The Caribbean for Trade Winds & Tropical Sun
The Caribbean West Indies is perhaps the most perfect sailing ground in the world in terms of wind, sunshine and variety of places to visit. The Caribbean sits squarely in the North East trade wind belt and Classic Sailing only offer voyages outside the most typical hurricane season. Our tall ships revell in strong winds and boisterous turquoise seas and the canvas sails look magnificent against the deep blue skies.
There is few things to beat a tropical sunset below the yard arm whilst at anchor in a timeless setting. A sailing ship as your base gives you access to the unspoilt Caribbean; Fishing villages where the chickens ram the shore, or landing like an early explorer on a remote beach anchorage under a forest covered volcanic peak.
Vessels Exploring the Caribbean 2017-2018
Schooner Oosterschelde - Martinique, St Martin, Cuba
Three masted Schooner Oosterschelde is spending part of the winter in Cape Verde and then she crosses the Atlantic in March 2017 for a short season in the Caribbean. Oosterschelde is a Dutch run historic trading schooner that was built in 1917 to carry cargoes under sail. She has been authentically restored as an adventure charter vessel with elegant and cool below decks accommodation and huge saloon which includes a piano. Oosterschelde has explored the Southern end of the Caribbean island chain but this year she starts in Martinique and her cruising ground stretches from St Lucia to the Leeward Islands and Dominica. Then Oosterschelde ship wanders North exploring from St Martin to the Turks and Caicos islands and onto Cuba.
British barque Tenacious and her sister ship Lord Nelson are regular visitors to the Caribbean. So much so, one of their relief Captain's now lives in Antigua. Tenacious is sailing to the Caribbean from Cape Town via the Brazillian offshore islands of Fernando de Noronha with their famous turtles and marine wildlife. Her crew change port will be in Antigua in May 2018, but if she makes a fast crossing she will be working her way up the Caribbean Island chain from the South, hopefully exploring 2 or 3 Caribbean islands before they dock in Falmouth or English Harbour. Tenacious has a second epic 56 day voyage exploring the Caribbean, Bermuda and accross the Atlantic to the UK via the Azores.
Cargoes Under Sail in the Caribbean on Grayhound
Wooden sailing lugger Grayhound is currently planning another Atlantic Circuit which will include voyage legs throught the Caribbean. Places will be limited as Grayhound also carries fair trade goods as cargo, but this will be an amazing way to connect with the local communities in the Caribbean like Grenada, Grenadines, or Dominica. Ring us in the UK for more information on 0044 (0)1872 580022.
Lush rainforests, mountains and waterfalls
If you have been dazzled by the natural scenery in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies then both Guadaloupe and Dominica are much closer to that lush volcanic island paradise than more well known Caribbean tourism locations. The second movie 'Dead Mans Chest' and 3rd Capt Jack Sparrow adventure At 'World's End' were filmed in the rainforests of Dominica, close to Guadaloupe.
Coral Reefs & Marine Wildlife
Some of the best dive sites in the world are in the Caribbean, but you don't have to be a diver to enjoy them. In Scotts Bay, Dominica you can swim off the beach with a snorkel and face mask and swim from shallow coral and 12ft of water to a sheer underwater wall of coral and cliff - descending 4000ft. Alive with fish and coral and upwelling plankton, this sunken volcanic crater is also deep enough for Sperm Whales to swim close inshore. Further North the Bahamas Banks contain approximately 5 percent of the worlds coral reefs and the crystal clear visibility over white sand bottom means you may see sharks, dolphins and turtles from the ships deck without getting wet.
Caribbean Island Life
The cliche is that the Caribbean is very laid back. The relality is that every island community and culture is different. Compare the French sophistication and fashion concious young people of Guadaloupe and Martinique, where people watching is an art form, to the Caribs of Dominica pushing their solid dugout canoes out into the ocean with hand woven fish traps.
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