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Horizon Antigua chooses ABSAR Antigua & Barbuda Search & Rescue as their charity of choice

December 9, 2012

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We want to say a huge thank-you to each of our generous charter guests who have supported the Environmental Awareness Group Sea Turtle project here in Antigua & Barbuda with their many donations. Since 2008, many of our guests have been donating US$20 to this wonderful project that is headed up by the very talented Mykl Clovis. The funds were used to pay for the many beach patrols and the volunteers who tirelessly monitor the beaches for signs of turtle nesting and hatching.

For this coming charter season of 2013/2014, we have selected a different and equally worthwhile charity to support:

A.B.S.A.R Search & Rescue.

Antigua and Barbuda Search and Rescue (ABSAR) is a voluntary organization dedicated to saving lives. It is an officially recognized search and rescue service providing 24-hour coverage 365 days of the year here in Antigua and Barbuda. They work in close co-operation with the Coast Guard, fire and ambulance services.

Their volunteers hail from a variety of backgrounds, and all undergo training in seamanship, small boat handling skills, search and rescue techniques and first aid. Each of them give up their own valuable time to train and answer distress calls. You may well have seen the A.B.S.A.R. rib out monitoring events such as Antigua Sailing Week and Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta.

The ABSAR Medic Station is located at the AYCM Resort in Falmouth Harbour.

ABSAR is a Registered Non profit Charity, and relies on all of our donations for their existence. We are delighted to select A.B.S.A.R. for the new season’s donations and wish to thank all of our charter guests for your continued generosity and support.

For more information about this vital charity, please contact Jackie Ashford at info@antiguahorizon.com

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New January 2013 specials; bareboat sailing Antigua & Barbuda

December 4, 2012

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Why wait to put your toes in the 365 white sand beaches of Antigua & Barbuda, or to jump head first into seriously warm Caribbean sea? We have just released some last minute specials sailing out of our Antigua base on our monohull fleet during January 2013. What better way to get bareboat sailing in the New Year!

Beneteau Cyclades 43.3
Open January 21 – 31 2013
Charter fee based on 7 nights/8 days: US$3,310

Jeanneau 494
Open January 7 – 16 2013
Charter fee based on 7 nights/8 days: US$4,200

Harmony 42
Open January 8 – 16 2013
Charter fee based on 7 nights/8 days: US$3,480

Hanse 430
Open January 13 – 31 2013
Charter fee based on 7 nights/8 days: US$3,955

Note that we can not combine offers or loyalty discounts on this promotion.

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Dream of an Unspoilt Paradise?

October 31, 2012

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Enter our competition to win a 7 night vacation cruising Antigua & Barbuda in the Leeward Islands. 

Antigua & Barbuda sit in the heart of the Caribbean like a pair of gems sparkling in the blue ocean.  For sailors who enjoy their own corner of paradise, this cruising area offers a heady mix of history, sailing, exploring and relaxing. 

The island of Antigua offers a mix of coves and bays from the deserted offshore islands in the North Sound to the bustling harbours of English and Falmouth to the south.    From casual lobster lunches on white sand beaches to some of the finest International cuisine; there’s something for everyone. 

Barbuda is just a 4 hour sail from Antigua and offers an unrivalled Robinson Crusoe experience; frigate birds, whale watching and snorkeling combine with 11 miles of unbroken pink sand beach to deliver a breathtaking memory for years to come. 

For those blue water sailors amongst you, head further south to the island of Guadeloupe and Iles des Saintes, or sail west across to Nevis and St Kitts.  All just a day sail away.

Competition rules:

  • One entry per person
  • The 7 night/8 day charter will be aboard a Bavaria 40*
  • Block out dates include; Christmas, New Year, Thanksgiving, Presidents Week, Antigua Sailing Week or Easter
  • Prize does not include; flights, transfers to and from the airport, provisioning, mooring fees, cruising permits, national park permits, fuel/water, Hull damage waiver.

*Subject to availability – model and size may vary. If you require a skipper, the fee is extra and is $150 per day for the duration of your charter, (not including food/beverages/optional gratuity).   Please remember that the skipper needs his/her own cabin. Alternatively an instructor is US$165 per day.

The winner will picked at random on December 31, 2012.

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The Vision of the Future

October 1, 2012

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The highly anticipated Vision Series from Bavaria has finally hit the US shores and will proudly be on display at this year’s Annapolis Sail Boat Show, taking place later this week (October 4-8).

The latest from Farr for Bavaria is the new design for the Vision Series. The Vision 46, is an owners layout with 2 double cabins and 2 heads and showers. Other layouts are available. An asymmetric cockpit layout allows the port side to be a generous sun lounger at anchor, and in keeping with what you would expect from Farr, and what we have witnessed already in the Cruiser range, the new Vision 46 promises to be a capable shorthanded passage maker with a good turn of speed and close winded.  For the full spec, please click here.

Recently nominated by SAIL magazine in their prestigious annual ‘Best Boat’s competition, The Vision 46 is a worthy contender and a hot favourite to take home the coveted prize.

Already available to charter for day sails, weekends or week long charters on the Chesapeake, we are also taking bookings for the Vision 46 from our BVI base.  Available from November 1, 2012, early charter bookings are looking strong and we anticipate a busy season ahead.  Check out our rates here for further information and to book!

And if you are attending the Annapolis Boat Show and would like to book an appointment to meet with our Sales Team, to discuss purchasing a yacht for either private use or to put into our charter fleet,  please email info@horizonyachtcharters.com and we will ensure to schedule in some time for you.

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The perfect accompaniment to your Antigua sailing charter

October 12, 2010

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The perfect accompaniment to your Antigua sailing charter

Sailing, kite surfing and more sailing!

Horizon Yacht Charters Antigua is delighted to be partnering with Nonsuch Bay Resort to bring you an all-round sailing experience as part of your charter trip.  Enjoy dinghy and keelboat sailing and racing on their fleet of RS Dinghies, RS Elite fleet and Hobies.  For those with more energy, learn to kite surf, enjoy a sailing clinic and more.

Based in glorious Nonsuch Bay on the east coast of Antigua, Nonsuch Bay Resort offers perfect small boat sailing conditions, great sailing kit and two square miles of protected water.

Nonsuch Bay is an overnight anchorage and a great spot to enjoy the beauty of Green Island; and just a dinghy ride away from the Resort.

Nonsuch Bay Resort is offering Horizon Antigua guests a special DAY PASS to enjoy some fantastic sailing.  Pay just US$100 per person, per day, and enjoy use of all dinghies and keelboats subject to availability and agility*

*please note, individuals who book a day pass and enjoy a great lunch at the Resort pay just US$50 for their day pass.

Horizon Antigua is delighted to offer one complimentary Dinghy Technique Clinic* per charter for all new charters booked between now and the end of November and taken before April 30 2011.

*Technique clinics last 1 hour for between 1 and 3 persons per session and are subject to availability at time of booking.

For further information, please contact Jackie Ashford, Horizon Yacht Charters Antigua.


Toll free:  1-866-439-1089

+1 (286) 562 4725

Skype:  jackieashford1





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Antigua Sea Turtle Conservation project – highlights of their important work.

October 11, 2010

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A huge thank you to all of our generous Horizon Antigua charter guests who have donated funds to the ANTIGUA SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION PROJECT over the past 2 years.

Ongoing surveys of turtle nesting beaches continued throughout the nesting season during 2008.  The main objective of the monitoring is to obtain an estimate of nesting crawls on each site.  This monitoring takes place by volunteer foot patrols and also has input from local fishermen, boat charter companies, and informal aerial surveys conducted by Caribbean Helicopters pilots.

The results?

In total, 213 turtle nests were recorded at six monitored beaches around Antigua.  The majority of these nests were laid by Hawksbill turtles (148), followed by Green turtles (38) and Leatherbacks (23).  A slight increase from 2007 when 173 nests were recorded in Antigua.

The majority of nesting beaches show a clearly defined peak in nesting activity in August.  This is consistent with the findings of other projects in the region.

Throughout the nesting season in Antigua, patrols also conducted many outreach activities aimed at raising awareness of sea turtle conservation issues.

The Antigua Sea Turlte Conservation Project say a huge ‘thank you’ to all their volunteers and those who continue to support them, including Horizon Antigua charter guests!

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Antigua landscapes – a surprise for sailing guests!

September 9, 2010

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One of the biggest surprises that our sailing guests have when they sail Antigua for the first time is the landscape.  For some reason, they expect Antigua to be flat (certainly our sister island of Barbuda is a flat, coral island) and much busier and developed than it actually is.  Most anchorages that you will experience will be protected by lush green hills and usually filled with goats foraging for food on the edge of the hillsides!

Here’s a photograph that I took (see below) – it shows the west coast of Antigua.  As you will see, it is certainly not busy!  This is due to the fact that there are so many beaches and little coves that you don’t tend to see too many other yachties – perfect for that idyllic Caribbean sailing getaway.

At most anchorages you will see some wonderful wildlife – i snapped these birds fishing (picture below) for their supper not so long ago.  This is just about a 30 minute sail from Jolly Harbour base.

You will also see an aerial photograph of our base and the surrounding cruising area.  As you can see, there are beautiful anchorages close to our base and wonderful flat water.  We are on the leeward side of the island so it’s a great start point for your cruise.  You also have all of the amenities of Jolly Harbour for your vacation; large supermarket open every day, liquor store open 5 days plus banks, restaurants, bars and craft shops.  You can stock up here before heading out on your holiday.

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Interesting day in Antigua – courtesy of the Museum.

August 29, 2010

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At this time of year it’s great to be able to get out and see more of this wonderful island where we live, and where so many people choose to have their sailing charter – Antigua.  There’s as much beauty inland as there is for our sailing guests who charter with us.  Yesterday had us hopping on a minibus to take a tour of the old plantation estates over on the east side of Antigua.  This tour was put on by the Museum of Antigua who do a brilliant job of bringing Antiguan history to life.  A lady called Joy Lawrence was our ‘expert’ of the day as she had undertaken a huge amount of research and published a book about the area of Bethesda and Christian Hill – two of the areas that we were covering.  Her enthusiasm for her subject was infectious.  On this tour we were able to see where the old plantations were, we saw some of the original stone work of the Rangers house and many many ‘towers’ as Joy called them.  Sugar Mills to you and I!  We made our way to Potworks Dam which to me was an area of great beauty and serenity.  Butterflies, rare ducks and roaming goats were just some of the wildlife we saw on this part of the trip.  We also went to the first school for little slave children (see the cornerstone below).  It is now a church in Bethesda.  We also stopped at the infamous tree that saw a heated debate about plantation workers pay rates and led to a strike.  Some of the guys at that time were thought to be inciting others to strike and they were actually imprisoned.  You can see the stone below with their names.  Our lunch stop was at Red Hill – they believe so called as the rocks way above the sea used to be a red colour.  A perfect spot to look out over beautiful Willoughby Bay. A fantastic day with perfect blue skies and cooling trade winds…. looking forward to my next tour. BUTTERFLY 2

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A journey through historic Antigua – Betty’s Hope

August 19, 2010

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To continue with our historic journey through the unspoilt islands of Antigua & Barbuda, our next stop was at Betty’s Hope Sugar Plantation – now a small, open air museum.  It is located close to the village of Pares. For those who have not sailed Antigua before and are not familiar with reading about Antigua & Barbuda’s history, Betty’s Hope was the first, large sugar plantation on Antigua.  Two stone sugar mills remain to this day and make an impressive and dominant sight on the landscape.  There was a fabulous breeze on the day we visited – a welcome respite from the hot, morning sunshine.  It’s also really interesting to read more about the trees that are planted nearby; what they were used for in days gone by – both in terms of building material and also for various ailments.  Here’s some pics:

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