Arrival, day 1 - 3
WELCOME TO St Lucia!! You'll be given a warm welcome by your GirlsforSail skipper. The yacht will be berthed in Rodney Bay Marina. After your bags have been stowed below deck, sit back and relax with a welcome drink whilst your skipper takes you through the boat. Rodney Bay is a large, protected lagoon which offers some fantastic beaches, restaurants and shops. Life in the Caribbean is very slow and relaxing - now is the time to start unwinding!
Your skipper will ensure you have all received an initial safety briefing. Then it's time to prepare the yacht for your first day on the journey around these beautiful islands. We sail to Marigot bay which takes about 2 hours. The bay is famous for being the spot where the original Doctor Doolittle Movie was filmed and it is also something that wouldn't look out of place on a postcard! We will stay on a mooring for a day or two, maybe three if its Xmas. Before we go to the Grenadines we will have customs clearance to attend to. On that day we will go to bed for an early departure the next day.
We have a pre dawn departure for a long sail to Bequia in the Grenadines, one of the quaintest little islands. This usually takes between 8-12 hours. We aim to arrive pm in Port Elizabeth Bay and attach to a mooring buoy overnight. Enough time to check into customs and immigration. Take the time perhaps to get to grips with the sailing handbook and passage planning. ...up to you girls!! All part of the experience! After a leisurely breakfast we wave start making our way down to the exclusive island of Mustique. One year we got an invite to Mick’s...you know Mick Jagger darling! Mustique is a tiny island with hardly any cars; everyone gets around on golfing buggies! The beaches and the private houses are to die for. It's no wonder the celebs all come here and buy holiday Villas. We moor in Britannia Bay and we dine at Basils bar the only bar on Mustique and do a bit of star spotting as we sip our Pina coladas! It will be a leisurely day, sunbathing on the beach, a spot of snorkelling if you are feeling energetic! Tonight we will be at the Basils Bar and it is magic, as the sun goes down. You can take a taxi tour round Mustique, where you can stop at Macaroni beach in the Caribbean for an hour or so in the morning and then head to the chic Cotton Club for lunch. Or you could spend the Day at the spa or drinking cocktails on the beach with the stars (yes, we mean the celebs!!).Or head back up to Bequia as our final stop before the long trip back to St. Lucia. Bequia is everyone's favourite island, and you will see why! Approx. 3/4 hour sail. Late leisurely lunch at Jacks Beach restaurant and afternoon on Princess Margaret beach. Stunning! You should be feeling really, really, relaxed by now. The islands are SO laid back the pace is often the source of so many jokes!
Wake up very early to head north and sail back to St Lucia. Expect this to be 10-12 hour sail upwind the whole way home. Leaving under cover of darkness we will emerged back in St Lucia the following afternoon! We will experience an exhilarating and bumpy sail – great fun and we will work off those cocktails! Arrive in the Pitons in the evening and anchor out. Dinner tonight at another lovely local venue (on the beach or on board) we have been to most of them so you tell us what you would like and we will call the boys up to look after us! The Pitons are waved goodbye and we head up for a 3/4 hour sail back to Rodney Bay. The afternoon is free to spend on the beach or simply relaxing on the yacht
Do the last minute shopping and sunbathing before you prepare for your journey home at 4pm. Reminiscing about your recent adventure and the times you've had with new friends! We say goodbye and Thank you to the Caribbean!
NB.....The above itinerary is always subject to wind and current. The prevailing winds are NE-SE and whilst we hope they will always be in our favour, please note that some journeys may take longer than planned because of being upwind. Downwind sailing is more pleasant than upwind sailing and as such this can be more challenging.