Visit the Gorgeous Grenadines.
If sailing the Grenadines is not on your bucket list of places to charter, it should be. There has never been a better time to visit these enchanted isles, because now sailors can now fly directly into St. Vincent and the Grenadines from North America via the new Argyle International Airport (AIA). The newly opened Argyle International Airport boasts a 9,000-foot-long runway and an expansive apron area, which facilitates aircraft ranging from twin otters to Boeing 747s.
AIA was constructed to accommodate 1.2 million travelers per year however the islands still remain relatively quiet. “There has never been a time like this in the Grenadines,” said Philip Barnard, owner and managing director of The Barefoot Companies, which comprises Barefoot Yacht Charters, Barefoot Offshore Sailing School and Barefoot Performance Sailing, all located on St. Vincent. The islands have seen a slow, consistent growth in yacht charters over the last 5 years that does not seem to be affected by the opening of the airport. “They are still the perfect, secluded uncrowded Grenadines that a select group of sailors have enjoyed, all to themselves, for the last 30 years,” Barnard said. “We are extremely excited to see what the future will bring.”
Barefoot Yacht Charters has expanded their fleet of new Lagoon, Fountain Pajot, Bali and Dehler yachts and are also introducing the Seawind brand from Australia with their 2019 Boat of the Year-winning Seawind 1260 performance cruiser into the fleet.
For more information, visit their website
New Deals and Boats from Horizon Yacht Charters
Horizon Yacht Charters, which has bases in St. Vincent, Grenada and the British Virgin Islands, is offering 10% off the charter fee of any Learn to Sail ASA charter. Book before July 31, 2019 to take advantage of this offer.
Horizon also has recently added 12 new boats across all 3 fleets:
BVI Base – Nanny Cay Marina, Tortola
- Jeanneau 349 2020 (2 cabins)
- Jeanneau 410 2020 (3 cabins)
- Jeanneau 490 2020 (4 cabins and Skipper berth)
- Nautitech Open 40 2020 (4 + 2 cabins)
- Lagoon 42 2020 (4 + 2 cabins)
- Lagoon 46 2020 (4 + 2 cabins)
- Saona 47 Maestro 2019 (3 + 1 cabins)
Grenada Base – True Blue Bay Marina, Grenada
- Bavaria 40 2013 (3 cabins)
- Lagoon 45 (2020) (4 cabins)
- Jeanneau 51 2016 (3 cabins)
St. Vincent Base – Blue Lagoon Marina, St Vincent
- Jeanneau 46 2014 (3 cabins)
- Beneteau 50 2014 (3 cabins)
Discounts and a New Website
Sail longer, for less! Sail Caribe, located in Fajardo, Puerto Rico (the gateway to the Spanish Virgin Islands), and St. Thomas, USVI, is offering a 25% discount on all week-long or longer charters on selected monohulls and catamarans for remaining available dates through December 20th, 2019. This offer is available for new and direct bookings only. For more information, visit Sail Caribe’s newly redesigned website.
Learn to Sail in Grenada, and Help the Ocean
Seahorse Sailing School Grenada is offering 10% discounts on all August, September and October courses. The week-long, liveaboard courses at the American Sailing Association-accredited school are offered year round from Seahorse’s base at True Blue Resort and Marina. More information at seahorsesailingschool.com.
As an added bonus, the American Sailing Association wants to energize everyone to start sailing by proclaiming this July the first ever “Learn to Sail” month. For every new sailing lesson purchased in July at one of their 350+ certified schools nationwide, ASA will make a donation to Sailors for the Sea and their mission to save the oceans.
Free Days in Paradise
Conch Charters, a family owned and run business located in Tortola, BVI, is offering 10 nights for the price of 7 until November 7th! The company’s fleet of cats and monohulls is currently at 29 – and growing! Visit conchcharters.com to see the boats and learn more.
Dream Yacht Ownership
Interested in owning a charter boat? Dream Yacht Charter launched a new charter management guaranteed income program this month. Available for a limited time period only, the new program offers an attractive 15% guaranteed income over a 3-year period on select monohulls located in a choice of over 45 Dream bases worldwide.
- Key features of the program include:
- 15% guaranteed income per year
- Up to 8 weeks sailing per year
- Reciprocal usage of an equivalent sized yacht in any one of Dream Yacht Charter’s +45 bases worldwide
- No expenses for maintenance, mooring or insurance
- Three-year term giving a high residual value
This program is only available for a limited time period on a select range of monohulls from Dufour and Beneteau, so potential owners need to act before July 31, 2019 to secure the offer.