The caribbean hero

Caribbean Rally

Take advantage of the strength of the Aussie dollar as you combine a cruise through the Caribbean Leeward Islands between Antigua and St Martin. Compare the French influences of St Barts and St Martin with the more English origins in Antigua, Nevis and St Kitts as you sail down-current on the easterly trade-winds under the Caribbean sun.

The Caribbean is an interesting mix of cultures, colours, food, and of course reggae music. The history is as varied as the characters living and working there with English, French, Dutch, and Creole flavours all adding to the mix and ultimately creating a unique feast.

Our race program is low key and designed to get from place to place with some added interest. Dinners ashore after each race are always full of anecdotes, banter, excuses and general good humoured competition.

We will sail one way from Antigua to St Martin and include the totally unspoiled islands of Barbuda and Saba into the mix. Pristine beaches and some serious fun parties are part of our popular Caribbean Canter recipe.

Caribbean Canter Rally Itinerary
28 Feb to 10 March 2014:

Day 1:
Arrive in Antigua and transfer to the hotel in English Harbour. Relax and recover from your journey and soak up some Caribbean vibe to the sounds of the steel band at Shirley Heights or one of the local music venues.

Day 2:
A lunch at Harmony Hall Art Gallery and Restaurant overlooking the beautiful Non-such Bay is recommended. In the afternoon, transfer from the hotel to the marina for embarkation. Check your catamaran and provisions before a welcome dinner in English Harbour.

Day 3:
Lay Day cruise to Deep Bay – 15 nm. Depart for Deep Bay or an alternative anchorage in Northern Antigua. Deep Bay has good access to St. Johns forif you are shopping for last minute supplies. Explore the wreck in the bay or hike to Fort Barrington at the northern end of the bay.

Day 4:
Race One to Barbuda – 27 nm. Dinghy ashore to a deserted pink sand beach on one of the very few islands in the Caribbean that remains undeveloped. Party on the beach with Uncle Roddy and the local crowd at the post-race function!

Day 5:
Lay Day in Barbuda. With the exception of a few guests and the island donkeys, the population seems to consist of the graceful frigate birds which breed in huge numbers in the northwest lagoon. Make an excursion to the bird sanctuary and enjoy a free day to relax, swim or explore.

Day 6:
Race Two to Nevis – 55 nm. Nevis was once a busy sugar producing island where some of the grand manor houses of the plantation owners still operate as restaurants and hotels. Nevis is famous for the cloud-capped mountain, which reminded Columbus of snow as he passed by in 1493.

Day 7:
Lay Day in Nevis – Take a tour around the island, alternatively play a round of golf on the highly rated course or enjoy a spa treatment in the Four Seasons resort.

Day 8:
Lay Day cruise to St Kitts – 8 nm. Abbreviated from St Christopher (Columbus), St Kitts is a green and pleasant island mostly covered in rainforest. Step back in history visiting the fortress on Brimstone Hill and be sure to mix it up and meet the locals.

Day 9:
Race Three to St Eustasius – 20 nm. – Cruise 10 miles to the northern end of St. Kitts and then race to St. Eustatius. Known as Statia it is today a part of the Netherlands Antilles. Over history it has changed hands more than 20 times. Once a duty-free island it is today an important oil trans-shipment port with a surprising number of attractive cliff-top cottages and stone houses hidden from view from the bay.

Day 10:
Lay Day cruise to Saba 20 nm. Breakfast ashore in Statia in the morning before setting off for Saba in the afternoon. Saba is a secluded haven, quaint, peaceful and friendly.

Day 11:
Lay Day in Saba. This tiny, immaculate, Dutch island, where everything clings to the side of an extinct volcano is a nature lover’s paradise. Saba Marine Park is second to none, so enjoy some snorkelling or scuba diving!

Day 12:
Race Four to St Barts – 28 nm. Properly named St Barthelemy, St. Barts is a favoured spot for the well to do “in crowd” from France, mingling assorted acting, singing and sports stars. Dine in excellent restaurants, shop in chic boutiques and explore the sand beaches.

Day 13:
Lay Day St Barts. Today a suggestion is lunch at Eden Rock. ‘People-watch’ on the beach and view planes landing on the infamous St Barts runway! In the afternoon move to a mooring buoy in Colombier Bay National Marine Park. Swim with turtles, walk the deserted beach and climb to the saddle to view the Atlantic Ocean.

Day 14:
Race 5 to St. Martin – 18 nm. Race from the northern tip of St Barts, to Grand Case on the northern side of St Martin. St Martin has been successfully shared by the French and the Dutch for 350 years, there are distinct cultural differences between the two sides of the island. Spend your afternoon swimming and relaxing before an optional dinner at the Sunset Café in Grand Case. After dinner you may choose to taxi into Marigot for a Heineken Regatta party that will last into the wee hours. The Heineken Regatta typically has 300 boats participating and watching the race action is a must.

Day 15:
Lay Day in St Martin. Today is at leisure to watch the Heineken Regatta before heading to Marigot, location of the charter base, for our final night dinner and presentation.

Day 16:
Check out, disembarkation and transfer to the airport for your departure flight or to the hotel if you are extending your stay on St Martin.

The Boats:

Catana 47:

Imagine yourself at the helm of an ultra high-performance catamaran, with the power to maintain high average speeds over long distances. The Catana 47 is fast, light, robust and exceptionally easy to handle, giving both helmsman and passengers a remarkable sensation of speed and acceleration. A perfect vessel in which to explore any of the world’s maritime pathways. Its well-designed, spacious interior offers an excellent standard of comfort.

  • Length: 14.02m
  • Draft: 2.8m
  • Cabins: 4
  • Berths: 8
  • Heads: 4
  • Built: 2010
.

Catana 47 Carbon Infusion:

This vessel is similar to the above Catana 47 but is built using the latest carbon infusion technology. The infusion construction procedure is particularly important insofar as it greatly optimises boat weight. The Twaron Impact process significantly improves the rigidity and stability of the hulls. This innovation reduces the amount of harmful fumes emitted during construction whilst at the same time increasing the solidity, lightness and performance of your catamaran.

  • Length: 14.02m
  • Draft: 2.8m
  • Cabins: 4
  • Berths: 8
  • Heads: 4
  • Built: 2011
.

Catana 42:

With its ideal beam/length ratio, its adjustable daggerboards, tulip-shaped bows that face outwards, its aerodynamic coach-roof and torpedo-shaped hulls, the Catana 42 makes waves wherever it goes. It has an incredibly spacious interior with a 360° panoramic view along with direct access to the cockpit. Quality materials, light-filled cabins, perfect ventilation, excellent bathroom design, thermal and audio insulation come together to make life on board a delight.

  • Length: 12.4m
  • Draft: 2.7m
  • Cabins: 4
  • Berths: 8
  • Heads: 2
  • Built: 2011
.

Catana 42 Carbon Infusion:

This vessel is similar to the above Catana 47 but is built using the latest carbon infusion technology. The infusion construction procedure is particularly important insofar as it greatly optimises boat weight. The Twaron Impact process significantly improves the rigidity and stability of the hulls. This innovation reduces the amount of harmful fumes emitted during construction whilst at the same time increasing the solidity, lightness and performance of your catamaran.

  • Length: 12.58m
  • Draft: 2.7m
  • Cabins: 4
  • Berths: 8
  • Heads: 2
  • Built: 2013
.

 Pricing:

Standard Rally Prices include:

  • Mariner Boating guide with extensive local knowledge
  • Airport transfer for one scheduled flight in Antigua
  • Overnight hotel accommodation in English Harbour on a twin share bed and breakfast basis
  • Welcome dinner in English Harbour
  • Charter of the yacht selected for 14 nights on a bareboat basis
  • Local taxes
  • Dinghy and outboard motor
  • Final yacht cleaning
  • Two sets of bed linen and bath towels
  • One way charter redelivery fee
  • Security Deposit Reduction for yacht
  • 24/7 technical support for the yacht
  • Berthing on race days according to the rally pro-gram
  • Transit log
  • Post-race functions including dinner with limited drinks according to the rally program
  • Race management including post race results
  • Post race newsletters with lay day information
  • Race and event trophies
  • Rally waterproof bag
  • Final night dinner
  • One group airport transfer in St Martin

The prices exclude:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Refundable security deposit payable by credit card – transaction validated but not processed
  • Provisioning
  • Marina fees on non-race days (where applicable)

Please Note:

  • A completed booking form is required for all rally Participants
  • Sailing qualifications are required to charter a yacht. Please enquire for details
  • A deposit of AUD $1,500 per person is required to confirm a booking
  • Prices are subject to currency fluctuation
  • Credit card transactions are subject to merchant fees
  • The itinerary and prices are correct at the time of issue but subject to changes without notice
  • An ESTA Visa is required for travel to and through the United States. Please ask for further details

Personal Travel Insurance:

A valid travel insurance policy is a Mariner Boating booking term condition. We partner with Suresave, whom we have special arrangements for cover during our yacht rallies. Please ask your Mariner consultant for a Suresave no obligation quote.

Bookings and more information:

Please contact Mariner Boating:

Stay in the know:

  • Sign up to our e-newsletter which is packed with information on the latest catamarans and trimarans, best buys on boats for sale, catamaran reviews, articles and promotions. Click here to subscribe to multihull solutions e-newsletter.
  • Facebook – “LIKE” us on facebook and you can rest assured you’ll be the first to hear any breaking news, great deals, events and more. Click here