Did you know we offer sailing on Cuan Law? Of course, you did!
We actually offer two types of sailing! – And you can even learn how to sail your own Hobie cat sailboat!
The Cuan Law sails every day
The Cuan Law herself is the world’s largest sail trimaran, and we try and get the sails out every day. It’s weather dependent, but since the British Virgin Islands is the world’s best sailing area, most days are great sailing. We are situated in the Trade Winds so day and night there is a steady 10 to 15 knot breeze. 10 knots is equal to 11.5 miles per hour, or 18.5 kilometers per hour. It’s almost always coming from East-South-East (that’s a little South of due East). While the winds are the same for most of the Caribbean, there’s something special about the British Virgin Islands that makes it a sailor’s paradise – the Sir Francis Drake Channel. Unlike the rest of the Caribbean that are islands surrounded by water, the Sir Francis Drake Channel is water, surrounded by islands! The result is that waves that can be large in the open sea, all break on the many islands in the BVI chain, and the Sir Francis Drake Channel remains protected and calm in almost all weather.
Hobie Cats are fun and easy!
We carry two Hobie cats onboard, and can put them in the water whenever we are anchored. If we haven’t put them in and you want to use them, just ask! Our crew is always happy to put them in the water. If you have never sailed before, or it’s been a while, the crew are happy to come with you and teach you how to sail. They are really easy to sail, with basically two controls. The rudders point the boat in the direction you wish to travel. The “main sheet” is the rope that pulls in or lets out the sail, and that controls your speed. That’s it!
We always try and anchor behind an island, so the winds will be lighter the closer you are to the island. Once you’ve practiced and are comfortable with sailing, you can try some stronger winds by moving away from the islands into the channel. But don’t worry, the winds never get too strong.
Diana A – “The crew was so kind & helpful at teaching me the basics of sailing the Hobie cat. I did it!”