ABOUT YOUR SAILING COLLECTIVE JOURNEY
Your journey will be crewed by a captain and chef who are not only trained professionals but explorers at heart. 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.
Collective Package includes:
• Private Collective captain and chef (for some of the best food of your life)
• Travel support to help guide you on your journey
• Onboard family style meals with 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners and snacks
• Marina fees and dockage
• Boat incidentals including fuel, water, bedding, towels, etc.
• And of course 7 days unabashed adventure and great memories...
Boat 1 • Lagoon 450 Catamaran, 2017 model - 3 double cabins, 6 travelers + 2 crew
Cost: $16,300 total
Boat 2 • Lagoon 420 Catamaran, 2018 model - 4 double cabins, 8 travelers + 2 crew
Cost: $16,395 total
Boat 3 • Bali 4.0 Catamaran, 2017 model - 3 double cabins, 8 travelers + 2 crew
Cost: $15,600 total
50% due at booking, remaining balance due 90 days prior to departure
Please review cancellation, change, and insurance policy on the booking page before booking!
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.
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
Sailing in the British Virgin Islands is dreamy: each day we wake up on chartered 3 – 6 cabin 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 dining 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.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
Meeting time at the marina is between 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Please notify your captain in advance if you are delayed and will not arrive by 6pm. Upon arrival, the front desk at the marina will direct you to the Sailing Collective boats. Each Sailing Collective sailboat dons our banner with logo where your captain and crew will be waiting for your arrival. After everyone arrives and settles in aboard, we will dine ashore for our first outing of the journey. The evening of Day 1 and the morning of Day 2, passengers will have time to purchase alcohol or other and beverages for the week as well as any last minute personal provisioning.
Please note that the last ferry from St Thomas to Tortola is 4:30pm and service times are subject to slight changes and delays. Please make sure your flight arrives in St. Thomas before 3:30 pm Day 1 of the journey.
Do not book flights into St Thomas landing after 3:30 pm on Day 1, or departing from St.Thomas before 2:00pm on Day 8.
Wheatley Taxi Service
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 on the posted schedules. The last ferry leaves St. Thomas at 4:30 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
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!
** Please note, soft drinks, alcohol, wine, beer, etc. are not included - your crew can assist you with purchasing the desired beverages for your group.
Dietary Restrictions: It is important to notify your Sailing Collective representative of any dietary restrictions ahead of time and fill out details in Guest Form
It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure relevant visas are obtained where necessary. Check BVI visa requirements for your nationality here. U.S. citizens are issued a tourist visa at the airport passport control for a $15 tariff payable in cash only (USD are accepted). Please ensure your passport is valid for the period of travel and for six months after you return with at least 3 blank pages for visa stamps. Your passport name must match the name on the flight ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid.
The Sailing Collective cannot be held responsible for refusal of entry or travel due to lack of visas. If you are in any doubt of your visa requirements, please contact your Embassy for full details.
Accepted Forms of Payment: US Dollars and US travelers checks are used throughout the BVIs. Visa and MasterCard are also accepted in most places. ATMs can be found in Road Town, but it is recommended that you travel with the necessary cash. Travelers preferring to travel with travelers checks can cash them at most banks in Road Town.
The British Virgin Islands bask in a tropical maritime climate. Rainfall is moderately low for tropical islands. Scattered showers are common throughout the year, but all day rain is very rare. There is little seasonal variation in temperature ranging in the 80s during the day and the 70s during the evening. Brief rain showers can be frequent so please bring a light raincoat. Wind speeds vary throughout the year from 5-20 mph.
Collapsible bags in place of large rigid suitcases are advised for ease of transport on and off the boat.
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.
Arrive in Road Town, Tortola via Beef Island Airport or by ferry from St. Thomas by 6:00pm 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.
After departing the marina base in Tortola, we sail directly to one of the hidden gems of the BVIs, White Bay on Guana Island for an afternoon swim and a Caribbean calibration. Next we head to 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.
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 Anagada 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 pickup mooring in Great Harbor and enjoy an authentic West Indies experience. In the evening we dine out at our very own Vanita's some of the best local foods in all the islands. The famous Foxy’s Bar has live music and claimed to have the best traditional BVI rum drink, the Painkiller. At roughly 8 square kilometers, and about 3 square miles Jost Van Dyke is the smallest of the four main islands of the British Virgin Islands, the northern portion of the archipelago of the Virgin Islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Jost Van Dyke lies about 8 km to the northwest of Tortola and 8 km to the north of Saint John. Little Jost Van Dyke lies off its eastern end.
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 snorkeling sites in the world: Our beach is renowned for amazing snorkeling and at its southern-most tip, Blue Tang, Queen Angelfish and schools of Sergeant Majors congregate at ‘Cistern Point’.
The Lagoon 450 has everything you could want in a cruising boat: Incredible performance under sail, wide open deck space for lounging, and an incomparable comfort in the saloon and the cabins. The wide hulls of Lagoon 450 offer comfortable cabins with larger floor space than other catamarans of the size. An airy saloon contains an open concept modern galley (kitchen) and comfortable seating all with stunning panoramic visibility of the natural beauty that you came for. The aft deck is covered by a hard top bimini so that there is always plenty of breezy shaded space for lounging when you are taking a break from the sun drenched foredeck. Up front the netted "trampoline" between the hulls is the ultimate place to enjoy this boat under sail with the sun beaming down and the water rushing below you.
“Helia”, meaning sunshine in Greek, is a bright name for the brilliant new Fountaine Pajot catamaran. The designers have achieved a level deck to walk between the cockpit and the saloon, which opens up to give a true al fresco ambience to the saloon at anchor, and terrific communication and conviviality between the saloon, cockpit and helm position under way. The helm position is unique, in the way that it is both part of the cockpit, and part of the upper deck, which enables the skipper ( and two others) to sit at the helm, with unhindered 360 degree vision, whilst at the same time, being connected with the crew and activity in the saloon and cockpit. Next to the helm position is a sun deck, which makes for very sociable sailing. Forty four feet long, over twenty four feet wide, the Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 boasts 4 double cabins, 4 heads and showers. Fast and comfortable under sail, the Helia boasts impeccable design and comfort.
The Nautitech Open 40 is innovative, modern, fast and powerful. This beautiful boat is versatile, combining speed, comfort, and class. This concept comes to redefine the concept of space thanks to its compactness and to its modularity.
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