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St Lucia Yacht Charter

Essential Information

 

Address & Map

 
Office/ Marina Address

Sunsail,
Rodney Bay Marina,
Rodney Bay,
St Lucia,
West Indies

Location

The base is located to the east of the island in the French part, in Captain Oliver’s Marina at Oyster Pond. The marina is about 30 minutes from Juliana International airport and 20 minutes from Grand Case local airport

Base Open Hours

Base office hours are from 8h00am to 5h30pm, 7 days a week.

Base/Shore Facilities

Facilities: A fully serviced marina including a hotel, restaurant, post office and bank

WaterYes
Showers

Yes

PoolYes
Garbage disposalFree
ProvisioningFully stocked supermarket at base or pre provision online in advance
AccommodationYes – at the base
Bar & RestaurantYes – at the base
Money ChangeYes, limited amounts

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Arrival & Departure

 

Start and End Times

•Charters Start on a Saturday or Sunday

•Start 6pm

•End 12pm

Late Arrival – After Office Hours

If arriving after office hours, a welcome letter and the keys for the yacht will be left with security. A welcome board on the yacht will indicate the Skipper's name.

•Boat & Chart Briefing will be conducted the following morning

Flight Information

Airports

George Charles (Vigie) airport - 30 minutes from the base.
Hewanorra International airport - 85 minutes from the base.

Servicing Airlines

Air France
Air Canada
American Eagle 6777
British Airways
BWIA
Caribbean Star
Delta
LIAT
US Airways
Virgin Atlantic

Transfers

From George Charles (Vigie) airport - (15 minutes). Approximate cost: 1-3 pax $25: extra passengers $10 per person, each way.

From Hewanorra International airport - (1h30 minutes) Approximate cost: 1-3 pax $90: extra passengers $25 per person, each way.

 

Passport and Visas

Customs and Immigration

The base has custom facilities which are open daily from 9am to 4pm, closed for lunch from 12pm to 1pm

Passports

British and EU Citizens must have a full passport, valid for at least 6 months after their return to the U.K.

Visas

British Citizens do not require a visa to enter St Lucia, other nationals should check.

  • If you are travelling to, OR VIA, the USA you must be in possession of a machine readable passport with a barcode and have applied online for an ESTA travel authorisation, or have a US visa.
  •  If you have a criminal record you must apply for a US Visa at the US Embassy. Applying for a US Visa is a lengthy process which can take several weeks..
    A customs declaration form must be completed at the port of entry.
    Please note country entry/exit requirements are subject to change. Please check with your local government or travel office for up to date information or passeport requirements. Sunsail is not accountable for any requirement changes.

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Sailing Information

 

St Lucia is a Level 3 sailing area
Experience levels are based on sailing conditions and the length of passages within your chosen sailing area.  Follow the link for more information on the sailing conditions. This rating scale is designed as a guide based on the prevailing conditions during the most popular season.
Level 3 - Equates to 20 days sailing, 400 miles on an equivalent yacht or RYA Day Skipper qualification with experience to a higher level.
ICC qualification with experience to a higher level
Wind/Weather – 10-25 knots
Navigation - Understand tidal flow, ability to navigate in open waters, cope with strong currents and be able to make a passage plan
Anchor/Mooring - Primarily anchoring, some slightly more exposed anchorages with poor anchor holding ground.

Sailing Licences

Although no sailing licences are required for cruising in St Lucia, we strongly advise that you take any sailing certification on holiday with you.  This may be useful should you be contacted by Customs or Port Police.  If you have not already done so then Skipper and 1st Mate will be required to fill in a Sailing CV to confirm that you have the necessary skills to sailing in this region.

Cruising Permits & Taxes
Cruising PermitSt. LuciaSt. VincentGrenada
   US$7.50-US$20.00US$0.75/ftUp to 40 ft = US$20
40ft to 60ft = US$29
60ft to 80ft = US$39
80ft & over = US$58
Cruising TaxEC$5 per person per day (to a max. of 7 days)
Night Time Sailing

You are not permitted to sail at night unless it has been agreed with the base manager prior to departure.

Cruising Area Limits

BVI:- All the British Virgin Islands, including Anegada.
Outside our cruising grounds would be US Virgin Islands and Spanish Virgin Islands
Rest of Caribbean: No further than 20 miles out from Puerto Rico to Grenada,
excluding Saba, Montserrat, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago
There are some other restrictions throughout the whole Caribbean, which are detailed in the Caribbean Introduction section.

Mooring Fees and Taxes
St LuciaSt. VincentGrenada 
US$12-US$16

31ft to 51ft = EC$100

51ft & over = EC$140

US$6 to US$22

Payable when clearing at customs.                            

The Windward Islands are actually 4 separate countries
1. Martinique (part of France)
2. St Lucia (south to Martinique)
3. St Vincent & the Grenadines (south to PSV)
4. Grenada (including Carriacou & Petit Martinique)
Mooring facilities are provided in some areas for overnight stays These are managed by local restaurants & bars or marinas. Charges are variable but start at US $20 a night.
A marine park fee for Tobago Cays is 10$ EC per day per person. This will have to be done on the marine park facility.

Area & Sailing

More information on the sailing in this area.

Charts & Pilot Book

All the charts and pilot books you will need for the sailing area are on board the yacht.  Charts and pilot books can be purchased by mail order from the UK chandler Kelvin Hughes by contacting them direct on 02380 634911 or www.kelvinhughes.com

Fuel

We would highly recommend that all clients’ pre-pay fuel.  Fuel is available at the base. The cost is approximately 0.98 euro per litre
Mobile
The base will give each of the yachts a mobile phone and will call at regular intervals to see how you are getting on

Cool Boxes

Cool boxes are available at the base on a first come first served basis at no additional charge. Please sign these out and return them clean and undamaged otherwise you will be charged for replacement. Only one per boat.

Skippered Charter Information

The skipper’s time is booked from 12:00pm to 12:00pm in 24-hour periods. If you have reserved him for the first day of your charter and have a 6:00pm start, he will use this time to ensure he is happy with all aspects of the yacht and will be at the base to meet you upon your arrival. If you have reserved him for a later date on your charter he will start at 12:00pm on that day.

The skipper is responsible for the safety of the yacht at all times. He is not permitted to dive with you, nor leave the vessel overnight. He must conduct a safety brief with you before leaving the dock regardless of the duration of his contract with you.

For “check out charters” (anything less than the full duration of the charter) the check out skipper’s time is booked from 6:00pm to 6:00pm to allow for a meet and greet in the evening and go over basic systems, then a full day with you the next day. This skipper is required to give you a thorough briefing on all aspects of the yacht and dinghy in addition to assisting you with planning an itinerary for the trip and advising you how to contact the base, the return to base procedures and the emergency assistance procedures. It is suggested that you attend the scheduled chart brief that will be supplemented by the skipper during his time with you on the yacht. It is also suggested that you make it clear exactly what you want to cover…anchoring, docking, etc.

The skipper will be required to give you as much information as you require concerning the yacht and its systems, sailing skills and navigation in general.

The skipper fee does not include food or beverages for the skipper and are your responsibility. It is suggested that you discuss this on the first day with the skipper and establish whether you will give the skipper cash for meals, whether you have included him in your provisioning or whether you will accommodate him as part of the group for meals ashore.

The skipper must have his own cabin. We prefer not to put the skipper in the bow due to the shared heads and size of the cabin. If you expect him to stay in the bow, please let us know well in advance so that we can choose the appropriate (small) skipper.

For one-day check out skipper’s it is your responsibility to get the skipper back to the base. If you prefer not to come back to the base you must pay for his expenses (ferry, taxi, etc.) to get him back to the base.
The average tip for a skipper is 15 to 20% of the skipper’s fee. This is, of course, at your discretion.

 

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Banks & Money Exchange

 

A 1st National Bank is located in the Marina Village and is open Mon - Fri: 8am to 4pm, Sat: 8am - 12pm and is closed on Sunday. There's also a 24hr ATM machine beside the bank.
There are other banks in Castries with similar opening hours, although they are closed on Saturdays and Sundays

Currency

The local currency in St Lucia is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar.

US Dollars and US$ travellers cheques are also used throughout the Windwards. Visa and MasterCard are also accepted in most places.

Sunsail cannot exchange any money or traveller cheques at the base.

 

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General Information

 

Language

English & French-based patois

Restaurants

Marigot Beach Club
JJ’s Restaurant & Bar
The Shack Bar & Grill

Hotels

Discovery at Marigot Bay
The Village Inn & Spa
Marigot Beach Club Hotel & Dive Resort


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Electrical, Phones & Music

 

Electricity

The standard voltage on all yachts is 12 volts. In order to use electronic equipment that is 220v you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter.

Mobile phones

Card and coin phones can be found all over the island.
You can buy phones cards in Post Offices and some shops.
It is also advisable to bring your Mobile, and to ensure sure you have global coverage.

Music/Ipods

All boats are fitted with a radio and CD player. If you wish to listen to your IPOD whilst sailing you will need to bring along an I-trip or FM radio transmitter.

 

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Activities

 

Watersports
Diving

Scuba diving packages are available. Please contact the base for more information on diving.

Watertoys available
Snorkelling - We have a range of snorkelling gear which you may wish to use. We are limited on children’s sizes so if you have your own you may wish to bring them with you.
Kayaks - Kayak rental is available.
Fishing Gear - A range of fishing gear is available. Please contact the base for more information. Seasonal catches include mackerel, king mackerel, white marlin, barracuda, kingfish and sailfish.
 

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Provisioning

Provisioning is available in this location.  More information on Provisioning.

 

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Health & Safety

Illness or Injury

If you are taken ill and visit the doctor or hospital during your trip contact a member of Sunsail staff as soon as possible on either a lead boat or at Sunsail base or Club.
If you need to make a claim for curtailment due to illness, ask the base manager for assistance and contact your insurer’s emergency medical service immediately.
Your insurance company will assist with travel arrangements, advice and payment of bills.
Obtain receipts for any medication, treatment or transport you have to pay for and submit with your claim

Safety

All yachts are equipped with adult life jackets harnesses we leave it up to you to decide when personal safety equipment should be worn.
We have a limited supply of children’s life jackets (age 4+ only) if you have your own children’s life jacket we would encourage you to bring it along.
We suggest that children who are not strong swimmers should not be allowed in a dinghy without a life jacket or buoyancy aid and that they should wear a buoyancy aid or harness when on deck.
Children under the age of 16yrs should not operate an outboard engine and should be supervised at all times when in the dinghy.

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