Ever wonder what sailing to the Caribbean Island of Saba might be like? Heck, have you ever heard of the tiny 5 miles long Dutch island of Saba? Join us on our journey to experience a very lumpy sea and our struggles to pick up a mooring ball in the pitch black. Find out what to do when water is flowing into your bilge. And most impressively, experience the sheer pleasure of waking up next to an indescribably beautiful view (that you didn’t know was there)!
We’ll also take you for a bus tour of the island in addition to climbing to the very top of Mount Scenery, Saba’s volcano AND we’ll show you the world’s smallest commercial runway. It might make you realize that sailing to Saba is probably a better choice than flying.
Sailing to the Caribbean Island of Saba Video
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Sailing to the Caribbean Island of Saba Tips & Tricks
When sailing from the BVI to Saba it’s a rather difficult passage – you’ll need to pick your weather window. Even when it’s a good window the journey will still be uncomfortable at best. With the trade winds and a current against you, the ride is bumpy. So the first tip is to watch the weather as it might take a couple of weeks for a good time to leave.
That aside, there’s only so many mooring balls and even if you can get a ball the chances are high that it will be too bumpy to get off the boat. Your best bet is to plan to sail to St Kitt’s and if conditions permit, visit Saba. At the time of our visit, there were mooring balls lined up for the full length of the western shore but spread very far apart.
Getting a mooring ball at night is scary (as shown in the video). My top tip to Saba is to arrive during the day! If possible, add a chafe guard to your mooring lines as the mooring ball painter is full of barnacles and other rough edges. The moorings appeared to be very sturdy and solid but, as always, make sure to scope things out for yourself.
The dinghy ride from the moorings to the dinghy dock is most likely going to be rough and wet. Prepare accordingly!
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