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Sail Monterey Bay

Santa Lucia

Tahiti The secrets of the Spice Islands have lured sailors for centuries, each island culturally and historically unique. Include in your expectations: fabulous diving, strong tradewinds, warm waterfalls, rainforests and sandy cays. This flexible flotilla is sailing one-way, "downwind", and island-hopping for a hundred miles.

Includes, return yacht delivery, 2 nights hotel, taxes, most meals, pre-trip meetings, flotilla party. Ask about Pacific Yachting affiliate discounts.

Private charters are welcome at normal yacht rate.

FLOTILLA ITINERARY:
To take advantage of weather or cultural events, the flotilla coordinator may alter the itinerary.
Fly to St Lucia, West Indies. Stay steps from the boat at the Marigot Bay resort. Arrive early, and discover why the French & British fought over St Lucia 14 times.

Windward Day 1: After chart and boat briefing, sail to the Pitons and hike to a hot spring waterfall. (S, E, F, W)

Day 2: Hoist anchor early and reach off to Bequia, famous for its hospitality, nightlife, boat models, sailing and whaling history. (S, E, D, F, W)

Day 3: Tour Bequia, snorkel, dive, or join me at Lower Bay beach. Stay another night or take a late afternoon sail to Mustique. (S, E, D, F, W)

Day 4: Mick Jagger, David Bowie, other stars and lobster fisherman find paradise on Mustique. Take a moped to a quiet, private beach. Overnight at Canouan(S, E, D, F, W)

Day 5: Hike to and snorkel one of the finest, crystalline bays in the Grenadines. Visit Mayreau for sunset. (S, E, D, F, W)

Day 6: It's a short sail to the Tobago Cays, a favorite among snorkelers and divers worldwide.(S, D, F)

Day 7: Take in the Tobago Cays for the day and overnight Union I or the plush, PSV.

Day 8: Clear out of (SV & G) customs and into Grenada at historic Hillsborough, Carriacou and anchor at Tyrrell Bay. Dinghy through the mangroves, try the oysters, and meet at the Ole Rum Shop for local cuisine. (S, E, D, F, W)

Day 9: Spend the day sailing to Grenada's south coast. Anchor in True Blue or Prickley Bays. (S, E, D, F, W)

Day 10: Go for a morning swim; then, sail to the Moorings' base by noon. Relax at Secret Hbr that night. Fly out the next day, but I'd suggest spending a few days exploring The Spice Island. (S, E, D, F, W)

S = swim or snorkel spot
F = place to dine ashore
D = exceptional dive spot
H = nice hike.

Note for the log: Extra charter days can added to suit.

Specifics: Our 3-6 boat flotilla vacations welcome individuals, couples and private groups. We share in the sailing and the good times. The lead boat will have a licensed Capt. and room for 3-6 sailors or non-sailors depending on boat. All other boats will have a competent skipper and at least 1 competent crew. Ask for details on ASA Bareboat Chartering certifications.

Prices are based on 4-6 crewmembers: yachts sleep 6-10; 4 is very comfortable. Prices as of 1/97 can only be guaranteed upon deposit. $200/boat due upon reservation; 25% due 180 days before charter; 25% @ 90 days; 50% due @ 30 days. Early payment on air arrangements may be necessary. Other expenses: meals ashore, additional sailing days, custom and immigration fees.

The Boats are fully-equipped Moorings 40.5' to 51.0': 3-4 double cabins, main salon berth(s), elect. anchor windlass, dinghy, outboard, barbecues, CD or tape players, sheets and towels.

Dining: The split-provisioning plan includes: all breakfast and lunches, 4-6 dinners, snacks and a complete galley. Everyone shares in preparation and clean-up. Places to dine ashore are numerous. Hired cooks: $75-150/day. Private charterers Welcome! Looking for discounts, but not the company, no problem. Meet at the mid-charter party or sail away, and we'll see you on the flight home. The costs depend on the season, size of boat and crew. Call for the details.