living on a boat is a different experience from hotel holidays.

Discovering a new country, island or coast by yacht is an unmatched holiday experience that can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone. If you don’t have enough experience to sail by yourself, a Taboo holiday isn’t out of reach. The skipper to take the helm whilst you and your crew enjoy the surroundings. Your skipper will take care of the day-to-day running of Taboo, leaving you free to swim, snorkel and relax. Call upon your skipper’s knowledge of local attractions, restaurants and the most sheltered anchorages.

Will I have mobile phone coverage whilst away?

Mobile phone reception is available in most of the Caribbean sailing areas.

Can I use a hair dryer on board?

Yes, and hair straighteners! Taboo has 240v at all times thanks to its invertor.

Where Taboo is now and in the future...

From December 2005 Taboo will be based in Jolly Harbour Marina, part of Jolly Harbour Resort until April / May 2006.

Proposed Taboo circuit, click here.

Map of the Caribbean, illustrating the location of all the western islands waiting for you to explore.

What else is there to do in our area when we want a break from sailing?

Antigua: Take a look at the island's official website for more ideas. Scuba diving is great in Antigua and the cultural activities are a must for any evening. Website. Sports fishing, Rain Forest treks and Island tours are very popular attractions and activities.

Where can we eat dinner?

Taboo has excellent self-catering facilities. However if you fancy a night out you can enjoy the local specialities like Pepperpot, the national dish of Antigua, which is a stew made with meat, vegetables and cornmeal. Creole, seafood, fish and fruit dishes are good international cuisine are served all over the island.

What is the currency where we'll be on holiday?

In Antigua the currency is US dollars or Eastern Caribbean Dollar.

Recommended reading

Cruising Guide to the Leewards by Chris Doyle

If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact us on +44 (0) 1883 652722 or email on louise@tabooofsthelier.com and we'll endeavour to help.