Caribbean Sailing from St Lucia with Grayhound
- Vessel: Grayhound
- Where: St Lucia, Caribbean
- Duration: 6 days
- Embark: Rodney Bay, St Lucia - 28 February 2024, 14:00
- Disembark: Rodney Bay, St Lucia - 4 March 2024, 11:00
Explore the Caribbean islands from St Lucia with traditional wooden lugger Grayhound.
Join Grayhound in St Lucia as she explores the Caribbean islands between Grenada and Guadeloupe. There is an abundance of islands, bays, tropical beaches and wildlife to explore both from the water and onshore.
On this 6 day Caribbean sailing holiday, you need no prior sailing experience and you will “learn the ropes” as we hop from island to island. The best way to explore the islands in the Caribbean is by ship, avoiding the tourist hustle and exploring this tropical paradise under sail.
- Full Crew included
- Hands-on sailing
- Caribbean island hopping
- All-inclusive meals
- OPEN WATER SAILING
- Star gazing
Your Sailing Area
St lucia, Caribbean
The volcanic spires that make the island of St Lucia are a spectacular landmark in the Windward Islands and provide a breath-taking anchorage in Piton Bay. Joining Grayhound in Rodney Bay on the north of the island to begin your Caribbean sailing holiday adventure is a great starting point to explore the surrounding islands.
The villages that dot the coastline of St Lucia are predominantly traditional Caribbean fishing towns, lined with volcanic beaches and some great snorkelling and diving opportunities. The interior of the island is home to dense rainforest with varying levels of hiking trails if you fancy extending your Caribbean holiday.
Our route will be largely determined by the wind, either heading north towards Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe or South towards St Vincent and the Grenadines.
If we head North…
Guadeloupe is an archipelago in its own right with the main butterfly-shaped island surrounded by even more miniature versions of this tropical paradise. The main island is divided by the Salee River home to jungle swamps and connected only by a couple of bridges. Across the islands you’ll find beautiful long stretches of beach, sugar cane fields and the Parc National de la Guadeloupe. A mountainous, jungle-like National Park home to the cascading Carbet Falls and the volcano of La Grande Soufrière. With a plethora of bays, coves and inlets, you won’t be short of picturesque anchorages and swimming opportunities here either.
The island of Dominica is mountainous and covered in rainforest reserves teeming with wonderful wildlife spotting opportunities. The National Park is home to the volcanically heated, steam-covered Boiling Lake, hot springs and the 65m-tall Trafalgar Falls – don’t forget your swimsuit! It was the setting for many scenes from “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Onshore explorations with our cook to the local markets is a highlight of these sails. Get to properly experience local culture all while being immersed in the real Caribbean life style.
The island of Martinique is a delightful cultural blend of french and West Indian influence. Christopher Columbus landed on the island in 1502, after a 21-day trade wind passage he christened the island as Martinica.
The north of the island is mountainous with an abundance of dense rainforest, home to the active volcano Mont Pelée offering the adventure numerous hiking trails. The beaches in the north are a silvery grey thanks to the fallout of historic volcanic ash while those in the south remain that quintessentially soft white Caribbean sand the islands are known for. The south of the island features steep hills with quaint meandering streets lined with colourful houses.
If we head South…
ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
The Windward Islands in the Caribbean are made up of St Vincent and the Grenadines, a chain of tiny idyllic islands to the north of Grenada, providing a plethora of picturesque anchorages, underwater paradises’, walking trails and authentic Caribbean island charm.
Tobago Cays is a true underwater paradise. Peer off the side of the boat into crystal clear waters and you’ll be rewarded with colourful shoals of fish and fascinating coral reefs. You could spend days here kayaking and exploring. There is a turtle sanctuary nearby so swimming alongside turtles and stingrays is almost guaranteed. Run a line off the boat to catch a Red Snapper or two and take it ashore for a beachside BBQ where star-gazing as the night draws in is a real treat for the eyes!
The island of Carriacou belongs to Grenada but lies within the Grenadines island chain. There are so many tiny uninhabited islands surrounding Carriacou with miles of sandy white beaches and coral reefs, you won’t be short of anchorages and places to relax away from the big cruise ships! Sit back with a fresh coconut drink as you enjoy the sun setting while watching pelicans dive bomb the water for their supper.
The island of Bequia (pronounced beck-way) directly translates into “island of the clouds”. One of the prettiest islands in the Grenadines, you’ll certainly see why it’s top of the anchorage list. Seemingly untouched by mass tourism, the island retains its authentic Caribbean charm with friendly locals and a truly relaxed way of life.
All voyages for Grayhound
Guest berths: 12 Rig: Lugger
Grayhound is a three-masted, wooden tall ship Lugger who was first launched in 2012. She is a a 5/6th scale replica of the original “Grayhound” who was built in Cornwall in 1776 and used as a Customs Lugger. Under new ownership, she nows resides primarily in Douarnenez, France but certainly still loves to explore the seven seas.
True to her original ancestors, Grayhound has been traditionally built with her rigging the same as you’d find it back in 1776. Her owners relish the opportunity to give guests a true and exhilarating sailing experience, taking them back in time for a truly fascinating sailing holiday adventure. Sailing with Grayhound is a hands-on experience and guests are invited to get involved with all aspects of sailing this unique 18th century style Lugger.
The traditional fit out and use of timber continues but with considered spaces and a few more mod-cons! A communal saloon area sleeps 5 guests centred around an impressive oak table with a further five berths in the shared fore cabin. Each bunk has a privacy curtain. There is an eco toilet onboard and a shower for emergencies but guest showers are taken ashore as much as possible. Life on board is predominantly vegetarian unless meat and fish is caught sustainably whilst sailing!
The owners and crew of Grayhound are passionate about sustainable sailing and their impact on the natural world. By harnessing the power of wind, Grayhound reduces engine time, minimising carbon emissions and pollution. Sailing encourages a slower pace, allowing guests to appreciate the journey and the destinations without rushing. Grayhound believes in a promoting a deeper connection with nature, as the rhythmic movement of the boat and the sound of the wind create a sense of serenity with the landscapes around us.
Deck planMore about Grayhound
LIFE ON BOARD
One of traditional hands-on sailing and sustainable adventure travel. Sailing with Cornish Lugger Grayhound is perfect for those looking to get to grips with sailing a traditionally rigged, classic wooden vessel.
Grayhound is run and sailed as sustainably as possible, with a care for the environment and the natural marine world at the forefront of everything she does. From an adopted vegetarian menu (unless of course, it can be sustainably fished or hunted), to traditional tender gigs rowed by the crew, it’s clear to see that sustainable travel and adventure is an important part of sailing with Grayhound.
Sailed with a full time crew, Grayhound mixes her sailing season with sheltered coastal sailing, open water sailing and some aptly named “smugglers runs”. Although she has a permanent crew, guests are encouraged to get involved to hoist the sails by hand and to feel the power of the wind in the tiller. Learn basic rope and knot work or even learn to row in the gig tenders – another nod to the ship’s ancestral history!
SLEEPING AND RELAXATION
A pilot house at deck level gives a versatile space from chart navigation, daytime shelter if needed and the perfect place for a cosy night watch.
Below decks there is a collection of various berths tucked into the hull, with four bunks situated off the main saloon and a further six berth bunks in the fore. The spaces are generous and there are two toilets on board for guests. There is a shower for emergencies but guests are encouraged to use marina showers or even consider jumping in the sea – an invigorating, free bath!
There is a communal eating area with a wide hatch so guests can star-gaze while eating deliciously cooked food. In warmer climates, guests and crew can eat alfresco up on the generous deck.
The galley is at the heart of both Grayhound itself and her owners.
Designed to be an efficient and inspiring workspace for the chef making meals a highlight of the voyage. Grayhound has a great tradition of using fresh produce and of foraging, producing wholesome meals inspired by local cuisine and maritime traditions. She serves only healthy, organic, vegetarian food. For many good reasons the meals on the ship are mostly vegetarian (unless it is caught by line from the boat!). Everything is cooked onboard by our excellent chef using regional and organic produce wherever possible.
- All inclusive (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and soft/hot drinks)
- All bedding (pillow, sheets & duvet) and a wash towel
- Full crew plus tuition
- Marina and fuel fees
- All tender trips to and fro the boat
What’s not included
- Wash and/or swim towel
- Any flights
- Transit hotels
- Travel to and from the boat on the day of joining/leaving
- Travel insurance
- Sailing Insurance (Please read our Sailing Insurance page for more information)
- Crew tips
- Personal expenses
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.
Need help with flights?
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Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals on board are included in the price. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.
Can you cater for dietary needs?
We are primarily a vegetarian (not vegan) ship. Everything is cooked onboard by our excellent chef using regional and organic produce wherever possible. We have a well-equipped galley where we cook healthy, tasty and sustainable food.
What language is spoken onboard?
What are the sleeping arrangements?
10x single berths in the saloon and the fore cabin. (some can be made into "doubles")
Do I need to tip the crew?
Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!
How many toilet/showers does she have?
2 toilets. There is a shower on board but we use it as little as possible because we have a limited water supply. We tend to use the showers ashore in the marinas that we visit. There is plenty of seawater for bucket-showers on deck or for a nice morning swim around the ship. Bring biodegradable wet wipes to keep clean. You will be amazed on how fresh you feel at sea!
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: Rodney Bay, St Lucia
To: Rodney Bay, St Lucia
To see where the ports are, along with your likely sailing area, please view the sail area & highlights.
Flights go to St Lucia Vigie from Manchester, London Heathrow, Edinburgh, Glasgow International, Belfast City and Belfast International.
You can also fly to/from St Lucia Hewanorra Airport. Flights go direct to St Lucia Hewanorra from London Gatwick with British Airways and Finnair.
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