Antigua Passage Making Itinerary
Antigua Sailing Itinerary- Iles des Saintes, Dominica
After provisioning and boat checks, we'll depart Jolly Harbour in the afternoon and sail through the evening with a night approach into Iles des Saintes. A 75 mile trip usually close hauled or close reaching to windward of Montserrat and along the leeward coast of Guadeloupe.
After we clear the boat, spend this lay day touring Terre-de-H au t, one of the main islands of the Iles des Saintes, either by foot, bike or scooter. Experience the tranquil beaches of Souffleur or Baie Mahault, explore the ruins of Fort Napoléon, left over from those 17th-century wars, in cluding the naval encounter known in European history books as "The Battle of the Sain ts." You can see the barracks and prison cells, as well as the drawbridge and art museum. For those interested in the underwater world of les Saintes, dive the challenging depths and multicolored reefs of les Saintes or explore the intriguing underwater grottoes found near Fort Napoléon.
We'll reach down on our 30 mile (approx. 5 hour) sail to the soaring peaks of Dominica and anchor in Prince Rupert Bay. The is a good sail for honing our navigation skills from dead reckonin
g to shooting fixes to plotting our positions.
Explore the lush island of Dominica, its clear rivers, waterfalls, hot springs, and boiling lakes. Tour the famous "boiling point", hike the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, a primordial rainforest where you'll see the mists rise gently over lush, dark-green growth, drifting up to blue-green peaks. Deep in the park is the Emerald Pool Trail, a 1/2-mile circuit loop that passes through the forest to a pool with a beautiful waterfall; or hire a guide to take you on a short walk to the Trafalgar Falls and down the pathway into the falls to the base where you'll find a trio of falls converging into a rock-strewn pool. For snorkelers and windsurfers the ideal spot is Picard Beach.
Set sail at first light back to Antigua with a night approach into Jolly Harbour, reversing day one of our course. This trip is a longer distance, but usually we're broad reaching which gives us good open water down wind practice.