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Caribbean Exploration 4 – St Lucia– Guadeloupe

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Wed 06-03-2024, 14:00Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia Tue 12-03-2024, 11:00Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe Grayhound 6 NightsGR060324

Jump aboard a 7-day sailing journey on Grayhound from St Lucia to Guadeloupe. Starting in Rodney Bay, take some extra days to explore the Pitons and reefs.
We’ll row you out to Grayhound, and from there, the Caribbean is our playground. Stops include culturally rich Martinique, eco-friendly Dominica, and the secluded islands of Guadeloupe. Enjoy snorkelling, local culture, and wildlife spotting, ending with a rum-soaked sunset in Guadeloupe.




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VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • 6 nights at sea, an entire week of true Caribbean adventure.
  • Rowed to Grayhound from Rodney Bay, St Lucia, the holiday starts the moment you leave the shore.
  • Sail from island to island, no prior experience needed.
  • Martinique is a must-see, home to Mont Pelée volcano and famed rum.
  • Dominica awaits, a preserved eco-island with its volcanic mountains.
  • Final stop in Guadeloupe, where the islands are as numerous as they are secluded.
  • End the journey with rum drinks as we watch the sun set on another world.

Grayhound

Vessel type / Rig Three Masted Lugger
Guest Berths 8-10
Beam 19ft
Draft 10.75ft
Deck Length 64ft
Overall Length 108ft
Tonnage 56 tons
Year Built 2012
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Voyage Description

 

An Introduction to Grayhound 

GRAYHOUND is one of the largest sailing luggers in the world today. She was built in Cornwall in 2012 and has a 20m long hull, is 33m overall and a canvas area of 470 square meters. The original plans were those of a three masted lugger from 1776. Luggers from that time were built for speed and swiftness ideal for privateering, smuggling…or for hunting the latter! “Pirate hand-break turns” and cannon firing are always on the menu on Grayhound!

As voyage crew you do not have to have any prior sailing experience or knowledge to join on Grayhound. A positive attitude and a wish for adventure is all! Our experienced crew will make sure that you comfortably and eagerly hoist the sails, make fast the ropes, participate in the manoeuvres, steer the ship and ready the anchor. It is all hands-on and you will be a crucial part of getting to our desired destination. You will learn fast while enjoying the feeling of freedom the ship offers as you get humbled by the sea. 

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

Jump aboard Grayhound for an unforgettable 7-day sailing adventure from St Lucia to Guadeloupe. This isn’t just a sailing holiday; it’s a total immersion into the Caribbean lifestyle. Starting at Rodney Bay in St Lucia, you’ll find an intriguing blend of luxury resorts and untouched nature. Take a few days before we set off to hike up the Pitons or snorkel in the coral reefs. Once you join us, we’ll row you to Grayhound in traditional gigs as your adventure begins.

With sails hoisted, we begin our 7-day voyage through paradise. The itinerary is more like a treasure map. With your help, we’ll decide where to go. Sun-soaked beaches, mouthwatering rum, and authentic Caribbean culture are just the start. Our first stop is Martinique, a melting pot of French and West Indian culture. Don’t miss the chance to hike up the active Mont Pelée volcano; the views are mesmerising.

From Martinique, we head to the eco-paradise of Dominica. It’s a haven for nature lovers, and its volcanic mountain sides provide the perfect backdrop for hikes. Here, you can wander through the local markets with our cook and try fresh local produce. It was also a film location for “Pirates of the Caribbean”, so it’s got that perfect pirate vibe.

Our journey concludes in the stunning archipelago of Guadeloupe. Here, solitude is the norm with many uninhabited islands. Take a stroll on the sandy palm beaches of Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, or explore the smaller islands like La Désirade. And keep your eyes peeled; if we’re lucky, we’ll spot humpback whales, sea turtles, and tropical sea birds.

The grand finale is an evening in Guadeloupe. We’ll toast to our journey with rum drinks, either ashore or aboard, as the sun dips below the horizon. This isn’t just a trip; it’s the chance of a lifetime.

You will learn how to sail a traditional Cornish Lugger. Whether you are an experienced sailor or not there is plenty to learn. Professional sailors are always surprised by Grayhound’s combination of sturdiness and sensitivity to the wind. She is nimble! There’s no limit to what you can learn about navigation and traditional sailing.

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

March in the Caribbean is characterized by warm temperatures, with daytime highs averaging around 29-30°C (mid-80s°F). The trade winds from the east-southeast provide consistent breezes for sailing. While it’s generally dry, brief tropical showers can occur. The sea state is typically calm, with gentle to moderate swells, ensuring a comfortable sailing experience. As you approach Guadeloupe, the waters around the islands can become slightly more turbulent, so be prepared for choppier conditions near the coast. However, the ‘Grayhound’ and her experienced crew will safely navigate these areas.

A NOTE ON VOYAGE DESCRIPTIONS

On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best and safest sailing routes for the forecast. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described above, but when it comes to sailing, you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description provided is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or prior experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage. As such, the scheduled joining ports, routes, activities and/or destinations may be altered. Due to the complexities of weather systems, this may be at very short notice. 

HANDS ON HOLIDAYS

Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail. Handling cargo adds an extra dimension – building teamwork and communication skills and leaving you with a great sense of achievement.

SAILING STYLE & LIFE ON BOARD

We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.

Irish coast at sunset. Photo Pixabay

Start & End Port

Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia

Rodney Bay on Saint Lucia

Crystal clear Caribbean Sea, Reduit beach, Rodney Bay in St Lucia. Taken from Fort Rodney on Pigeon Island National Historic ParkRodney Bay St Lucia

How to Get There

Flying is the most straightforward way to reach Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia, especially for travellers from places like the UK, Europe, North America, and Australia. Most international flights land at Hewanorra International Airport in Vieux Fort, located at the southern tip of the island. From there, you can either hire a car or take a taxi for the roughly 1.5-hour drive to Rodney Bay. For those coming from neighbouring Caribbean islands, arriving by ferry is also an option. Trains and coaches aren’t available for international travellers as Saint Lucia doesn’t have those types of networks.

What to Do in Rodney Bay

History

Rodney Bay has a rich naval history, particularly thanks to its strategic harbour. A must-visit spot is Pigeon Island, now a national park, where you’ll find remnants of naval forts and various artefacts.

Culture

The local culture here is a mix of Afro-Caribbean, French, and British influences. You’ll often hear Calypso music in the background, and local crafts are popular. The Saint Lucia Jazz Festival in May is often hosted in Rodney Bay and is a cultural highlight.

Sites of Interest to a Sailor

For sailors, Rodney Bay is a bit of paradise. The bay itself serves as a natural harbour, and there’s a fully equipped marina. Whether you’re sailing traditional boats or tall ships, you’ll find the facilities and views here top-notch. Sailing tours to explore nearby islands are also available.

Entertainment

As far as entertainment goes, Rodney Bay is the island’s go-to spot for nightlife. There are numerous bars and clubs, often with live music, particularly on weekends.

Eating Out

If you’re a foodie, Rodney Bay won’t disappoint. Seafood is the star of the show, but there’s also a good range of international cuisines. For a true taste of Saint Lucia, try the ‘St Lucia Seafood Friday’ event in Anse La Raye.

Nature

Don’t forget that Saint Lucia is not all about the sea. The island’s interior is lush with rainforests, and a visit to the iconic Piton Mountains is highly recommended. There are plenty of trails for hiking and natural waterfalls where you can cool off.

Unique Features

What makes Rodney Bay special is its blend of modern amenities with traditional Caribbean elements. The natural harbour makes it ideal for all kinds of sailing, and its historical context adds a layer of depth to your visit. Add to this the vibrant nightlife, and you have a destination that caters to a broad range of interests.

Rodney Bay is a well-rounded destination, whether you’re an old sea dog or just someone looking to soak in a variety of experiences.

Special Interests

If you have a special interest that you would like to find out about for this port or to tell us about, we would love to hear from you.

Special Interests

If you have a special interest that you would like to find out about for this port or to tell us about, we would love to hear from you.

Sustainable Travel Carbon Offset Schemes

By selecting sustainable travel options and actively participating in carbon offset initiatives, you can make a positive impact while journeying to or from your voyage.

Here are some suggestions for carbon offset websites.

UK: One popular carbon offset website in the UK is “Clear” who offer a range of carbon offset projects and solutions for individuals, businesses, and organisations. They provide detailed information about their projects and allow users to calculate and offset their carbon footprint online.

North America: In North America, “Terrapass” is a well-known carbon offset website. Terrapass offers carbon offset projects across the United States and Canada. They provide options for individuals, businesses, and events to calculate and offset their carbon emissions. Terrapass also offers additional resources and information on sustainable living.

Europe: A popular carbon offset website in Europe is “MyClimate.” MyClimate provides carbon offset projects and solutions for individuals, businesses, and travel. They offer a carbon footprint calculator and allow users to support various sustainable projects worldwide. MyClimate focuses on promoting climate protection and sustainability.

Australia:Greenfleet” is a prominent carbon offset website in Australia. Greenfleet focuses on planting native forests to offset carbon emissions. They offer individuals and businesses the opportunity to calculate and offset their carbon footprint by contributing to tree planting projects across Australia. Greenfleet provides detailed information about their projects and the positive environmental impacts they create.

Please note that these carbon offset websites may vary over time, so it is recommended to research and explore multiple options to find the most suitable one for your needs. 

If any of these links do not work it would be kind of you to inform us, many thanks.

Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe

Musée Saint-John Perse 002

 

Pointe a Pitre, Guadeloupe

How to Get There

 

From the UK and Europe: Direct flights from London and major European cities like Paris are your best bet. Once at Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport, taxis and car hire services are readily available. 

 

From North America: Direct and connecting flights are available from major U.S. and Canadian cities. You could also opt for a Caribbean cruise that stops in Guadeloupe.

 

From Australia: There are no direct flights, but you can easily connect through major airports like London, Paris, or New York. It’s a long journey but worth the trek.

 

What to Do in Pointe-à-Pitre

 

History: The Memorial ACTe museum is a standout, exploring the history of slavery and its impact. Also, the old part of the city, with its colonial architecture, gives you a feel of its historical background.

 

Culture: Local markets like the Spice Market are a sensory experience that showcases the island’s rich culture. Music festivals and local dances like the Gwo-Ka are worth checking out as well.

 

Sites of Interest to a Sailor: Guadeloupe’s coastline is quite a treat for any sailor. There are plenty of harbours, marinas, and sailing tours you can join. Bas-du-Fort Marina is a hub for sailors, fully equipped with all necessities.

 

Entertainment: The city comes alive at night with a variety of bars and clubs playing everything from jazz to local Caribbean tunes. Not into the bar scene? There are movie theatres and art galleries.

 

Eating Out: The food here is a blend of French and Creole cuisine. Don’t miss out on tasting local dishes like Bokit and Accras de Morue. Fresh seafood is an obvious choice, given the location.

 

Nature: Guadeloupe is not just about the beaches. It’s got splendid rainforests where you can hike or zipline. The Pointe des Chateaux is where you’ll see the Atlantic meet the Caribbean Sea, a sight you don’t want to miss.

 

Unique Features: What sets Pointe-à-Pitre apart is its mix of French and Caribbean culture, which you’ll see everywhere—from the language to the food. The scenic mix of rainforests and beaches also makes it unique.

 

Honestly, whether you’re looking to sail or just soak in some local culture, Pointe-à-Pitre is a must-visit. It offers a bit of everything, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a reason not to fall in love with this place.

 

Special Interests

If you have a special interest that you would like to find out about for this port or to tell us about, we would love to hear from you.

 

Sustainable Travel Carbon Offset Schemes

 

By selecting sustainable travel options and actively participating in carbon offset initiatives, you can make a positive impact while journeying to or from your voyage.

Here are some suggestions for carbon offset websites.

 

UK: One popular carbon offset website in the UK is “Clear” who offer a range of carbon offset projects and solutions for individuals, businesses, and organisations. They provide detailed information about their projects and allow users to calculate and offset their carbon footprint online.

North America: In North America, “Terrapass” is a well-known carbon offset website. Terrapass offers carbon offset projects across the United States and Canada. They provide options for individuals, businesses, and events to calculate and offset their carbon emissions. Terrapass also offers additional resources and information on sustainable living.

 

Europe: A popular carbon offset website in Europe is “MyClimate.” MyClimate provides carbon offset projects and solutions for individuals, businesses, and travel. They offer a carbon footprint calculator and allow users to support various sustainable projects worldwide. MyClimate focuses on promoting climate protection and sustainability.

 

Australia:Greenfleet” is a prominent carbon offset website in Australia. Greenfleet focuses on planting native forests to offset carbon emissions. They offer individuals and businesses the opportunity to calculate and offset their carbon footprint by contributing to tree planting projects across Australia. Greenfleet provides detailed information about their projects and the positive environmental impacts they create.

 

Please note that these carbon offset websites may vary over time, so it is recommended to research and explore multiple options to find the most suitable one for your needs. 

 

If any of these links do not work it would be kind of you to inform us, many thanks.

 

Kit List

What to pack for a sailing holiday on Grayhound

What is included

  • Duvets, linen, pillows
  • Sailing instruction
  • All meals on board (professional chef)
  • Tea, coffee, biscuits, fruit and day time snacks.
  • Night watch snacks (if applicable)
  • You don't have to do the cleaning, but help with the washing up is always appreciated.
  • Waterproof and insulated jackets and trousers
  • Life Jacket and safety equipment, we also have child automatic life jackets.
  • Charging facilities for phones, cameras and tablets etc.

What is not included

  • Towels
  • Travel to joining port
  • Tours, shore expeditions with any hire vehicle or local guide (optional & shared costs)
  • Personal travel insurance See Topsail Insurance LINK
  • There is no bar on board so you might like to bring a bottle or two of wine to enjoy with meals. You can also buy organic sailed cargo wine, red, white and rose onboard.

What to Bring

Don't forget, Grayhound is 108ft overall so she will not always fit into small yacht marinas and she will often have to anchor off in the bay or port. Be prepared to get into a small boat with your luggage and pack sensibly protecting any vulnerable items like cameras. Grayhound has waterproof and insulated flotation jackets and trousers on board which are very warm. In summer or hot locations you may wish to bring some lightweight waterproofs. Even in the Caribbean you can get tropical downpours or spray on deck when sailing in strong winds. A mobile phone so you can ring the ship in an emergency or if you are running late on joining day. Also it means we can contact you if we have to change the joining port for any reason. Grayhound's phone number will always be supplied with your balance confirmation e-mail. Shoes with a good grip for deck & aloft Rubber Boots or second pair of shoes for wet weather or getting in/out of dinghies Swim suit & beach towel. You are welcome to bring snorkel and mask - especially worth it in the Caribbean or Cape Verde. Suntan lotion & sunglasses - consider sunblock and lip salve protection in Canaries, Cape Verde, Trans Altantic, Caribbean. Sun hat / warm hat, scarves, gloves Clothes that dry quickly. Mix of warm, waterproof & windproof layers Small rucksack for going ashore Travel insurance documents/tickets Personal medicines/ spectacles Spending money/passport Camera/binoculars etc Phone chargers. 240 generator on board UK three pin sockets. We welcome musical instruments and you can plug in ipods or CDs into ships stereo. There are storage areas for each bunk . Please pack in a soft rucksack or bag. A torch is useful as a few baggage spaces are at the foot of bunks with reading light at other end. There is no alcohol to buy on board, so you are welcome to bring a bottle or two to drink with meals. If you decide to buy some on arrival You can also buy Grayhound t shirts, mugs and Breton tops from our ship's shop we accept pounds or euros.

Review

 

Thank you so much to all the Grayhound crew for an unforgettable adventure. I cannot imagine a kinder and better crew with which to sail.

Caroline

Thanks all for a great time, I really enjoyed it. Fastest Channel crossing I have managed!

Barney

An unforgettable experience

Jonathon

We've had two idyllic sailing trips. One particularly fantastic day scrambling over big volcanic rocks down a deep craggy valley to a black sand beach with dramatically high cliffs. Grayhound was waiting, attracting attention because she's so beautiful and unique. Swimming out to her in the clear waters o the Atlantic rates as one of life's highlights.

Grayhound Guest

Fantastic, exhilarating and an honour to be on such a ship.

Des

Excellent company of genuine all round sailors. The wind in my face and the swell beneath. 5 stars for welcome, accommodation on board, safety, quality of sailing, food, skipper and crew.

Barry

Outstanding and unforgettable experience. Loved learning the lug rig, meeting the crew and other guests, playing an active role on board.

Charlie

Brilliant sail on an interesting boat with friendly and knowledgeable people.

Steve
learning to steer at a young age on Grayhound
learning to steer at a young age on Grayhound

Vessel Gallery

Three masted lugger Grayhound is a unique sight and a joy to take photos of. Not only does she look very unusual as it is a rig not seen much now, she has a mission to deliver cargoes under sail, so she is the darling of the press. Photos from Classic Sailing customers, ships crew and professional photographers. We hope it gives a flavour of her sailing, life on board, the people that come, her beautiful sailing grounds and what it is like to live below decks.

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