Caribbean Adventure Sailing Holidays at Christmas
Dec 21 ’19 – Jan 04 ’20 (£2,079)
Dec 22 ’20 – Jan 03 ’21 (£2,079)
NO PRIOR SAILING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
JOIN SOLO OR WITH A GROUP
Two weeks of sailing and exploring in the beautiful Grenadines over Christmas and New Year. Explore Mustique, dive in the Tobago Cays and wander through rainforests and perfect white beaches.
Set amid tropical seas between the islands of St Vincent and Grenada, these tiny emerald-clad volcanic islands are a gorgeous alternative to the Caribbean's larger islands further north. They are renowned for their untouched beauty and natural landscapes. Gorgeous villages, tropical rainforests, powdery white-sand beaches and lighter winds make them a perfect sailing ground and our current absolute must visit place! Throughout, you’ll be fully involved, getting top class training and constantly building your sailing skills and experience.
Solo berths available.
This is a typical itinerary for this 15-day expedition in the Grenadines. What makes these adventure holidays so special however is that there can be no fixed itinerary. The wind and the weather ultimately shape what’s possible each day! We have many options for where to spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve and will make the plans with the crew once you all join. Happy days!
Day 1: Welcome on board in Martinique
Join the yacht between 1200h and 1800h in Marin, Martinique. Today is all about settling in, meeting the crew and finding your way around your home for the forthcoming sailing holiday. Grab a cold beer, enjoy the Caribbean sun and swim in the sea. St Lucia is a magical starting point and today you can really enjoy it.
Day 2: A day of sail training to get everyone up to speed
As ever on Rubicon 3 trips, there’s no previous sailing experience required to get fully involved. Every Rubicon 3 trip encompasses a full sailing course and today your skipper and mate will guide you through all the basics. You’ll learn about points of sail, tacking, gybing, reefing and even how to recover a casualty over board. For those who have sailed before, this is all great revision and a chance to develop as a crew. If it sounds a lot, don’t worry as you have the rest of your time on board to practise and develop your skills. We’ll most likely finish the day in Petit Anse D’Arlet. On the way we’ll sail past Diamond Rock, named by the British Navy during the Napoleonic wars. Petit Anse D’Arlet is a beautiful place to anchor, swim and explore this French Caribbean town and its delicious creole cuisine.
Day 3-4: Downwind sailing to Bequia in the Grenadines
We’ll leave Martinique and it’s a full day’s sailing as we head the 75nm or south to Bequia, known as the Nantucket of the Caribbean. We should find space in Port Elizabeth, Admiralty Bay and here we’ll have to do the usual check-in formalities. Bequia is a real mix of the modern and the traditional, with lots of local sailors and their hand-built boats. The brightly coloured rooftops and exotic trees sit amongst lovely restaurants and shops. You could go on a tour around the island which is fascinating and you will have amazing views from places such as Mount Pleasant.
Day 5: Mustique!
After a day exploring Bequia, we have a lovely morning sail to Britannica Bay on Mustique, passing La Soufrière, a 4,000 foot high active volcano, as we go. Mustique is privately owned and there are nearly 100 incredible mansions covering the island. Perhaps we’ll spend the evening at Basil’s Bar, famous for sitting on stilts over the Caribbean Sea.
Days 6-7: Canouan
Canouan is a beautiful hook-shaped isle that has some of the most brilliant beaches in the entire Grenadines chain. There are some incredible beaches on its eastern side that are completely inaccessible by land and, weather permitting, we will be able to reach them in our RIB.
Days 8-9: Mayreau
We can now sail southwest for about 25nm to the paradise island of Mayreau, accessible only by sea. This is also the smallest inhabited island in the Grenadines. We’ll probably anchor in the beautiful Saltwhistle Bay, where we can swim and kayak into Half Moon Beach. If you hike to the top of the hill you’ll have spectacular views of the Tobago Cays and on the return we’ll maybe have a few sundowners at the Saltwhistle Bay Beach Club.
Days 10-11: Petit St Vincent
We now sail south, passing by Petit Tabac and Palm Island and between the sand islets Mopion and Punaise, and head east into another wonderful sheltered anchorage on the north side of Petit St. Vincent. A paisley of green amid swirls of turquoise seas, Petit St. Vincent, universally known as PSV, is a 115-acre volcanic island fringed with pristine beaches. It is also home to the Cousteau dive centre and we will hopefully spend a couple of days here to try some scuba diving (beginners welcome) and explore this wonderful island.
Days 12-13: Union Island
Next we take a short sail to Union Island with its dramatic volcanic mountains. We’ll anchor at Clifton harbour. There are lots of bars, restaurants and Internet cafes here and the picturesque town, Clifton, has lovely markets where we can re provision the yacht with local specialities. In the centre of the anchorage is the the man-made Happy Island with a fairly spectacular bar! The next morning maybe you can get rid of the cobwebs and hike Mount Taboi, nearly 1,000 feet above sea level with breathtaking views.
Day 14: Passage to Martinique
Having checked out of the Grenadines at Union island, we’ll sail north again and let the yacht stretch her legs in the trade winds. It’s a good 75nm north back to Martinique, so a wonderful last day of sailing that will stretch past sunset and when we finally arrive in Marin, everyone will be glowing and ready for a wonderful evening ashore to celebrate the last night.
Day 15: Clean up and goodbyes
It’s always a surprise how quickly the time vanishes and we spend the last morning doing the boat clean up, packing away our kit, signing log books and saying cheerios to firm friends who, just two weeks ago, were unknown to us. We disembark at 1200hrs.
JOINING & LEAVING THE BOAT
- You should join the boat in Marin, Martinique any time after 1200 hrs on the start day. If your flight or ferry gets in later than this, that is fine. We will ask you closer to the time to let us know your travel details.
- You will disembark the boat back in Marin, Martinique at 1200 hrs on the last day.
- Martinique is a French territory and the flights from France are heavily subsidised, making this a far cheaper island to fly to from Europe than most others in the Caribbean. We suggest you look at flights run by Air France or Air Caribe.
- Norwegian Air also flies to Martinique.
- It is also possible to take one of the daily ferries from St Lucia, although you should book these up as early as possible.
- You need to fly to Fort de France (IATA code: FDF).
If you would like any help with your flights please do not hesitate to contact us.
AGE & EXPERIENCE
These adventure sailing holidays are open to everyone aged 18 years and over. If you are aged 70 or over, or have any concerns about your health, we ask that you get a doctor’s note before booking. This is just to make as certain as possible that you will be okay out on the water.
NO PREVIOUS SAILING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED
CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT
We provide the foul weather clothing, life-jackets and all other technical equipment you will need. We really urge you not to spend any extra money unless you are sure you want to! You need to bring a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots.
We are committed to helping as many people as possible have an amazing sailing holiday and experience the magic of the sea. Our skippers and mates have medical training and the boats have some medical supplies and equipment on board. However, the reality is that once on board access to professional medical assistance is going to be slower than if you were on land. If we are offshore it may be some days. For this reason we ask you to check through the medical disclosure form below before you book. If you answer yes to any of the questions, you should get in touch with us before you book. It will probably still be fine but it’s good to make sure. You will be asked to submit the form electronically 14 days before the start date, ensuring that we have the most up to date information.
- It is essential that you have adequate travel insurance in place for your sailing holiday.
- We strongly recommend that you arrange insurance that covers you for any medical mishaps in the build up to your holiday so that should you have to cancel, you can reclaim you fees.
- Please note we cannot refund your money or cancel your invoice due to medial issues.
- For our latest guidance on travel insurance, please read here.
TRIP CATEGORY: ADVENTURE SAILING
Mostly day sailing, shorter mileage and more time to head ashore and explore.
- These expeditions have small numbers of people on board. When you book, you are committing to being a part of the crew.
- These are genuine adventure sailing holidays and you will be helping sail the boat, planning where we go, navigating, cooking and keeping the boat clean and tidy.
- When you book, the deposit is non refundable. It is possible to cancel subsequently, however you may still be liable for the balance of the invoice, depending on how close you are to the start date when you cancel.
- Please ensure you have read and agreed to the T&Cs and read the Trip Notes before booking.
DO I NEED PRIOR SAILING EXPERIENCE?
No. All of our trips are designed to be accessible by anyone, whatever their previous sailing background. We will train you in all the key skills you need, allowing you to be an active member of the crew from Day 1.
DO PEOPLE COME ALONE?
Almost everyone comes alone. Couples and groups are very welcome and we do get them. On the whole, however, most crew join solo and so if you are coming alone, you will be one of the crowd!
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ON BOARD?
Except in exceptional circumstances, we limit the crew size to 9 (except for Atlantic crossings) plus two instructors. This means that there are enough people to sail the boat safely, but you will still have lots of time helming, navigating, trimming sails and such like.
IS THIS A SAILING HOLIDAY?
Absolutely. First and foremost, we are here to ensure everyone has an amazing time. Sailing is about having fun, experiencing nature at its most majestic and gently pushing yourself to try and learn new things. Rubicon 3 voyages are a unique mix of sailing and training, and you will get far more involvement and training than on any other sailing holiday you may try!
WHO ELSE JOINS?
We have a remarkably similar group of people who join all our trips. They come from all around the world, are an even mix of men and women and with an average age of 35-65. As we said above, most come alone and experience varies from none at all to Yachtmaster. Most of the crew would describe themselves as having a rusty Day Skipper.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO BOOK A PLACE?
Go to the ‘BOOK NOW’ button near the top of the page. This will take you through to our booking system, and it will ask you for a deposit. As soon as this is paid, your place is reserved. The balance of the trip must be paid by 60 days before departure.
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