Zeltzer and Friends
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.
CATANA 55 for up to 12 guests in 6 cabins
Cost: $28,200 total | $4,700 per cabin
CATANA 50 for up to 10 guests in 5 cabins
Cost: $24,100 total | $4,820 per cabin
Included in the Collective Package:
• 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 of unabashed adventure and epic 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!
Martinique is one of the shining jewels of the French Caribbean. Centrally located in the heart of the Caribbean archipelago, at 14 degrees 30 minutes north latitude and 61 degrees 0 minutes west longitude, Martinique is part of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles.
Christopher Columbus sighted the island on his first voyage in 1493, but didn't land there until his fourth expedition in 1502. Martinique officially became part of France in 1815. It became a Department of France in 1946, and was named a Region of France in 1974, and that remains its status. Martinique's capital, Fort de France, celebrates every aspect of French culture with style and panache – from the excellence of its cuisine to the chic sophistication of its fine resorts and hotels. Shops sell the latest French merchandise; art galleries, theaters, and museums all pay homage that heritage.
Old men play Boules in the squares, while crowds sit at sidewalk cafés. Yet, an enticing West Indian warmth and friendliness, a special spice in its music, dance, local food and cultural roots, combine with everything French, to create a unique way of life. Martinique offers the classic Caribbean beaches-white sand on the south coast, black sand on the north coast. There are secluded coves perfect for swimming and snorkeling, reefs, unspoiled fishing villages, hot springs, lush rainforests, rugged peaks and exotic flowers and fruit everywhere.
Dominica, in contrast, is a diamond in the rough. A famed filming location for Pirates Of the Caribbean, it’s easy to be whisked back in time. By exploring the extensive hiking trails, you could visit a different waterfall on every day for a year in Dominica. Adventurous spirits can get deep into the cascading river valleys on a canyoneering expeditions or for a more relaxed vibe you can take a boat tour into the jungle right from the harbour in historic Portsmouth.
One of the top ten dive destinations in the world, Dominica has unparalleled underwater diversity. From the calmer tropical fish-filled waters, to spectacular drops and a submerged volcanic crater. The opportunities for underwater discovery and photography are unparalleled.
Four airlines operate direct flights (Norwegian Air, Air France - Air Caraïbes - Corsair) with most affordable flights direct from NYC to Martinique on Norwegian Air departing Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursady.
Marina Le Marin
Port de Plaisance du Marin - Boulevard Allègre
97290 Le Marin - Martinique
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.
Please note, soft drinks, alcohol, wine, beer, etc. are not included in the provisioning package, but your crew can assist you in purchasing your 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
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.
Taxis are readily available at the airport, but if you have a longer stay on the island look into a rental car on the island. Contacts below.
Le Marin - Open in the morning only
Tel: 05 96 74 17 17 Le Marin
Tel: 05 96 42 42 42 Reservation
Lokizy Le Marin
Portable: 06 96 37 40 80
Jumbo Car Le Marin
Tel: 05 96 74 71 77
Tel: 05 96 42 11 00
Master and Visa cards are accepted. The local currency is the East Caribbean Dollar ($EC). USD$ is almost universally accepted as well.
Euros are often accepted but are not accepted to pay customs and immigration clearances
Wifi Available on the boat if needed, Please contact us in advance for rates and availability.
Saturday - Meet your captain and crew in the La Marin, Dream Yacht Charter office in the south of Martinique, about 40 minutes from the Martinique airport. Today you will get settled in your new home for the week and spend the first night aboard at the marina and depart early Sunday morning.
• Meet the crew
• Unpack and move into your cabin
• Dinner out discovering the local French-Caribbean cuisine
• Meals onshore
Sunday - After a 1 hour tutorial by the captain and crew, we cast off the dock lines and venture North on a short sail to Anse d'Arlet. Lunch on land and exploring the beach town, boutiques, and local market.
• Learning the ropes
• Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner aboard
Monday - Sail the steep volcanic coastline to St. Pierre, a former center of the economy that was destroyed by the eruption of Montagne Pelée in 1902. Overnight in the bay of St. Pierre.
• Visit of the Museum of Volcanology
• Explore the "City of Art and History."
• Relax on the beach
• Cook a big group dinner on the boat
• Visit Martinique’s Rhum JR Distillery
• Breakfast and Lunch aboard - Dinner ashore
Tuesday - Leave early for a long sail that will bring us to the island of Dominica where will make landfall at Portsmouth.
• Experience passage making under sail
• Explore the Indian River estuary on a small boat tour
• Clear customs in Roseau
• Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner aboard, drinks ashore after dinner
Wednesday - Explore Dominica with a guided tour taking us throughout the interior of the island and hiking through Sari Sari Waterfalls, Valley of Desolation, and a hike around the Freshwater Lake.
Snorkeling from boat
Exploring an old fort
Exploring local markets
Breakfast aboard, lunch and dinner ashore
Thursday - We make the crossing back to Martinique arriving at L'anse Dufour where we tuck into a small secluded cove for a last night on the boats.
• Sunrise start to the day
• Exploring the mangroves
• Sail back to La Marin Marina arriving at 6:00 pm
• Breakfast ashore, lunch aboard, dinner ashore
With it remarkable performance and it excellent level of safety and comfort, the Catana 55 sets the standard for offshore cruising. Perfected by the Catana yard, the new boat is almost 700kg lighter thanks to the use of carbon, already used on the production models for structural bulkheads, the coachroof and numerous structural reinforcements.A spacious and light interior provides great comfort for a offshore journeys.
At just over 50 feet long and with a beam of nearly 26 feet, the Catana 50 is a big boat! 5 Luxurious cabins house ten guests comfortably. Under way with the staysail flying, the boat is easily tacked, and once on course, the Catana tracks straight through wind and waves. Inside the saloon, bright woodwork is accented by polished stainless-steel cabinetry at the nav station. The galley has good fiddles-a rarity on a multihull-for cooking and living offshore, and below, spacious heads and showers in each of the cabins can easily accommodate even the biggest of crewmembers.
Explore photos from our past journeys