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Jost Van Dyke Two-Week Flotilla

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If God had holidays this is where he would probably go.

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

The booking staff actually care. The Boats are spot on.The BVI's are blue,gold,white,hot but with a cooling wind and the bays you can find are as per dreams.The people who live on the Islands are cool and happy and like having fun. You can join in anywhere. Snorkelling and swimming and paddling in pools is perfect and the fish in the sea are all there.Anybody like turtles?

Is there anything else you would like to share?

You will have to take a pot of money for spending cash. 8% income tax and everything imported (70000) containers a year" means that stuff is expensive.Do not even think about small bottles of diet coke.But the rum is for nothing pricewise.If you get to Anagarda which you must then the best beach is Cow Wreck bay. If you haven't had one then you must try the local anaesthetic which is known as a Pain Killer.If of a light headed disposition then suggest you do not drink this sitting down.You may fall over as legs are inclined to buckle on standing.

Yachts - What was the best thing about your yacht?

It worked. and everything you need in the way of bino's torches and stuff is there. Learn how to use the GPS it helps.Probably a good idea to take a large flag to fly so that you can be identified easily.Or conversely you can find the boat after lunch. We have experienced a faulty fuel gauge once so always double check at the start that the tank is full. We do not like sailing on one ear so we do reef early. 6 inches under the keel is as good as 10 feet.

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

Never offer advice. but it it does have very direct overhead sunlight and you can get fooled by the wind.Wear a hat and do not forget to put the sun cream on the top of your feet.Only drink red wine from a new bottle.Hang onto your glasses with one hand when you fall out of the dinghy. If you are lucky enough to have Philmore as your lead Skipper then you are in the presence of serious ability. Do go to Jos Van Dyke and search out Ivan's stress free bar. Tis on the beach and it says what it is

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

The people who live there. Seeing your anchor on the bottom 40 feet away. It really does not matter where you go.If you have not been before then it is just like getting your first bicycle around every corner it's a new stunning view.And the water is a colour that defies description and of course the sand is so white. You have to experience walking around a coral mini island and sailing into a proper reef protected semi circular bay. In principal save up and do it at least once in your life.

Jeremy Coleclough,


If you want great consistent sailing, like mooring buoys and enjoy snorkelling - the BVIs are the place to go.

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

It was our 3rd time to the BVIs with Sunsail so we knew what to expect. But luckily because of a problem with our boat we ended up with a 423. That's spoilt us now for the future as even with just 2 of us it was joy to sail and we were easily the first to Anegada.

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Yachts - What was the best thing about your yacht?

It easily coped with 25+ knot winds and always felt safe, if you had told me before this yacht that I would still have the sails up with gusts of 35 knots I wouldn't have believed you. The cabin accommodation was also fantastic, especially for just 2 :)

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

Don't forget to budget for the cost of mooring buoys, although you can anchor it is harder to find a nice spot.

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

Snorkelling in the bight, we saw some of the best corals I have seen in the caribbean and swam through a shoal of squid.

Ken Burch,


An enjoyable and well organised flotilla, in a beautiful location.

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

Very enjoyable and well organised. There was the opportunity on the flotilla to join in as much or as little as you wanted with the other guests, we moored in some beautiful places and the whole holiday (apart from the journey there) was very relaxing. I definitely want to go back to the BVI's again.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Fun and supportive lead crew.

Yachts - What was the best thing about your yacht?

Well equipped and easy to sail.

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

Consider travelling to the BVI's by a route which doesn't involve having to fly with LIAT. After many hours waiting at Antigua airport our flight to Tortola was cancelled and we ended up spending the night in Antigua then flying the next day, not what you need after a 9 hour flight. This is apparently a very regular occurence, if we go again we would look at flying via the US.

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

Sailing to Anegada, a beautiful coral island which just appears out of the sea, and dinner on the beach Marina Quay - massive Barricuda hiding under the dinghy

Sarah Taylor,


Beautiful beaches and scenery with guaranteed wind

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

Lots of laughs and some great fellow flotilla crews. Got to visit a lot of islands and the wind was fantastic - always blowing and never felt too hot or uncomfortable. Expensive!

Is there anything else you would like to share?

The airport transfer at Antigua airport was a nightmare and something that needs addressing!! Be ready for a long wait and much confusion!!! Worth it though. Beautiful scenery and beaches - but the caribbean I remember has become very touristified and you don't get to see much of the true caribbean life. Would prefer a little longer at some stops to allow time to go inland a little further to see the real caribbean and explore - not always time for this. Would like opportunity to visit smaller eating places run by locals - rather than big American affairs at hyped up prices. Feel there should be more support of the locals.

Yachts - What was the best thing about your yacht?

In great condition - no problems whatsoever.

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

It's very expensive to eat out - allow extra when budgeting. Also - if you go to restaurants away from the harbourside (ie. not set up for tourists) - much better deal and you see more of the real caribbean.

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

The full moon party at Trellis Bay, Tortola Pelicans diving into the water around you as you snorkel - fantastic! Snorkelling the wreck of the Rhone at Manchioneel Bay, Cooper Island Evening drinks and lots of laughs with flotilla friends on on board one boat Fishing for buoys!!!

Lisa Horswill,


A wonderful holiday in a fantastic location.

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

When we first arrived it was windy and raining and we were worried about the weather. After a couple of days it improved and was wonderful. The Skipper and Hostess were wonderful and helped us enjoy our holiday.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

We did have trouble with our engine and unfortunately it was not mended properly which resulted in our last days plans being abandoned.

Yachts - What was the best thing about your yacht?

The cleaners were great and the boats very well presented. Next time we would like a Cat.

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

Take a small rope ladder to help you get in the rubber dinghy.

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

Sailing into Anagarda. The water was so blue and the Lobster dinner wonderful. Marina Quay was also one of the highlights of the holiday with a terrific restaurant and view plus very safe snorkeling in the designated area.

M Wild,


Total relaxation, easy sailing, sheltered water - ideal for a non competitive partner!

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

We have been to the BVIs three times now - never disappionted. Many places to visit, all nice. Sailing can be short and easy or long and more challenging - your choice. The assurance of a flotilla / lead boat is welcome. We once went bare boat to St Martin, but some of us felt a bit vulnerable.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

No.

Yachts - What was the best thing about your yacht?

Well equipped.

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

Get an upgrade on the flights - though Virgin (next time) must be better than First Choice

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

The Baths, Virgin Gorda - Snorkelling. Loblolly Beach, Anegada - Chilling out and the sail over. Marina Cay - Restuarant and views Sopers Hole, West End, Tortola - browsing and nibbling. Gorda Sound - lots to visit in a small area. Jost Van Dyke and islands around it - one is a perfect desert island.

Roland Shaw,