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BVI One Week Flotilla

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BVI Flotilla - wonderful in every way!

Overview - Give us a summary of your time with Sunsail?

BVI flotilla trip in Feb with 4 friends. It was a wonderful trip, the boat (44i) was perfect for 5 adults, amazing condition and very very well specified for such a trip, really could not fault it. Support from the base and the flotilla crew was perfect - helpful when needed, responded exceptionally quickly to any requests but also stayed in the background when not needed. The route chosen was a perfect mix of great sailing, time to explore on your own and non-sailing time. Would highly recommend.

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Yachts - What was the best thing about your yacht?

Spacious and very well appointed. The Sunsail 44i (3 cabin) is a lovely boat to spend time on for 5-6 adults. Sailed very easily for even an inexperienced crew, very easy to handle, comfortable and fun. Would certainly want to go one one again.

Tips - Do you have any advice for fellow Sunsail guests visiting this destination?

Stock up on food in Tortola and BBQ off the boat! We had some wonderful meals on the boat like this.

Highlights - What were the most memorable experiences of your holiday and where on your itinerary did they happen?

Wonderful days sailing from Marina Cay to Bitter End, great wind, yacht performing very well, really beautiful day of sailing.

Jamie O'shaughnessy,


We're going again!

Overview - Give us a summary of your time with Sunsail?

We had a great time. It's the perfect sailing destination. Especially for relatively inexperienced sailors like ourselves. The wind is consistent but not too strong - all in an idyllic setting; silver sands and torquoise waters. And there's mooring bouys instead of harbours, much easier to hook up to than mooring with lots of people watching!

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The flotilla leaders were great. They gave you enough instructions, but still let you do your own thing.

Yachts - What was the best thing about your yacht?

Tips - Do you have any advice for fellow Sunsail guests visiting this destination?

If you're in a rush, don't go. If you like taking it easy, and doing things at a slower pace for a week, you're gonna love it

Highlights - What were the most memorable experiences of your holiday and where on your itinerary did they happen?

Winning the flotilla race! 2nd last day.

Julian Ronnie,


Pirates of the Caribbean

Overview - Give us a summary of your time with Sunsail?

The holiday more than lived up to our expectations, the BVI's are beautiful and the sailing is stress free (well as stress free as sailing can be), the anchorages are well set up to cater for the numbers of yachts there are without feeling overcrowded, the people are friendly and the cocktails are strong!

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Take "Island Time" seriously, get into it early and you will enjoy the holiday even more.

Yachts - What was the best thing about your yacht?

Newish, well maintained and clean. Nothing broke whilst we had the yacht and I was satisfied with the level of equipment.

Tips - Do you have any advice for fellow Sunsail guests visiting this destination?

Make sure you arrange your provisions before you go, either through Sunsail or independantly, it saves so much time at the start of the holiday. Make sure you include loo paper - guess who didn't!

Highlights - What were the most memorable experiences of your holiday and where on your itinerary did they happen?

Pirates of the Caribbean It all started in Waitrose one Saturday afternoon………… I had booked a couple of weeks off in November but had not found the right holiday and was resigned to not going anywhere. Difficult when your summer holiday was soaking wet and Ray had gone off to Mexico and Scott was going to St Lucia! Anyway, browsing the magazine stand we saw a Sunday Times holiday supplement that had a headline on the cover – “40 Things You Have Always Wanted To Do But Thought Were Too Expensive”. Jo and I leafed through and sailing the Virgin Islands caught our eye. I noted it was Sunsail offering the deal and thought that will be more expensive than our budget will allow but I checked their website the following morning and was pleasantly surprised. I rang the office next morning and spoke to a very efficient young lady who outlined what they had available but it was a bareboat charter, it was too good to miss although I wasn’t keen on going bareboat, could they put us in the one week flotilla? “No problem Sir” We were booked! Anyway come the day of check in and after a good nights sleep at the Mercure Hotel at Gatwick we pitched up at check in to find we had seats with extra leg room just behind Premium Economy – result! I had the aisle seat so could look right up into Upper Class and see what you got for £6,500.00 each return – reclining beds, purple mood lighting, half naked cabin staff peeling grapes……….(the last is not true). Our flight took us to Barbados (8 and a half hours), 1 hour on the ground there then an hours flight to Antigua where we disembarked. After being given free drinks as we entered the arrivals hall we collected our bags and went looking for the LIAT (Leeward Islands Air Transport) counter. Now LIAT have a reputation (Leave Islands Any Time) but they were pretty efficient in checking us in and getting us away. At this point it became obvious who of our fellow travellers were going sailing and who we were probably going to spend the next week with. There were a couple of annoying characters, one of whom was a woman who I swear hadn’t stopped talking since Gatwick! Our flight to Tortola was on a Bombardier Dash 8-300 and lasted just under an hour. Which was good ‘cos that was one of the noisiest flights I have ever had - and that includes cargo DC-3 and DC-6 flights! We touched down in the dark and were greeted by more free drinks (you could get used to this). After negotiating immigration we found ourselves outside and waiting for our transport to the marina. This turned out to be a Toyota Hi Lux pick up with an open sided bus body, 4 rows of seats and nowhere to put the luggage! The driver said “No Worries”, proceeded to jam all our bags under the seats and we were off. It was dark so we didn’t see much away from the road but it became obvious that the main road was narrow and followed the island contours, in one spot we had to go down to first and crawl to the top at about 3mph. After 30 minutes (the driver had said 20 - there was a pattern emerging here) we arrived at a modern marina complex where we clambered down to be met by several Sunsail staff. They directed us to the office where a bored receptionist (it was late) told us which boat we were allocated and where it was. Ours was called Andiamo (“Let’s Go” in Italian) and was on pontoon B; so off we set towards a double line of large yachts. “Ours will be hiding right at the end” said Jo “These are much too big”. Andiamo was 4th on the right. The look on Jo’s face is something I will remember for a long time as we gazed at the teak and leatherette interior of what seemed a huge yacht. It had a proper big wheel in the cockpit with a complete electronic navigation suite in front of it. Everything was lit up and even the cabin beds were made up with the towels arranged in pretty patterns, all very impressive. We decided to drop our luggage and head over to the bar and restaurant on the dock for dinner. Over a chilled glass of Pinot Grigio we discussed our journey and the boat – Jo was convinced we would never be able to handle it! After dinner we went back to the boat and unpacked, explored the stowage and were once more impressed by the size and condition of Andiamo (we even had a separate shower cubicle that was larger than the ones at home!) and the welcome pack of provisions for breakfast. We hit the pillow in preparation for another long day ahead and our flotilla meeting at 08.30. It was a hot night, the marina was very sheltered so there was very little breeze and I was up at seven o’clock to make breakfast and do the boats inventory check. In daylight I could see the huge number of boats in the marina and view the encircling green hills, plenty of folks were up and about and we compared notes on their boats and what they were planning for their holiday. Our first official visitor was Kenetha, our flotilla hosty, she was a big smiling St Lucian girl and I wondered to myself how she got about on her yacht! She told us about the briefing and said she was looking forward to the week. I hit the showers on the dock and changed in time for the brief where we met our flotilla leader and the other crews of the 7 boat flotilla in a blessedly air conditioned room over the dock offices. The leader seemed capable but unfortunately lacked any charisma and didn’t seem to have too much of a sense of humour – ah well. We were pleased to hear that the sailing should be easy and fun, we were able to toddle about on our own so long as we arrived at the overnight stops by 4.00pm, our daily brief was at 5.00pm (in a local bar - result) and it was dark by 6.00pm. The BVI’s are all pretty close together so it was usually line of sight sailing with no course work, we could pick up mooring buoys at all the tourist spots and snorkel off the yacht or dinghy. Just don’t drop anchor on coral or in the National Park areas!! That was about it so armed with a chart we went back to the boat to await our boat brief at 9.30. Aaron arrived on time; a capable looking Rastafarian who took our signed inventory list then gave us an outline of how to start the engine, use the anchor windlass and tried to instruct us in what all the pretty coloured ropes around the mast did. The one thing he couldn’t do was get our CD player to work properly, never mind it would take Jo’s iPod. As Aaron left our groceries arrived, we had ordered these over the internet from Bobbys Market in the town and they deliver it free to your boat at an agreed time. Very efficient they were too, I say groceries but there seemed to be a lot of beer! Good job we had a large fridge. Of course we had forgotten a couple of things including loo paper so I had to trudge up the road to another supermarket to get them. By 11.00 we were ready to leave – except that some ignorant bloke had parked his huge catamaran in front of us blocking us in. I spoke to the cleaning crew and a small youth started it up and with no ceremony spun the thing out of the way despite there being very little room. We cast off and gently maneuvered between the concrete mooring posts (I only gently clipped one – honest) and out into the harbour. The wheel felt different to the tiller I am used to but Andiamo reacted quickly to steering inputs, the sun was shining and I could believe the warnings we had been given about using high factor sunscreen – the sun was fierce. We ran slowly past the empty cruise ship dock and as the water turned an azure blue we passed a turtle heading slowly into the harbour and when we had some space around us we began to relax a bit. That was the run up and start of our first flotilla holiday with Sunsail, it was so much better than we expected (except for some unseasonable weather at the start of the week). Everyone we met smoothed our way and the standard of the yacht and marina were first class. Even the chaos of returning the yacht at the end of the week was organized (to some extent) and being able to shower and swim whilst waiting for the airport transfer was a treat and rounded out one of the best weeks holiday Jo and I have had. We plan to return this year for two weeks and try to go bare boat for one of them – can’t wait!

David Eales,


As good as it gets!

Overview - Give us a summary of your time with Sunsail?

Our first but hopefully not last Flotilla Holiday. We liked to sail more than the other boats which didn't bother us. We found out by chance that by setting off a little later we caught the afternoon breeze,which ment we were often the last in. This then resulted in us getting a free mooring.

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By Martin and I taking it in turns to skipper each day our wives didn't object to being bossed around,which was a most pleasant suprise, even calling themselves winch wenches..order was soon restored once we were back on dry land.

Yachts - What was the best thing about your yacht?

Nan Sea really liked being sailed close hauled,we often hit 7 knots and annoyed lazy skippers when we overtook them in their huge Cats..

Tips - Do you have any advice for fellow Sunsail guests visiting this destination?

At Frenchman's Quay take the dinghy and go right through to the little supermarket at the other side, it's much cheaper,and supports the local trade more. We also saw baby eagle rays swimming under the dinghy as we went through the small gap.

Highlights - What were the most memorable experiences of your holiday and where on your itinerary did they happen?

Seeing the huge fish(tarpin) at Monkey Point while pelicans dive in right next to us, they really looked like they were laughing..

Harry Palmer,


we love sailing and the BVI's are our favourite place

Overview - Give us a summary of your time with Sunsail?

good

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Yachts - What was the best thing about your yacht?

shower!

Tips - Do you have any advice for fellow Sunsail guests visiting this destination?

bring your own snorkel!

Highlights - What were the most memorable experiences of your holiday and where on your itinerary did they happen?

annegada eating lobster, watching turtles, swimming, loblolly bay and walking on the beach! we also love the soggy dollar bar and swam with a turtle there.

Christopher Brough,