As a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic, there are some uncertainties surrounding our sailing holiday itineraries for the coming winter season. We are ready and willing to deliver our usual mix of stunning sailing, sunshine and Christmas cheer, however it’s not clear which islands will be open to us for our itinerary planning. At the moment it’s doubtful if we will be able to offer our usual multi-island trips as many islands are still closed or requiring PCR tests and this makes it difficult to island hop between countries, however we are all hopeful that this situation will ease in the coming weeks so that we can offer some variation. We are currently limited to St Martin and St Barth’s, with the possibility of venturing down to British Virgin Islands, to Antigua and Barbuda, and to Guadeloupe, although these latter islands are more than a stone’s throw away.
We welcome you to reserve your space aboard with us for only $250 – this can be reassigned to any future trip if you decide to cancel for whatever reason – and we implore you to make sure that any flight reservations are changeable – it’s probably wisest to arrange flights into a major international airport in the Caribbean such as St Maarten (SXM) that is also a local and international flight hub in the event that you may need to re-route your inward or homeward journey. See the Travel tab for our recommendations.
During Our Trip
No-one comes on holiday to get ill, and more so during these times of global pandemic. Each of you will already have been tested prior to boarding a flight from your home country, and will have been required to take precautions during your travel. Our boats will have been sanitised prior to your arrival to eliminate any contamination from prior guests.
We believe that, in a small space such as a sailing vessel, should someone be carrying the virus when they arrive, it is highly likely that it will be transmitted to other passengers. We ask that all guests are fully vaccinated (2 x vaccines) and that you are extra careful during your travel time, and indeed we request that you self isolate from the moment that you take the test, which would need to be negative for you to be permitted on the flight… In this way we can minimise the risk of bringing the virus on board our vessel.
Unless we are mandated to by local government rules, we do not plan to insist that you wear a mask on board, however you should of course wear one if you feel more comfortable, and be prepared that masks are mandatory in most public places ashore.
If you have any concerns about our procedures or would like to recommend measures on board that would make you feel more comfortable, I would be grateful to receive them.
All About This SAILING Trip
Christmas Sailing in the Caribbean
Our Christmas and New Year sailing extravaganza this year will take you to the French Caribbean islands of St Martin & St Barthelemy; enjoy white sand, palm fringed beaches and great snorkelling… 12 days on board for chilled out learning, refreshing your skills or just kicking back! Great restaurants and a lively atmosphere make the perfect ingredients for a Christmas & New Year holiday adventure.
Sailing the Caribbean – No Experience Necessary
Fly into St Maarten’s Princess Jiuliana Airport and meet up with your shipmates in Marigot, capital of the French side of the island. Then stow your gear for the Christmas & New Year trip of a lifetime. We’ll be sailing through some of the less visited and most exclusive of the Leeward Islands and the best spots are only accessible by boat. Even if you’ve never sailed before, you won’t fail to be enchanted by the beauty of the beaches and the turquoise water, and your Skipper will soon having you pulling the ropes like a pro!
Have a Sailing Adventure
Our 12 days’ sailing holiday includes glorious blue water sailing, great home-cooked food, fantastic snorkelling and evenings under the stars. New sailors and improvers are assured of a relaxed and unhurried learning experience and single travellers will make firm friends amongst their fellow boat buddies.
Ditch the cold dark weather and get into the warm seas and fresh air for a real sailing adventure as we island-hop in the sunshine. You won’t believe how much you can cram into 12 days, and still have time to chill out:
- Take a zipline trip in the hills of St Martin
- Catch a fish for dinner while sailing between the islands
- Swim with turtles in St Barth’s
- Have a Christmas Eve Barbeque under the stars in Anguilla
- Sip a Mojito at Yellow Beach Bar on Pinel Island
- Hike to Pic Paradis for an amazing view
- Spend New Year’s Eve dancing on the beach in St Barth’s
- Snorkel the reefs at Anguilla
And that’s not to mention all the sailing we’ll be doing!
Sunshine & Warm Seas
Warm sunny weather is practically guaranteed; there are often showers in this part of the world but they never last long, and hey, it’s warm rain! Temperatures in their high 20’s are the norm, and there’s always a cooling breeze on board. The sea is a wonderful shade of blue, and with some of the best snorkelling in the Caribbean….prepare to be amazed.
Forget the Cooking
So what are you waiting for? Forget about your late night shop at Costco, fighting over the cut price turkeys and the last tin of Quality Street; go back to work, fit, tanned and relaxed and ready to start the New Year with zest!
- All Boat Running Costs
- Cruising Permits
- Dinghy “Taxi” service ashore
- Half Board Meals
- Christmas Day Feast
- Quality Linens
- [Filtered Drinking Water
- Use of Boat Toys
- Use of Snorkelling Equipment
- Airport Transfers
- Soft drinks, Alcohol & Mixers
- New Year’s Eve Dinner & Party
- Excursions & Activities Ashore
- Meals Taken Ashore
- Personal Travel Insurance
Sailing With YOU
The following shipmates are already booked on this trip:
Come and join the crew!
The following itinerary is subject to CoViD border restrictions, changes due to weather forecasts and group preferences.
Day 1 – Arrival Day
Meet up at Marigot, French St Martin and settle onto the boat; time to explore the waterfront bars and quality shopping.
Day 2 – Christmas Eve
A half day sail to Anguilla and dinner shore in Road Town and a nightcap at the famous Elvis Bar.
Day 3 – Christmas Day
Snorkelling in Crocus Bay and a slap up Christmas feast on board.
Day 4 – Boxing Day
An early start, sailing to Prickly Pear Cay for snorkelling, back to Road Harbour for the evening.
Breakfast on board and sail to Maundy Bay on Anguilla for lunch and then to Grand Case on French St Martin for an evening at Grand Case Mardi.
Sailing in the Anguilla Channel as far as Scrub Island, and a stop in Anse Marcel for lunch ashore.
Breakfast on board and sail along the coast of St Martin to Tintamarre in the North.
Sail to Anse de Columbier on St Barth’s in time for watching the sun set over St Martin.
Day 9 – New Year’s Eve
A morning of swimming and snorkelling with the turtles before heading round to Gustavia, the swanky capital of St Barth’s for an afternoon of shopping and dinner ashore.
Day 10 – New Year’s Day
Day relaxing in St Barth’s.
Sail to Isle Forchue for lunch at the anchor before sailing onwards to Simpson Bay for an evening out on the Dutch side of Sint Maarten.
Day 12 – Departure Day
Leave early morning for a sail back to Marigot Bay and say our goodbyes!
Choosing a CABIN
We will be running a chartered monohull on this trip with 4 to 7 guests and 1 skipper. The boat we charter will be a modern sailing boat in the 50’ range with 4 or 5 cabins, booked with a reputable charter company. More details will be provided once we have confirmed your interest and made the reservation.
The prices below reflect the sizes of the cabins on the boat; please make your selection when Booking.
|Boat Name||Cabin Type||Price (USD)|
|Club Ibis||Double Cabin with Ensuite for Sole Use (3 available)||$3,495|
|Double Cabin with Ensuite for Couple (1 available)||$4,895|
You should ensure you have a good travel policy that covers you for flight delays and lost/delayed baggage – this is particularly important if any part of your travel includes a LIAT or Air France flight! During this sailing holiday we will never be more than 12 miles from shore and coastal sailing like this is usually part of the standard travel cover for most policies; please ensure that your travel policy doesn’t specifically exclude this.
Expenses & CURRENCY
The currency on the French side of St Martin, and in St Barth’s is the Euro, Anguilla and Dutch St Maarten take US dollars; however US dollars are accepted everywhere. Make sure you do have a small supply of cash; the ATM’s are not as frequent as you might think, particularly in Anguilla! Credit cards are accepted in most bars and restaurants but not all.
We provide filtered drinking water on board and we carry fruit juices for breakfast time. You will need to provision with any soft drinks, alcohol and mixers you need when you arrive and there are small supermarkets in Marigot where you can do this. Guests often club together and have a kitty for these costs, but you may prefer to buy your own.
You should budget for between $15 to $35 for a main course in a restaurant when we eat out plus drinks and service charge. The restaurants serving in US dollars often add 10% or more to the bill automatically (grrr) and with local taxes the supplement to the menu prices can be as much as 25%!! French restaurants operate a more European tipping system – add what you feel is justified. We promise to take you only where we’ve had good value for money!
Unless otherwise stated, sailing holidays with Yacht Ibis are participatory and you should expect to get involved. We don’t carry passengers! This will include:
- Preparing the boat for sailing
- Hoisting sails, pulling ropes, winching, steering and generally sailing the boat
- Putting all the ropes away at the end of the day
- Helping to keep the communal spaces tidy and clear of personal belongings
- Taking a turn on clearing away dishes after a meal
This is all part of living aboard a sailing boat 🙂
Hopefully any other questions you may have are covered in our frequently asked questions here or in our Pre-Arrival Booklet which can be downloaded here.
Booking TERMS and Conditions
These can be found at this link and you should be familiar and comfortable with them before making a booking, thank you.
At this point in time, we recommend that you organise a flight in and out of SXM – Sint Maarten’s Princess Jiuliana Airport. If it becomes necessary to re-organise itineraries, SXM is a central hub with connections throughout the Caribbean and internationally.
If you prefer not to use a travel agent, Flight Connections is a great starting point to find out about flights. From here, you can contact the airlines directly, or use a flight search engine like Bravofly or Skyscanner to find alternative routes that may work out cheaper.
Getting to the BOAT
Firm details will be notified nearer the time, however please note the following for arrival to St Martin.
The airport in St Maarten is around a 15 minute taxi ride from Marigot Bay, where our boat(s) will be anchored. Please ensure you provide your arrival information as soon as you can and keep us updated of any changes; we will try and hook you up with fellow crewmates who might be arriving at the same time so that you can share a taxi. Please pack light, and using a lightweight, collapsible bag with wheels if possible. Hard suitcases must not be brought on board, we simply have no room to store them!
ARRIVING and Departing
You should aim to arrive around midday on the first day of your trip, and we will aim to finish at midday on the last. To facilitate travel, we offer a complimentary extra night on board at either the beginning or the end of the trip. Additional nights can be provided at a cost of USD $95 per person per night on a bed and help yourself continental breakfast basis. If you’d like to stay for any additional nights please add them to your booking. We do need the days in between trips to prepare the boats for the following trips, so please keep this in mind, thank you!
A short taxi ride away you will find Le Petit Hotel in Grand Case which is on the stunning beach at Grand Case.
Mary’s Boon Resort is right next to the airport, but also on the beach at Simpson Bay for those with little time to spare.