Your Questions Answered

Here is information on some of the questions you may have – but  please be sure to contact us with any others

 

What experience do I need?  Any age limits?

None at all on either count.

These courses are designed for everyone, from complete novices who have never set foot aboard a yacht before, to seasoned sailors looking for a formal qualification or to hone their existing skills.  These are superb courses for those thinking of bareboat chartering or buying their own yacht – contact us for additional information in that respect.

The youngest guest we’ve had was 10 years old and the oldest was 81.  The bottom line is – sailing is for everyone!

While the aim of these cruises is to offer guests the opportunity to pass an internationally recognized certification on board an ocean-going yacht, we also remember that this is a vacation – and thus leisure time will be available for swimming, snorkeling, diving, or exploring ashore. The Instructor will run the course at the pace of the guests, with their safety and comfort of prime importance and guests will have every opportunity to participate in the planning of the itinerary and daily schedule.

We will do our best to match up guests with similar objectives and to enable them to achieve the level of certification that equates to their experience. Because of the small number of guests on board the yacht (usually no more than 4 plus the Instructor, very occasionally 5 plus the Instructor), instruction is highly personalized and therefore slightly differing levels of experience amongst the guests does not necessarily present a problem.
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What’s for dinner?

Provisions for most of your meals are included in the price of the course.

We’ll stock the boat with supplies for all of breakfasts, lunches and snacks, plus three evening meals, to allow for eating ashore on the three other evenings so that you can sample some of the great local cuisine the Grenadines have to offer.

We’ll do our best to accommodate any special food requests or diets you might have.  Vegan/Vegetarian is not an issue.  Just be sure to let us know in advance so that we can make the appropriate substitutions for you.

All guests are expected to take part in food preparation which is part and parcel of the live-aboard experience – the Instructor will certainly do his fair share but remember that he (or she) is not a Chef! Food preparation and general household duties are an integral part of living aboard.

In the interests of safety and consideration for other guests, we ask that guests exercise moderation if consuming alcohol and also that alcohol not be consumed whilst the yacht is under sail.
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What should I bring?

As little as possible! Dress in these islands is informal. We suggest you bring:

  • T-shirts, shorts, swimwear
  • Suntan lotion, sunglasses
  • Wide-brimmed floppy hat
  • A cotton, long-sleeved shirt
  • Washkit
  • Camera
  • Pair of deck shoes or sneakers
  • Sailing gloves
  • Light rainproof jacket
  • Passports & travel documents
  • Air tickets, money, insurance documents
  • Any prescription medications you may be on
  • Course textbooks
  • CD-iPod with connector cable for headphone style plug on stereo.
  • Personal flashlight or head lamp.
  • Pocket knife which you can open with one hand

Pack your things in soft bags rather than hard suitcases which are difficult to stow on a yacht.
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Tell me about the yachts?

The yachts are in the 40-foot range and fully-equipped for the cruise.  Couples will have a private, double stateroom. Singles will have either a private stateroom or a shared stateroom with upper/lower berths.

There will usually be no more than 4 students per yacht, plus the Instructor, though very occasionally there may be a 5th.

We have larger yachts which are able to accommodate groups such as families or corporate groups, up to a maximum of 8 guests – but only on request.

We also offer “Couples-Only” cruises for those who would like to learn how to sail together and work as a unit but without other guests.  You’ll have the yacht exclusively to yourselves with the Instructor.  The rate is $ 4,797 for the monohull week or $ 5,097 for the catamaran week.

Please contact us at info@barefootoffshore.com for any additional information required.

All yachts are equipped and maintained to the highest standards. On-board equipment includes:

  • Dinghy & outboard motor
  • All safety equipment
  • All charts & certification materials
  • CD System with i-pod input and outside speakers
  • Refrigeration
  • Hot & Cold showers
  • Snorkel equipment for all guests
  • Bed linens, bath and beach towels
  • Cellular telephone
  • VHF Radio
  • AM/FM Radio
  • GPS
  • Depth-sounder
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Bimini top for protection from sun
  • Fully-stocked galley with all pots & pans
  • Barbecue
  • 110-volt mini-inverter so that you can charge electronic equipment

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How do I get to the Grenadines?

INFORMATION ON AIR TRAVEL TO ST VINCENT & THE GRENADINES

How to Get Here -

Most guests arrive by international flight landing in St Lucia or Barbados, and then take an inter-island connection to St Vincent – about 25 minutes from St Lucia or 40 minutes from Barbados.

From St Lucia to St Vincent

SVG Air – http://www.flysvgair.com

From Barbados to St Vincent

SVG Air – http://www.flysvgair.com

or

LIAT – http://www.liatairline.com

Airport Codes

Our airport in St Vincent is E.T. Joshua, airport code SVD

Barbados – Grantley Adams International Airport – BGI
St Lucia – Hewanorra International Airport – UVF
St Lucia – George Charles Airport – SLU
Grenada – Maurice Bishop International Airport – GND
San Juan, Puerto Rico – Luis Munoz Marin International Airport – SJU
Port of Spain, Trinidad – Piarco International Airport – POS

Routes -

SVG Air has daily flights (excluding Wednesdays) from St Lucia UVF directly to St Vincent SVD.   The flight (# 642) leaves St Lucia at 4.15 p.m. and arrives in St Vincent at approximately 4.40 p.m.  For those whose international schedules allow, this is probably the best connection to St Vincent and the one which arrives earliest in the day.  On the return leg, the flight (# 641) departs St Vincent at 10.00 a.m., arriving at St Lucia UVF at approximately 10.25 a.m.    http://www.flysvgair.com

Alternatively, Barbados BGI is a good transit airport as there are regular non-stop flights to St Vincent.

From North America, there are daily non-stop flights to St Lucia UVF and Barbados BGI from New York JFK, Miami MIA and Toronto TOR

From Europe, the best route is usually from London LGW to Barbados BGI (British Airways and Virgin Atlantic fly daily), then connecting to St Vincent SVD.

Other possibilities from Europe would be from Paris PAR or Amsterdam AMS to St Maarten SXM, connecting to St Vincent SVD with LIAT

If flying via St Lucia, remember that there are two airports there.  Most international flights arrive at and depart from Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) but check with your airline to be sure, as UVF is an expensive, one-hour taxi ride from the other airport, George Charles SLU.

St Vincent’s International Airport -

Is scheduled to open sometime in 2018

Ferries -

Despite some web sites advertising a ferry service, there are currently (December 2016) NO international ferry services to or from St Vincent

When You Arrive -

Most folks arrive on a Saturday afternoon or evening and have a night ashore before embarking for the ASA cruise the following morning.

If you’ve notified us of your flight details and arrival time, we’ll be happy to send a taxi to meet you at St Vincent’s E.T.Joshua Airport.

The ride to our base takes about 15 minutes and costs $ 4 per person (minimum 4-person charge).  Someone will be here to meet you at our marina and settle you into your shore accommodations, either at our own boutique hotel, Barefoot Suites, or at the nearby hotel of your choice.

Need Help? -

Leah Hernandez, at Reservation Services International, has years of experience getting folks from North America to St Vincent.   She offers excellent service and can usually get very good rates

Phone:          1-800-329-9000, Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST

Fax:              1-281-292-6045

E-mail:         leahctn68@hotmail.com

 

 

*You can find an expanded version of this post on our blog.
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