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The Caribbean seen through a sailors eyes -Low carbon adventures under sail

Explore the Windward Isles by tall ship. Join in Grenada - famous spice island and cruise around some of the most beautiful blue water cruising waters on the planet, Bequia, Carricou, Union Island - the turquoise shallows of the Grenadines, and a deserted island or two. Blue Clipper is a big schooner so you may get as far as St Lucia but who wants to be in a hurry. There are sit on kayaks and stand up and fall down paddleboards on board and plenty of places to snorkel.

Embark
Tue, 26-01-2021 - 14:00
St George's, Grenada
Disembark
Sat, 06-02-2021 - 10:00
St George's, Grenada
Duration
11 Nights
Vessel
Blue Clipper
Voyage No.
BC260121

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Blue Clipper - Grenada - Explore the Caribbean Islands

Adventure Afloat - Explore Ashore

Experience life under sail and explore the many islands that make up the island group of St Vincent and the Grenadines and potentially farther north to St Lucia Martinique or Dominica. 

Blue Clipper will be your floating home for the duration calling into spectacular remote anchorages and bays where you can swim, snorkel, kayak and paddle board from the ship. Between these spectacular islands the sailing grounds are ideal for cruising and combining day sailing with longer passages to experience some night sailing under the beautiful Caribbean starry night sky. 

However far you travel, there will also be opportunity to experience the cultures of the many different islands and journey ashore, soaking up the atmosphere and beauty of the most quintessentially Caribbean island chain. At the same time, you will be learning from the expert crew and helping sail the ship to your next exotic destination. 

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore St Vincent and the Grenadines Island Chain
  • Secluded Bays and Remote Anchorages
  • White Sand Beaches and Caribbean Islands
  • Excellent Sailing between the Islands
  • Opportunity for some night sailing. 
  • Soaking up the local culture 
  • The very best way to explore these islands. 
Blue ClIpper in the sunset

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

The voyage begins in St George's, Grenada often referred to as the sun-soaked "Spice Isle", this laid back tropical Island has a number of soft sand beaches. Inland, mountains, waterfalls, rainforests, chocolate and rum factories are definitely worth exploring It is worth spending a day or two before or after your voyage to explore the charm of the old building, interesting shops, cafes and busy streets. 

Blue Clipper
Blue Clipper

St Vincent and the Grenadines

St Vincent and the Grenadines islands are arguably the prettiest chain in the Caribbean islands, they include the main island of St Vincent and a chain of smaller islands which are often only accessible by sea. This means you will be experiencing proper Caribbean culture away from the main tourist drags and often find yourselves in remote and secluded bays and anchorages. 

Blue Clipper

Possible Island Stops

Some of the likely islands that you might stop at include the beautiful but small island of Bequia with its sense of real Caribbean vibrancy, colour, music and culture. Grenada and the Underwater Sculpture Park. Carriacou with its coral reefs and clear shallow waters. Canouan is among some of the smaller islands which are less known, but all beautiful. If the winds are favourable, you may journey farther north to St Lucia and Martinique. 

Where you go and which islands you will stop at, how far you will sail, if you will do any night sailing will all be decided through a group discussion at the beginning of the voyage. The skippers decision will be final however and obviously the wind conditions will be play a key part in any plans. 

Blue Clipper carries kayaks, snorkels, yoga mats, stand up paddle boards and ship's tenders making it very easy to swim from the ship and use the ship's toys ashore. 

Under Water Sculpture gardens
Under Water Sculpture gardens

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described above, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her.

HANDS ON HOLIDAYS

Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.

SAILING STYLE & LIFE ON BOARD

We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.

AGILITY & FITNESS

Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01872 58 00 22 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Port and landing fees
  • Linen and duvets
  • Third Party liability insurance

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels
  • Waterproofs

 

 

St George's, Grenada

Latest port updates

The exact location in St George's, Grenada will not be known until closer to the time. Make sure you make a note of the ship's phone number from your booking confirmation - or use the ship's tracker to help locate the ship.

How to get here

Air & transfers

Grenada is accessible from major international cities including Miami, New York, Atlanta, Toronto, London, Frankfurt, and the Caribbean. International flights stop at Maurice Bishop International Airport.

  • JetBlue Airways operates a daily non-stop service from JFK, New York.
  • American Airlines operates a daily non-stop service from Miami.
  • Delta Air Lines operates a weekly non-stop service from Atlanta
  • Caribbean Airlines: Toronto connecting through Trinidad
  • British Airways and Virgin Atlantic offer twice-weekly direct flights from London, Gatwick Airport.
  • Air Canada Vacations operates a twice-weekly non-stop service from Toronto to Grenada.
  • Condor operates a non-stop weekly flight from Frankfurt Germany to Grenada in the Winter season.

TAXI TRANSFER FROM THE AIRPORT TO ST GEORGE’S

You can take a taxi from the airport to St George’s for around 10 USD.

Grenada Airport Taxi Association 473 415 -8977

Progressive Airport Taxi Union  473 407-0109

Both located outside exit of Arrivals area

Feeling Guilty? - Carbon Offsetting Schemes

Take a look at the common wanderer's article on how you can get involved in Carbon offsetting schemes. 

 

Link here. 

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

St George's, Grenada

Latest port updates

The exact location in St George's, Grenada will not be known until closer to the time. Make sure you make a note of the ship's phone number from your booking confirmation - or use the ship's tracker to help locate the ship.

How to get here

Air & transfers

Grenada is accessible from major international cities including Miami, New York, Atlanta, Toronto, London, Frankfurt, and the Caribbean. International flights stop at Maurice Bishop International Airport.

  • JetBlue Airways operates a daily non-stop service from JFK, New York.
  • American Airlines operates a daily non-stop service from Miami.
  • Delta Air Lines operates a weekly non-stop service from Atlanta
  • Caribbean Airlines: Toronto connecting through Trinidad
  • British Airways and Virgin Atlantic offer twice-weekly direct flights from London, Gatwick Airport.
  • Air Canada Vacations operates a twice-weekly non-stop service from Toronto to Grenada.
  • Condor operates a non-stop weekly flight from Frankfurt Germany to Grenada in the Winter season.

TAXI TRANSFER FROM THE AIRPORT TO ST GEORGE’S

You can take a taxi from the airport to St George’s for around 10 USD.

Grenada Airport Taxi Association 473 415 -8977

Progressive Airport Taxi Union  473 407-0109

Both located outside exit of Arrivals area

Feeling Guilty? - Carbon Offsetting Schemes

Take a look at the common wanderer's article on how you can get involved in Carbon offsetting schemes. 

 

Link here. 

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

Kit List for Blue Clipper

Becalmed mid ocean on Blue Clipper

 Included

  • Sailing Instruction 
  • Safety Equipment (Life jackets and harnesses)
  • All meals to include cooked breakfast, lunch, two course evening dinner and refreshments throughout the day.
  • Bed linen, duvet 

What is Not Included

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Towels
  • Travel to and from the start and end port
  • Optional trips or tours taken ashore unless otherwise stated
  • Alcoholic Beverages , but there is a TAB system onboard so you can purchase drinks from the bar. 

What to Bring

In Europe, on transatlantic trips or in the Arctic warm and waterproof clothing is very important, as it can get very cold during sailing, especially at night, even in the summer. A waterproof and windproof jacket is recommended to help keep warm and dry. Waterproof rubber soled boots or shoes are also recommended to keep your feet dry and warm. It is a good idea to bring two pairs of shoes in case one gets wet!

In the Caribbean or on ocean passages in the tropics, then a lighter waterproof jacket should be fine. Waterproof trousers are probably not needed if you have several pairs of shorts. You can get occasional torrential rain in the Caribbean but it is short lived and clothes dry quickly (if it is only rain water on them and not a large dollop of salt water). 

Please remember that space on board is limited and pack accordingly. Pack comfortable and practical clothing for all weather circumstances, the key is layers!! It is recommended to pack in a soft bag that can be easily stored away as there is no room on board for suitcases. Electricity on board is European 2 pin sockets, please be sure to bring any adaptors you may need. 

LAUNDRY

We are able to do laundry on longer passages, depending on the sea conditions. If you would like to do laundry on board please speak to the hospitality manager or stewardess on board. The fee for laundry service is £5 per load. Please note that the ship's operators do not accept liability for damage to clothing caused by this service.

Passports, Visas and Insurance

If you voyage is sailing in foreign waters, you will require a full passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the end of the voyage. You will be responsible for obtaining any necessary visas.

We have Third Party Liability Insurance and recommend all those sailing with us to take out relevant travel insurance to cover their voyage. 

Medical Conditions and Special Diets

Please inform us in advance of any medical conditions you have and medication which you might need to bring with you. If you have any special dietary requirements it is essential you inform us prior to your voyage. We will make every effort to cater for all diets with prior notice.

Personal Items

This is a list of the items we recommend you bring with you.

  • Warm hat and gloves (or sun hat and very good sunglasses for Caribbean)
  • Wet weather clothing – waterproof and windproof jacket and trousers for Europe.  (Caribbean - a waterproof jacket for occasional tropical downpours)
  • Clothing – enough clothing for all weather circumstances (think layers for Europe or cotton for tropics)
  • In Caribbean you might need long sleeves and trousers against sunburn or mosquitos ashore in evening (or a good repellant).
  • Trainers or deck shoes (2 pairs handy if not bringing boots)
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Sea sickness medication
  • Personal medication
  • Book
  • Small torch (head torches are good!)
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Log book (if you have one)
  • Valid passport (voyages outside the UK)
  • Travel insurance
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Itinerary

On a sailing voyage, we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described above, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her.

Visas and Vaccinations

Classic sailing is unable to be an expert for advice on visas and vaccinations for customers traveling outside their own country.

Please seek advice relating to your nationality traveling to the countries of your voyage from the country you will be setting off from and returning to.

Passports

In most instances, you will need a passport that expires six months or more after your return to your home country.

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