Following a successful charter to the Windward Islands January 2014 - see reports in TOGLINE (Winter Newsletter), we are pleased to offer a Sailex to the Leeward Islands in January 2016.
There is limited availability of mono hull charter boats in this area however we have reached an agreement to have two modern yachts delivered from Martinique ahead of the sailex for TOG to sail south, one way from St Martin to Martinique.
The area has a rich British, French and Dutch history. There are many islands to visit and 17 days will allow us to explore a small number of islands in this part of the Caribbean.
We have a reservation for two 4 cabin, 3 or 4 head yachts, planning 7 members per yacht using the saloon as a single berth. These are both 2013, one an Oceanis 484 and the other an Oceanis 485. Yachts are complete with dinghy, outboard, bed linens and towels, fridge, freezer, and one with 6Kw Aux power.
Flights to this area are best served by Air France. We can fly from Birmingham to Paris overnight in a hotel close to CDG then fly to St Martin early the following day. Our return flights would be from Martinique to Orly (then an airport bus to CDG) and CDG to Birmingham. Flights are the responsibility of members joining the sailex, however should sufficient members wish to join a group booking this will be investigated.
Timing. We propose to leave Birmingham on Wednesday 13th January - fly to Paris CDG, overnight in a hotel close to the airport then fly CDG to St Martin the following day. We would arrive in St Martin mid afternoon and be able to stay on the yachts overnight, provision and check the inventory. With a 17 day charter we would return to our destination port on Friday and leave the boat on a Saturday 30th January to make the return flight to Paris.
Interested members should BOOK their place on the TOG On line booking system very soon. When sufficient member bookings are received we will be able to confirm the yachts. We have interest from TOG skippers for this trip to take place.
We have found a link on the Moorings web site to the Chris Doyle book on the Leewards islands, all 515 pages - it is a couple of years old but does provides an excellent guide to what can be expected in the Leeward Islands.