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BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS POWER YACHT BAREBOAT FLOTILLA CHARTER
December 3-10, 2022
This exciting power yacht flotilla charter is a wonderful way to explore the incredible British Virgin Islands. While snow falls in northern climes, you are boating-in-company through a kaleidoscope of aquamarine waters, mooring in sunny harbors with incredible sandy white beaches, enjoying the camaraderie of new friends under the caring leadership of an experienced BVI host. It doesn’t get better than this!
EASY NAVIGATION, PROTECTED BAYS, INCREDIBLE VISTAS TO EXPLORE
Boating in the British Virgin Islands is incredibly relaxing as you cruise from one island to another. Each day takes you to special stops where you’ll find beachfront and hilltop eateries with outstanding views, the ancient rock formations of The Baths, and coral reefs displaying an amazing array of sea life. No two days are alike. You can do as much as you like – swim and snorkel in warm Caribbean waters off the boat or sandy beaches, explore interesting sites ashore – or lay back with a good book on the spacious decks of your Moorings 514 power cat.
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Hosting this cruise is Folkert “Dutch” Jongkind – Offshore’s Caribbean Manager, who will take you to favorite stops you won’t find on your own. Dutch has lived and worked in the British Virgin Islands for more than 10 years, teaching Offshore Sailing School sail and power courses for most of that time. He knows the boats, the islands, the waters better than anyone and can’t wait to greet you at the Moorings base in Road Town, Tortola. Our flotilla fleet is ready for boarding on Saturday, December 3 at noon; and returns to The Moorings base on Saturday, December 10 by 10 a.m. giving most time to get a flight out for home. A complete handbook is sent shortly after you sign up, with lots of details on travel, the boats, the islands, options to stay ashore before and after the cruise and a whole lot more.
THE YACHTS YOU CRUISE ON
This Colgate Sailing Adventures® Flotilla Cruise is on four custom-designed Moorings 514 Power Cats, powered by twin Yanmar 350hp diesel engines. You’ll spend a lot of time on the innovative fly bridge, taking turns at the helm, or relaxing on its elevated platform with U-shaped seating, plus a console with refrigerator, grill and wet bar. The spacious air-conditioned interior below is centered around a main saloon with panoramic views, lots of space for dining and lounging, a fully outfitted galley and navigation station. The large forward cockpit has a big area to gather in. Accommodations are in four full-sized cabins with en-suite baths.
Your cruise leaders must have a completed resume for all who book a Colgate Sailing Adventures® Flotilla Cruise. When you are ready to book, please print, fill out and email the form in the link below and send it to Cheryl@OffshoreSailing.com. As the cruise date nears, crews from the list of participants are assigned to each boat. All who participate must have boating experience at least equivalent to the Offshore Sailing School Fast Track to Power Cruising Course (OSS 112). Please use the resume button below or click on the link above to complete the resume questionnaire if you plan to join this cruise.
SAILING AND BOATING RESUME FOR FLOTILLA CRUISES – Revised June 2020
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BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS HIGHLIGHTS
The itinerary is discussed at the Meet and Greet party on arrival day, and reviewed at daily morning meetings with the cruise leader. Although it would be impossible to go all of these places in the time allotted, here are some highlights of places you may visit.
Wickhams Cay is where all The Moorings and Sunsail power and sail yachts are based. It is about a half-hour ride from the local airport (see more travel information below). The Mariner Inn is located at the base as well as a large swimming pool, several restaurants: shops for provisions, clothing, beach stuff, and gifts. It’s a busy place with a very large harbor; fun to sit with a cool drink and watch all the preparations underway.
Six nautical miles from The Moorings base is Manchineel Bay. Ashore is Cooper Island Beach Club – a lively resort with restaurant, rum bar, coffee shop, boutique, and lovely outdoor lounge area. The beach bar and lounge face west, making this the perfect place for enjoying a cocktail while watching a stunning Caribbean sunset.
Home of the pristine world-famous Baths where you can explore rock formation tunnels, pools and caves is off a day-only anchorage. Follow a pathway leading through giant boulders to Devil’s Bay and the Top of the Baths Restaurant with delightful panoramic views. Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor nearby offers Wi-Fi, fuel, water, ice, groceries, and restaurants accessed by dinghy or taxi. Most cruisers head to North Sound’s excellent overnight anchorages, mooring in Leverick Bay or off the Bitter End. This huge calm water area has several excellent restaurants with live entertainment.
Sparsely populated and rural, this island is 11 miles long, low, and flat, unlike any of the others. Beyond the palm-lined sandy shores, great snorkeling reefs, and funky beach bars are salt ponds teeming with birds including a flock of pink Caribbean flamingos not far from the anchorages on the western end. Famous for local lobsters, your cruise leader will likely choose one of his favorite spots here for a group dinner. You can also rent cars, bicycles and scooters or hire a taxi to explore.
TRELLIS BAY, MARINA CAY AND SCRUB ISLAND
As you cruise from island to island, you may spend a night or a day-time stop at one these as they are roughly in the same area. Off Beef Island is Trellis Bay, where you’ll find Aragorn’s Studio artisan market and other stores offering provisions and ice, plus breakfast and BBQ lunch. Trellis Bay Full Moon parties feature fire balls on the water and live entertainment. Across the channel from Trellis Bay is Marina Cay with moorings, an outdoor patio lunch and nearby snorkeling. The Marriott Autograph Scrub Island Resort is across the channel from Beef Island and has a comfortable marina, a fabulous two-tier pool, and restaurants.
Though private, Guana Island has a nice anchorage, and good snorkeling at Monkey Point. You can also get a little exercise walking the pristine white sand beach up to the high-water mark, then head back to your yacht for a spectacular sunset and quiet evening of cocktails and dinner aboard.
JOST VAN DYKE
To the north and west of Tortola is Jost Van Dyke, rising high above a turquoise sea. With a population of little more than 200, the island’s character is distinctly rural. Great Harbour is home to the famous Foxy’s Tamarind Bar & Restaurant and Foxy’s boutique. A short walk from Foxy’s is Cool Breeze Cafe, offering Wi-Fi with breakfast and lunch. Further down the beach is Corsair’s with a full menu throughout the day. White Bay, a short cruise from Great Harbour, is a popular day anchorage with a beautiful beach and snorkeling along the reef, plus several open-air restaurants and bars on the beach, including the famous Soggy Dollar Bar.
This popular anchorage is on the east side of Flanagan Passage with St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands just across from it to the west. Hilly, scenic, and popular, the waters around Norman Island provide great snorkeling. Before heading into The Bight to pick up a moorings, two stops are a must: The Caves at Treasure Point, with teeming sea life and purple and orange hued walls; and Pelican Island and The Indians just outside The Bight for more incredible snorkeling. Ashore in The Bight are several fun restaurants.
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THE BVI POWER FLOTILLA CRUISE PACKAGE
- Single in a private cabin: $6,550
- Two traveling together and sharing a cabin: $5,850 per person
Discounted Rates for Those with Fast Track® to Power Cruising Course Certification
- Single in a private cabin: $6,250
- Two traveling together and sharing a cabin: $5,550 per person for the person holding that certification only
What Your Package Price Includes
- Private or shared double cabin on a Moorings 514PC
- Split provisioning including all daily breakfasts and lunches, snack and three dinners
- Meet and greet party and dinner first night (cash bar)
- Group dinner or party another night during the cruise (cash bar)
- Special commemorative polo and hat
- WiFi aboard
- Visar contribution and damage waiver
- BVI National Parks Permit
- Cruising Tax
Extras to Plan On
- Mooring ball costs where available
- Travel to and from home ports and Tortola
- Transfers to and from Beef Island airport or ferry station in Road Town
- Two dinners ashore (not included in split provisioning)
- Any other meals, bar chits individuals choose to have ashore
- Any activities like special snorkeling and scuba trips
- Other sightseeing opportunities
- Beverages individuals wish to have aboard each boat
- Hotel stays prior to or after the cruise
Shared Kitty: On all Colgate Sailing Adventures® flotilla cruises, the crews on each yacht maintain a kitty for shared costs such as extra food, drinks, other supplies for the boat, mooring and docking fees, kayak/paddle board rental if desired.
HOW TO SIGN UP
Please call Cheryl Jones (239-985-7530) to book your cabin or email firstname.lastname@example.org. But don’t wait as there are only 15 cabins available on this British Virgin Islands power yacht bareboat charter! Payment Terms: Deposit of 30% of the total package is due when you sign up. Your sailing resume must also be included with your deposit. The final or full payment is due August 5, 2022, with a $300 refundable security deposit. No refunds are allowed after August 5, 2022.
Please purchase travel insurance! We will not make exceptions to the refund rules in the Terms & Conditions you must sign. Learn more about Travel Insurance options here if you do not have your own source.
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HOW TO GET TO THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
The preferred way to get to this cruise is to fly into Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS) on Tortola via San Juan, Puerto Rico. Flights into Cyril E. King International Airport (STT) in St. Thomas, USVI, require reserving separately and taking a ferry into Road Town Harbour, but lately ferry options have become very limited. We recommend you contact a Moorings in-house flight specialist at 866-649-2003 to book your flights.