British Virgin Islands
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.
Lagoon 42 (model 2018) 4-double cabins | Final rice : $17,500
Included in the Collective Package:
• Private Collective captain and chef
• Travel support to help guide you on your journey
• Onboard family style meals with 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners and snacks
• 24 bottles of wine $15 per bottle limit w/ basic bar + 3 cases of beer
• Marina fees and dockage
• Boat incidentals including fuel, water, bedding, towels, etc.
• Gratuity not included, average gratuity paid to crew is 10% - 20%
• And of course 7 days of unabashed adventure and unparalleled memories...
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!
Paul Porter has had a love for life on the water since a very young age- sailing, surfing and competitive kite boarding. Being near or on the water has always been of great importance to him. Paul’s father has been his role model and teacher as a captain on boats up to 65 feet, during countless family boat trips to the San Juan and Gulf Islands. Sailing, crewing, anchoring, docking and hosting guests aboard is second nature to him. In 2010, Paul acquired the S/V Seaker, an Islander 30 moored in Seattle, Washington. Paul rebuilt and improved over 75 percent of the systems on board and restored her from the keel up into a fine sailing vessel, learning many helpful skills along the way. When not living a nautical life on the West Coast, Paul works in New York City as a documentary photographer and lighting director in the fashion industry. He is also a well recognized teacher of outdoor photography and lighting in Seattle and New York. As a member of the Sailing Collective, Paul happily shares his love for boating and photography as a captain who also can teach high-level photography to guests onboard in beautiful and remote locations.
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.
Road Town, Tortola
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 out of St Thomas landing after 3:30 pm on Day 1, or departing before 2:00pm on Day 8.
Option 1: Fly to Tortola’s Beef Island Airport (EIS) and take taxi to meeting point in Tortola.
Option 2: Fly to St. Thomas (STT) and take a ferry to Tortola.
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
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
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.
CURRENCIES / MONEY EXCHANGE
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.
Sailing Collective will provision your journey with local foods and produce. Cooking Aboard: Your Sailing Collective chef/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.
Included in provisioning package: 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 3 Dinners, Light Snacks, Water, Coffee & Tea
Not included in provisioning package: Soft Drinks, Alcohol, Wine, Beer, etc.
Dietary Restrictions: Important to notify your Sailing Collective representative of any dietary restrictions ahead of time and fill out details in Guest Form
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 captain and crew is welcomed, 10-15% is customary
Collapsible bags in place of large rigid suitcases are advised for ease of storage.
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 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.
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
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.
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 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.
Wake up early to motor to the near by 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 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 42 is the sublime successor to the best selling 421.Italian design legends Nauta have created stunning curved wood finishes which deliver supreme elegance and outstanding functionality. Defined by sleek curves and a ground breaking single level cockpit… this boat offers limitless possibilities for an enviable on water lifestyle.
Explore photos from our past journeys