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Book Review: Cruising Guide to the Leeward Islands

By doina — last modified Oct 08, 2014 01:39 PM

Published: 2007-02-12 10:55:00
Topics: Books,Charts and DVDs
Countries: Anguilla , Antigua & Barbuda , Dominica , Montserrat , Saba , Sint Maarten , St Barts , St Kitts & Nevis , St Martin , Statia

Cruising Guide to the Leeward Islands: Anguilla to Dominica

Chris Doyle

Cruising Guide Publications Inc.

Ninth Edition (2006-2007)

Recommended price $29.95

ISBN 0 944428 73 8

Chris Doyle’s excellent guide has reached its ninth edition and, together with the equally successful Sailor’s Guide to the Windward Islands, provides comprehensive and authoritative information of this swathe of the Eastern Caribbean. Completely updated the guide covers all islands from Anguilla to Dominica. The Leeward group is subdivided into three smaller groups poetically named by the author as the Islands that Brush the Clouds, the Islands of Mountains and Mangroves, and the Renaissance Islands. Every port, marina, anchorage and bay is covered in great detail, the background information being accompanied by colour photographs and detailed plans and chartlets. Particularly useful are the aerial photographs of certain areas that also feature the recommended track to be sailed.

The first section of the book contains comprehensive practical information on every subject of interest to a visiting sailor, from local weather and communications to special regulations for charter yachts. Clearance formalities are covered in each individual island. What sets apart all of Chris Doyle’s guides is the complete list of shore facilities that accompany each entry and includes details of all services of interest to a visiting sailor: repair services, chandleries, restaurants, provisioning, as well as travel information and local history.

As an added bonus, the reader can visit the author's website to download the GPS waypoints given in the sketch charts, and obtain links to local weather, news and businesses. Very useful is the complete list of shore facilities listed for each island at the end of the book. Also featured here are the phone numbers for emergencies, as well as those of customs, internet cafes, pharmacies, airlines, banks, etc.

The guide is complemented by Caribbean Yachting Charts (CYC), two sets of charts for the Northern and Southern Leeward Islands which cost $79.95 each and includes a companion CD of digital charts and piloting information of the areas covered.

The guide and charts can be purchased direct from