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Jewels of the Leeward Islands | St. Martin – Saba/Statia – St. Barths – St. Martin

$1,750/ £1,390
Feb 24 – Mar 4, 2017

Depart: St. Martin
Arrive: St. Martin
Length: 9 days, 8 nights
Focus: Adventure Sailing and Exploring

JOIN

Join the crew of Sea Dragon as we visit the lesser visited leeward islands. We’ll visit either forbidding Saba or tiny Statia, two of the jewels of the Caribbean.  Ever wondered where the tallest mountain in the Netherlands is?  You can climb to the top from Saba, also home to the worlds shortest (and possibly scariest) commercial runway.

The diving is excellent too – Saba is world renowned for its healthy reefs and spectacular sea life.  If the weather is too rough to visit Saba, we’ll sail on to Statia instead, the first foreign nation to officially recognize the United States after our declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776.  Statia is home to a fantastic marine sanctuary as well as some excellent hiking – descending into the massive trees growing in the extinct crater of “The Quill” is an awesome hike – just look out for hermit crabs falling down the slopes.  With luck, we may even be able to find some pottery or blue beads in the shallows of the harbor, remnants of an earthquake that led to part of the town collapsing into the sea.

We’ll visit St. Barths, before a fast downwind sail back to St. Martin. Along the way you’ll learn the basics of navigation, seamanship, knots, and sailing and can head home with your IYT International Crew Certificate.

Eric Loss – Skipper

Eric has been sailing competitively since his time as a a young mariner and in 2011 he sailed around the world single-handed, and told his story in Loss at Sea.

Eric has been Captain on board Sea Dragon since January 2013 and he loves to facilitate the understanding of and connection to the sea for all of those who come on board.

Shanley McEntee – First Mate

Shanley has been all over the world and covered over 40,000 miles on all different types of sailing yachts and loves to do everything from scuba diving to surfing to swimming.

With a degree in Environmental Policy and Marine Science, Shanley continues to explore the world and the different issues mother earth faces. She’s full time with Sea Dragon as First Mate since January of 2013.

Day 1: Crew arrive in St Martin and board Sea Dragon in Marigot Bay in the afternoon. Time to get settled on board and receive crew briefing that evening.
Day 2: After morning safety briefing, crew will sail from Marigot Bay to Tintamarre. Arrive in time to be able to swim and snorkel in the afternoon. Stay the night at Tintamarre on anchor.
Day 3: Depart early AM to clear customs in Marigot, before sailing on to Saba (or Statia depending on weather). Arrive, clear customs, and enjoy dinner.
Day 4: Day in Saba. Possibility of diving if interested, hiking Mt. Scenery, or exploring this unique island.
Day 5: Sail from Saba to St Barths, spend the night anchored in Gustavia.
Day 6: Enjoy the morning in St Barths snorkeling and/or exploring town, then sail to St Martin in the afternoon. Final crew dinner in Marigot Bay.
Day 7: Morning packing and crew depart Sea Dragon by 11am.

Contribution Includes:
– 8 nights accommodation on Sea Dragon
– All meals, snacks and drinks on board
– Sailing Instruction
– Safety equipment and foul weather gear

Contribution does not include:
– Transportation to and from St. Martin
– Transportation to and from the boat
– Additional nights spent ashore
– Personal expenses while in port

All crew members will require a passport from their home country that will allow them to travel to/ from St. Martin, Saba/ Statia and St. Barths by sea. Please look into the specific type of visa you need for arriving at these destinations by sea: www.travel.state.gov/visa.