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58Isea&iIWINTER 2012LEEWARD ISLANDS' ITINERARY Creating a Leewards itinerary may seem daunting as there are somany islands and they cover such a vast area, but with a littleadvice from your Camper & Nicholsons charter broker you caneasily group your favourites in a compelling cruise.DAY1 St Martin - Anguilla (15nm) DAY2 Anguilla DAY3 Anguilla - St Barths (31nm) DAY4 St Barths DAY5 St Barths - Saba (28nm) DAY6 Saba - St Eustatius (18nm) DAY7 St Eustatius - St Kitts (19nm) DAY8 St Kitts - Nevis (11nm) DAY9 Nevis DAY10 Nevis - Barbuda (61nm) DAY11 Barbuda DAY12 Barbuda - Antigua (43nm) DAYS13 & 14 Antigua THE EXPERTS' ADVICE.Captain Emile Coetzee has been cruising in the Caribbean forseveral years and is now on board the 53.5m (175') Hurricane Run.Histop tip when cruising here is to begin your itinerary windwardand sail downwind from there, cruising from Antigua to St Barths.You can pretty much count on consistent trade winds. Meanwhile, Will Kaye, captain of the 46.7m (153') Big Aronrecommends lazy Sundays at St Barths' Nikki Beach, or hisfavourite Caribbean beach: Green Island on Antigua as it is afantastic spot for kitesurfing as well as being a great anchorage.and Ralph Lauren. This is the place to be berthed for New Year'sEve when fireworks and festivities continue all through the night. Unlike Antigua, St Barths takes its food very seriously and theisland is known for having the best chefs in the Caribbean.Reflecting the island's exotic multicultural history, dishes are amixture of French, Creole and Italian, while Asian and fusionare also popular choices. For French food, try Le Sapotiller inGustavia, Le Gaiac at Hotel Le Toiny, and On The Rocks at theEden Rock Hotel. Maya's is the place to head for French Creoledishes, while L'Espirit Saline serves a fusion menu that changesdaily. La Langouste is the place to go for fresh lobster. As one would expect, the island also has a number of chicbeach bars, including Nikki Beach on St Jean and Do Brazil onGustavia's Shell Beach. Le Yacht Club is perfect for a Mojito,before heading to hilltop nightspot Le Ti St Barth. Casa Nikkiis the place to let your hair down after hours.HURRICANE RUN53.5m (175'), 12 guestsfrom US$300,000 per week LAZY Z51.4m (168'7), 12 guestsfrom US$239,000 per week KOO42.9m (140'7), 8 guestsfrom US$100,000 per week

aboardashoreWINTER 2012I sea&iI59US Virgin Islands &British Virgin Islands Located at the northern tip of the West Indies, the US and British Virgin Islands were made for the waterborne. A balmy climate, steady easterly tradewinds and an abundance of sheltered anchorages have made them a yachtsman's haven for centuries. The archipelago of over 60 islands and islets is splitbetween the cosmopolitan US Virgin Islands and the neighbouring, and relatively unspoilt, British Virgin Islands. The former, featuring the main island of StThomas, are known for their bustling activity, while the latter, including the exclusive Virgin Gorda, exude a low-key ambiance.St Thomas, USVI Often referred to as the New York City of the Caribbean due toits bustling vibe, St Thomas is the ideal place to start acruisethrough the Virgin Islands. The island has a rich cultural past and has had its fair shareof dramas over the centuries. It was the first permanent settle-ment of the Danes in 1672, and some 50 years later it becamean official port of entry for all nations. It was also rife with piracyduring the late 1600s, and had the world's largest slave trade atthis time. However, by the early 1700s legitimate trades hadtaken over and the houses of prosperous merchants lined thestreets of Charlotte Amalie, which grew in splendour as the1800s saw it become the central trading point of the WestIndies. Its busy harbour is now crowded with sophisticated bou-tiques and restaurants. With tourism being the island'sGREAT DOGISLANDNECKER ISLANDSALT ISLANDCOOPER ISLANDGINGER ISLANDTORTOLAPETER ISLANDPELICAN ISLANDGREENCAYJOST VAN DYKEST. JOHNLITTLETOBAGOGT ST. JAMESISLANDST. THOMASDUTCHMAN'SCAYHANS LOLLICKISLANDNORMAN ISLANDTHE BIGHTHODGES CREEKGUANAISLANDTHE BATHSVIRGIN GORDATOBAGOISLANDCruz BayCharlotteAmalieriS Francis DrakePassageRoad TownHMS RhoneSpanish TownAbove:make time toexplore the Virgin Islandsashore and beneath the waterlineOpposite page: St Barthsis one of the Caribbean'smost glamorous islands?