Whether you are just beginning or looking to brush up on some specific sailing/boating skills … you are welcome here.
Join us this October on a beautiful sailboat boat, sailing the Caribbean
First and foremost, expect to have fun sailing through the Caribbean islands with an all-female crew gaining the experience and knowledge you need to feel more confident commanding a sailboat.
We will charter a boat ranging in size from 41’ – 47’ depending on the size of the group, my goal is to make sure we all have space for moments of solitude and connection. Our yacht will have room for each crew member to have their own cabin, a minimum of two heads, a full galley, two helm stations, a swim platform, and a dinghy to make going ashore a breeze.
Plan to be an active crew member taking part in working the sails, anchoring, cooking, and getting to shore to explore.
Although you can find a rough outline of the week below, we will take time each morning to design a plan for that day. Our primary goal is to make sure we find the conditions each crew member needs to learn from. Weather will play a big part in planning each day, which gives us an opportunity to practice using navigation and weather apps to design the next day.
Each trip will have time to snorkel, explore islands and relax … sailing is best done happily.
The unrivaled star of the Virgin Gorda - The Baths is a fairytale destination for any yacht charter crowd. As one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, you will love this landscape of pink granite slabs, hidden coves, cathedral-like caves, and shimmering saltwater pools all perched on the edge of the sea. The boulders have been adorned with ladders and ropes so you can climb and cross this natural obstacle course. Wallow in the warm rock water pools, soak up the sun on your favourite boulder, and be enchanted by the natural grottos. When you need a hint of refreshment, the nearby yacht club will tempt you in with long lavish lunches and afternoons being pampered at the spa.
Regarded as one of the best shallow dives in the BVIs, these four rocky pinnacles rise and descend roughly the same fifty feet above and below the water surface, which form abundant coral gardens, a 15-foot tunnel, lots of fish and an underwater cavern.
Peter Island lies 4 kilometers from the island of Tortola, and is a hotspot for Caribbean luxury charters. It is the largest private island in the BVI. As it is largely underdeveloped, featuring only one hotel, you can enjoy nature trails and walks to discover the wonderful fauna & flora, and enjoy the idyllic Deadman's Bay beach. You will also be able to spot various species of turtle around the island and dive or snorkel to discover the beauty offered by the surroundings.
Norman Island is on the edge of the Frances Drake Channel, lying close to Tortola and Peter Island, and part of the British Virgin Islands. Legend has it that treasure is buried here and was perhaps the island behind Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. Bight is one of the most scenic harbours, offering over 100 moorings and is an ideal spot from where you can dive and snorkel, or set off on some fantastic hiking trails. Any stop here is not complete without a visit to Pirates Bight oceanfront, pavilion style beach club & restaurant.
With a name like White Bay, this southern Jost Van Dyke special is a bright and buzzing little place that boasts breathtaking views, iconic beach bars, and some of the softest sands you could ever wish for. A curve of bone white sand meets warm teal seas. Yachts glisten on the horizon and a velvet canopy of green coats the rippling hills behind. Drop anchor, swim to shore, and order the famous Painkiller cocktail to kickstart your day on White Bay. The beach here is popular with yachters and there’s always a lively buzz. You can socialize, dine, sip on fruity rum treats, and partake in the party atmosphere. For those who need a break from the wild action, there’s always a stroll down the sands, a snorkel in the shallows, and a nap on a hammock to get your strength back.
Offering one of Tortola's most beautiful beaches, this horseshoe shaped bay is the perfect spot off which to anchor and dip into the sparkling waters. Laze on the soft white sands and enjoy the casual atmosphere of the beach bars for an amazing sunset.
Sitting on the sprawling shades of the North Sound near to the enchanting Virgin Gorda, Leverick Bay is a resort and marina for those wanting to soak up the best of the British Virgin Isles. Shopping, dining, and spa delights are just a few steps away from your yacht anchor at this purpose-built pleasure resort. The marina has just 36 moorings making it a floating oasis with access to all that you need while ashore. Nearby you will find the Gorda Peak National Park and The Baths. The Baths is a must visit while in the Virgin Gorda. With its giant boulders and series of ladders strewn across a fantasy-like beach, you can spend an afternoon climbing and exploring these geological wonders created by layers of molten rock. Leverick Bay is the perfect anchor spot for soaking up the delights of the Virgin Gorda.
Once you arrive at the Beef Island airport you will meet with your transfer to the marina to get settled into your cabin. We will spend the first night on the boat in the marina enjoying our first meal while going over the details of our week to come.
Once we have gone through our yacht review and cleared to leave we will head to The Baths and Devils Bay on the south end of Virgin Gorda (weather permitting).
After a few hours of snorkeling, exploring, and getting our bearings we will head to the north sound of Virgin Gorda, Leverick Bay, to grab a mooring ball for the night and make some dinner.
After breakfast on the boat, we will start our sail to the other side of Tortoal to Can Garden Bay. This sail will take us past the Dog Islands, through a channel north of Tortola, and into more open water to practice some tacks and navigation.
Can Garden will offer the option to take the dinghy into town and explore
After breakfast, we will hoist our sails and head to the legendary white beaches of Jost Van Dyke. To extend the sailing time we can visit Sandy Spit and Key Cay before we head over to White Bay.
After breakfast, we will head out to Norman Island through Little Thatch Channel into the Sir Francis Drake Channel. This will be a nice long sail with more opportunity to practice tacking and navigation. There is also the option to stop into Sopers Hole at the south end of Tortola to explore this beautiful town.
Depending on the interest we can stop in and visit a popular tourist attraction, the Willy T barge. Then head to Privateer Bay for the night.
After breakfast, we will head towards Peter Island stopping at The Indians for some world-class snorkeling and practice picking up a rather challenging mooring ball.
The currents are tough through this area, making for a great spot to work on boat handling skills.
After some underwater exploring, we'll head to Peter Island for the night.
We have room to play, it's a wonderful longer sail back up to the marina on Tortola where we will spend the night. This will be our last night on the boat, it's time to pack up and do a little cleaning up
It's time to say goodbye.
Depending on our flight times, we will either head straight to the airport or leave our luggage at the marina and explore the local area for a bit.
Since the primary purpose of this sailing retreat is to practice various sailing skills, it is imperative that you have at least some basic sailing experience.
If you have no sailing experience, I would suggest at the very least taking the online sailing course on NauticEd, an ASA 101 Basic Keelboating, or a basic US Sailing in-person course.
Skipper Emily offers one-on-one sailing instruction as well.
First, let's talk about what NOT to bring. Do not bring a large, hard-sided suitcase. There is minimal space to store stuff on boats, there is a good chance you would be sharing your bed with your suitcase if you bring this.
Go with a soft-sided roller bag or a duffle bag, you honestly will not need much in the way of clothes. Less is truly more in this case.
Download a full packing list to help get you started
Yes, unless you live in the BVI's or a British territory. you will need a passport to enter the country