CW: What is the daily itinerary?
JS: During the Real B.V.I. trips we have an itinerary taking us through a majority of the islands in the territory. We modify this itinerary based on weather conditions, keeping in mind our goal of being at the best spots for kiteboarding, surfing, or stand-up paddleboarding on every day of the trip.
CW: How does this work logistically? Sail, drop anchor, kite surf?
JS: Although we've had monohulls on some of our original trips, we've found that crewed power and sailing catamarans are much more practical for our purposes. The open space provided by the tramp on the bows allows for gear storage and also provides a stable platform for rigging boards, kites, etc. Typically we cruise to the chosen spot, drop anchor, and partake in the sport for which the conditions are best.
CW: Are the kites and boards then loaded back aboard?
JS: Yes, in between sessions (for lunch, water breaks, naps, etc.) the kites and boards can float in the water off the stern of the boats. Before we weigh anchor and move to a mooring field/anchorage for the evening, the kites and boards are packed and secured to the trampoline or lifelines near the bows while under way.
CW: How many times a day do you do this?
JS: We usually try to stay focused around one or two spots a day at most. But, with that said, there are sometimes as many as five or six sessions that can happen on the water on any given day. For example, a day might go like this: morning sail to chosen spot, early surf session, late morning standup paddle session, pre-lunch kite surf session, lunch, nap, post-nap kite surf session, evening stand-up paddle/surf session, sail to evening mooring field/anchorage.
CW: Do the boats come with captain and crew? Captain only? Bareboat?
JS: The majority of our clients charter crewed yachts to maximize their time on the water. However, some of our clients with more experience sailing choose to bareboat.
CW: Is the charter a week or 10 days?
JS: The 5th annual Real B.V.I. is a 10-day trip. If clients are unable to block out 10 days of vacation, then they may choose to book their charter for only 7 days.
CW: What about provisioning?
JS: Provisioning can be done through the services that the Moorings offers, or the more adventurous can provision their boats on their own when they arrive in Road Town, Tortola, near the charter base.