Caribbean Cruising and Racing
We are now taking booking for winter 2020 – see below.
Over the winter we will be cruising the southern Grenadines and taking part in four Caribbean regattas with Galatea (1899 M-Class)
Galatea was built in Sweden in 1899 and has been lovingly restored by her current owner to full race capability. She is a smaller version of the classic 1900’s J-Class yachts. She has a long pedigree of race wins including the Rolex watch for overall winner at Antigua Classics twice. We will be defending her two regatta winning streak at the next Grenada Sailing Week in 2020.
see our Winter Schedule section for dates
We have some YouTube links below…
Click here to see Vendia galloping along
Click here to see Galatea racing in Grenada
We will be attending the following regattas as accommodation for Galatea
Barbados Sailing Week
Grenada Sailing Week
Bequia Easter Regata
Tobago Sailing Regatta
email for enquiries
Grenadines Island Cruising
Explore the most beautiful part of the eastern Caribbean with us. Perfect for budding skippers to practise their pilotage. Full instruction available from experienced RYA/ASA instructors onboard.
Below is a typical itinerary…
Arrive 8 am. (guests can stay onboard the night before at no extra cost), allocation of berths and watches, familiarization, briefing on itinerary. Sail to Carriacou, possible lunch stop at Isle de Ronde, dinner ashore.
Day 2 – 3
Enjoy the sights and sounds of Carriacou, swim at paradise beach, explore the island, visit Windward where the traditional Carriacou sloops are built on the beach or just relax in Tyrell Bay.
Clear customs, sail to Union island for lunch and clear customs. Afternoon and evening in Tobago Cays. Swimming with turtles (almost) guaranteed.
Cruising the southern Grenadines, the jewel in the Caribbean. Mayreau, Canouan, Palm Island, Petit St. Vincent, Mystique, Bequia and St Vincent herself are all within reach.
Sail to Union Island, clear customs then overnight in Chatham Bay. Great night ashore at local beach bars, good food and entertainment.
Return sail to St. George’s Grenada, clear customs then guests can disembark or stay onboard (no extra charge) for celebration party with the crew.
Cruising on Vendia
On our cruising trips you will be signed on the ship as genuine members of the crew. We take a fairly leisurely cruise up or down the Eastern Caribbean Island chain, stopping at several idyllic locations en-route. You will have the opportunity to take part in all aspects of sailing the ship from hauling on lines to steering a course to, of course, making a cuppa for your shipmates!
Tuition on Vendia
At the beginning of the trip you will be allocated to a “watch” headed by one of our full time professional crew and each ‘watch’ takes it’s turn at running the ship. There will be the chance to make an overnight passage or two when the watch system really comes into it’s own. One watch on, one watch sleeping (or star gazing/reading or just generally chillin’).
These are really fantastic trips for experienced and complete novice sailors alike. Good ‘mile building ‘ for those going for exams and some tuition is available from one of our experienced RYA/ASA instructors (and examiners!). Give and take as much as you want to from these trips. We promise your voyage will be a memorable experience and you will often make life long shipmates.
We look forward to meeting you and ‘signing you on’. What are you waiting for?
Our Mission Statement
On Vendia the important things are the sailing, the fun, the wonderful locations and having a great time. We don’t pretend to offer the same service as you would get on some 60 foot plastic fantastic. We are offering the real experience of sailing. Having to work the wind and currents to reach your destination. Being part of the team working the vessel not just a passenger given a drink and ignored.
There is no getting away from the fact that Vendia is a converted fishing trawler. She is quirky, laid out in an unusual way below and physical to sail. She requires teamwork to operate and a great deal of tolerance to live on. Having said that she has acres of deck space, comfortable bunks and two working loos!
We are all about swimming in the ocean rather than cluttering the space below with on-suite showers for everyone. A quick dip in the sea and a rinse off under our deck shower has proved all you need for the barefoot cruising lifestyle we are offering.
No regimented protocols on Vendia – sleep when you want (on deck if you like, we have cushions) sail where you want, swim when you want. We are happy to provide plenty of options for a variety of activities – swim with turtles, sail overnight, take a hike in a rain forest, have a kiteboarding lesson or dive – anything is possible just ask!!.
Vendia’s Cabin Layout
Columbus – Three single bunks
Saloon – Two single bunks
Nelson – One double and one single bunk
Slocum – One single bunk
Captain’s Cabin – One double bunk
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* Rates do not include air fares, taxis, customs fees, meals ashore and gratuities
Special offers on accomodation may apply, see text or email for details