Sail with an Extra Hand
If you're sailing with Sunsail charter company in the British Virgin Islands and need an extra hand to help out with deck chores, the First-Mate Program, introduced during high season 2003, may be for you.
For $75 a day plus private cabin and meals, Sunsail will provide you and your party with an experienced crewmember who can assist in daily boat operations, clue you in to the area's best anchorages, beaches, and snorkeling grounds, and even help out in the galley. "The first mates are extremely knowledgeable about the history and culture of the islands and can help you plan your itinerary, making recommendations on where to snorkel, visit, and eat," says Peter Cook, U.S. general manager for First Choice Marine, Sunsail's corporate parent. "They're better than any visitor's guide because they know all the spots off the beaten path as well as the most popular locales." For details, call Sunsail (800-237-2276).