St Vincent and the
(base: St Lucia)
The LIG sailing's
2018 trip was to Grenadines in St Vincent.
Dates: April 7, 2018 to April 14, 2018
Briefing at 4pm Saturday, board at 6pm.
Updated length of trip: 7 days and 8 nights.
Destination: Sparkling waters of St Lucia, St. Vincent and
|Temps: 74 to 84 F year around (23-28 C) |
|Winds: North-Easterly trades at 15-25 knots|
|Note: This is a trip where there is more open ocean
sailing than previously. We are assured of plenty of wind and
swells on some of the transits. It is a Level 3 sailing
HISTORY: We return to St Lucia 11 years from the last trip over
new years (Click for memento page)
Except, this time, sailing South from St Lucia (instead of
North). Destinations: St Vincent and Grenadines
Please read this "Jewels
of the Caribbean" <-- Wonderful travel article for a sail between
Cost Estimate: $1800 plus airfare
- see below
Plan to arrive by mid afternoon on 4/6 for early boarding, or at
least my mid-day on 4/7. The Martinka's are leaving
on 4/5 to arrive 4/6.
|(SLU) George Charles (Vigie) airport - 30 minutes from the base.
|(UVF) Hewanorra International airport - 85 minutes from the base.|
Departures after 2 pm on Sat 4/14 are safe.
|Where mountains meet the sea. The
Pitons rise like fangs. The Caribbean's 'Bora-Bora'. Second
or last night spent here.
Soufriere and the Pitons, St. Lucia
|Day 1 (April 6): Boarded the boat at 6pm. Boat checkout,
and eat on shore. Slept on board.|
|Day 2 : Cruise briefing. Last provisioning.
Sailed to the Pitons (17nm). Curry dinner on board. Checked
out of St Lucia|
|Day 3 : Early 6 am departure for Grenadines (80nm). Passed
St Vincent to leeward. Arrived 3 pm at Port Elizabeth on Bequia for
cutoms checkin. Ate out at Max's.|
|Day 4: Mild 8 am departure for Tobago Cays (30 nm).
Passed Canaucan to leeward. Arrived 2 pm at the anchorage.
Ate a lobster BBQ on the beach after snorkeling reefs.|
|Day 5: After early turtle snorkeling, left at 1 pm for Mayreau
(4 nm). Swim moor in Windward bay for snorkeling.
Arrived 5 pm at Saline Bay for on-board BBQ salmon dinner.|
|Day 6: Left at 7 am for a northward trip to St Vincent (38 nm).
After a lunchtime custom checkout and lunch at Blue Lagoon Marina,
sailed up to Kearton's Bay for an on-board chili dinner.|
|Day 7: Left at 6 am for a challenging close reach to St Lucia
(50 nm) passing the Pitons. Took a late lunch and snorkel in
the Anse Cochon Bay before finishing at a mooring ball at secluded
|Day 8: Left at 8 am for a upwind sail to Pigeon Island on Rodney
Bay (10 nm) where spent last night at anchor. Ate on shore at
the rustic Jame de Bois. Mostly Grilled Mahi-mahi and live
jazz music. |
|Day 9 (April 14): At 9am motored to Rodney Bay marina to check
in the boat.|
|Boat Possibilities (partial)
||Layout and Specs
Sunsail 41 foot Sloop
3 cabin, 2 heads, 3 showers, no AC, twin wheels
Actual image of crew on Day 3 under full sail!
||SFO to UVF. Arriving 1441 on April 6. AA2295
to SFO. Leaving 1530 on April 14. AA818
||Arrived a day earlier, and departed two days later, taking
advantage shore time in St Lucia
||Arriving after traveling to Washington and NYC tours
How to join:
- Decide if a St. Lucia/Grenadines sail sounds great and the April timing works for you.
- Call or email Joe. 408-735-SAIL (7245)
- Send $500 per person to reserve your berths.
Once your trip is confirmed by email from Joe, make your air reservations.
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Pre-cruise party/planning as well as crew discussions early next year..
1760 Laurentian Way
Sunnyvale CA 94087
Estimate: $1800 per person Actual: $1540
Ouch. This is higher than previous LIG sails. It is due to that
fact that this is prime sailing season in the islands, and during the Spring
Break weeks. In other words, 'high season'. This year,
This cost is estimated based on
| the expected number of people who sign up (e.g. 6,
8, 12 or 16)|
|the cost and quality of
the boat(s) that we have reserved based on availability,|
|split provisioning (the food on
board at $50/person/day), |
|beverages, bar |
|and a small buffer. |
Some items are estimates, and
are based on previous cruises.
Any trip payment not spent will be refunded after we get back from the trip.
The deposit of $500 per person is non refundable if you decide not to go, and another
person cannot be found to take your place. Full payment will be due in
Assumptions for boat and provisioning estimate:
|Spring Break Sail for 7 days and 8 nights. |
|6 pm early
|1 pm sail south on Saturday. (after chart briefing and
This estimate does not include
airfare, souvenirs, any extra nights
lodging or other touring on the islands.
8/18/17 : first edit
8/24 /17: added second pair of crew members.
Only 2 more to go for minimum quorum.
10/18:/17 Finally got a the minimum crew
together. Some of the boat choices were already reserved.
4/18/18: First post-cruise edit