CARIBBEAN CHRISTMAS Boat 1Venue: St Lucia Duration: 14 days Price: £1299
Xmas 2 week sailing trip – proposed itinerary
'Two glorious weeks of sun, sea, sailing and relaxation. Throw in the opportunity to learn a new sport that will enable you to feel confident on the water, add a cocktail or two and you have the perfect holiday! It beats sailing in the rain!'
What the Girls Had to Say...
It was so amazing to have Christmas on the beach with such brilliant girls! - This holiday changed my life - Jan Xmas 2003
About the Event
HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!!
Stunning sunshine, white beaches, brilliant blue seas and the time to sit back and take it in.
This adventure enables all standard of sailor the opportunity to learn/improve their skills whilst taking in the breathtaking scenery of the Caribbean.
We run various cruises throughout the Caribbean season. The islands we explore are all totally different in terms of culture, terrain, entertainment, even language!
Learn as much as you wish about sailing.
Sit back, relax and enjoy a cool cocktail or join in as the RYA qualified skipper takes those that wish through the RYA syllabus or learn the specifics of boat handling, navigation, anchoring: whatever you choose!
Snorkel, swim and take full advantage of the many facilities on the islands we visit, where we dine a la carte and tour the famous houses plus the surrounding uninhabited islands.
Eat freshly caught fish al fresco on the beach and sample Caribbean rum where it tastes best!
Your Christmas sailing adventure will begin in beautiful St. Lucia with its Pitons, white beaches and lively nightlife. Other destinations might include the Grenadines and the famous French glamour island of Mustique with its celebrity visitors - including you of course! See our itinerary below for a full take on our Caribbean Christmas!! On occasion the wind can be strong and if this is the case we leave it up to the crew whether they stay on the beach or go sailing.
We coach on yachts in between 34-40ft, the average is 37ft. They are suitable for ladies to sail comfortably. They generally have 3 cabins which sleep 6 in shared cabins & there is additional room in the saloon for 2/3. The boat has been selected because women find it very easy to sail the boat and they are not cruise liners! There is a shower in the heads although we rarely use it because we find shore side showers to use....or shower off the back which is very decadent! There are 3 cabins where we share bunks and live in harmony! For more info please see the FAQs about the yachts we use.
Every island is completely different. Each time you visit there will be something new you never noticed before; these are some of the most incredible islands to explore with so many hidden bays and untouched islands.
Take some time out to scuba dive or snorkel in almost every island and see something new. Or get talking to the locals in the many beach bars..
Whilst in Mustique you must visit the infamous Basil's bar and see the quaint buildings around it.
WELCOME TO St Lucia!! You'll be given a very warm welcome by your girlsforsail skipper on arrival at your lovely yacht in Rodney Bay Marina. After your bags have been stowed below deck, sit back and relax with a welcome cocktail whilst your skipper takes you through the boat, after which it's time to cool down and have a swim before dinner ashore. Rodney bay is a large, protected lagoon which offers some fantastic beaches, restaurants and shops. Life in the Caribbean is very slow and relaxing (apart from the way they drive!) - Now is the time to start unwinding! We will day sail (21st) whilst we await the arrival of the crew and generally get to know the yacht and the wonderful island of St Lucia.
After a leisurely breakfast, your skipper will ensure you have all received an initial safety briefing. Then it's time to prepare the yacht for your first day on the journey around these beautiful islands. After a leisurely morning, we round up the crew do a spot of food shopping and then sail down to see a great friend in Marigot bay. The bay is famous for being the spot where the original Doctor Doolittle Movie was filmed and it is also something that wouldn't look out of place on a postcard! Lovely bay for a swim or a dip in the pool. We have a cocktail evening at our normally reserved mooring .....the bar! The boys look after us again as they have been missing us all year
Today's destination is the rustic Soufriere, -make a visit to the only drive-in volcano or relax in the hot pools. It will take around 2 hours to get there. Dinner will be at one of the local restaurants. We may even sail a bit further to moor outside the Hilton
After enjoying a wonderful breakfast, practicing your knots, it's time to depart early for the island of St Vincent to hike to the rock carvings or swim in the natural pools set in the mountains. It may take a good few hours as its 60+miles to get there... especially if there isn't any wind! The island is very varied - we stop at customs and then head down to long Island cut where we stay on at anchor overnight. Take the time perhaps to get to grips with the sailing handbook and passage planning. ...up to you girls!! All part of the experience! Lovely dinner ashore and hopefully feeling totally laid back, man!
Today we will be leaving early so as to get us into Mustique for lunchtime as it is Christmas eve and we want to get a good mooring place by the beach for Xmas day! Have a simple lunch on board whilst admiring the beach before getting ready for the Christmas celebrations and cocktails! We can do a spot of Xmas shopping (not a queue in sight!!...well there are only 3 shops!) Become overwhelmed by the friendliness of the locals and excited by the sounds of Christmas Carols. Xmas eve is a party on the beach with the other yachtties and wealthy Islanders – perhaps Basils bar partying the night away. Ahhhh, Santa is on his way!
Christmas Day - breakfast in bikinis on the beach! Marvellous! Skip normally dons her Santa bobble hat and serves up smoked salmon bagels on the beach with a bottle of bubbly! (it's a hard life, but.........!) It will be a leisurely day, sunbathing on the beach, watching a game of beach volleyball, a spot of snorkelling if you are feeling energetic! Christmas dinner- Caribbean style- will be at the best restaurant in town, Basils bar! We get all the trimmings here (rum with everything!) and it is magic, as the sun goes down, there you are eating Turkey with the sounds of "white Christmas" being played by the steel band and the sea gently lapping at your feet. What a fantastic day! HAPPY CHRISTMAS!
Morning ladies!! After a leisurely breakfast see who else we can find to hang out with on this awesome Island- perhaps some new found Christmas friends. One year we got an invite to Micks party...you know Mick Jagger darling! Mustique is a tiny island with hardly any cars; everyone gets around on golfing buggy's! The beaches and the private houses are to die for. It's no wonder the celebs all come here and buy holiday Villas. Mr Marks and Spencer met the crew last year...who will be the lucky crowd this year?! We lunch at the Cotton House restaurant and do a bit of star spotting as we sip our Pina coladas!
Today we make our way down to the Island of Bequia where the yachtties are out in force! Awesome places to eat and relax on the beach – meet our friend African!! Feel at home now dinghy- ing ashore!
You should be feeling really, really, relaxed by now. The islands are SO laid back the pace is often the source of so many jokes! Spend another day chilling in Bequia over to Mayreau, the smallest inhabited island in the Grenadines... where you can find the most delicious barbeque buffet on the beach, just for us!
Today we head north for one of the hardest sails (and it's nothing really, just maybe 10 hours!). Leaving under cover of darkness we will emerged back in St Lucia the following afternoon! Dinner tonight at another lovely local venue, we have been to most of them so you tell us what you would like and we will call the boys up to look after us!
WELL done girls! So we should be in St Lucia now J The Pitons to experience a hike up perhaps?
New Years Eve
The Pitons are waved goodbye and we head up for a 5/6 hour sail to prepare for the biggest day of the year! New years Eve. How we love this day because the venue for tonight is, in our opinion, one of the most beautiful restaurants in the Caribbean. The afternoon is free to spend on the beach or simply relaxing on the yacht, before the very long night ahead to celebrate a fantastic end of one year and welcome the new one! Dine with all the other Yachtties who have arrived on the Atlantic crossing and dance the night away with all the revellers as we see in the New year at Spinnakers stunning restaurant on the beach and then watch the fireworks. Ally pally eat your heart out! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
New years Day
Well - if we have had a great New years Eve we won't be getting to bed until very early....(or is it very late!!) anyhow, not much sleep so we decide what to do at about late morning. Sail around the bay back to Marigot or visit Anse Chastenet to the best dive sites in St Lucia - we will play it by ear (as we say in the UK!)
Do the last minute shopping and sunbathing before you prepare for your journey home. Reminiscing about your recent adventure and the times you've had with new friends! We say goodbye and Thank you to the Caribbean!
THANK YOU LADIES!! WE HOPE YOU HAVRE A FANTASTIC TIME WITH US AND SEE YOU SOON. X
NB. The itinerary is always subject to wind and current. The prevailing winds are NE-SE and whilst we hope they will always be in our favour, please note that some journeys may take longer than planned because of being upwind. The first days will be easy as we are going downwind - the route back is upwind and will be more challenging.
If you have any questions please look at our FAQ's