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Tue 25-02-2025, 14:00Paramaribo, Suriname, South America Wed 05-03-2025, 14:00St George’s, Grenada Twister 8 NightsTW250225


Jump onboard a 9-day sailing odyssey aboard Twister, departing from Paramaribo and concluding in Spice Island of Grenada.

Explore the historic city of Nieuw Nickerie, home to rare bird species at Bigi Pan. Sail to Tobago, where you’ll uncover the island’s rich history and pristine natural beauty. Dive into the Buccoo Reef’s crystal-clear waters before making your way to Grenada, known for its lush rainforests and fragrant nutmeg.

This voyage promises serene seas and delightful discoveries in the heart of the Southern Caribbean.

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Ideal Voyage for…

All levels of experience, from beginners wanting to learn the ropes on a friendly ship in the sunshine, to experienced sailors keen for a rejuvenating voyage with plenty of sail handling.

A great mix of deep ocean passages and island hopping.

Highlights

  • Sunshine and sandy shores
  • Varied and beautiful landscapes
  • Fantastic wildlife spotting opportunities

Twister

Vessel type / Rig 2-Masted Schooner
Guest Berths 18
Beam 6.2 m
Draft 2.8 m
Deck Length 28.7 m
Overall Length 36.5 m
Year Built Built 1902 / Rebuilt 1957
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Voyage Description

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

Setting Sail from Paramaribo

If possible, take some time in the remarkable city of Paramaribo with its Dutch Colonial architecture before stepping aboard Twister for your voyage. The Peperpot National Park is well worth a visit: an old coffee and cocoa plantation over which nature has been allowed to regain control, offering the potential to see tapirs and puma. 

Along the Way

Nieuw Nickerie, the third-largest city in Suriname, is your first stop, and the final taste of Surinamese culture before venturing into the Caribbean. Here, you can immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of local bars or choose to explore the protected natural wonder of Bigi Pan. Bigi Pan is a haven for rare bird species, including the striking scarlet ibis.

The voyage from Nieuw Nickerie to Tobago unfolds over two to three days. Tobago, once a refuge for pirates, was aptly named the “hidden island” for a considerable time. However, its history stretches back 7000 years. The name Tobago itself means “tobacco.” Fans of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe will appreciate the connection, as this is where the story is set. While tourism is not as rampant here as on some other Caribbean islands, Tobago boasts palm-fringed beaches and secluded bays. The north shore reveals pristine stretches of sand where Twister might be the only visitor. Meanwhile, the south shore offers one of the Caribbean’s finest diving and snorkeling spots—the Buccoo Reef. Before sailing on to Grenada, there’s a stop at Scarborough for clearance, with the possibility of visiting the uninhabited islands east of Tobago.

castara bay, tobago

Arriving in Grenada

The final leg of the voyage takes you to Grenada, a sail of around 10 hours. This island, discovered by Columbus in 1498, is a lush paradise. Tropical rainforests drape its landscapes, with meandering streams that lead to breathtaking waterfalls. Grenada is renowned for its nutmeg, a fragrant spice that finds its way into local cocktails.

Grenada’s underwater world is equally captivating, with vibrant tropical fish and intriguing shipwrecks, making it a haven for divers and snorkelers.

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

During this voyage in February and March, you can expect pleasant weather and relatively calm seas. The Caribbean waters are typically gentle during this time of year, offering a comfortable sailing experience. However weather systems can change and you should be prepared for some potentially choppier conditions.

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.

Start & End Port

Paramaribo, Suriname, South America

Paramaribo, Capitol of Suriname.

Caribbean Sunrise

Caribbean Sunset

Caribbean Sunrise

How to Get There

UK If you’re travelling from the UK, your most straightforward option to get to Paramaribo, Suriname, is by air. Flights commonly layover in Amsterdam before reaching Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport in Paramaribo.

Europe Much like those travelling from the UK, European adventurers will find flights are the most efficient route. Most flights from major European cities connect through Amsterdam.

North America For those journeying from North America, direct flights are rare. Connections typically occur in Miami or in Caribbean airports.

Australia Australians looking to visit Paramaribo will need to prepare for a long haul. Flights usually have multiple layovers, often in the United States and the Caribbean.

What to Do in Paramaribo

History Paramaribo boasts an intriguing blend of colonial architecture and history. Key places to visit include Fort Zeelandia, a 17th-century fortress, and the Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral, one of the largest wooden structures in the Western Hemisphere.

Culture Suriname’s diverse cultural mosaic is reflected in Paramaribo. Festivals like Diwali and Eid are celebrated with gusto. Traditional Maroon and Amerindian crafts can be found in local markets.

Sites of Interest to a Sailor While you’re all experienced sailors, you’d be remiss to not take in the coastal views of the Suriname River. While your tall ship rests, make your way to the boardwalk in Paramaribo for an unhindered view of the river’s mouth, an awe-inspiring experience even for seasoned seafarers.

Entertainment Nightlife in Paramaribo is vibrant, with bars and clubs offering a mix of local and international music. Dance the night away to the rhythm of Surinamese drums or enjoy a quiet evening at a jazz lounge.

Eating Out From Creole to Javanese, the dining scene in Paramaribo is as diverse as its people. For an authentic taste, try ‘moksi-alesi’, a mixed-rice dish beloved by locals.

Nature Suriname is often called the ‘beating heart of the Amazon,’ and for good reason. Natural reserves like Brownsberg Nature Park offer hiking and bird-watching, and the beaches of Galibi are famous for turtle nesting.

Unique Features The Central Market in Paramaribo is unlike any other. Here you’ll find a dizzying array of tropical fruits, exotic fish, and herbal medicines. The market itself is a testament to the country’s ethnic diversity and a unique feature you shouldn’t miss.

Accommodation Known hotels in the area include the Torarica Hotel & Casino and Courtyard by Marriott Paramaribo for those who prefer a touch of luxury. Eco-resorts are also popular among travellers keen to experience Suriname’s natural beauty.

Official Tourist Website For more detailed information on what Paramaribo has to offer, visit the Suriname Tourism Foundation website at Suriname Tourism Foundation Website.

So, why stay landlocked when you can experience the rich tapestry that is Paramaribo? Consider this a nudge from one set of sea-lovers to another.

 

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.

St George’s, Grenada

Sail in the Caribbean with Classic Sailing

Sail in the Caribbean with Classic Sailing

Discover St George’s and Grenada

St George’s, the lively capital of Grenada, invites travelers to experience its Caribbean charm. This picturesque harbor town offers a rich tapestry of history, culture, natural beauty, and adventure. Here’s a guide to make the most of your visit.

How to Get to St George’s, Grenada

From the UK and Europe:
By Plane: Travelers can find direct flights to Maurice Bishop International Airport in St George’s from major cities.

From North America:
By Plane: There are both direct and connecting flights from North American cities.

From Australia:
By Plane: Connecting flights to Grenada are offered through various global hubs.

What to Do in St George’s, Grenada

History and Culture:
Tour Fort George to experience the island’s colonial history and visit the Grenada National Museum to learn about local culture.

Sites of Interest to a Sailor:
St George’s Harbor is a hub for sailors, complete with marina facilities, shops, and restaurants, and sailing tours of the Caribbean Sea are widely available.

Entertainment and Eating Out:
Enjoy Grenada’s vibrant nightlife, including beach parties and live music, and savor local cuisine at popular waterfront eateries.

Nature:
Relax on the stunning Grand Anse Beach or take a hike in the biodiverse .

Unique Features:
Visit the renowned Spice Market and experience why Grenada is known as the Island of Spice, or snorkel in the Underwater Sculpture Park for a memorable adventure.

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.

In Conclusion:
St George’s and Grenada offer a rich and varied travel experience. Whether you are drawn to history, sailing, entertainment, culinary delights, nature, or unique local attractions, this Caribbean gem has something to offer. An island vacation here is sure to be an unforgettable journey.

 

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 adventure aboard Twister

What is Included:

  • All meals and soft drinks aboard
  • All safety equipment, including lifejackets and harnesses.
  • Your bunk, bedding and a towel

What is Not Included:

  • Travel to and from your voyage
  • Personal travel insurance (see our advice on Travel Insurance)
  • Alcohol- drinks are available to purchase on board- consumption is always at the discretion of the Skipper, and is never permitted whilst the ship is underway.
  • Waterproofs - sets are available to hire on request.

What to Bring

YOUR PASSPORT! Along with any other required travel documentation. Please read the joining instructions you receive from the Ship carefully to ensure you have everything you need.

  • Please, no valuable jewellery or other valuables, unless you have got specific travel insurance to cover it.
  • Waterproofs - see above.
  • Hats for sun and cold weather.
  • At least two sets of warm clothes - layers e.g. tracksuit bottoms, shirts, fleece jacket, wool jumpers, thick socks, and neck scarf. It can get cold at sea even in mid summer.
  • Swim suit and suntan lotion.
  • Flat shoes with a good grip e.g. trainers or sailing deck shoes. Sailing boots or wellies are also helpful.
  • All terrain type Sandals are great for dinghy trips ashore – but you do need shoes which protect your toes for sailing.
  • Camera, binoculars, sketchbook, a relaxing read, a musical instrument, pack of cards, magic tricks...
  • Any medication, spare spectacles. Seasickness tablets or pressure-point wrist bands (talk to your pharmacist)
  • Your own logbook if you'd like to keep track of your sea miles.
  • Tech chargers (along with adaptors for European sockets) and waterproof cases for any electronics. A rechargeable battery pack for your phone / camera can be really helpful.

N.B. BOATS HAVE LIMITED STORAGE SPACE SO PLEASE PACK AS LIGHTLY AS POSSIBLE. Don't use a rigid suitcase or a bag with a rigid frame. Soft bags are much easier to fold up and stow.

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