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Sailing Adventure in Martinique

This eight day voyage is an idyllic blend of sea and land.  Alternate your days by spending one day exploring a gorgeous Caribbean island followed by a day of sailing to the next gorgeous island.  Sailing on an historic tall ship, there simply isn’t a better way to experience this beautiful region.

Setting off from Fort-de-France in Martinique, you’ve got the opportunity to help crew and if you like, you’ll get started on day one as you sail 50NM to Dominica.  Help the professional crew set the sails and navigate your course as you pick up the trade winds and speed over the pristine blue water.

In Dominica enjoy a guided hike on this mountainous and large island.  This particular hike requires ‘hiker participation’ as your expert local guide helps you sample tropical fruits and native spices before you wind down in a natural jungle pool underneath an incredible waterfall.

You’ll then head south to Iles des Saintes with its magnificent beaches, fun snorkelling sports, and phenomenal restaurants in a quaint harbour town. Only two of the chains eight islands are inhabited Iles des Saintes and Pointe-a-Pitre – where the ship heads next.  It’s a large town for the islands and has a strong Creole flavour and a lively and entertaining vibe.

Toward the end of this lovely adventure you’ll sail through the day and night to St. Lucia. The first stop is Soufriere with great views, fantastic climate, those famous white sandy beaches, and lush landscape everywhere you turn.  The island is also known for two mountainous ‘pitons’ or volcanic spires that are impressive to see.

Highlights:

  • Sail on a restored schooner built in 1918
  • Roam through Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe Island’s untouched rainforest and national park
  • Relax with a cocktail on a different beach each day – bring plenty of books
  • Learn about sailing from your professional crew members who are happy to teach what they know
  • Dine on delicious Caribbean cuisine
  • A week on the restorative waters of the Caribbean

The journey ends back in Martinique with one last night on board.  You can spend the next day seeing the sights you missed the first time around before you head back to reality.  Make this the holiday that you can’t stop talking about.

Itinerary

Day 1

The crew and captain welcome you on board in Fort-de-France on the island Martinique. We have dinner together and spend our first night on board in the harbour.

Day 2

The next morning we set sail early for the island Dominica north of Martinique. We have about 50 nautical miles to cover. For the first time you will help set the sails and feel the trade wind giving the ship speed over the amazing blue water.

Day 3

Dominica is the biggest and most mountainous island of the Windward Islands. The island is not affected yet by mass tourism. The experienced guide Seacat will take you on a hike. He will show and let you taste the different fruits and spices on the island. He will take you to a natural pool under a waterfall in the jungle. In the meantime the vessel will sail to Portsmouth a bit more north on the island to pick you up at the end of the afternoon.

Day 4

This morning we will depart for Îles des Saintes, just a few miles south of Guadeloupe. Only two of the eight islands are inhabited. On Îles des Saintes we will find beautiful beaches, magnificent snorkel spots and a charming town with fabulous restaurants.

Day 5

After breakfast we leave Îles des Saintes behind and after a sailing trip of about 7 hours we arrive at Pointe-à-Pitre. The biggest town on the island Guadeloupe is very lively and has a very strong Creole character. On Basse-Terre the national park of Guadeloupe is situated, a rainforest that covers a big part of the island and is still untouched.

Day 6

In the afternoon we sail south. Over the last days everyone has developed sea legs and that’s a good thing because we will also be at sea during the night. Our destination is St. Lucia.

Day 7

In the afternoon we drop anchor at Soufrière. The mountainous island of St. Lucia has besides a very pleasant climate also a very lush green landscape and beautiful white sandy beaches. The area around Soufrière and the volcanic plugs the “Pitons” are very impressive.

Day 8

After breakfast we weigh anchor for the last leg of our trip. At the end of the day we drop anchor at Le Marin on the south side of Martinique. In the sheltered bay we enjoy our last tropical evening on board.

Day 9

After breakfast we say goodbye to each other and of the ship.

General
This description is meant to give you an impression of how a voyage could look like. Depending on wind and weather conditions the travel plan could be altered, however we always try to sail as much as possible.

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LIFE ON BOARD
The ship has become a favourite of sea and nature fans. People do not sail with her for a luxury cruise. The main feature is always active and direct exposure to the sea and sailing, the region being travelled and its fauna.

The ship is nevertheless furnished comfortably and supplied with all modern conveniences. All cabins are fitted with a washbasin with hot and cold running water. Showers are communal. In the spacious and stylishly appointed
salon there are reading tables, seating areas and a piano. The floor heating and wood-burning stove ensure an agreeable temperature inside. In the salon the captain or first mate will inform you on the progress of the voyage and the weather on a daily basis.

The library offers books on the area being travelled, the flora and fauna and other ships. General literature is also available, as are a number of DVD’s and magazines. Life on board is enhanced by
the good meals prepared by our professional chef.

EQUIPMENT AND SAFETY
The ship is equipped to sail worldwide. For this purpose the vessel holds all the safety certificates required by Dutch law. The qualified and experienced crew of at least 7 persons also contributes to ensuring safe passage. Each sailing area requires special preparations because there are no facilities along the way to repair something or to procure parts. We usually have to manage with whatever is onboard.

We are able to produce drinking water from seawater using a filter system. Food is stored aboard immediately prior to departure. Some 15,000 litre of diesel oil will also be bunkered for the heating, for the generators for electrical power supply and for the main engine. There are two rubber dinghies onboard with outboard motor and a wooden sloop for transport to the shore.

In the interests of safety there are safety vests and life rafts, fire detection and fire extinction installations, a very extensive medicine cabinet, Epirb, radar transponder, etc. For navigation and communications purposes the vessel is equipped with a radar set, two com- passes, satellite navigation system, an echo sounder, a sextant, an SSB radio, an Inmarsat-C-fax terminal, 4 marine telephones, etc.

THE CREW
The crewmembers are highly experienced ocean going sailors, which often sail with this ship. The crew holds all the required certificates and diplomas and is qualified to sail worldwide. On thematic voyages in special areas, the crew is supplemented by (nature) guides. These guides are especially selected based on their broad knowledge of plants, birds, sea life and/or history of the area. The atmosphere onboard is informal.

WHAT SHOULD YOU TAKE WITH YOU
Every berth is supplied with a duvet and sheets. Sleeping bags are therefore not required. A small rucksack or bag is convenient during walks. Suitcases take up a great deal of space in the cabin; it’s better to carry your luggage in bags. On deck we recommend shoes with somewhat rough and by preference soft soles. On land we advise firm, waterproof walking boots. Other practical items are your health insurance papers and of course a valid passport.

Other items to be considered are:

  • Binoculars, not only for watching birds, dolphins and whales, but also for looking at the coast.
  • Sunglasses and suntan oil
  • Warm and waterproof and windproof clothing. A number of thin layers of clothing provide better protection against the cold than one thick layer. Ashore less heavy clothing than a sailing suit is recommended.
  • Boots. When stepping out of the dinghy to reach the shore you will regularly step in water up to your ankles. Simple rubber boots with warm socks will give the necessary protection.
  • Photographic equipment or video camera

 

SEA SICKNESS
The wind pressure in the sails results in a sailing ship lying much steadier in the water than a motorized ship. Almost everybody becomes used to the movement of the ship within one day. Should you however be apprehensive of difficulties during the crossings you can stick special plasters behind your ears, or take seasickness pills.

The shipping company provides optimal safety for all guests, but that does not relieve you of your own responsibilities. On a moving ship accidents can happen easily and when you are dependant on medicines, it can have serious effects when you are seasick. Furthermore, medical care is not directly available out at sea, so if your mental or physical health is not optimal you will be at extra risk during a sea voyage. For instance (but not limited to), if you are a bad walker, have diabetes, a heart- or vascular decease or epilepsy, if you use blood thinners or medicines that make you less alert and in any doubt, we urgently ask you to gather information from your doctor. On the booking form you have to fill in any medical information that might be of importance onboard.

CONTACT WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Family and friends at home can follow the ships news and progress via our website. In case of an emergency the ship can be reached directly by Iridium satellite telephone. However this services is rather costly. It is best to contact the shipping office. We can contact the vessel via the Satcom.

INSURANCES
The vessel is insured for possible legal liability caused during your stay onboard. However, it does not cover any damage sustained on your transfer to and from the ship or during trips ashore. Of course you have health insurance. Most of the time your insurance will not cover the costs to repatriate you in case of illness or accidents abroad. For both reasons you at least need a travel insurance, possibly in combination with a cancellation insurance.

MONEY DURING A VOYAGE
Before your departure the shipping company will send you an invoice for your stay and the meals during your stay onboard. The consumptions will have to be paid onboard in cash at the end of the voyage.

MEALS ON BOARD
Our experienced cook will prepare three well-balanced meals a day. In between meals snacks will be served. Coffee, tea and milk are included in the price. Other drinks will be charged at normal bar prices at the end of the journey.

Dates: 15th – 23rd February 2016

Price:

  • two person cabin: 1,500 EUR per person including meals
  • four person cabin: 1,250 EUR per person including meals

Start point: Martinique

End point: Martinique

Operator

This fantastic three-masted topsail schooner is the last remaining representative of the large fleet of schooners that sailed under the Dutch flag at the beginning of the 20th century. As the largest restored Dutch sailing ship she is a monument for Dutch shipbuilding and maritime navigation under sail and we love the brilliant voyages she undertakes that you can join, with no previous sailing experience, as voyage crew.

Sailing with a large and genuine sailing ship like this is a very special experience. You join the crew sailing, steering and navigating the ship. Sailing experience is not required for this as the professional crew explains everything you need to know.

Adventure seekers joining this amazing vessel do not sail with her for a luxury cruise. It’s an informal feeling on board and the main point of a voyage is to have a hands-on, active experience and exposure to the sea and sailing as well as the regions you travel between. That said, the ship is furnished comfortably and supplied with all modern conveniences. Think ‘active days & comfortable nights!’

All the cabins are fitted with a washbasin with hot and cold running water and the showers are communal. In the spacious and stylishly appointed salon there are reading tables, seating areas and a piano.

The floor heating and wood-burning stove ensure a cozy temperature inside. In the salon the captain or first mate will inform you on the progress of the voyage and the weather on a daily basis. The library offers books on the area being travelled, the flora and fauna and other ships. General literature is also available, as are a number of DVD’s and magazines.

Life on board is made even better by delicious meals prepared by a professional chef to fuel you up for a day’s sailing.

The vessel holds all the safety certificates required by Dutch law. The qualified and experienced crew of at least 7 people also contributes to ensuring safe passage. On some voyages the crew is supplemented by (nature) guides. These guides are especially selected based on their broad knowledge of plants, birds, sea life and/or history of the area.

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