Swain Sailing School's New Year's Sail Week (Dec. 28 - Jan. 3)
British Virgin Islands - New Year's Sail Week
*Fast Track option with 2 day Basic Keelboat training December 26- January 3
Trip Itinerary and Travel Dates
Guests arrive. Board their yachts and join their instructor for a welcome drink at Peg Leg Restaurant.
Setting sail from Nanny Cay Marina we'll make our way to Cooper Island with a series of tacks up the Sir Francis Drake Channel. We'll pick up a mooring ball in Manchioneel Bay. You'll have the opportunity to dinghy out to Cistern Point for some excellent snorkeling. Ashore, you'll find a beach lined with palm trees attached to the quaint Cooper Island Beach Club. A terrific spot for a cocktail, while watching the sun set over the Sir Francis Drake Channel.
Beating up to the famed Baths on Virgin Gorda, you’ll have the have the morning to explore these wonders by foot, hiking over, around and under enormous granite formations. Snorkeling here is also a must. After lunch we’ll continue sailing up the Drake Channel and into North Sound, Virgin Gorda. The Sound is completely surrounded by various islands-the perfect place to explore in your dinghy, namely the Bitter End Resort, Saba Rock, Eustasia Sound and Biras Creek.
A two hour beam reach puts you into Setting Point, Anegada. Guests can take a 15 minute land tour over this coral reef island to Loblolly Bay where they are sure to find crystal clear waters and miles of fine white sand beach. Snorkel Loblolly Bay and we'll have dinner ashore at our favorite - and sure to be yours - beach front restaurant.
We will leave Anegada and reach across to Marina Cay, home of the historical Pusser's and subject of Robb White's book "Our Virgin Island". Marina Cay is nestled behind a reef and you'll find good snorkeling here. Trellis Bay is also an option for this evening’s anchorage. Local shops, artist studios, bars and restaurants line this quaint beach and they'll be sure to create a festive evening for those visiting.
We'll lazily run down the beach laden north coast of Tortola, through the Camano and Guana Passages, stopping at Monkey Point on Guana Island for lunch and a snorkel. We'll continue on through the afternoon, paralleling the north coast into Cane Garden Bay, where we'll anchor for the night. If you’re thinking of a white sandy, crescent beach dotted with palm trees and verdant, green hills rolling down towards the shore, then you're thinking correctly. There is an ample supply of watering holes and restaurants to visit as you watch the sun set over St. Thomas.
This day we'll run down the west end of Tortola and head up through the Thatch Cut, tacking our way to Norman Island and picking up a mooring ball in the Bight. Watch the sun set over St. John from the boat after snorkeling the Caves. Ring in the New Year at the infamous "Willie Thornton", a big, black schooner, turned floating bar.
In the morning, we'll reach across the Sir Francis Drake Channel from Norman Island back to Nanny Cay. Guests will disembark their yachts by around noon.
Yachts and Rates:
Orana 44 catamaran; 3 cabins/3 heads: US$2,695pp
Beneteau 44 (3 cabins/3 heads) or 51 (5 cabins/5 heads): US$2,495pp
Flotilla rate includes:
Instructional and certification opportunities:
Basic Cruising and Bareboat Charter certification available on the lead boat. Candidates for certification must have the Basic Keelboat prerequisite certification or comparable experience to "challenge" the exam. The two day Basic Keelboat course can also be added (Dec. 26 & 27). You would plan to arrive on December 25th. Tuition is $595pp which includes certification and two nights hotel stay (Dec 25 & 26).
Students achieving the Bareboat Cruising Certificate will be certified to bareboat charter a monohull up to 50'. If training on the catamaran you will also have the Catamaran endorsement.