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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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Visit to St. Vincent Distillers Ltd at Mount Bentinck

November 29, 2016

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Horizon Grenada & St Vincent base director visited the St. Vincent Distillers Ltd at Mount Bentinck, Georgetown, recently. This is her account of the visit, along with some great pictures.

 

It was a wonderful drive along the Windward coast from the Blue Lagoon Marina passing small villages, the exciting new airport terminal almost ready to receive jets and plenty of lush mountains and flowing rivers.

We were met by an experienced master blender who took the time out to show us around. Distillation of rum is a complicated process, the fermented molasses which is brought in from Guyana is heated and the resulting steam is condensed. The liquid that is captured is measure and tested to eliminate any impurities and ensure the highest quality and uniformity. After the distillation is complete it is sent to be processed into different types of rum.

The Captain Bligh XO Special Reserve is a golden rum aged for years in oak barrels. These are stored in the oldest part of the factory for up to ten years. Rows upon rows of glorious rum ageing gently and when the perfect time arrives it is transferred to the state of art bottling factory to be poured, sealed and labeled and packed for worldwide distribution.

Outside the factory there is a product and souvenir shop where you can sample the different types of rum from 40% up to a very strong 84.5%…!

This award-winning distillery is well work a visit. If you’d like to book a tour of the Distillery you can call 1 784 458 6221.

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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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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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Blue Lagoon Hotel and Marina – Refurbishment complete!

January 9, 2015

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Horizon Yacht Charters recently opened their newest base in St Vincent, providing sailing vacations across the beautiful Grenadines. The new base is located at the Blue Lagoon Hotel and Marina, which has now completed a refurbishment.

A selection of pictures from the hotel and restaurant are below. The refurbishment has been conducted to the highest standard and provides additional comfort to our charter guests during their stay in St Vincent.

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Horizon launches new Base in St Vincent

June 25, 2014

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Horizon Yacht Charters announces new base in St Vincent
Opening 1st October 2014
Horizon Yacht Charters announces the opening of their latest yacht charter base in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Located at the redeveloped Blue Lagoon Marina the new base will serve clients who seek to cruise the unspoilt Grenadines. The base will open on 1st October 2014 with a fleet of monohull and catamarans ranging from 37 to 51 feet in length. Luxury crewed yachts as well as bareboat charters will be offered. 

St Vincent is a stunning mountainous island covered in lush tropical rain forest. St Vincent boasts verdant botanical gardens, waterfalls and a rich history. Blue Lagoon Marina is very conveniently located a few minutes from the airport, Kingstown and tourist amenities. The marina is an ideal location to start charter being only an hour and a half’s sail from Bequia, one of the most sought after locations in the Grenadines. Blue Lagoon is also ideally located for a one way charter start from St Vincent to Grenada, where Horizon Yacht Charters long standing base at True Blue Bay Resort is situated.

Flight connections are particularly well suited for one way charters via Barbados, St Lucia or Grenada and private charter flights are a particularly useful alternative to scheduled services.

St Vincent Base director James Pascall stated:  “We are delighted to be adding St Vincent to the Horizon family of bases. The Grenadines are one of the great yacht cruising areas in the World and we will now have a charter base located at each end, offering our clients even more options and flexibility for their sailing vacations with Horizon Yacht Charters.”

For more information on the St Vincent Base please contact Jacqui Pascall – Horizon Yacht Charters by telephone on (473) 439 1000/2, by email:info@horizonstvincent.com, or on our website.

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