Sailors Guide to the Windward Islands

By Chris Doyle

First edition published 1980

This (17th) edition  will be available in December 2014

Format: 6 by 9 inches, glossy paper

Plasticoil binding for lay flat opening

432  pages  

Includes advertising of great local interest

High-quality color photography

60 full-color aerial anchorage or navigation photos

Lots of full color photography

84 full color sketch charts – most complete coverage available

Full GPS coverage, with waypoints that are directly downloadable from our GPS page

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Publisher's Review:

Chris Doyle published the first Cruising Guide to the Windward Islands in 1980. Over its 17 editions, this book has gone from strength to strength, staying on the cutting edge of cruising guide technology with each new edition.
It was the first in the area to come out with GPS waypoints, color photography, computerized color sketch charts, and web support.

It has, for many years, been the best selling guide to his area for the following reasons:

Excellent anchorage charts that are based on the author's surveys and are very clear and detailed. Aerial photos are included for most anchorages.  Like all Doyle’s guides, it is beautifully printed in full color on glossy paper with lots of scenic photography.

The navigational information is clear and concise, with GPS waypoints. The Doyle guides are unsurpassed for their onshore information, and this book is no exception, with excellent sections on exploring, provisioning, eating out, as well as services, and water sports for each anchorage.

This guide is is backed by this website that offers downloadable GPS waypoints and Updates as well as general information and links to local businesses for all the islands covered by the guide/

Plenty of  local advertising is included, which most readers it find really useful. This advertising also helps to keep the price of this high quality book really reasonable.

About the author

Chris Doyle, a resident of Grenada, is a full time cruising guide author and spends over 6-months of the year sailing through the Caribbean on his Trinidad built catamaran Ti Kanot, updating his books. Chris, being a resident, spends way more time in the Windwards than any other cruising guide author and this shows in this very detailed guide. Chris also writes about local issues for the local waterfront newspaper Caribbean Compass.

  Readers Reviews

Here are a couple of emails  I got this year:

Dear Chris,
Just want to thank you very much for your perfect guide! It was the first time for me cruising from Martinique to the Grenadines and it was very easy with the help of your guide. The practical tips, the maps of the islands and bays, and especially the funny and easy-to-read stories.
We had a perfect holiday, thank you very much!!
Kind regards,
-The Netherlands

Just got back from my first bareboat charter and your Winward Islands  guide
was extremely helpful!  I could not have imagined being there without your
Thank you- Joe

  I used to publish a whole bunch of review but they are getting too numerous, so here are the latest ones from Amazon:

A "must have" for cruising these island, June 3, 2014
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A comprehensive cruising guide with lots of anchoring and mooring spots not shown on conventional maps. As well as useful information on local radio stations, weather and local currents.

Moving to St Lucia, May 31, 2014
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We wanted a book covering the Windward Islands , that also gave good insight into all the main islands from a sailing and land based view, This book covers just about everything. Excellent

Excellent Guide, March 7, 2014
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Excellent guide with lots of detailled description and hints. The maps are accurate and detailled as well. I can only recommend this guide to anyone sailing in the Windwards.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Encouraged me to bareboat charter, August 17, 2013
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I felt that Doyle gave me clear and current data for planning my trip. Maybe, too clear. She talked the rest of my group out of the Grenadines and we are chartering in the BVIs.
Really, our choice was driven by other exigencies...I will make the Grenadines my next sailing trip.
I gave flour stars because I did not appreciate all the advertising, but I understand her audience is limited in size.

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
s Sailing the Grenadines, March 8, 2013
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Great resource for planning a sailing trip to the Windward Islands. Anchorages, restaurants, shopping, scuba diving and snorkeling. Great maps!

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book for sailors and divers alike., March 14, 2006
Ned Middleton (British professional underwater photo-journalist & author) - See all my reviews
This is a "real" guide. It has been carefully compiled and includes all the information which any water-borne visitor will need to know when visiting the Windward Islands., These are (in the order they appear in the book); Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Bequia (pronounced Beckway), Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, Tobago Cays, Palm Island, Union Island, PSV and Petite Martinique, Grenada, Carriacou, and, of course, each of the passages between these enchanting islands.

In an informative introduction, which gets anyone who is sitting in a cold house during an American or European harsh winter (like I am!) wanting to reach for the phone and book a flight, we learn something about the local land and the customs of the people who live there. There are also a number of helpful suggestions on any topic from "what to bring" to sunburn - and it's all useful stuff, even for the seasoned traveller.

Then it's on to the cruising information with notes on weather and navigation as well as more general information about scuba diving, flora, fauna and even the flags of the different countries visited. From now on we get down to cases in the order of march already mentioned.

Telling people how they should navigate their boat is a very responsible undertaking. Forget to include that, otherwise well known, underwater obstacle and you can guarantee at least 3 boats will have hit the darned thing within the first 24 hours of your book being published. This book, however, is a professional work and I doubt any yacht or other small boat travelling to and from these small islands will be without a copy.


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