With some careful planning and help from Horizon Yacht Charters, it is still possible during these difficult times, to enjoy a charter in the Grenadines. Take Alex and Matt for example. They are fortunate that they work remotely so the idea of having to quarantine didn’t faze them, in fact they opted to quarantine for 7 days and not the required 5 days! They chose to quarantine at Bay Tree Villa in Bequia as it meant they had the use of a private pool and outdoor space. Once they had the result of their PCR test taken on day 4, they were cleared to return to St Vincent and board their yacht
Alex and Matt already had their ASA 101 and came to the Grenadines to take their ASA 103 and 104. They chartered Transitions, a Bavaria 40 that is normally in Grenada but ended up “locked down” in St Vincent when protocols changed. But it was a perfect yacht to learn to sail on and the perfect size for Alex and Matt, and of course Brian Mascoll, their ASA instructor. Protocols in the Grenadines mean that whilst they were free to sail the islands and go ashore, they had to be monitored by SVG Arrivals. This meant that every day the three of them had to email in their temperature, location and where they had visited the day before. The cost of this service is US$75.00 for up to 9 days
They had a wonderful trip and saw a very quiet Tobago Cays. This cruising area has always been abundant with wildlife, but the reduction in visitors in recent months has seen an increase in wildlife, including some very friendly Rays and Puffer Fish!
At the end of their trip Alex and Matt had this to say: “Horizon has been very accommodating, even as our travel plans changed. The office staff in both Grenada and St Vincent went above and beyond to make our trip perfect. Brian was an excellent teacher and skipper”
So, it can be done. You can charter even during these uncertain times. We can help you plan your trip and advise how you can work within the protocols, advise on quarantine accommodation and link you up with SVG Arrivals.