Annual Spring Regatta | BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
Sailing Collective is proud to continue our partnership with CBS Sailing Club for 2019 Spring Regatta! We are a hands-on, bespoke charter company exploring coastlines of the world on crewed sailing adventures. Our customized voyages integrate adventure, heritage, and great sailing through a unique and thoughtful approach to modern travel.
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This year we will be sailing the spectacular British Virgin Islands - with over 60 islands to explore, we'll have epic lobster bake parties on the white sand beachy island of Anegada, sunset hikes to the top of Norman Island, chill out at the Cooper Island Beach Club, dance the night away at the one and only Foxy's Bar on Jost Van Dyke .. and so much more! We sail the 2018 Lagoon 42 catamaran (newer versions of the 2017 Grenada Regatta boats)
• Price per student | $2050 | 7-night voyage with room and board (excluding dining ashore) •
Availability for 32 CBS students sleeping in 16 double occupancy cabins with 4 double cabins per catamaran. Bookings are on a first come basis and once the 32 openings are booked, an additional catamaran will not be opened up until 8 additional CBS students are confirmed.
DEPOSIT - $500 is due by Wednesday, October 31st | [ Deposits made after October 31st will increase to a $1000 deposit due upon booking confirmation. Please submit a deposit before October 31st to avoid the increased deposit amount ]
Deposit Payment Instructions: Must use a desktop computer to click on the RESERVATION tab (mobile tablets won't work). Once on the RESERVATION page, you will be able to make a deposit using a credit card. PLEASE note a 3% charge is added to a credit card charge. If you would like to avoid the 3% charge, please clock on the WAYS TO PAY tab and review alternative payment options | FINAL PAYMENT DUE JANUARY 16th, 2019Deposit Link
Travel: You MUST arrive in St. Thomas Saturday, March 16th before 3:30 PM to catch the last ferry from St. Thomas to Tortola departing at 4:15 pm. Alternative travel option is to fly directly to Beef Island Tortola (EIS) or fly to San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) and book a puddle jumper flight to Beef Island (EIS) | Average flight cost from NYC to STT is $550 round trip.
ABOUT YOUR SAILING COLLECTIVE JOURNEY
Your journey will be crewed by a sailing collective Captain and private Chef who are trained professional and explorers. With diverse backgrounds as sailors, travelers, artists, gastronomes and academics, Sailing Collective crew members offer a wealth of information and life experience to every journey. Your crew will work with you to build a customized day to day itinerary tailored to your group needs, interests, and desired activities.
Included in the Cost of the CBS Package:
• Private captain and chef per boat
• Travel support to help guide you on your journey
• Delicous Onboard family style meals with 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners and snacks aboard prepared by your private chef (meals ashore average $35 pp excluding alcohol and CBS students are expected to cover land meals)
• Marina fees, dockage, and moorings for overnight anchorages
• Boat incidentals including fuel, water, bedding, towels, local taxes etc.
• And of course unabashed adventure and epic memories...
$500 due at booking, remaining balance due 60 days prior to departure
If a CBS student must cancel the trip, you must fill your cabin to receive a refund. Sailing Collective recommends TRAVEL GUARD for travelers insurance.
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After graduating with a degree in Outdoor Education, Ross Beane has been relentless about sharing his love of wilderness travel with people wherever he goes. Having worked with with programs from Alaska to Maine, he enjoys guiding students of all ages and abilities into beautiful and remote locations to foster technical know-how and an appreciation of the natural world . With multipul certications in wilderness emergency medicine he brings with him an understanding of risk management that keeps it safe without comprimising fun. An avid sailor since youth, Ross has made many safe crossings and has taught sailing for The Wooden Boat School, New York Harbor Sailing Foundation, and the Manhattan Sailing School before joining Dayyan to help start the Sailing Collective.
Marshall, is a sailor and a professional marine engineer based in York, Maine and captains throughout the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and his home waters of New England. His lust for the seas keeps him on the water in the warm Tropics, the Mediterranean, as well as in the New England winter for marine construction and tug boat operations. He has swam in the Arctic and Antarctic ocean, but the New Hampshire and Maine coasts are his home. Always exited to travel to new places and to meet new people.
Dayyan Armstrong founded the Sailing Collective out of a passion for connecting people with the world through adventure and sailing. Having been raised with values based on multi-cultural awareness and the importance of global culture, Dayyan combined his enthusiasm for sailing and exploration to create an integrated sailing vacation organization open to adventures, explorers, and sailors alike. With a background in music performance, social theory, and a graduate degree in economics from the New School for Social Research, Dayyan is always excited to participate in discourse in topics of theory, art, adventure, and exploration. Outside sailing and exploration, Dayyan is passionate about cured meats, design, Maine, social theory, Cook’s Illustrated, a good museum, photography, Harper’s Magazine, and various types of cooking over fire or coals.
Tom Robinson cut his teeth on the traditional tallship HMS Bounty where we worked his way from deckhand to third mate on the esteemed vessel in the days before its fateful demise. A knack for taking on complicated projects and seeing them to completion brought Tom to New York City and a life of building really big things. Still, he finds time in his big city schedule to set to sea with the Sailing Collective to share his love of all things sailing with the lucky few who voyage with him.
Lauren Gerrie was born and raised in Southern California and moved to New York City 16 years ago to pursue her life as a professional dancer and artist. During college, while serving and cocktailing in restaurants and bars all over lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, she began to explore her deep love of cooking and the unique world that is the service industry. After working and training in Tuscany she returned to NY and began a creative culinary company with her best friend Flannery called bigLITTLE Get Together. She has competed and won on CHOPPED and CHOPPED CHAMPIONS and in 2017 returned to the show as a guest judge. Lauren recently resigned after almost seven years from her role as Marc Jacobs' private chef. She is a partner and pastry consultant for CERVO'S restaurant in the Lower East Side. She continues to work as a private chef and as a food writer for Paper Magazine, Domino Magazine, Furthermore, Counter Service, and other kick ass culinary & lifestyle publications. When Lauren isn't cooking she teaches an all levels adult dance class called MOVES, is a dog mom to her crazy pup Boot, and can be seen biking all over the city.... usually with a back pack of groceries! @laurengerrie
Despite my tiny frame, I am an eater and food is always on my mind! I love every element of the food experience, from shopping the finest the farmers market has to provide to the preparation of an exquisite meal. A hostess at heart, it is the sensual and intimate aspect of dining that remains most important to me. I always keep in mind that overall indulgence is exemplified through flawless service and genuine hospitality. I believe that food has the capacity to fascinate and surprise, and I am not one to resist sharing my discoveries with any innocent bystander who has a set of ears, an open mind, and an empty stomach. biglittlenyc.com/flannery IG: flannerykk
Matt, a New Orleans native, was raised in a restaurant family. His family ran several restaurants throughout the French Quarter, all inspired by their immigration from Hong Kong. He took after his Grandmother and Uncles, spending time in the kitchen tasting anything that could, and some that he shouldn't.
After highschool Matt went on to pursue his own culinary path with ambition of cooking around the world. He took an apprenticeship in a small New Orleans creole cottage, Iris, learning the kitchen dance, one on one with the Chef. Honing his talents, he grew into bigger roles in bigger kitchens, learning from many, including Chef Susan Spicer in New Orleans and David Chang in New York, cooking everything from old world French baguettes to aerated cheese foam in mozzarella balloons. His passion for cooking has manifested itself into travels, journeys and lifetime friendships throughout the world.
Sailing in the British Virgin Islands is a dream: each day we wake up on sailing yachts in an idyllic isolated cove along one of the BVIs pristine islands. The Sail the BVI seven day group flotilla sailing vacation will start in Road Town, Tortola and will circumnavigate the Virgin Islands stopping off along the way for great dinning experience and local rum cocktails. Each day we sail to a unique island in the Virgin Islands where we spend the night on our sailing yacht, cook aboard or dine out and dinghy to shore to explore the local culture. Register as a solo traveler, a couple, with friends, or a group and have a Sailing Collective member captain skipper your boat and give you sailing lessons along the way! Your boat will be fully provisioned by the time you step foot aboard for an easy and relaxed vacation. Enjoy cooking aboard or dinghy ashore for local Caribbean lobster, there will be fun parties, relaxing downtime, and exciting sailing! Invite your friends and register today! The British Virgin Islands are comprised of more than 25 beautiful jewels set amid the sheltered, turquoise waters of the central Caribbean Sea. Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, and Anegada are the major isles of the archipelago. The smaller islands, many splendid for day or overnight visits, add to the varied mix of tropical pleasures, which can be as laid-back or as active as desired during a British Virgin Islands yacht charter. White-sand beaches, luxury waterfront resorts, sailor-friendly bars and upscale restaurants, chic boutique shopping, snorkeling and scuba diving on coral reefs teeming with sea life, it is all the perfect blend to create a delightfully rejuvenating experience under sail on a private luxury yacht. British Virgin Islands sailing vacations are one of the top choices among sailors for a terrific and memorable Caribbean adventure. Each day, we spend between 2-5 hours of sailing, depending on the preference of the group. Each afternoon, we arrive at an island to explore local culture, bask in the island’s natural beauty and engage in sand and sea-related activities. The pace of the trip is as relaxed or as active as each traveler chooses.
Boat: Sailing Collective Journey Coordinator will offer a custom boat option based on your request specifications, pricing, and availability. Captain + chef at request. Provisioning including: 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 3 Dinners, Light Snacks, Water, Coffee & Tea (customizable for private charter inquiries)Travel concierge
Sailing Collective will provision your journey with local foods and produce. Cooking Aboard: Your Sailing Collective crew is incredibly talented and can handle the group's needs with ease. We are all about participation and learning, so if you'd like to help, just ask and we'll get you involved! Collective groups may choose to dine out more times than scheduled if the group or individuals choose.
Dietary Restrictions: Important to notify your Sailing Collective representative of any dietary restrictions ahead of time and fill out details in Guest Form
Meeting time - Saturday 6:00 PM (if you arrive later, no worries but please contact your captain)
Disembark the boats at 9:00 AM Saturday, March 23rd
Option 1: Fly to Tortola’s Beef Island Airport (EIS) and take taxi to the meeting point in Tortola.
Option 2: Fly to St. Thomas (STT) and take a ferry to Tortola. For this option, you will need to take the ferry to Tortola on Saturday afternoon as there is NO SUNDAY MORNING FERRY.
Wheatley Taxi Service - $5 to $15 taxi ride from the ferry terminal to the starting marina.
Approximate taxi fare to the base from Beef Island airport is $24 Local Mobile 284.496.5120, Office 284.494.3357
As schedules often shift, we highly recommend calling the night prior to your ferry to confirm departure times. Do not rely solely on the posted schedules. The last ferry leaves St. Thomas at 4:15 pm. Ferries depart from Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas and arrive at the Road Town Ferry Terminal in Tortola.
Road Town Fast Ferry
Round Trip - $60, One-way - $35
Toll free 866.903.3779, Local Office 284.494.2323 tortolafastferry.com
Native Son Ferry
Round Trip - $60, One-way - $35 Local Office 284.495.4617 nativesonferry.com
Round Trip - $60, One-way - $40
Local Offices - St. Thomas 340.775.7292, Road Town 284.494.4454 smithsferryservices.com
Please ensure your passport is valid for the period of travel and for six months after you return. Your passport name must match the name on the flight ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid. It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure relevant visas are obtained where necessary. If you are in any doubt please contact your Embassy for full details.
Must have visa clearance for the following countries :
• British Virgin Islands
Before leaving the airport, you will have to clear Immigration and Customs. A landing card will be given to you on the plane, along with a Customs declaration form. It is not possible to take fresh food into most Caribbean islands and airlines will assume no liability for perishable articles that may be confiscated by Customs.
Recommended $300 – $600 in spending money depending on spending habits.
Additional food and beverages including alcohol.
All expenses on shore including meals and drinks.
Flights and transportation to and from the marina location.
Tipping is yacht charters is regular, 10% - 15% of charter cost is acceptable. Tips are split evenly between crew and can be accepted via PayPal, Venmo, or cash.
Collapsible bags in place of large rigid suitcases are advised for ease of transport on and off the boat. Loading and unloading from the dingy can be a wet activity, a pair of shoes such as flip flops that you can get wet if we are landing on a beach.
During days on the water, you’ll want to be wearing light and comfortable clothing. As the vast majority of your time will be spent outside, prepare for elements - bring a light rain coat just in case, a hat to shield yourself from the sun, and a set of warm clothing. Throughout the week we may dine out at a nice restaurant, so bring gear that you’ll look nice in and suits your style. Loading and unloading from the dingy can be a wet activity, a pair of shoes that you can get wet is recommended.
printouts of important info such as meeting details and travel documents
camera - dry bag or case for your phone and camera is highly recommended
hat / sunglasses / sunscreen
light rain coat / wind jacket
boat shoes or non-slip shoes
shoes you don’t mind getting wet such as flip flops
books / travel books
any special dietary foods
beach towel (1 towel is provided with linens)
TORTOLA - Tortola via Beef Island Airport or by ferry from St. Thomas by 5:00pm to meet your captain and your fellow passengers at the marina location. Relax by the pool as everyone settles into island time, feel the sun and lounge under the palm trees while the paradise sets in. There will be plenty of time to get situated into your sailboat and make last minute provisions and shopping before we depart the following morning.
MARINA CAY - There are few places like Marina Cay. The flower covered, eight-acre island is ringed by a soft, white sand beach. The island is nestled in a sheltered, emerald green, lagoon whose shallow waters are always calm and lukewarm. It is the ideal place for snorkelers to enjoy the colorful fish and sea life that inhabit the coral reef and the lagoon. The quiet lagoon and reef make Marina Cay the ideal place for vacationing families with small children who desire a natural, safe, watersports environment. Likewise it is a wonderful place for those wishing to learn to snorkel and scuba dive. The island is also home to an award winning Pusser's Restaurant specializing in seafood and cuisine of the Caribbean.
VIRGIN GORDA - Spend the morning in the famous Baths on Virgin Gorda's western coast, enjoy the most beautiful beaches of the Virgin Islands and spend the morning snorkeling throughout the crystal waters. Sail north past Spanish Town and The Dog Islands to the north side of Virgin Gorda Islands and anchor in the famous North Sound just past Necker Island, Sir Richard Branson’s private island. Go ashore to rent Lasers and Hobie Cats for an afternoon of dinghy sailing or take a hike to Gorda Peak to view the best sunset in all the islands. This evening we cook aboard before going ashore to the happening the Bitter End Yacht Club.
ANEGADA - Sailing due north to the BVIs flattest island, Anegada will appear out of the ocean about 4 miles from our end destination. Anegada is one of the BVIs largest and flattest islands with the highest point only 30 feet above sea level! This unique island is perfectly lazy and beautiful, recently voted one of the top beaches in the entire Caribbean by The New York Times, there will be plenty of opportunity to experience the Anegada way of life by enjoying a rum cocktail along white sand beaches. In the evening a lobster BBQ dinner will be prepared for one of the most authentic Caribbean meals in all the islands.
JOST VAN DYKE - Departing Anegada westward for our longest sail yet, we will enjoy a beautiful sail along Tortola’s north coast. Arriving in Jost Van Dyke by the afternoon, we will pick up mooring in Great Harbor and enjoy our last boat cooked meal of the trip. The famous Foxy’s Bar has live music and claimed to have the best traditional BVI rum drink, the Painkiller.
NORMAN ISLAND - Wake up early to motor to the nearby Sandy Cay for an amazing morning at the BVIs primer uninhabited islands. Take a nice walk around the parameters of Sandy Cay or lounge on this idyllic beach and take in the palm trees and blue Caribbean water. Setting sail to Norman Island, we will take up mooring on the west side of Norman Island where we will spend our last night at the infamous Willy T’s Restaurant, this floating bar/restaurant/boat is a must for BVI visitors.
COOPER ISLAND - Cooper Island Beach Club is set on the pristine shores of Manchioneel Bay, on the northwest corner of the island. The beautiful surroundings, white sandy beaches and turquoise waters are perfect for relaxing, swimming and snorkeling. Relax on our unspoiled island and make friends with the local wildlife. Golden sands, palm trees and turquoise waters. Discover some of the best dive and snorkelling sites in the world: Our beach is renowned for amazing snorkelling and at its southern-most tip, Blue Tang, Queen Angelfish and schools of Sergeant Majors congregate at ‘Cistern Point’.