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The first three masted lugger to be built in the UK for 200 years was launched in August 2012. 1776 Privateer replica Grayhound will be offering voyages in an exploration style - around the Atlantic, including a Christmas Trans Atlantic Crossing from Cape Verde to Barbados in December 2013. She will be sailing through the Caribbean with 7-14 day voyages from Grenada, St Lucia, Martinique, and Antigua in winter 2014.
Classic Sailing Directors Adam and Debbie Purser chose Grayhound's maiden voyage for a short holiday. See the latest vessel brochure we have created from some of the photos. We can't wait to book a Caribbean voyage on the unique vessel. Show your friends and get away next winter. Solo travellers or groups welcome. The ship has two cabins taking 4-5 guests with a WC near each cabin and can be adapted for families, couples with double berths. The ship has solar powered fans for her air vents and big hatches and portholes to open.
As part of her Around the World Voyage, British Barque Lord Nelson will be sailing a leg from Recife in Brazil to Halifax in Canada (18th June - 1st August 2014). With over 4500 miles to cover in 45 days this is a serious ocean challenge, but she will be sailing the full length of the Caribbean as well as up the East Coast of America past Maine to Nova Scotia. Her sister ship Tenacious has spent several winters exploring the Caribbean from Gaudaloupe to the Turks and Caicos and Bahamas, so the ships company know some of the best places to go on route. This voyage is open to able bodied and disabled crew.
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 this time of year is peak season and well outside the hurricane season. Ships like Tenacious revell in strong winds and boisterous turquoise seas and the white square sails look magnificent against the deep blue skies. There is few things to beat a tropical sunset below the yard arm at anchor away from the tourist hustle and bustle ashore, or landing on a remote beach anchorage under a forest covered volcanic peak. The ship engineer's deck barbeque and punch are legendary too.
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.
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.
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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