Planning a trip for April to a warm and windy climate…..where to choose? We came up with a short list of Margarita, Essaouira in Morocco, Bahia Feliz in Gran Canaria and Pigeon Point in Tobago. But the thoughts of cocktails by the beach and the chilled out pace of life on Tobago, as well as the wind stats, made us head to the Carribean.
Note: Departure tax is $TT100
Click here for statistics on the venue courtesy of Sportif.
How to get there
We looked for a charter flight, as we wanted to take our own equipment, and this meant we would be able to pay a flat fee of £50 per 32kg windsurfing bag. We ended up going with Excel Airways. Our flight out to Tobago landed first at Grenada , before flying on to Tobago. Consequently, our journey took about eleven hours. However, the return flight is direct from Tobago to London Gatwick, and took about eight hours.
There are several operators doing scheduled flights most days, notably Virgin Airways & British Airways.
Given our last minute decision to go to Tobago, and the fact that it coincided with the end of Easter holidays, we booked through Sportif, who arranged everything from charter flights and pre-booking of windsurf equipment for the flight, to transfer to the hotel including our windsurf equipment to the windsurf centre, World of Watersports at Pigeon Point. The transfer to the Conrado Hotel took only ten to fifteen minutes, and yet surprisingly, we never heard noise from the planes during the whole of our stay.
How the wind works
The trade winds hitting Pigeon Point, Tobago are generally north through to east which is starboard tack and during our stay we would estimate at between 11 to 23 knots. Most days the wind would have kicked in by 10:00am and be at its strongest between 11:30am to 1:00pm. It was noticeable that by 3:00pm to 4:00pm the wind would have decreased in strength, some days going quite light. During our stay, the wind was from the north-east (cross/cross on) through to east (cross-shore starboard tack) and there would be the occasional lull on runs in and out from the shore. We were told that northerlies were good clean wind, with no holes or lulls.
The trades at Pigeon Point blow from mid December to May, with April being one of the most reliable months.
We had 100% planing days during our stay. There was only one day when the time spent planing was only about two hours, the rest were in excess of three hours.