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Learning to Sail with Horizon Yacht Charters

February 14, 2017

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More and more people are opting for holidays with a difference. As the world opens up and we are getting more adventurous with our travels, package vacations involving lying on the beach or by the pool are becoming less interesting… we want to really visit places and get involved, being active. Does this sound like you?

Have you ever looked at a sailing boat and wished you were on it? Or taken a sailing trip and wished you knew how to sail yourself? Well, why not consider having a vacation and learning to sail…. all at the same time? At Horizon Yacht Charters, you can charter a yacht with your family or friends, and we can find you an experienced sailing instructor.  We are affiliated with the American Sailing Association (ASA) and can offer the following courses:

Basic Keelboat Sailing Standard (#101)

This is the perfect starting point for complete beginners and is a prerequisite for any further ASA courses. By the end of the course you should be able to sail a boat of about 20 feet or more in length in light to moderate winds and sea conditions in familiar waters without supervision.

Basic Coastal Cruising Standard (#103) Sailors must cruise safely in local and regional waters as both skipper and crew on an auxiliary powered sailboat of about 20 to 30 feet in length, in moderate winds and sea conditions.

Bareboat Chartering Standard (#104) – (Intermediate Coastal Cruising) An advanced cruising Standard for individuals with cruising experience.  The individual can act as skipper or crew of a 30 – 50 foot boat sailing by day in coastal waters.  The Standard includes knowledge of boat systems and maintenance procedures.

Cruising Catamaran (# 114)

Able to skipper an auxiliary-powered sailing cruising catamaran of approximately 30 to 45 feet in length in coastal waters in moderate to heavy winds (up to 30 knots) and sea conditions. The Standard includes knowledge of catamaran systems and maintenance procedures.

So, whether you are a complete beginner, have some sailing experience or have plenty of experience but want a qualification, we have something to offer you.

Our instructors are all very well experienced, patient and teach in a calm, safe manner. They will also adjust their teaching style to suit you. So, what can you expect from a learning to sail vacation?  Every one of our students come back and tell us how much they enjoyed themselves and are surprised that learning can also be fun!

A typical day on one of our courses might start of in the Tobago Cays with a snorkel and hearty breakfast.  This would be followed by a briefing on man overboard drills, including a discussion on different return procedures, how to get the person on board, hypothermia, life jackets etc.  The designated captain for the morning is then asked for his course and destination, navigational hazards and aids that will be encountered on the way.  Weigh anchor, set sail and all students have a turn at the helm and discuss other topics such as “safety at sea”.  Man overboard drills are practiced on the way to your next destination.  Once you have arrived and the anchor is set it is time for lunch followed by a swim.  Over lunch, the morning’s sail and drills are discussed.

In the afternoon, discuss how to take a three-point fix.  Designate the captain for the afternoon and ask him/her to discuss knots and their uses.  Weigh anchor and set sail for your overnight anchorage at Bequia.  While under sail, each student takes a three-point fix and plots the position on the chart.  Anchor in Admiralty Bay, Bequia, one of the most stunning islands of the Caribbean and debrief the afternoon’s exercises and discuss collision regulations over a Sundowner!  Go ashore to one of the many superb restaurants for dinner on the water edge.

Interested? Contact us on info@horizongrenada.com or info@horizonstvincent.com for more information. Rates vary according to the time of year you wish to travel.  If you wish to rent your own bareboat and learn to sail, choose the yacht you would like to rent and we will be happy to give you a price on the bareboat fee.  Add the ASA Instructor’s fee of $185 per day (not including food or gratuity), and around US$50 per person for ASA Exam materials depending on the courses taken.  This fee does not include food or beverages.

If you are looking to learn to sail on your own, or maybe there is just the two of you and you want to learn in a group, contact us and we can recommend a suitable sailing school that offers training on a cabin charter basis.

 

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Horizon Yacht Charters Grenada Welcomes Lesley Hayes to Reservations Team

November 25, 2016

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James & Jacqui Pascall, owners of Horizon Yacht Charters Grenada, are pleased to welcome Lesley Hayes to their team. Lesley joins the Reservations Department based in Port Louis Marina in Grenada.

Lesley is originally from the north west of England, and the only boat she had been on before the age of 29 was a cross channel ferry. That all changed when she met a Sailing Instructor and soon found herself on a 37 foot yacht, sailing across the Bay of Biscay. After four years of cruising the Mediterranean during the summer and working as a probation officer back home in the winter, she left England behind her and settled in Greece where she quickly found a job working for a yacht charter company. Here Lesley gained several years of valuable experience in all things ‘yachting’ and particularly handling reservations. Then the man in her life planted the seed of buying an ocean-going boat and crossing the Atlantic. The seed grew into a ‘Plan’ and in November 2015, they took part in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC). Since then they have stayed in the Caribbean, basing themselves in St. Vincent and getting to know and love the island, The Grenadines and Grenada. Recently Lesley had to acknowledge that even though she loved the cruising life, she actually missed going to work. The timing proved good, as the position at Horizon was being advertised, and now she is back where she is happiest, helping people find the best sailing holiday to suit them. When not working, Lesley loves swimming, cooking and watching bad TV.

Horizon Yacht Charters is a small, privately owned and managed yacht charter company with bases in Grenada and St.Vincent dedicated to tailor made vacations into the Grenadine Islands on board a growing fleet of modern charter yachts. James Pascall commented: “As the company has recently opened a new charter base in Blue Lagoon, St. Vincent, we are ideally placed to offer our charters from either end of The Grenadines chain. Lesley has tremendous character and energy and will be a great asset to us in developing our business – Welcome aboard!”

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Grenada – Small Island, Big Heart…

September 26, 2016

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Whenever asked to list the reasons for making our base in Grenada the answer is simple – there are 100,000 of them ………the people.

‘Good Morning’, ‘Good Evening’, ‘How you doing’, ‘Thank You’, ‘Enjoy’ is still the most common currency on this small island. Whether you are in the International Class Marina of Port Louis in the South or buying barbeque chicken from a stall on rugged Bathway Beach in the North, you will be greeted with smiles ……and asked the question ‘How you enjoying our island?’ Grenadians have a huge pride in their home and an equally huge desire for visitors to love it too – an emotion that is infectious – no wonder it is said that Grenada jus’ get under your skin!

And this is just the start. It goes without saying that the island has excellent sailing waters; secluded coves for quiet anchorage; beautiful beaches; full service marinas and haul out facilities; restaurants and bars. But let us take you to the ‘Heart’ ……. An experience of Pure Grenada for you at the beginning or end of your yacht charter. How about a short sail into Clarke’s Court Bay & a stop at Hog Island for cold beers and barbeque at Roger’s Bar, joined by locals, live-aboard cruisers and visiting ‘yachties’. Or how about a live music session at The Flying Jib in Calliste, with great views across Point Salines, the most southerly tip of the island. Buy fresh local produce, fruit, juices, preserves and honey at the friendly Farmer’s Market in Grand Anse and then try the best mojitos at Esther’s Bar, just a walk away on the beach. If the timing is right, you could also enjoy a dinghy concert in Clarke’s Court Bay or a Full Moon Bonfire Party in Benji Bay. The list can go on……

The natural beauty of the island is a must to experience as well. There are hiking trails throughout the rain forested interior and shorter walks that will take you to waterfalls and sulphur pools. If you don’t want to walk alone there are local guides who can show you the way and keep you entertained with ‘colourful’ anecdotes about the area and its  history. You can also contact the Hash House Harriers, a group that sets walking (& running) trails every Saturday at different locations throughout Grenada and its sister islands of Carriacou & Petite Martinique – a great way to explore and make new friends.

Should your schedule allow, there are Turtle-Watch tours on Levera Beach in the north of the island; kayak trips around the mangroves and bays of the south-east coast and glass bottom boat & snorkelling excursions to the underwater sculpture park in Moliniere on the western coast. The team at Horizon Yacht Charters have a wealth of knowledge and experience to make sure that an itinerary can be designed to suit everyone and that the best use is made of precious time.

Oh and did we mention that Grenada is the southern gateway to The Grenadines, renowned as one of the most beautiful cruising areas in the world? Reason 100,001!

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Ten Young Grenadian Sailors Take Part in World Sailing Technical Course for Coaches

September 9, 2016

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Ten talented young sailing coaches from Clubs and Sailing Schools in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique have completed a World Sailing Technical Course for Coaches, the first to be hosted in Grenada by the Grenada Sailing Association, with funding support from the International Olympic Committee and Grenada Olympic Committee.

Noah Bullen, Robert Fleming, Rees Evans, Kevin Banfield, Kwesi Paul, Shakeem Collins, Akim Clement, Aaron Malcolm, Zachary Lagan and Arkim Compton took part in the 5 day programme, which was run by Tim Cross, World Sailing Training & Development, Nominated Expert, who flew to Grenada from England specifically to take part. The course, held at True Blue Bay Resort & Villas, was a combination of theory and class work as well as practical exercises on the water and provided a comprehensive range of skills, knowledge and experience to the young coaches.

Grenada Sailing Association, is a World Sailing ‘Member National Authority’ (MNA) and because of this was eligible to apply to host one of the prestigious Technical Training Courses that the organisation runs. It is the first time that the GSA has put forward an application and was extremely pleased to have been successful. The course was a great success and already plans are moving forward for an application to host the next level course early in 2017.

The Grenada Sailing Association is pleased to have achieved another important goal in the development of quality technical training in Junior Sailing and would like to thank the Grenada Olympic Committee for its valuable assistance. The Association would also like to thank Terry Neilson, Catfish Inc. & the Gouyave Sailing School, Grenada Yacht Club and Woburn Wind Warriors for the loan of boats and equipment, and Russ &

Magdalena Fielden & True Blue Bay Resort for providing accommodation and hospitality as the Home Base for the course. Thanks also goes to Camper & Nicholsons Marinas; Budget Marine; Grenada Marine; Horizon Yacht Charters; Island Dreams Yacht Services; Grenada Yacht Club and Glenelg Spring Water for their long term support.

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Help us raise lots of money to fill Santa’s sack!

December 3, 2015

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Christmas Fund for Grenada’s Homes for Children – Help us raise lots of money to fill Santa’s sack!

IMG_0481Horizon’s  very own Santa Claus (Ian Morris from Grenada Base), along with his elf helpers, will be visiting three orphanages and special care homes in Grenada on Xmas Eve and Xmas Day. They will be distributing presents and Christmas goodies to some some very special children.

They are looking to raise as much money as possible to buy and wrap gifts for the children. If you would like to make a contribution to this very worthy cause please contact Chief Elf John Lee on S/Y Seamantha, moored on JDock Port Louis Marina. His contact details are on the attached flyer and as follows:

USA #: 1-732-939-5191

Grenada #: 473-404-0566

Email: johnvlee1@gmail.com

 

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Horizon Destinations win big in Caribbean Travel Awards

December 2, 2015

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Several Horizon charter destinations featured in the Caribbean Journal Awards for 2015! Awards included:

Innovative Destination of the Year — Antigua and Barbuda

Caribbean Airport of the Year – VC Bird International Airport, Antigua

Up-and-Coming Destination of the Year — Grenada

Also amongst the awards were JetBlue Airways – Airline of the Year. JetBlue services numerous Caribbean destinations from an increasing number of US airports.

You can read the full award list here.

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Christmas recipes from the Grenadines

November 20, 2015

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Since the holiday season is nearly upon us we thought we’d share some of our favourite Christmas recipes with a Grenadine twist!

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Ginger Beer – refreshing and delicious – view the recipe here.

 

 

 

 

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Caribbean Black Cake – a cousin to the British Plum Pudding made with an array of dried fruits – view the recipe here.

 

 

 

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More refreshments! This time Sorrel Drink. View the recipe here.

 

 

 

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and finally… A kind of Caribbean egg nog. Try this Punch de Creme recipe.

 

 

 

Enjoy the festive season!

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JetBlue to Launch Service to Grenada

February 4, 2015

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JetBlue Airways, New York’s Hometown Airline™, today announced its intent to add another destination to its ever-expanding network in the Caribbean. Subject to receipt of government operating authority, flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Grenada’s Maurice Bishop International Airport (GND) will begin on June 11, 2015, with a twice weekly service on Thursdays and Sundays. Grenada will be JetBlue’s 90th destination and its 32nd destination in the Caribbean and Latin America. Flights will be available for sale following government approval.

“We cannot wait to add Grenada to our network of Caribbean destinations,” said Dave Clark, JetBlue’s vice president, network planning. “Grenada is one of the most beautiful and adventurous destinations in the Caribbean, and our new nonstop service will make it much easier to get there. Whether you go for the white sand beaches, world class diving, flagship resorts, or rich history, we know you will want to return again and again.”

“Grenada has seen remarkable growth in tourism thanks to a fresh marketing approach, an extraordinary new Sandals resort and a very resilient and committed tourism sector. Combine that with all the magnificent facets of our tri-island state and we have a winning formula. JetBlue is known to offer quality service and high standards, and is the perfect addition to our family. We are indeed very pleased to welcome the inaugural flight on June 11th to Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean,” said the Honorable Alexandra Otway-Noel, Minister of Implementation, Government of Grenada.

JetBlue will serve the route with its spacious 150-seat Airbus A320 aircraft featuring the most legroom in coach (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch of U.S. airlines), free first-run movies on flights to/from Grenada, and unlimited free snacks and soft drinks.

About JetBlue Airways

JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline™, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale/ Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 30 million customers a year to 87 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 825 daily flights. Service to Cleveland and Reno-Tahoe, Nev., will launch this spring. For more information please visit JetBlue.com.

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Silent Wings at the Antigua Charter Yacht Show!

December 21, 2014

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Horizon recently enjoyed the 53rd Antigua Charter Yacht Show at Falmouth & English Harbours, Antigua – from  5 –  10 December 2014.  Featuring 100 registered yachts, there was a wide selection of stunning catamarans and monohull sail boats ranging in size from 50 feet and up, all in the historic Dockyard at English Harbour. Visitors to the show also got to see super yachts, both power and sail, which was great fun!

The Welcome Party was held at the Copper & Lumber Store Hotel in the historic English Harbour, with a theme of “Caribbean Evening Under the Stars”.   Starting with a cocktail Reception with buffet supper, followed by live entertainment by a dancing troupe and DJ music.  Everybody enjoyed this fantastic opportunity to catch up with industry colleagues in wonderful setting!

 

Our crewed yacht Silent Wings was located in the Nelsons Dockyard in English Harbour and had prime position amongst the larger fleet.  Sally and Steve were ready to welcome brokers onboard, and to show off this lovely sailing yacht that is based in the Grenadines.

On Tuesday evening the dockyard boat hop brought the place alive with yachts open for visiting brokers to enjoy drinks and canapés.  Silent Wings hosted a Grenada themed cocktail party with rum, spices and chocolate to offer to the brokers.  Goodie bags to take home included local Grenadian flavours & spices.

A fun evening was had by those who stopped by to nibble on Sally’s delightful dips and sample Steve’s strong rum punch!  Jacqui Pascall, co-owner of Horizon Grenada had a great time answering questions about Grenada and the Grenadines, and it certainly didn’t take much encouragement for everyone to sample the fantastic Grenada chocolate displayed!

Learn more about booking a luxury crewed yacht charter on Silent Wings, and let us help you plan a perfect bespoke holiday – see our dedicated web page here:  http://horizonyachtcharters.com/stvincent/crewedboats/jeanneau-54ds-silent-wings/

 

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