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Fun Onboard Your Southern Caribbean Yacht Charter!

November 30, 2013

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A yacht charter vacation in the Southern Caribbean offers a range of activities to appeal to the whole family,  from relaxing and visiting on-deck to various water sports and a wide range of land-based adventures as you enjoy travelling through the different islands!

For guests keen to top up their tans, our beautiful yachts offer space to lounge, where sun worshippers can soak up the rays whilst engrossed in a good book or taking a leisurely dip in the cool sea.

Snorkelling  is a hugely popular part of most charter holidays – bring your own or rent a few sets before you depart to allow you to discover the incredible underwater vistas and stunning sea life below the surface! Explore delicate coral reefs or swim with the sea turtles, we will share our top snorkel sites with you. One of our absolute favourites is the Tobago Cays Marine Park, a protected group of small islands that is one of the most beautiful, breathtaking places in the world – and you can only get there by boat!  Snorkel with sea turtles

If you love the idea of a luxury yacht charter holiday but you don’t know how to sail you can take advantage of adding a professional skipper to your charter – this allows you to learn as much or as little as you like about the aspects of sailing, and your skipper will take responsibility for managing all of the aspects of cruising under sail or by motor, anchoring, mooring, etc.

You can also plan a learning vacation! The emphasis is on learning how to sail, through hands-on experience, in a beautiful part of the world. Mornings will be spent learning and practicing new skills. In the afternoons you will set sail with the backdrop of spectacular beaches and islands of the Grenadines, refining these newly learned skills along the way. Once anchored for the afternoon, there will be free time to spend exploring, snorkeling, fishing, and relaxing…

Explore this stunning part of the world while earning American Sailing Association 101,103 and 104 (Basic Keelboat, Basic Coastal Cruising and Bareboat) certifications. Over the course of a week you will gain the knowledge, experience and certifications to charter sailboats anywhere in the world, and embark on your own sailing adventure!

Diving often plays a large part in a charter holiday. Grenada is a world-famous dive destination, boasting a wide range of dive sites including the first Underwater Sculpture Park as well as the largest wreck in the Caribbean – the cruise liner “Bianca C” which sank off St George’s in 1961. There is exceptional diving throughout the Grenadines, much of it drift diving and for more experienced divers so we highly recommend the use of one of the local dive shops for “rendezvous” diving. Rental dive equipment can be arranged for your charter.

A kayak is a great way to explore anchorages and beaches – and also perfect for nature lovers in locations such as the mangroves in Tyrrel Bay, Carriacou or exploring the Tobago Cays. Singles rent for only US$125 per week, doubles US$140 per week.

stand up paddleboard at sunset

 

You can also rent one of our stand-up paddle boards (SUPs) for only US$175 per week. Ideal for exploring quiet beaches and coves, not only is it a great workout for the core muscles but it is also very therapeutic & relaxing!  Ask us about availability to add one to your charter booking.

 

Fishing can be a fun and important part of both the entertainment and the culinary aspect of your charter. There is nothing quite like reeling in a fish then later that day smelling it searing on the grill! Have fun introducing local fruit and vegetables found in small market stalls to your meal. The chance of catching a yellow fin tuna or Wahoo is excellent as the clean Southern Caribbean waters are known for superb fishing opportunities… or enjoy trawling for dinner as you sail!  Fishing rods can be rented at the Horizon Yacht Charters Grenada base for US$25 per week.

All of our yachts are equipped with tenders that can whisk you to an island beach for a private picnic, or into shore for shopping  & dining in one of the charming, friendly coastal towns. Custom itineraries can be arranged to include the ports of call and land activities that guests most desire. Depending on guest preferences and destination, land options may include rain forest hikes, swimming in waterfalls, bird watching, eco-tours, garden tours, historic sites and so much more.

Imagine your dream holiday – a day of splashing and exploring, followed by laughing together and lounging in the warm evening breezes whilst dining alfresco.  And don’t forget some romantic star gazing in the crystal clear skies – away from the hustle and bustle of large cities, there is very little light pollution so the skies are awash with constellations!

Stargazing... photo thanks to Günther Kranich

Let us help plan your Southern Caribbean vacation to remember! Email us on info@horizongrenada.com

 

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Soundtrack of the Caribbean!

April 30, 2013

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String Band in Nevis

String Band in Nevis

When planning your dream yacht charter holiday, you might want to consider the entertainment available on different islands.  Music in the Southern Caribbean is so much more than just Carnival celebrations, with the small islands all sharing their traditions and celebrating more popular music at various festivals throughout the year. Don’t forget to explore local music, friendly bars and music venues, and ask about what special events will be on in the area during your yacht charter – or plan your itinerary around one or two spectacular musical treats!

Bequia & Mustique – the Mount Gay Music Fest & Mustique Blues Festival in Bequia in late January has become an absolute must for everyone visiting St. Vincent & the Grenadines in late January and early February. Most of the performances are held at Basil’s Bar in Mustique, but Bequia hosts one Friday night performance – and a real party atmosphere pervades the venue when it’s Bequia’s turn to put on the show!  Click here to watch a video of the 2012 festival!

The line-up varies from year to year, with host Dana Gillespie bringing together a selection of talented musicians on guitar, piano, sax, drums and harmonica. Missed this year’s Festival? Don’t worry – recordings are made of each year’s performances and you can purchase CDs of the performances – and all proceeds benefit the Basil Charles Foundation, which sponsors many Vincentian children through their secondary education.

Nevis enjoys a strong history of Steel Pan & Calypso Steel (also called Kaiso on the island) originating in Trinidad and Jamaica. However, the island also has several traditional “Big Drum” & “String” bands.  Big Drum bands, with their sound reflecting their strong African traditions, comprise of a base, kettle drums and a fife (resembling a flute).  String Bands – also called “Scratch Bands” playing around the island on a regular basis… these bands can have up to 10 members with guitars, mandolin, baho (a bass pipe made from bamboo), a fife and various percussion instruments.

dinghy concert

Dinghy Concert

Grenada offers a range of traditional and popular music, from the popular occasional Dinghy Concerts at La Phare Bleu which are free and great fun,  and although there are several music venues on the island that have a great atmosphere and are very welcoming, our favourite is the regular Friday nights at Prickly Bay,  the excellent pizza is highly recommended, and “Fridays at Prickly” attracts a regular crowd of yachties, students from St George’s Medical University, as well as a good blend of Locals & Expats and their families… special treats when on the island can include steel pan, gospel, or even our own hidden treasure, Donnell Best playing his violin!  The Camerhorne Festival in St Patricks brings you wonderful folk music in December,  and the Tivoli Drummers are a spectacular treat if you are lucky to be on-island when they are performing.

carriacou maroon string band

Carriacou Maroon String Band

Grenada’s sister island, Carriacou,  is home to the Carriacou Maroon and String Band Music Festival each spring.  They say that for those who have always wanted a pure and culturally untamed experience, then this is definitely the event for you!   Maroon culture is about thanksgiving and prayers to the source of all life, production and prosperity. Its African origins are authentically depicted through the drumming, singing, eating of ‘smoke food’ and other rituals practised in the unique Carriacou way by its people.  Visitors to the island at this time can enjoy traditionally prepared foods, performances from various Caribbean islands & join with families through three venues of drum bands, string bands and dancing…  you can watch some wonderful clips of a recent festival, and don’t miss the fantastic drumming and dancing near the end!

Union Island – Maroon Festival, Mayday (May 1st this year), and Heritage Day – The day-long festival takes place on a full moon in May to mark the start of the planting season. There are several stages to the celebrations starting at dawn and continuing long into the night, including communal cooking, distributing food throughout the community, singing, drumming, dance. The songs, dance moves and drumming rhythms have all been handed from generation to generation and throb down the years with the sounds of Africa.

Right now you can enjoy the St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival, which runs until the 12th of May!  For over 20 years the newly renamed St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival has been one of the most anticipated events in the Southern Caribbean.  Offering a wide selection of fringe events around the island to showcase local talent and wonderful cultural displays, culminating with the ‘main stage’ events at beautiful Pigeon Island.  There is a very exciting lineup of internationally-renowned performers, including R. Kelly, Akon, and the Jacksons; as well as such talent as Tracy Hamlin (currently #1 single in Europe) and the striking, stunning Fatoumata Diawara…

Just a few examples, but it’s clear that planning to include a memorable musical event in your sailing vacation can be a lot of fun – & if you take a moment to like our facebook page,  that’s where we’ll be sharing the details when we learn of these local events!

 

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World Arc Visits Grenada!

March 23, 2013

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World Arc comes to Grenada! Horizon Yacht Charters were thrilled to welcome the crews from World Arc to Grenada this week!  Starting from Saint Lucia (or Australia, for a half-rally), World ARC is an incredibly well-organised event – travelling a total of 26,000 Nautical Miles on a tradewind circumnavigation with a team in every port to ensure a warm welcome.  Participants in World ARC enjoy a mix of cruising in company and free time to explore – the fleet keeps up a regular pace together and join in the shore-side activities as a group, while staying with the best weather as they travel.  The group is made up of families with children, retirees or those on a ‘grown up gap year’ – all are welcome and accommodated for. With a dedicated rally team ensuring everyone makes the most of their time ashore, while providing peace of mind at sea – truly the voyage of a lifetime!

While in Grenada there are a series of events, including a Prize giving Function at the Victory Bar & Grill, Port Louis and an Island Tour, arranged by the Grenada Tourist Board.  The yachts and their crews will be staying about 10 days in Grenada before cruising up the coast and through the stunning Grenadines before meeting up again in St Lucia in mid-April.

James Pascall speaks to the World Arc group at Port Louis Marina, Grenada

James & Jacqui of Horizon Yacht Charters Grenada spent some time with the crews, providing itinerary assistance, mooring advice and an information pack with details on fun things to try in Grenada, like joining the Hash House Harriers (known as drinkers with a running problem!), sharing Horizon’s Wikiloc page for hikers and explorers,  Prickly Bay on a Friday night, De Big Fish on a Saturday, and Hog Island on a Sunday. There were also detailed suggestions for some of the fabulous places to stop, shop and dine along the final leg of their circumnavigation, including Carriacou, Mayreau, Union, Mopion…   If you click on the photo a larger resolution will pop up…do take note of the text on James’ presentation – you can see why they are all listening so intently! Ahh, yes – there is truly no better way to explore the beautiful Southern Caribbean and Grenadines than on a yacht!

James Pascall Presenting to World Arc Crews

"...one gas station and 200 rum shops!"

 

All yachts in all WCC events are fitted with a remote tracking device and each event has a dedicated website with a ‘Fleet Viewer’ where family and friends ashore can follow the fleet’s progress and obtain information on individual yachts. After being away for so long they will be exhilarated with their adventures and ready to share some stories!  Read about their recent tour of Grenada on their blog

You can learn more about the World Arc and other World Cruising Club events on their website!

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Bavaria Wins Best Sailboat Award!

November 22, 2011

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Horizon Yacht Charters are thrilled to find that the Bavaria 45 has been awarded the Best Boats 2012 Winner: The Bavaria Cruiser 45 (Cruising Monohull Under 50ft) by Sail Magazine! Since the recession began in 2008, Bavaria has been reorganized under new ownership, and is once again catching the attention of the U.S. market with their new boats designed by Bruce Farr and BMW Group DesignworksUSA.

The Bavaria 45 has spacious berths, with a great galley and saloon layout and sails like a dream – when we recently invited Charles J Doane from Sail Magazine to join us on our brand new Bavaria 45, he said “We had ideal conditions outside Grenada’s True Blue Bay—a strong 20-knot tradewind and a commensurate lumpy sea. The Cruiser 45, to put it bluntly, sails like a witch and reveled in this environment. Certainly it is one of the better-performing mass-production cruisers I’ve ever been aboard… The boat represents a great value for cruisers looking for both charter-boat comfort and performance-boat speed.” Read the full article from Charles here: Bavaria 45 Review .

Of course you can always come down to Grenada to charter a sailing holiday in the Southern Caribbean on our brand new Bavaria 45 to see for yourself! Click here to see our fleet.

Horizon Yacht Sales are proud to be the Caribbean regional dealer for Bavaria Yachts, and are happy to offer a “Try before you buy” program where you can test-sail a yacht on charter with us in the Caribbean. If you subsequently decide to purchase a similar new yacht within the following three months, our Caribbean yacht sales department will deduct up to a week’s charter fee from the purchase price!

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A look at the Bavaria 38 by BMW!

June 8, 2011

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The Bavaria 38, designed by BMW and Bavaria is described as “sheer boating pleasure”… A brilliant boat for 1 or 2 couples to enjoy a yachting holiday with loads of space down below and a lovely, well-spaced galley – not one of those that when you’re working no-one can get past you to the forward cabin!

Designed with some more traditional features associated with sailboats such as accented trim, integrated grabrails on joinery components, and deep, sturdy fiddles around work surfaces and shelves-all in varnished African mahogany, and featuring an enormous head for a boat of this size – you will certainly be able to swing a cat here! For your comfort, the cabins are well -ventilated with perfectly placed hatches.

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2011 Oyster Regatta – fun and excitement in Grenada

April 22, 2011

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Oysters in Grenada

Oysters in Grenada

The 2011 Oyster Regatta was a huge hit last week, with some great races and fun evenings to reward the hard-working crews. Some unfortunate weather affected the Parade of Sails the first morning, but the clouds soon cleared and the day’s racing was made more interesting with frequent wind shifts. […]

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