FAQs – Sailing School, Skippered Charters and Bareboat Yacht Charters

GENERAL FAQ’S

 

  • Where is St. Vincent and the Grenadines?

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is located 13.19° N, 61.21° W approximately 1500 miles south of Florida, 424 miles south of the BVI, and 100 miles east of Barbados. St. Vincent is the gateway to the beautiful chain of islands known as the Grenadines. Less populated and less “touristy” than the BVI. This is the REAL Caribbean!

  • What airport do I fly into on St. Vincent?

Presently, the only airport on St. Vincent is E.T. Joshua Airport(SVD). There are no major airlines that fly here, yet. Connect  through one of the major hubs: Barbados (BGI) or San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU). Let us know how we can help you with your travel arrangements.View of the sky looking up the sails during one of our Caribbean sailing school classes

  • What do I need to bring?

#1 – bathing suit #2 – another bathing suit

You can get away with surprising little here in the islands. The temperature doesn’t fluctuate much – day to night or month to month. The sun can be pretty harsh, however, because we are located so close to the equator. A hat, airy long sleeve shirts and sunscreen to protect you from the sun. We provide linen, towels, and fun! Contact us for a more detailed list.

  • What about availability?

The high season is the middle of December to the end of March so you will want to book really early for those dates. If you don’t see the dates available that you want on our on-line calendar, give us call! We will do our best to accommodate  you.

  • What do I need to know about customs and immigration?

You will be required to fill out customs and immigration cards before you depart the plane. Have a pen handy! Tourists to St. Vincent and the Grenadines are automatically awarded a visa for 30 days. The card will ask for an address to where you are staying. There are no formal “addresses” on the islands. Just use the name of your hotel or charter base. You will be charged $15 U.S. for departure tax.

  • How do I register?

Contact us by email: [email protected]

  • How far in advance should I book a trip?

The earlier the better to get the premier sailing dates. High season is late December through the end of March. 

  • Can I go diving/snorkeling?

Yes, absolutely! Just jump off the back of the boat for great snorkeling at any of the anchorages we visit.  We even supply the snorkel gear! We would be happy to arrange for a dive along the way as time allows.
  • When is the best time to sail?

Whenever you want. The time of year you sail is only limited to the time you have available.

  • Can I use my cell phone?

Some cell phones that have international access will work in the islands but be careful of roaming charges. Be sure to ask your provider before making any calls or using data. Phones are available for local calls.

  • What about internet access?

There is free internet access at the charter base. Some islands have internet access but it’s limited. Why not step away from the computer and enjoy your sail!

  • What’s the weather like?

The weather is a consistent 80 – 85 degrees everyday AND night with few exceptions. Seriously! You will enjoy warm days and warm nights. The trade winds blow steady across the islands making for some of the best sailing in the world! Seriously!

  • What about hurricane season?

Statistically, the Southern Caribbean islands get less hurricane action than the Northern Islands (according to the National Hurricane Center.)  St. Vincent and the Grenadines are far enough south that we rarely get hurricanes. We can get tropical waves and smaller storms. Those weather patterns clear out by mid-November and the familiar trade winds return.

 

National Hurricane Center  

 

  • What is the smoking policy?

Thank you for asking. For the comfort of the entire crew, there is no smoking allowed on the boats. Smokers will have an opportunity to smoke during shore excursions. 

  •  How much cash should I bring?

Credit cards are accepted in a surprising number of places in the islands. But if you are eating meals ashore, buying souvenirs or paying for a mooring ball – you should bring cash. The Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC) is the local currency but U.S. dollars are excepted though out the islands.  The exchange rate is set at 2.68 EC dollars to the US dollar.

  • Do you sleep on the boats?

Yes! That is part of the fun! There is nothing like the gentle rocking of a boat to lull you to sleep after a great day on the water – kinda like a giant hammock. All the linens – sheets, towels, pillows etc. are provided. Check with us if you would like to spend additional nights aboard the boat.

 

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SAILING SCHOOL 

  • What if I’m taking a sailing class by myself?

No problem! You are welcome to join any class that has an opening.  In fact, many of our students come by themselves to take a class. It is a great way to meet other sailors from all over the world! A  minimum of two students are required to book a class. Or, if you prefer, we will be happy to schedule a private class – just contact us to make arrangements.

  • How much experience do I need?

How much experience do you have right now? That’s all you need! We offer classes that fit every skill level – just starting out, some experience or even own your own boat. Before long, you will be living your sailing dreams!

  • What type of sailboats do you have in your fleet?

We are proud to teach on the same yachts we have available for charter – meticulously maintained  Jeaneau 39i and Jeaneau 44i mono hulls and  Leopard 384 and 444 Catamarans.  Many sailing schools have a dedicated boat they use for teaching students to sail. Often this “teaching boat” is an older boat which has not been well cared for. We use the same yachts you  can charter once you are certified. We believe you deserve to sail the best!

  • What about food/provisioning?

All of your meals are included except for three dinners which we will enjoy ashore – island style! How does lobster pizza sound? Or lobster BBQ on the beach? Conch fritters? The students do most of the cooking on board. We have had some AMAZING meals! Mango French toast, fresh Ahi tuna, and, of course, cheese burgers in paradise. So, bring your culinary skills and lets have a throw down!

 We are happy to accommodate any dietary requests – just let us know what we can do for you.

  • What is the maximum number of students on board for classes?

Four is the maximum of students we have on board the boat. This allows for plenty of wheel time, opportunities  to crew as well as group and one-on-one  instruction.

  • If I take a class, can I bring a friend/spouse that doesn’t want to take sailing lessons?

Yes! Many of our guests bring along a friend/spouse to enjoy sailing and the islands while you learn. And if they would like to try their hand at grinding the wench or hoisting the main, they are welcome to join in the fun. We offer a discount of $100 to any sailing school guests who are not interested in certification. 

  • What does a typical day look like for the sailing school?

The mornings are usually spent covering material and the afternoons are spent sailing or exploring. We always take the time to ensure you have an enjoyable Cruise and Learn vacation.

  •  For the sailing classes, how much studying do I need to do before the trip?

We encourage you to study as much as possible before the trip so you can spend your time sailing and exploring. This helps with the lecture time, as well, so everyone is in the same boat!

  • Do you offer private instruction?

We can tailor a class to your personal needs on one of our boats or on board your private yacht. Please contact us for more details – [email protected]

  • Do you offer sailing classes in other areas beside the Grenadines?

Yes! We offer classes as far North as St. Lucia and as far South as Grenada. Where would you like to sail?

  • What is included in the cost of the sailing class?

Almost everything!  Provisioning includes all breakfasts, lunches, snacks and three evening meals. You are responsible for the three remaining meals on shore, alcoholic beverages, and souvenirs, etc.