These Deals Are All About Cats
Catamaran sailing-vacation opportunities abound: Barefoot Yacht Charters (www.bare
footyachts.com) in the Caribbean island of St. Vincent offers 10 days for the price of seven from July 1 to November 15, 2009. Repeat customers can take an extra 10 percent off. . . . CYOA Yacht Charters (www.cyoacharters.com) in St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, takes 25 percent off the cost of charters aboard its four-cabin Cumberland 44 power cat through August 15, 2009. . . . Horizon Yacht Charters (www.horizonyachtcharters.com) offers the first 10 CW readers who book a seven-night trip from any of the company's bases-Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands; Antigua; St. Martin; and Grenada-between July 10 and October 31, 2009, a rate of $3,500 on catamarans. The offer can't be applied to existing reservations or used in conjunction with any other discounts. Mention promotional code CW3500. . . . King Yacht Charters (www.sailingcharters.com) arranges crewed charters by the cabin in destinations all over the world. . . . Sail with The Moorings (www.moorings.com) in the eastern and western Caribbean and the Bahamas from July 1 to September 30, 2009, and save up to 25 percent. This offer applies to the Moorings 4000 and the Moorings 4300 club line. Charters must be booked before July 31, 2009, and the offer is valid only on new bareboat charters of six days or longer. Other restrictions may apply. . . . Queensland Yacht Charters (www.yachtcharters.com.au) offers deals to sailors in Australia's off-season, during the U.S. summer. Its catamarans cruise to destinations in the Whitsunday islands. Select from Fountaine Pajot's Belize and Lavezzi models. For smaller groups or a family, the Australian-built Seawind catamarans are available. Discounts include free charter days and off-peak rates as well as a free sleepaboard the night before the charter starts. . . . Earn two free days aboard a Gemini 34 cat on a charter of three days or longer until December 14, 2009, with Southwest Florida Yachts (www.swfyachts.com). Take one extra day from December 15, 2009, through April 30, 2010, for charters of three days or longer. . . . Luxury cats have joined the Sunreef Yachts Charter (www.sunreef-charter.com) fleet and are available in Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Croatia, and Turkey. New destinations for the fleet include the Caribbean's St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Venezuela. In the Indian Ocean, destinations are Seychelles and the Maldives. . . . Take advantage of a 25-percent-off deal from Sunsail (www.sunsail.com) by booking charters at the company's Caribbean bases aboard a Lagoon 410 on dates throughout the summer of 2009. The offer is restricted to new bookings of five days or longer. Sunsail's ongoing Reef Weeks discount program gives sailors 15 percent off charters of five to 13 days on all Sunsail cats measuring less than 42 feet; the program also gives 25 percent off on charters of 14 days or longer. . . .
Save up to 25 percent off new bookings with Voyage Charters (www.voyagecharters.com) aboard its fleet of catamarans in the British Virgin Islands and in Spain's Balearic Islands.
If you're new to catamaran sailing, here's a way to start: NauticEd (www.nauticed.org), the online sailing classroom, has created a catamaran course with help from Nick Harvey of Lagoon America. Students can log in and learn cat-specific sailing techniques, skills related to maneuvering cats under power, and safety and sail trim as well as general knowledge associated with sailing a catamaran.