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Sail Cruising in the U.S Virgin Islands
This adventurous sail cruising in the U.S Virgin Islands trip sets the bar on pristine beaches, crystal clear water, and fabulous beach bars. Spend seven days and seven nights island hopping in the U.S. Virgin Islands on a relaxing and rejuvenating adventure holiday.
- Explore Virgin Gorda, an awesome beach made up of giant boulders which form small pools and grottos, each filled with crystal clear water.
- Anchor at St John, an awe-inspiring national park that has secluded coves and the relics of a bygone sugar plantation
- Leap off the top deck of a party boat at the legendary floating bar in Normand Cay
- Your donation-based vacation also supports the organisation’s innovative juvenile intervention programs
No previous sailing experience is needed. Just your sense of adventure and your fun hat. What you need to know, the crew will teach you once you’re on board. This is your adventure holiday and knowing how to have a good time is the only prerequisite.
Your vessel is a 65’ foot racing sloop. She’s fast – topping out at 18 knots where most sailboats reach a top speed of eight knots. This incredible cruising vessel sleeps up to 12 guests with plenty of space on deck to bliss out with the wind in your hair and the sun on your face.
You’ll spend about four to six hours sailing each day. The rest of the time can be spent exploring the islands and getting your fill of the local attractions and sites. You’ll share cooking and cleaning chores with the rest of the group as you dine on some of the freshest seafood.
We love this operator for the work that they do working with high-risk juvenile offenders. When they are not sailing with paying guest crew they use their racing sloop to offer a true once-in-a-lifetime experience and mentoring programme for those at high risk of entering the justice system.
If sailing around some of the most divine and un-touched islands in the world sounds like what you’d like to do during your next adventure holiday, enquire today to learn more.
7 days of sailing and enjoying the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The yacht is a proven ocean cruiser with a lightning fast hull speed. Typical sailboats reach 7-8 knots maximum speed but this yacht tops out at 18 knots. Despite her sleek racing design, she is a comfortable cruising vessel capable of accommodating 12 sleeping guests and 2 crew. In addition to a full set of new sails, she is powered by a 110 HP turbo diesel Yanmar engine.
- Four private rooms
- Two Bathrooms
- Full kitchen with stove, oven, microwave, and refrigerator
- Raytheon navigation system with autopilot
- Safety equipment exceeding US Coast Guard Standards, including life rafts, epirb, satellite phone, AIS, and offshore life jackets
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
No suit cases! Bring a duffel bag or soft backpack.
On board you’ll be more comfortable wearing sandals or going barefoot. We’ll be moving back and forth from the boat via dinghy, so please keep in mind anything you bring has a chance of getting wet.
- Toothbrush/toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwash, floss, small soap/shampoo bottles
- 1 or 2 pairs of trousers/shorts (if you have waterproof hiking pants, bring them)
- 2-3 bathing suits
- 2-3 t-shirts
- 1 outfit to go out on the town
- Any electronics or phone charger
- Camera for beautiful pictures
- Sandals/water shoes
- 12V and USB Charging will be available on board
Pillows, blankets, and towels are provided.
WHERE DO WE SLEEP?
The yacht has 12 berths. Between these berths and hammocks on deck, there will be plenty of room for all of us to sleep comfortably. Private rooms are available, however they may include an additional cost.
SHOULD I PURCHASE TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Yes! Please purchase travel insurance when making your flight arrangements (we suggest including cancellation insurance). Our journey is dictated by weather, which is something we cannot predict.
I HAVE ALLERGIES OR AM VEGETARIAN/VEGAN/PALEO
Please make note of your dietary needs in your booking request and we’ll plan accordingly with grocery shopping.
WILL I GET SEASICK?
Possibly. We have had more than 100 people on our trips and everyone responds differently. So far, no one has gotten so sea-sick that they were unable to leave the boat.
DO I NEED TO KNOW HOW TO SAIL?
No previous sailing experience is required. Just be ready to learn.
WHAT DO WE EAT?
We will do a group shopping trip when you arrive and share cooking and cleaning responsibilities. We can accommodate any food preferences you have, feel free to let us know. This is your adventure, and we will shape our meals according to your tastes.
HOW ABOUT SHOWERS?
Plan on swimming in the Caribbean sea more than using the showers. Think of this as a sophisticated camping trip where it’s okay to forget to brush your teeth /shower before bed one night (but not 2 nights in a row).
WHAT ABOUT BAD WEATHER?
Safety is our #1 concern. If our captain has any inkling of inclement weather that could create uncomfortable or unsafe sailing conditions, we will adjust our itinerary accordingly.
HOW LONG DO WE SAIL EACH DAY?
Most days we will spend 4-6 hours sailing and use the remainder of our day to explore islands and other local attractions.
CAN I CHARGE MY ELECTRONICS?
We have 12 charging spots for USB cables and we can charge “regular” (as in U.S. Standard) AC power cables when the generator is running (~2 hours every AM).
WHAT IS LIVING ON A BOAT LIKE?
Think of this experience as an outdoor camping adventure. You sacrifice some creature comforts – AC, Wifi, and space, but you will be sailing around some of the most beautiful, un-touched islands in the world.
WILL WE BE ABLE TO SHOWER?
The Caribbean Sea will be our shower for the week. Regular showers can be taken periodically throughout the week when the boat is in port at marinas that have showering facilities
WILL THERE BE AC?
Your donation-based vacation supports innovative juvenile intervention programs.
We utilise the ocean as an alternative to incarceration for high-risk juvenile offenders and design innovative mentorship practices to prevent at-risk high school students from entering the juvenile justice system.
The trip operator offers cutting edge intervention programs for high-risk juvenile offenders and community-based prevention programs for at-risk youth. To support our work, we launched Expeditions, a program that offers once in a lifetime vacations on our 65′ sailing vessel in destinations like the Mediterranean Sea and through the Caribbean islands.
These programs help high-risk juvenile offenders and youth at-risk of charting a similar path transform their lives through transformational, challenging experiences.
We intentionally recruit the most challenging youth into our programs – the young people that have rejected help and are too difficult for other programs to serve. Since 2012, we have helped more than 150 youth break out of cycles of crime and delinquency, and transition into adulthood with a sense of self-efficacy and a foundation for future personal, educational, and professional success.
Our success is rooted in an experience-driven theory of change that holds youth accountable while simultaneously providing real pathways for personal growth.
- 12 March – 19 March 2016
- 19 March – 16 March 2016
- 9 April – 16 April 2016
- 16 April – 23 April 2016
- 23 April – 30 April 2016
Donation: 1,200 USD donation
Trip length: 7 days
Departure point: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Finish point: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
We love this operator’s duel purpose – to create lasting memories at sea for guests on its fun sailing adventures but also to make a lasting contribution to the lives of high-risk young offenders.
The 65’ sailboat offers fantastic week long sail cruising and racing opportunities around Caribbean and Europe for anyone from beginners to experienced race sailors.
When the sailboat is not sailing with paying crew it runs a young offender intervention programme. Its ocean-based mentoring programme offers an alternative to incarceration and aims to help at-risk high school students from entering the justice system.
Sail Cruising in the U.S Virgin Islands
- Trip Code: AWA331
- Dates: Various spring 2016
- Price: 1,200 USD donation
- Depart: St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
- Arrive: St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
- Length: 7 days
- Adventure: Sail cruising