The term "trade winds" originally derive from the early fourteenth century late Middle English word "trade," meaning "path" or "track."
The captain of a sailing ship seeks a course along which the winds can be expected to blow in the direction of travel. During the Age of Sail, the pattern of prevailing winds made various points of the globe easy or difficult to access, and therefore had a direct effect on European empire-building and thus on modern political geography.
By the 18th century, the importance of the trade winds to England's merchant fleet for crossing the Atlantic Ocean had led both the general public and etymologists to identify the name with a later meaning of "trade": "(foreign) commerce".
Tripadvisor Review of Cuan Law Reviewed June 12, 2019
The Cuan Law is a PERFECT TEN for diving/family vacation. This was our family's 8th time on the Cuan Law. It continues to be our favorite vacation because the diving is incredible, the crew is outstanding, and the food can not be beat. The crew makes the trip so special. The crew makes it a special vacation whether you dive or not. We have taken people from 22 months old to 78 years old. There is lots for everyone to do. Plenty of dives if your family is into diving, but also fun water sports (tubing, water-skies, sailing, snorkeling, beach ventures, etc.) for others. Best trip EVER! They have hammocks for relaxing, mats for laying out and tanning, crew that will make you any drink you ask for, and overall a comfortable environment for a relaxing vacation. They are completely so flexible so they allow you significant input into the schedule for the week including where you moor and where you dive. THE best service money can buy! DON'T MISS OUT - BOOK IT !!
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Every week we include a beach barbecue at "The Crawl" - a fabulous rock enclosed beach and pool. It is the highlight of the last afternoon of the trip.
On a picturesque beach, among the huge boulders and shady palm trees, we set up a delicious barbecue featuring delicious meats, fish and colorful salads with, of course, well stocked coolers of wine, beer, and sodas. Tables and benches allow for a comfortable meal for all, in the shade of the palm trees.
As one guest put it: “There is no better place for a beach barbecue than the British Virgin Islands, and no better crew than aboard Cuan Law. Thanks for a most incredible time!”
Every day a delicious lunch is served buffet style. Today's highlight is a self-serve sandwich buffet. It starts with your choice of French baguettes, or sliced breads from the local bakery. Add from a variety of cold-cuts, and selection of cheeses. Next comes the sliced veggie tray with traditional tomatoes and lettuce, to avocado, sprouts, gherkin pickles, and sweet red onions. Finish off your masterpiece with mustard, mayo, or toppings custom made by our chef. Just because your sandwich is made, doesn't mean the feast has finished. Add to your plate from some amazing salads like grilled tomato & egg, or artichoke with sun-dried tomatoes, or try a Caribbean green salad tossed with sliced red and green grapes and radishes. Every buffet has a dish of the finest fresh fruits; chilled, sliced, diced and waiting for you. Finish your meal with some fresh baked chocolate chip coookies... YUM!
Do you know that girls as young as 16 years old have sailed around the world all alone? 16-year old Laura Dekker from the Netherlands is the youngest person ever to circumnavigate the world solo after Jessica Watson of Australia did it just before her 17th birthday. Dekker was 16 and 123 days.
Jessica Watson became the youngest person to sail around the world with no stops and completely unassisted! While the just as impressive, Laura Dekker, completed her own sailing adventure around the globe with stops.
Another fascinating fact is that Dekker almost didn’t make it. The reason for this was the interference of the Dutch government. They didn’t think it was a good idea for a teenager to sail the world. However, she proved them wrong in all sorts of ways. You can learn more about Dekker’s journey in the film documentary Maidentrip.
The youngest circumnavigation isn't recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records, because they don't want to encourage 14-year olds to sail around the world alone.
What do you think, should we recognize such achievements and therefore encourage them? Or are people right to worry for young kids who are interested in such fascinating, but dangerous endeavors? Tell us in the comments below or on our Facebook page!
One of the most amazing things about vacationing with Cuan Law is the variety of activities available! Not only do you get an incredible sailing experience on the water, but you also have access to some breath-taking land experiences. So if you're one of those people who love to stretch their legs, then lace up your joggers because here are three popular hikes that you don't want to miss!
Salt Island is mostly scrub brush, with a few cacti and the occasional bush. It presents an enjoyable afternoon hike, with an easy walk around the salt ponds, or a moderate climb up the hillsides to give a view of the ponds and the ocean. The south shore is a rugged cliff coastline, battered by ocean waves, while the north shore slopes to a lovely beach and sheltered bay where we often anchor.
Peter Island is covered with brush and trees. There is an abandoned estate house (the Chubb family of Chubb Security fame) situated overlooking Little Harbour, and we often take guests ashore for an hour hike up and around the estate. A walking path makes the estate still accessible. Hiking off the trail and through the bush would be difficult, but it is possible.
Virgin Gorda's vegetation is lusher, and what you would expect from a tropical rainforest climate. There are many paths around the island that make hiking easy, but in most places, it is not possible to leave the path and venture into the forest.
The British Virgin Islands comprise around 60 tropical Caribbean islands, ranging in size from the largest, Tortola, which is 20 km (12 mi) long and 5 km (3 mi) wide, to tiny uninhabited islets, altogether about 150 square kilometers (58 square miles) in extent. Other than Anegada, all of the islands are volcanic in origin and have a hilly, rugged terrain.
Vegetation varies from island to island. Therefore, the scenery, trails and hiking experiences are bound to be different on each island! We are fortunate to have a Captain who is very familiar with the islands, so if there is a specific island or experience you were interested in, all you have to do is ask!
(As an FYI, there are many private islands in the British Virgin Islands, and some are off-limits unless you receive an invitation from the owner.)
We just can’t get enough of these sayings that are so unexpectedly connected to sailing. Therefore, we have one more interesting fact for you, and this one is related to the saying “son of a gun”. Nowadays, the exclamation is perceived as an affectionate way of addressing or referring to someone. However, in lesser days, when women used to be smuggled on board ships, they would often get pregnant, and if the passage took longer than expected, they needed to give birth right then and there, on the boat. This would usually happen between the cannons on the gun deck. If the child wasn’t claimed by one of the passengers or sailors, it was entered in the ship’s log as being “the son of a gun.”
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 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.
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!"