|Sat 09-12-2023, 17:00Paramaribo, Suriname, South America||Mon 18-12-2023, 10:00St George’s, Grenada||Morgenster||9 Nights||MR091223|
A great mixture of local sailing and short hops on the coast of South America followed by a two or three days of great sailing to Tobago, possibly snorkelling on the famous and beautiful Buccoo Reef. Finally heading for a warm welcome in Grenada.
On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described below, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage.
A great mixture of local sailing and short hops on the coast of South America followed by a two or three days of great sailing to Tobago, possibly snorkeling on the famous and beautiful Buccoo Reef. Finally heading for a warm welcome in Grenada.
Morgenster will be moored at Paramaribo and it’s time to get on board. The first day’s sail is to Nieuw Nickerie, the most western port in Suriname. As the last stop on the South American Coast you may wish to just chill out in a local bar or visit the Protected Natural area of Bigi Pan which is home to many rare bird species.
Sailing from Nieuw Nickerie to Tobago takes two to three days and will give you a chance to put into practice all the sailing skills you have learnt on board. As this involves overnight sailing there will be a voluntary watch keeping system. Night sailing is often one of the most memorable sailing experiences, see the stars without any light pollution and spot stars northern hemisphere residents don’t normally see!
The first stop in Tobago will be in Scarborough for customs clearance and permission to sail and anchor around this amazing islands cays, bays and reefs.
Tobago was hidden from the Western World until Columbus saw it in 1498 but like the rest of the New World it has been inhabited for over 7000 years. In the words of a famous English folk band, Show of Hands, “Columbus did not discover America, it was always there!”
The name Tobago comes from the tobacco plant and today Tobago is still an absolute paradise for nature enthusiasts, tourism is not so developed as on other Caribbean islands.
Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe’s famous book and subject of many films, was situated on Tobago.
The north shore boasts beautiful palm beaches and lone bays where we are the only anchored ship. The south shore lays claim to one of the most beautiful diving and snorkelling spots of the Caribbean: the Buccoo Reef.
It takes about ten hours to sail from Tobago to Grenada harnessing the power of the North East Trade Winds on broad reach will help Morgenster fly across the waves.
The sail to Grenada takes about 10 hours. Grenada was discovered in 1498 by Columbus.
The island is largely covered by tropical rainforest and many small streams crisscross the mountainsides, fed by sources and ending in dazzling waterfalls.
If you like nutmeg you are in for a treat. Not only is it a speciality of the island but it also finds its way into your evening drinks. Try a Rum Calabash, rum, like Westerhall’s Jack Iron Rum, with coconut and nutmeg, enjoy.
If you have some time to spare before heading home Granada is surrounded by a wealth of tropical fish and shipwrecks, making it a diving and snorkeling paradise.
You won’t want to come home!
Sailing in the Caribbean is always a pleasure with Classic Sailing. We never have voyages there in the Hurricane Season.
The prevailing wind is from the North East which Morgenster uses to get from one destination to the next.
Hot by day with strong sunshine and the occasional short refreshing showers. Keep an eye on those clouds, they form lines in the sky which is a very typical tropical cloud pattern, often referred to as ‘streets in the sky’ by glider pilots. It is cooler at night at sea.
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.
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.
Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01326 53 1234 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.
Paramaribo, Capitol of Suriname.
The exact location in St George’s, Grenada will not be known until closer to the time. Make sure you make a note of the ship’s phone number from your booking confirmation – or use the ship’s tracker to help locate the ship.
Suitcases take up a lot of room in a cabin, so it is better to uses soft bags in a ship. A small rucksack for going ashore is useful.
- Online Reviews
I loved it.
I loved everything about my week. The crew were fantastic, the ship was beautiful, the singing on the deck was great fun, the dolphins were around a lot. It was brilliant!
Least enjoy - Nothing.
Why do I Sail?
I love the ocean and have always loved boats. For this particular voyage I was also researching a children's book involving mermaids and pirates!
Liz K sailed in 2017
What was the best bit?
Climbing in the rigging, unfurling the sails on the yardarm.
The cameraderie between the paid and guest crew was second to none. A fantastic atmosphere. Singing in the evenings on deck accompanied by guitar and trumpet. New Year on St Lucia, we celebrated the New Year 3 times (once for Dutch/European time, once for GMT and once for Caribbean time).
The sun glinstering off the ocean surface like a thousand shards of broken mirror.......flying fish like small humming birds skimming over the surface of the water, dolphins on New Years day: what a start to 2019!
Too wonderful to describe, a life changing experience, I want to pack in my job and sail the world! (making plans now) - Carol from Caribbean Season 2019.
Great experience, will definitely be doing it again. Climbing the rigging was the best bit. 'First time' sailor. John M July 2018
"Thank you for a very nice trip, some hours on Kattegatt this afternoon. Beautiful boat, nice and joyful captain and crew. I loved it! Wish you all a really nice trip during Tall Ships Races. And I would love to join again someday for a longer trip." Camilla A. June 2017
Thank you Harry, Mariann and all your wonderful crew for an amazing week on Morgenster. Great food Will, such patient climbing instruction Michelle, fun birthday outing Evy and lovely guests from 80 to 22 years old. So many highlights but sailing at night with sparkling dolphins at the bow was truly breathtaking!" Sue G.
Just returned from 11 days sailing round Cape Verde. The whole experience was exceptional - friendly, knowledgeable and caring crew; wonderful sailing (the 4am night watch experience was particularly magical!); interesting trips exploring the islands; and great food." Julia G-F
Thank you Harry, Marian, Joost, Rene, Hessel & Willie for a fantastic week's sailing. I'll be humming sea shanties and saying "o nay!!!" for days! I really hope to sail with you again. Happy New Year" Kerry Mc C.
Had a fantastic trip around Cape Verde, Jan/Feb 2016. Lovely crew, felt like a family. Thanks to you all xxxx. Really special people and a holiday to remember. My penguins X" Louise G
What a fantastic time, thanks to everyone on the Morgenster both crew and passengers hope to see you all again, maybe next year?" George Mc L
Harry, Marian and their crew make your stay on board the Morgenster wonderful!" Aleike K
What was the best bit?
The trip was fabulous. The crew were incredibly supportive and even helped me overcome enough of my fear to get out onto the first yard. I felt that I was included in everything and that my contribution, however small, was appreciated. The food was excellent and there were plenty of drinks and snacks throughout the day. We had gorgeous weather all the way. I really enjoyed it. - Caribbean Season 2019 by Amanda G.
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