Christmas sail to Mustique

Other Events

Other Events

Christmas sail to Mustique
Free

Girls For Sail Verdict

Two glorious weeks of sun, sea, sailing and relaxation. Throw in the opportunity to learn a new sport that will enable you to feel confident on the water, add a cocktail or two and you have the perfect holiday! It beats sailing in the rain!

Starts: 21st December 1630pm  @ Cafe Ole, Rodney Bay Marina, St Lucia 

 Finishes:  2nd January, 9am at Rodney Bay Marina, St Lucia

 

 

 

#title#

 

On arrival at Rodney Bay Marina

The GFS skipper and/or shore crew will meet you at the designated time for your event (as per the website guidelines) at the lovely coffee shop in Rodney Bay Marina called CAFÉ OLE . We will have GFS kit on either pink or blue t-shirts with our logo on.

The skipper will wait for you for 15 minutes in Café Ole. If you are delayed please contact us to advise us of your delay. Don’t worry it’s a small place, you will find us. If you do not arrive within 15 minutes of the designated start time of the event we will have walked down to the yacht in the Marina which is on Pontoon C (normally). We have a girlsforsail turquoise and white flag and the boom cover is also turquoise with ‘girlsforsail.com’ written along it - we should be easy to see.

Please walk upstairs to the IGY Marina Office and the manager will point out our yacht to you. The security guard at the entrance will also know where we are.

 Emergency contact numbers

UK +447703 547700 24 hour

St Lucia +1(758) 450 9944 or +1(758)487 4352 Mobile Please dial the full numer if using a UK phone. If a local phone then just dial the last 7 digits

 

#title#

About The Event

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!!

Stunning sunshine, white beaches, brilliant blue seas and the time to sit back and take it in.  

This adventure enables all standard of sailor the opportunity to learn/improve their skills whilst taking in the breathtaking scenery of the Caribbean. We run various cruises throughout the Caribbean season. The islands we explore are all totally different in terms of culture, terrain, entertainment, even language! Learn as much as you wish about sailing. 

Take some time out in almost every island and see something new or get talking to the locals in the many beach bars. Whilst in Mustique you must visit the infamous Basil's bar and see the quaint buildings around it. Snorkel, swim and take full advantage of the many facilities on the islands we visit, where we dine a la carte and tour the famous houses plus the surrounding uninhabited islands. Eat freshly caught fish al fresco on the beach and sample Caribbean rum where it tastes best! Your Christmas sailing adventure will begin in beautiful St. Lucia with its Pitons, white beaches and lively nightlife. The Grenadine Islands lie between St. Vincent and Grenada amid the most pristine waters of the Eastern Caribbean. The beaches of Mustique, the traditional boatbuilding at Bequia: it’s all part of exploring the Grenadines, a grand adventure in a splendid natural setting. See our itinerary below for a full take on our Caribbean Christmas!! On occasion the wind can be strong and if this is the case we leave it up to the skipper and crew whether they stay on the beach or go sailing. 

Every island is completely different. Each time you visit there will be something new you never noticed before; these are some of the most incredible islands to explore with so many hidden bays and untouched islands.

#title#

About St Lucia

St Lucia is located within the Caribbean Islands off the south east of the United States of America. Famous for its white and black sand beaches, rum punch and culture. You're in for a treat here! 
We'll take time to sail around each island before we head to the cultured towns, sampling the music, food and even getting to know the locals! 

What the Girls Had to Say

 "It was so amazing to have Christmas on the beach with such brilliant girls! - This holiday changed my life" 

#title#

Outline itinerary

Arrival, day one 21 December

WELCOME TO St Lucia!! You'll be given a warm welcome by your girlsforsail skipper on arrival at Cafe Ole at 16.30. The yacht will be berthed in Rodney Bay Marina. After your bags have been stowed below deck, sit back and relax with a welcome cocktail whilst your skipper takes you through the boat, after which it's time to cool down and have a swim before dinner ashore. 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!

Day two 22 December

After a leisurely breakfast and practicing your knots, 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 and will have customs clearance to attend to. Then to bed for an early departure the next day.

Day three 23 December

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 at about 14.00-16.00 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!

Day four 24 December – Christmas Eve

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 party...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!

Day five 25 December –Christmas Day

Christmas Day - breakfast in bikinis on the beach! Marvellous! Skipper normally dons her Santa bobble hat and we dine on smoked salmon and bagels on the beach with a bottle of bubbly! (it's a hard life, but.........!) It will be a leisurely day, sunbathing on the beach, watching a game of beach volleyball, a spot of snorkelling if you are feeling energetic! Christmas dinner, Caribbean style will be at the Basils Bar and the owner dresses up as Santa for us. We get all the trimmings and it is magic, as the sun goes down. There, you are eating turkey with the sounds of "white Christmas" being played by the steel band and the sea gently lapping at your feet. What a fantastic day! HAPPY CHRISTMAS! Party the evening away.

Day six 26 December – Boxing Day

Now it’s time to explore Mustique after Christmas day. 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 Boxing Day afternoon at the spa or drinking cocktails on the beach with the stars (yes, we mean the celebs!!).

Day seven 27 December

Today we will 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!

Day eight 28 December

This is a free day in Bequia town for some “me” time.  Maybe you could go diving/snorkelling/rent dinghies etc. relax before the long days sail tomorrow. Skipper to sign out of customs and immigration in the evening ready for early start tomorrow.

 
Day nine 29 December

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 that Christmas dinner! Arrive in the Pitons in the evening and anchor out. Dinner tonight at another lovely local venue, 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!

Day ten 30 December

We anchor off the Pitons and spend the day in that area. We can go ashore to visit Hotel Chocolat for the day and learn how to make chocolate/visit drive through volcano (!!!)/visit waterfalls/spend the day on the beautiful luxurious sugar beach.

Day eleven 31 December - New Year's Eve

The Pitons are waved goodbye and we head up for a 3/4 hour sail to prepare for the biggest day of the year! New Years Eve. How we love this day because the venue for tonight is, in our opinion, one of the most beautiful restaurants in the Caribbean. The afternoon is free to spend on the beach or simply relaxing on the yacht, before the very long night ahead to celebrate a fantastic end of one year and welcome the new one!  Dine with all the other yachtties who have arrived on the Atlantic crossing and dance the night away with all the revellers as we see in the New Year at Spinnakers stunning restaurant on the beach and then watch the fireworks. Ally pally eat your heart out! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Day twelve 1 January - New Year's Day       

Well - if we have had a great New years Eve we won't be getting to bed until very early....(or is it very late!!) anyhow, not much sleep so we decide what to do at about late morning. Sail around the bay back to Marigot or visit Anse Chastenet to the best dive sites in St Lucia - we will play it by ear (as we say in the UK!)

Day thirteen - 2 January (home time!) 

Do the last minute shopping and sunbathing before you prepare for your journey home. 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.

#title#

Additional Info

There are no pre-requisites for this trip. As long as you can walk and sit on a chair you can come along!

The boat

We mostly coach on yachts of between 37 and 41ft. Our yachts have been specifically chosen as they are easy to handle, great for learning! There is no denying us girls sometimes don't have the physical strength of the boys but with our technical ability and a well-chosen yacht we can do just as well. You will usually find yourself aboard an Élan 37, Jeanneau 37 or a Beneteau 40.7. All of your time will be spent living as crew-mates on your yacht.  Most of the yachts have 9/10 berths with 3 cabins and a saloon so the boats will normally have 2 persons in each cabin i.e. 6 - this is always the case for an RYA course, MAX 6 persons on-board. On some events e.g. races we use the saloon which can sleep an additional 2-4 person. 

 

 What’s included?

  • 2 Weeks Caribbean cruising
  • Exclusive use of yacht
  • Professional RYA Skipper
  • Flexible itinerary
  • Welcome drinks
  • Local knowledge
  • Food starter pack (provisions for breakfast and lunch for 2-3 days)
  • Fun!  Fun!  Fun!
  • Beautiful scenery and sunshine!

What’s not included?

  • Airport transfers/flights
  • Customs entry and departure fees
  • Alcohol/evening meals
  • Insurance – personal
  • Mooring fees

Extra information:

JETLAG!! Please note that we often find that day 1 is a bit of a struggle if you have jetted in from USA or UK. Please be aware that this may cause Day 1 to be a tad difficult if you have been awake at 4am. We recommend you come a day early and acclimatise! 

We can recommend hotels....

 

v2yRs1283UA

Call us on:
+44(0)1983 28 28 67

Email us on:
info@girlsforsail.com

Skype us on:
girlsforsail