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A Sample British Virgin Island Bareboat Itinerary...
You Are In Charge Of Your Itinerary Where Do You Want To Sail?
jolly mon sailing NOTE: We strongly advise that you charter with a bareboat company located in Tortola if you want to sail the BVI´s. You will save approximately two days of charter starting in Tortola vs. St. Thomas, as the beat from Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas to West End, Tortola takes about four hours, clearing customs out of St. Thomas or St. John, USVI, and then clearing into British waters and customs in West End or Road Town, BVI, can take up to an hour if you come in with a ferry. Then you have to reverse this process at the end of your charter and you end up losing quite a bit of sailing time motoring and then waiting around in government offices. That said, we represent several excellent bareboat companies that are based in East End St. Thomas because sometimes people just want to fly in and out of St. Thomas.
DAY 1: Fly into Beef Island Airport, Tortola or Cyril E. King Airport, St. Thomas (if you fly into St. Thomas you will then take a ferry over to Tortola). Pick up your yacht for an early morning chart briefing, while jolly mon sailing´s provisioning store delivers your provisions to the stern of your boat (you will save time by custom ordering ahead through us, and the cost is the same as if you go and shop at a store. Ask us about this service we provide). Once you have attended the briefing, gone over the boats systems, and stored your provisions, you are ready to depart the harbour and hoist the sails!
How about a noon sail to Norman Island (Robert Lewis Stevenson wrote Treasure Island about this island, where pirate "booty" can still be found today). Head to the western side of the island and "the caves". Great snorkeling awaits you! After exploring the caves and taking underwater photos of the colorful fish, sail to your first evenings anchorage... the Bight on Norman Island, then a swim in the warm eighty-four degree, crystal clear water (from twenty feet you feel like you can touch the bottom), perhaps a stroll on the beach, a rum punch, and enjoy the first Caribbean sunset of your charter. Tonight you can go to "Willie T"s (a floating bar and restaurant) for cocktails or after dinner wildness or both!
DAY 2: Weigh anchor, and it´s a brisk sail up the Sir Francis Drake Channel and on to Cooper Island. Pick up a mooring with a wonderful view of the beach and the Cooper Island Beach Club, pop a cold one and light the stern BBQ. Most of your group have already jumped into the water... hurry up and join them! After lunch, you´re sailing again mon to Marina Cay. Drop anchor and visit the Pusser´s on the island for a drink or brief shopping spree... and listen to the story of how this tiny island is haunted! Then enjoy a great meal aboard your boat.
DAY 3: This morning it´s a morning sail to Virgin Gorda to explore the Baths. Then lunch and a swim (ready for a nap yet?). In the afternoon you´re off to The Bitter End Yacht Club in North Sound. All water sports abound here, swim, snorkel, sail board, kayak, or explore the Yacht Club shops. In the evening enjoy a Caribbean cocktail, another great meal, and the sounds of steel drums or calypso in the background from the BEYC´s lounge as the music drifts across the water to your boat.
DAY 4: Wake up with a swim, breakfast and a wonderful full canvas sail to Jost Van Dyke and your anchorage in Great Harbour. Perhaps tonight you will take the dinghy ashore and visit Foxy´s and the other well known beach bars of Jost. Jost is also a good spot for a West Indian meal ashore at moderate prices.
DAY 5: Still enjoying Jost Van Dyke? Well stay another night! Weigh anchor and go sailing... and then in late afternoon head for Little Bay or White Bay and your anchorage. Tonight is reserved for a quiet stroll on the beach.
DAY 6: Breakfast, weigh anchor, and depart on a beam reach to Cane Garden Bay, Tortola, and a swing on the Jimmy Buffett´s famous tire swing (Be careful now, there are two. Trivia Question: Which is Jimmy´s? Answer: Book with jolly mon sailing and we´ll tell you!). Have lunch and explore in the afternoon, as Cane Garden Bay has some funky island bars and a beautiful beach. You can sit and watch the "parrotheads" arrive while sipping your Callwood rum punch. Remember the lights of St. Thomas are twenty miles west!
DAY 7: Sail (you´re getting pretty good at this mon) from Cane Garden Bay to Peter Island. Drop the hook in Little Harbour, and then a late afternoon swim or snorkel. Spend your last evening on the yacht sipping your favorite cocktail, watching the sunset, talking (or maybe just thinking) about your wonderful vacation.
DAY 8: After breakfast, depart for your boats slip and then a transfer to the Beef Island Airport if flying out of Tortola, or a ferry St. Thomas and the airport and then back to reality... or perhaps what you have just enjoyed for seven glorious days is reality! Once you are in the air flying home it´s time to start planning your next trip to the wonderful Caribbean.
jolly mon sailing NOTE: This is only a sample itinerary, there are too many options to list... like Trellis Bay on Beef Island and a visit to the Last Resort for Michael Bean´s musical show on chartering and the Caribbean (charterers consider this an absolute must! Michael pokes fun at charterers in song and now you can relate!). The beauty of a BVI charter is that it can be customized to match your dreams. There are the hot spots to play at or the quiet anchorage´s to reflect at. jolly mon sailing has their favorites spots, and after your charter, so will you!
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