Join the crew for this spectacular offshore adventure and sail from the jungles, coral reefs and wildlife of the Caribbean to the bustling metropolis of New York, USA.
Join the crew for this spectacular offshore adventure, as we sail from the jungles, coral reefs and wildlife of the Caribbean to the bustling metropolis of New York, USA.
Why you'll love this adventure
- Hands on training from an experienced and professional sailing crew
- Perfect for solo travellers
- An exciting and alternative way to travel to the USA!
19 March 2022
8 April 2021
This is a typical itinerary for sailing from Antigua to New York City. What makes this type of adventure holiday so special, however, is that there can be no fixed itinerary and no timings within this can be guaranteed. The wind and the weather ultimately shape what’s possible and the exact route we take.
• Foul weather clothing to keep you dry in any conditions.
• Fladen immersion suits. (These will keep you warm in even the coldest, windiest conditions.)
• Ocean-spec lifejackets. (These are the best on the market.)
• All on-board food and snacks.
• Daily sailing lessons and tuition from two highly experienced instructors.
• RYA sailing qualifications where applicable.
• Your travel to and from the start and end points.
• Travel insurance (see our travel insurance page here)
• Any alcohol – but feel free to bring your own or buy some along the route
• Any meals you eat ashore
The yacht itself is an expedition yacht that was previously a round the world race boat. The accommodation on the yacht is comfortable, warm and spacious. Each bunk is 6′ 7″ long and has its own USB charger and light. Sleeping is in one 8 berth cabin. There are two toilets, a shower, hot water and lots of food!
We eat very well on board and we will take as much fresh fruit and veg as we can. Ocean sailing is an exercise in using food creatively but you can expert lovely warm meals, as much as you can eat, freshly baked bread and more. We can cater for most diets and have loads of veggies on board. If you have any severe allergies you must check with us before booking.
Who is this trip for?
- Mainly coastal sailing, stopping in a new place every day.
- Full crew involvement and training
- 90% join solo
- 50:50 male and female
- All ages welcome
- A mix of beginners and some experience
AGE & EXPERIENCE
These adventure sailing holidays are open to anyone aged 18 – 70 years. No previous sailing experience is required for this route.
FITNESS TO SAIL
We believe that as many people as possible should be able to head out to sea and have a great adventure. However, it is essential for everyone’s safety that you are in a fit enough state to be on board.
Ability to complete the five exercises is a pre-requisite for joining as a crew member.
Be able to lift 2 full bags of shopping five times, ten jumps with raised arms, stand on each leg for a minimum of five seconds, ten squats, ten step ups.
The exercises are not designed to be physically taxing and almost everyone should be able to complete them. Rather they are in place to check that you have the stability and basic physical condition to be on-board. If when you join the vessel the skipper believes you are not capable of completing these exercises, you will probably not be allowed to embark.
If you have any doubts at all about your ability to complete these exercises safely, you must contact your doctor before attempting them.
Four weeks before your trip start date, you will be sent final joining instructions by the operator. At this time you will be asked to complete the operator’s medical declaration.
At the time of booking, it is your responsibility to be sure that you will be able to pass all the criteria at the start date of your trip. If you cannot pass the criteria you will probably be refused permission to board.
OPTIONAL OCEAN THEORY TRAINING DAY
This is an entirely optional day prior to the start of the trip Antigua where we train you in the navigational and passage planning skills needed for an ocean passage.
If you wish to attend the Ocean Theory Training Day (please ensure you add the module to your basket), you will need to join the boat at 1000hrs the day before the main start date. You will be allowed to stay on the boat that night
This trip meets the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean for a qualifying passage, so long as you are a watch leader.
If you wish to join as a watch leader, you must meet the criteria as detailed on our ‘Watch Leader‘ page.
It is also compulsory to attend the ‘Ocean Training Day’ which gives you in depth training on how to run an ocean passage.
You must book the watch leader place at the same time as you make your main booking. Please ensure you have added a ‘watch leader’ module to your cart.
There are only three watch leaders spaces per yacht.
Do I need experience?
These adventure sailing holidays are open to anyone aged 18 – 70 years. Although this trip is open to beginners, we recommend that you have some sailing experience before, even if it is just an introductory weekend. This will enable you to be confident that a prolonged passage at sea is something that you will enjoy.
Do people come alone?
Almost everyone comes alone. Couples and groups are very welcome and we do get them. On the whole, however, most crew join solo and so if you are coming alone, you will be one of the crowd!
How many people are on board?
Except in exceptional circumstances,the crew is limited to 9 plus two instructors. This means that there are enough people to sale the boat safely, but you will still have lots of time helming, navigating, trimming sails and such like.
Is this a sailing holiday?
Absolutely. First and foremost, we are here to ensure everyone has an amazing time. Sailing is about having fun, experiencing nature at its most majestic and gently pushing yourself to try and learn new things. These voyages are a unique mix of sailing and training, and you will get far more involvement and training than on any other sailing holiday you may try!
Who else joins?
We have a remarkably similar group of people who join all our trips. They come from all around the world, are an even mix of men and women and with an average age of 35-65. As we said above, most come alone and experience varies from none at all to Yachtmaster. Most of the crew would describe themselves as having a rusty Day Skipper.
What insurance do I need?
All crew must have adequate travel insurance in place for your sailing holiday.
Please make an enquiry for this trip in order to get full details on insurance.
CO-VID 19 If I get Covid-19 prior to joining, will I be able to join the yacht?
As details regarding Covid-19 are changing so rapidly you should request full details for the trip which will include the operator’s policy on Covid-19.
We love this sailing company’s ethos – to help people do three things: sail, train and explore. They are passionate about enabling people to experience life out on the open ocean, building sailing skills and exploring some beautiful countries. After years of training people to become professional sailors, and having covered thousands of miles between them, the company Founders realised that so many people had dreamt of setting off across an ocean, but hadn’t the skills, the boat or crew to make those dreams come true.
The company now runs expeditions on a specialised 60’ yacht to some of the most exciting places out there – often largely inaccessible from land. With no previous sailing experience required, the two instructors will guide you every step of the way as you develop your sailing skills, maybe even earning an RYA qualification during the week. Exploring on land as they go is just as important and the bikes and a kayak mean you can head off and enjoy everything there is to see along the route.
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