Jul 29, 2011

Grenadines StS - Announcement

Announcing ...

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Grenadines Share the Sail
May 5-15, 2012

Come cruise the idyllic islands of the Southern Caribean and the Grenadines with Latitudes & Attitudes.  Our last Share the Sail was our biggest and, arguably, our best.  To top it we've had to pull out all the stops.  Here's what we've come up with:
Ten days, one-way, on big new 47-50' Catana Cats 
from Dream Yacht Charters.
That's right, no running down and rushing back upwind to the island you started from. We will be taking a leisurely cruise on big catamarans, 150nm through the best, least crowded, Isles of el Carib.  Some of the islands we intend to bask in the glory of:  Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Bequia, Canouan, Mustique and the amazing Tobago Cays. 
Come join us!

Secure your spot!
Booking deposit is $1000 - Book Here
Questions? woody@seafaring.com


The Basics:
These are not crewed charters with deckhands serving you drinks. This is a Share the Adventure. All those aboard are expected to Share (to the best of their ability) in setting the sails, dropping and raising anchor, drink mixing, meal prep and cleanup. A skipper is on board to help you learn the ropes ... er, lines. This is as close as you can get to real cruising without casting off on your own boat!

Cost and Stuff:
Couples $4300 own stateroom
Singles $3300 own stateroom or $2600 shared
$1000 deposit holds your spot.
Cost includes your spot on a sailing yacht, staff skipper and partial provisioning (most meals). Transportation and meals ashore not included. Take $100 off cost with current LACC membership. Balance due 60 days from event.

More info:
Partial provisioning includes basic breakfasts and lunches and a couple dinners. Most people like to get the local flavor ashore. You get yourself to the charter base and back and bring trinket and meal money.

We will be sleeping aboard the first night in the marina on beautiful Martinique. We board the boats 5:30 in the evening of May 5 and depart the boats May 15 at 11:00am. We do a different anchorage each night in the islands and a couple days in the Magical Tobago Cays. I encourage people to leave some time on either end of the adventure to wind down, explore on their own, or go back to the spot they liked the best to spend a couple of days. Hopper flights cover most of the islands.

Flight tips: 
I won't be booking our flights until the first of the year but I did have a quick look for you. Exploretrip.com has fares from Miami MIA-FDF and SVD-MIA $728. Cost from Los Angeles LAX-FDF and SVD-LAX $1307. Other sites serving the area: AA.com, Liatairline.com, Skyscanner.com.

To those who book, I will be sending out trip updates on local info, flight suggestions and accomodations, special events, and the Lats & Atts What to Bring list and infamouse Crew Questionaire for boat/crew placement.

Pictures from previous Share the Sail Adventures: http://www.seafaring.com/photo-gallery/index.php?cat=6

The Brochure:
- The West Indies - The West Indies archipelago is 2,000 miles long, it stretches as an arch from the occidental end of Cuba to the small Dutch Aruba Island off Venezuela. The Windward Islands form the oriental part of the arch and stretch over about 630 miles from the Virgin Islands to Grenada. Martinique is located in the middle of this arch surrounded North by Dominica and South by St. Lucia. South of Martinique to the Grenadines sailing to St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines.

- Martinique - Indians used to call it "Madinina, flowers' island", because of its lush tropical vegetation. It is right in the middle of the West Indies archipelago and is part of the Windward Islands. Martinique is the most Southern island of the French West Indies. Its two nearest neighbours are the English-speaking islands Dominica and St. Lucia. Martinique is 44 miles long and about 20 miles wide. A French State since 1946, this island will delight you thanks to its geographical, botanical and social diversity. 

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