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British Virgin Islands, Caribbean

A Guided Flotilla

hosted by South Coast Sailing Adventures
  • 11 Days & 10 Nights
  • December 5th - 15th, 2024

Discover why the “Christmas Winds” make December in the British Virgin Islands a sailing mecca! Our annual winter flotilla is the best opportunity to expand your sailing skills. Navigate to idyllic shores, and of course, experience the epitome of vacation perfection. Discover the charm of the British Virgin Islands. Each pristine island in this volcanic archipelago holds a unique character.

The stunning 55+ islands and cays that comprise the British Virgin Islands have two fantastic assets – accessibility and virgin beauty. Cruising sailors were the first to realize this was a “sailor’s paradise.” The British Virgin Islands known for years as “nature’s little secrets.”

Tortola is the largest island and seat of government. Virgin Gorda, Ginger, Cooper, Salt, Peter, and Norman Islands lie to Tortola’s south. Jost Van Dyke lying to its north. Dozens of smaller islands lie in this mountainous archipelago of gem-like isles. Anegada, the only coral atoll in this chain of islands, is to the northwest.

The BVIs are a picture of contrasts. Some anchorages are sandy coves with swaying palms. Others are between spiraling sheer rock faces that plunge into the ocean. Vegetation can be different from island to island due to rainfall, soil, and sun. Lush areas support palms, tropical fruit trees, and flowering hibiscus and bougainvillea. A short hike up a hill may reveal varieties of cactus, wild tamarind, and fragrant frangipani. The surrounding waters of many islands are deep shades of liquid blue, but on Anegada, the waters take on an ethereal aquamarine color.

The diverse and fascinating environment appeals to divers, swimmers, boaters, and hikers. Also, those who want to relax in a soft rope hammock overlooking a white sand beach.

The Boats

We have already reserved several boats for this island-hopping odyssey. Both mono-hulls and catamarans are available. Reservations are available for singles or couples. If you are a qualified skipper, you may put your own group together and run your own boat.

The Price

The price per person will range from $2,395 to $3,695 per person, based on double occupancy. For singles that prefer not to share a cabin, special pricing will be available. Contact the flotilla leader Captain Lucy Newman for more information. A $500 non-refundable deposit per person is due immediately for priority boat and cabin preference. Then, 50% of the balance is due by March 1, 2024. The remaining balance is due no later than May 1, 2024. Credit cards, checks, and cash are all acceptable forms of payment. There is a 5 % extra charge for credit card payments.

Certifications

ASA certifications will be available (ASA 103, 104, 114). The cost is $300 per certification plus the cost of the textbook and shipping. NEW ASA 116 (Dinghy & Outboard Motor Endorsement) is available for $250.

What’s included?

Charter 10 nights aboard, flotilla fees, and goodie bag. Group dinner, “Easy on the Cook” provisioning (7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and snacks aboard). Water, fuel, mooring fees, dinghy with motor, linens, National Parks fees, cruising permits, VISAR fees, and tons of fun!

What’s not included?

Airfare, optional hotel nights before or after the flotilla. Dining ashore (except group dinners), alcoholic beverages, airport/charter base taxi transfers. BVI departure tax, souvenirs, and personal incidentals.

Flotilla Leader

Captain Lucy Newman, the owner of South Coast Sailing Adventures, holds a Master 100-ton USCG Captain’s License with an additional Auxiliary Sail Endorsement and has been sailing for over 40 years. She holds American Sailing Association instructor qualifications for Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Chartering, Coastal Navigation, Advanced Coastal Cruising, Catamaran/Multihull Cruising, Celestial Navigation, Docking Endorsement, Dingy and Outboard Motor Endorsement, and Master Instructor Evaluator. She has navigated and sailed the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, The Caribbean, The Gulf of Mexico, The Great Lakes, Puget Sound, and numerous inland lakes throughout the United States. Since 2003, she has captained vessels on numerous major races including The Bermuda Race, the Harvest Moon Regatta, and the Race To The Border. Captain Lucy lived aboard her own sloop for over ten years and has owned numerous other sailboats ranging from 14-50 feet.

She has led flotillas for American Sailing for decades including the British Virgin Islands, Cuba, and the Society Islands in French Polynesia. Captain Lucy’s deep passion for sailing and for teaching others to harness the power of the wind earned her the ASA Outstanding Instructor Award in 2006 and the respect of thousands of sailors and students.

Lucy Newman
Itinerary
Thursday

Arrive in Tortola and taxi to the boat. Breathe deeply, smell the salty air, and feel the sun. Acclimate yourself to your new tropical environment, help provision the boat, complete the vessel check out, and attend the chart briefing. Overnight on the boat.

Friday

Depart the dock and sail to Soper’s Hole on Frenchman’s Cay, Tortola. Frenchman’s Cay is connected to Tortola by a small bridge under which clear water flows constantly, creating a fantastic marina environment. Lined with quaint shops, eclectic restaurants and a kaleidoscope of colors, Soper’s Hole is the Caribbean dream.

Saturday

Sail to Jost Van Dyke where the famous Foxy’s Tamarind Bar is located and has been serving food and strong rum drinks to sailors and visitors since 1966. Take a taxi or dinghy to the Soggy Dollar Bar at White Bay for an infamous pain killer. Kayak, SUP, swim, snorkel, scuba, or relax.

Sunday

Sail to Trellis Bay and snorkel near Scrub Island.

Monday

Continue on to the The Baths, known for its maze of gigantic boulders that create otherworldly pools and grottoes for exploring.

Tuesday

Depart the dock and sail to North Sound of Virgin Gorda for an overnight at Leverick Bay.

Wednesday

Sail to Anegada for a group lobster dinner and overnight stay.

Thursday

Rent scooters or cars to explore the island and its stunning north side beaches keeping an eye out for pink flamingos and the iguana sanctuary along the way.

Friday

Sail to Norman Island. Explore the caves, hike to the summit of the island for 360o views, visit the famous Willy-T’s floating bar & restaurant, snorkel or enjoy the beach.

Saturday

Sail back to the charter base in Road Town, Tortola.

Sunday

Return home or extend your stay and enjoy the infamous Full Moon Beach Party on Trellis Bay!

*Itineraries are subject to change due to weather or other circumstances beyond our control.

Testimonials

I just returned from a 10-day flotilla to the BVI… got my ASA 114 under Captain Lucy and Captain Kevin… what a tremendous experience and a great learning environment they provided… my wife and I had a truly enjoyable and memorable time… we made new friends and miss them all dearly… I would recommend SCSA for your sailing education and to make a lifetime of memories. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Captain Lucy and team!

Robert L.
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How To Book

All-Inclusive 11-Day/10-Night Flotilla Excursion :
$2395 – $3695 per Person (double occupancy)
>> Includes : Accommodations for 10 Nights, Linens, Meals on Board (7 breakfasts,  7 lunches, 1 group dinner and snacks aboard), “Easy on the Cook” Provisioning, Water & Fuel, Dinghy with Motor, Goodie Bag. Addt’l : Cruising Permits + Mooring, National Park, VISAR & Flotilla Fees.
*Does Not Include : Airfare/Airport Transfers, Optional Hotel Accommodations Before/After Flotilla, Dining Ashore, Alcoholic Beverages, BVI Departure Tax, Souvenirs and Personal Incidentals.

Obtain your ASA Certifications during this flotilla :
ASA 103, 104 & 114 – addt’l $300 per Certification + Cost of Textbook & Shipping
NEW! ASA 116 (Dinghy & Outboard Motor) – addt’l $250


Deposit & Payment Schedule :
$500 non-refundable deposit per person due immediately for priority boat and cabin preference. 50% of balance due by August 1, 2024. Remaining balance due no later than October 1, 2024. For singles that prefer not to share a cabin, special pricing will be available – contact for more information.

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You can also call Lucy Newman at (281) 334-4606 or email her directly at lucy@southcoastsailing.com

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