Offshore Sailing Passage from Antigua to Gibraltar
- Vessel: Chronos
- Where: Antigua/Gibraltar
- Duration: 23 days
- Embark: Falmouth Harbour, Antigua - 6 April 2023, 18:00
- Disembark: La Linea, Gibraltar - 27 April 2023, 10:00
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Cross the Atlantic with luxury yacht Chronos as she sails from the Caribbean island of Antigua to Gibraltar on the south coast of Spain.
An adventure sailing holiday across an ocean is certainly one that leaves life-long memories. Using the northeasterly trade winds above the equator to fill the sails with thousands of miles to cover, this sailing adventure is not for the faint hearted but perfect for the avid adventurer!
Leaving from Antigua to Gibraltar with luxury yacht Chronos, as you leave land in the distant horizon. The voyage has 22 days to cross the open ocean and there are buffer days included in this to make best use of the wind. If you arrive early, you’ll be able to use the boat as your base as you find your land legs again and explore ashore.
- Luxury ensuite cabins
- Longer passages at sea
- 5* professional crew
- Mile builder
- Full crew
Your Sailing Area
Antigua to Gibraltar
The island of Antigua was the Royal Navy’s “stronghold” or main base in the Caribbean and with the unique natural harbour of ” English Harbour ” and the Nelson Dockyard World Heritage Site, the diverse nature and 365 beaches are one of the Pearls of the Caribbean and the annual venue of the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, one of the most beautiful sailing events in the world.
From here, you’ll spend the next 23 days at sea, sailing across the Atlantic toward the south coast of Spain to finish in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar.
Ocean passages can bring conditions fit for only the boldest adventurers seeking the ultimate challenge. This hands-on sailing adventure is perfect for those wanting to experience life on the open water and tuck some sea miles under their belt. We recommend some previous experience of time on the water and some time spent on a boat. Whether that’s a taster sailing weekend, dinghy sailing club or weekends on your grandparents boat, once we have left port, there is no turning back!
The soft, steady up and down of the ship’s hull in the waves, the expanse of the sea, and the gentle creaking of the rigging are the perfect ingredients for a relaxing and at the same time, adventurous holiday experience.
The professional and experienced crew will teach you everything you need to know as you will sail with and become part of the crew, hoisting sails, taking the helm and getting involved with all aspects of sailing a luxury classic yacht.
From plotting our route on the chart to cooking together, some celestial navigation skills, hoisting and trimming sails, and rope work and repairs, there is always something for everyone to do while on watch. The rest of the time is free to enjoy the inky black of the night sky, reading a book or three or playing cards together; the ocean gives guests the chance to switch off from the demands of the modern world and fill their souls with vitamin-Sea.
Sailing by the stars
Far from land, miles into the open ocean, you’ll see the night sky as you have never seen it before. The stars light the sky as we sail away from any man-made light pollution creating a truly spectacular sight. Although each boat certainly has all the modern GPS equipment, there will likely be the chance to try your hand at celestial navigation, using the stars to plot your position and guide your route! An age old skill used by sailing ancestors of years gone-by.
Part of the beauty of an ocean-going adventure is experiencing all the elements. From wind, rain and sun, we will certainly see them all. Whatever comes our way, the crew will use weather radar technology to plan our route as best they can to ensure we cover the most miles as safely as possible. Expect strong winds and big waves, perfect sailing to glassy seas with not a breath of wind and everything in-between.
All voyages for Chronos
Guest berths: 26 Rig: Bermudan Ketch
Our luxury sailing yacht Chronos was built and registered in Bodrum, Turkey but spends her days sailing the Mediterranean and Caribbean. Chronos was purpose-built as a charter vessel in 2013, with a two-masted, 54m staysail ketch rig.
Designed by Klaus Röder who based his design on a classic yacht whilst keeping up with the modern-day ketch; Chronos has been built for performance sailing and guest comfort.
Built with luxury in mind, the outline on deck is of teak and mahogany with plenty of space to sun-bath, read a book and enjoy the views. All the sails are electronically retractable, so no need to learn the ropes here. (The crew are, however, more than happy for guests to get involved with the operating and sailing of Chronos as much as they would like!)
An admiralty ladder provides the perfect place to jump off into the warm Caribbean waters, have a swim and climb back aboard with ease. Chronos also offers her guests the options of using her water skiing, wake-board, tube riding, kneeboard, banana boat, kayak and snorkelling & dive equipment and even a sail dinghy (QubaRS)
The deckhouse offers its very own small bar whilst below decks offers still more space to relax with a saloon with a plasma TV! Her private cabins, offering both double and single beds, all have air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms.
The professional crew consists of the Skipper, first mate, mechanic, bosun, cook and 4 stewards, so you will most certainly be looked after during your time aboard Chronos.
Deck planMore about Chronos
Life on board
Our sailing holidays on board Chronos are ones of luxury, style and comfort while exploring sunshine destinations and unforgettable locations. A purpose built charter vessel, Chronos was designed with the elegant sailing lines of a traditional classic boat but has been paired with all the comforts and luxuries of a modern yacht.
Authentic Sailing Fun
Sailing with Chronos is certainly one of comfort and relaxation. Think of a boutique, intimate classic sailing experience where nothing is too much trouble. Her dedicated and professional crew are highly trained and well-versed in a smooth sailing operation.
She has an impressive sail area and her rig is electronically operated with retractable sails so there is no need to “learn the ropes” here! That being said, there are still traditional pin and tails if guests want to have a taste of authentic sailing. Her crew are always on-hand and happy to discuss the sailing operations with guests.
Although there is less focus on the “hands-on” sailing of Chronos, the Captain and crew offer interesting sailing talks and information briefs for guests during the voyage. Learn about the history of the boat, its sailing terms and even take a tour of the engine room if you fancy! Understanding these elegant classic vessels and feeling their power with the wind is truly an unforgettable experience.
Sleeping and Relaxation
Every space on Chronos is considered with the guests at the forefront of all design. From the spacious saloon, private ensuite cabins clad in tropical wood to the sweeping open decks with plenty of sun lounging spaces – the boat is certainly oozing 5* luxury.
The generously proportioned cabins all have plenty of luggage storage, full size domestic showers and air conditioning units. Versatile beds mean that cabins can be made from a comfy double to a sharing twin and even a three bed family cabin as needed. All bedding, towels and a robe per person are included in the ticket price. Each cabin is named by the winds of the sea and this matches the allocated swim towel set for guests, so if you leave it drying on deck, a member of crew will deliver it back to your cabin when dry.
Daily cabin service is also part of the offering. A member of the crew will make your bed and freshen up your bathroom every day and if you want a towel change or full cabin clean, just leave the relevant sign on the cabin door!
Eating and Entertainment
Although the day is punctuated by meal times, you certainly don’t feel like you’re running on a schedule. The relaxed nature of both the boat and the crew give a perfect balance.
Depending on the voyage location, the daily routine can change and is flexible depending on the wishes of the group. Perhaps sit back and relax as the crew set the sails to another remote anchorage to enjoy a freshly cooked lunch and the on-board water toys! Or spend the morning swimming in a secluded bay or exploring an ancient port city before setting the sails to a new location.
Start the day with a rich buffet style breakfast, on to a light 2-course lunch at noon, coffee, tea and cake in the afternoon. Finish the day with a freshly cooked 3-course dinner aboard and on the final night of the voyage, enjoy an authentic Captains dinner. For every voyage on Chronos, guests enjoy a meal ashore at their own expense to really immerse themselves in to the local culture and cuisine. Guests tend to go off in their own groups but sometimes the crew can join in if guests are unsure of the best spots!
Depending on the mood of the group, the crew can arrange some light hearted entertainment too – from local musicians over dinner to a friendly on-board music quiz (which is always amusing with international guests!) or even a wine tasting session (at an extra cost).
For those water lovers with a sense of adventure, Chronos has a multitude of water-sport activities and equipment available for guests. Stand-up paddle0boards and adult-size snorkelling equipment is free for guests to use. Water-skiing, wakeboarding, banana boat and tube riding are all chargeable once on board.
Chronos offers this at a moderate price and suggests an average of 10% of the voyage price to serve as a guide for consumption. The onboard currency is EUROS and guests can open an on-board account which can be paid at the end of your voyage.
Please note; all voyages on (Chronos, Rhea and Kairos) require guests to be fully vaccinated or have a recovery certificate. Proof of this will be required once you have booked.
Travel insurance notes
As this is an active adventure holiday, we advise that everyone has the appropriate personal accident travel insurance whilst onboard in addition to standard travel insurance which would cover you in the time between making your booking and departing for your adventure. These policies can sometimes be combined so please check with your travel insurance provider.
This voyage will be more than 12miles offshore.
*Please note passengers sailing on Chronos, Rhea or Kariós do not require personal accident cover, only health insurance.
Need help with flights?
Atlantic sailings on Chronos do require all guests to provide a medical certificate signed by their doctors. This can be provided after you have completed the booking.
Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals on board are included in the price (breakfast, lunch, dinner and filter coffee and tea). Alcohol and soft drinks are not included. One meal is eaten ashore at the customers own expense.
Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please let us know when making your booking.
Do I need to tip the crew?
Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!
What language is spoken onboard?
Is there an age limit?
Yes. Minimum age of 5, and as long as the child can swim.
What are the sleeping arrangements?
Chronos has 1 Master Super King Cabin Ensuite(14 m²), 2 Standard Double Cabins Ensuite (11 m²) and 10 Deluxe Cabins Ensuite (12-13 m²) all sleeping 2 people.
How many toilet/showers does she have?
All cabins have their own ensuite.
Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.
Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Are there life jackets provided?
Are Waterproofs provided?
Do I need sailing experience?
No, absolutely not! Just a lust for adventure.
Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.
From: Falmouth Harbour, Antigua
To: La Linea, Gibraltar
To see where the ports are, along with your likely sailing area, please view the sail area & highlights.
Falmouth Harbour, Antigua
Antigua Airport is a 30 minute shuttle journey to Falmouth Harbour. Flights go direct to Antigua Airport from London Gatwick and London Heathrow with British Airways, Finnair, Virgin Atlantic and Air France.
STAY IN FALMOUTH HARBOUR
There are plenty of places to stay in Falmouth Harbour. Try Eko Cosy Guest House, Tequila Sunrise Antigua and Antigua Yacht Club Marina & Resort.
Gibraltar International Airport to the Port of Gibraltar is just a 3 minute taxi ride. There are direct flights from Gibraltar Airport (GIB) to London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Bristol, Manchester and Edinburgh.
Need help with flights to The Caribbean?
If you require some expert help with sourcing the right flights to meet the boat, please get in touch with Jenny at the Flight Centre via this form, she will be able to send you a quote within24 hours.