Sailing Holidays

Sailing Holidays in Antigua

With 365 palm-fringed beaches and numerous anchorages, Antigua offers excellent sailing holidays around the island.

Antigua is part of the Leeward Islands and boasts a spectacular choice of picturesque coves and bays, with fine sand, blue seas and some of the best watersports in the Caribbean. Anchor in crystal clear blue water alongside 11 miles of pristine white sand.

At Nonsuch Bay you'll discover several superb and uncrowded anchorages. Green Island is so beautiful the locals call it the Garden of Eden. Dickenson Bay and North Sound are great places to gunkhole, snorkel and enjoy the beach. Five Islands Harbour is a completely unspoiled sanctuary. Drop anchor along the southwest coast in time to watch the sun set over Nevis - unforgettable.

Explore Nelson's Dockyard, a working 18th century Georgian dockyard and relive naval history. Enjoy the mix of lively bars and restaurants with the peace and tranquility of numerous offshore islands.

For a 1-week yacht charter holiday there’s plenty of idyllic anchorages around Antigua to keep you busy.

On a 10-day yacht charter you could include the magical island of Barbuda in your sailing itinerary. Barbuda is a 30 mile easy reach away, remote and incredibly beautiful. Along the leeward shore, 11 miles of beach are littered with tiny shells that give it a luminous pink glow. See turtles basking in the shallows while you swim in crystal clear water.

For a 2 week sailing holiday more experienced skippers can plan a sailing itinerary to include St Kitts & Nevis (45nm) or Guadeloupe (48nm). One way yacht charters to St Martin are also available at extra cost, visiting St Kitts & Nevis and St Barts, each island as different as the last.

Best time to travel to sail in Antigua is from November to June,with temperatures around 30oC. Constant warm tradewinds blowing East-Northeast from 15 to 25 knots provide excellent sailing during the winter months. 

DAY 1 : Embark at Jolly Harbour Marina. Jolly Harbour offers a well-stocked supermarket, fuel dock, banks, post office and several good restaurants. With direct flights you'll arrive mid-afternoon so there's time for a short sail round to Deep Bay in the beautiful, protected Five Islands Harbour. Dine ashore to the accompaniemant of a calypso band.
DAY 2 : Snorkel on the coral-encrusted Wreck of the Andes, before you set sail to North Sound. Anchor at Great Bird Island and explore the sheltered bays by dinghy.
DAY 3 : Relax in this magical area and in the afternoon drop anchor in Dickenson Bay, a long beach with watersports, bars and restaurants.
DAY 4 : A brisk sail along the rugged southeast coastline, past the unusual rock formation of the Pillars of Hercules, brings you to Falmouth Harbour, built by Lord Nelson. Visit the famous Nelson's Dockyard. Take a short taxi ride up to Shirley Heights for a magnificent view of the sunset. On Sundays, you can enjoy BBQ and live music there.
DAY 5 : Follow the couth coast round to Nonsuch Bay and drop anchor at West Bay on uninhabited Green Island. Take your dinghy inside the reef for some of the best snorkelling in the area.
DAY 6 : Heading back along the couth coast, drop anchor at St James' Club or Carlisle Bay, smart resorts with palm-fringed beaches and excellent restaurants.
DAY 7 : Continue your downwind sail inside Cades Reef, enjoying the calm turquoise waters on your way back to Jolly Harbour.

Yachts are based at Jolly Harbour Marina on the west coast of Antigua. Charters start and finish any day (minimum 5 nights), giving you total flexibility over your holiday dates.

Sail and stay - add an hotelSAIL & STAY IN ANTIGUA: Extend your sailing holiday in Antigua with a week in one of the excellent beach hotels on the island.

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10% OFF Antigua 2015

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Book your 2015 Antigua sailing holiday now with 10% EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT!

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10 for 7 in Antigua during May

10 for 7 in Antigua during May

10 nights for the price of 7 in May 2015:
Eg Sun Odyssey 36i (2009) 3 cabins £1803/10 days
Jeanneau 42DS (2007) 2 cabins £2384/10 days

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Prices given below. Click on the yacht names to view yacht layout & specification

Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.

If you want a flight-inclusive holiday Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.

FLIGHTS TO ANTIGUA:
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have direct flights from Gatwick. Transfer time to Jolly Harbour Marina 30 minutes.

Whether you are an experienced sailor or setting foot on a yacht for the first time, we can offer you a holiday afloat to suit you. Experience Level 1 are suitable for less experienced crews and Experience Level 3 are more suited for the experts.    

This takes into account the wind strength, tidal range and currents, distances between stops and ease of mooring. Of course even experts may choose to sail in Level 1 areas as they still offer stunning scenery and great sailing.

Experience Level 1: BVI, Bahamas, Florida Keys

Generally light winds Force 2-4, line of sight navigation, shorter sailing distances under 20nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 1 week or 100nm as skipper

Experience Level 2: Antigua, St Martin, St Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Grenada, St Vincent, Belize

Stronger winds up to Force 3-5 with some longer passages up to 30nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 2 weeks or 200nm as skipper

Experience Level 3: Cuba. One way itineraries, eg Antigua to St Martin, St Lucia to Grenadines

Stronger winds up to Force 4-7 which can lead to bigger seas on long passages between the islands. You will be Coastal Skipper standard with experience to a higher level having sailed at least 4 weeks or 400nm as skipper.

To charter a yacht bareboat or on flotilla you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew.

At present you need an RYA Day Skipper qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC) for charters in Croatia, Montenegro, Mallorca, Tenerife and Malta.

The RYA ICC will be ever more required by overseas port authorities but if you have skipper experience it is easily obtained in a day from RYA sailing schools in the UK such as Hamilton Sailing or Brixham Sea School 

Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.

If you want a flight-inclusive holiday Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.

FLIGHTS TO ANTIGUA:
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have direct flights from Gatwick. Transfer time to Jolly Harbour Marina 30 minutes.

The American journal Sail Magazine recently published an article on sailing in Antigua & Barbuda. Adam Cort chartered a Bavaria 33 for his family and explored Barbuda as well as the beautiful anchorages at Falmouth Harbour and English Harbour on Antigua. Click here to read the article >>

Visit the famous Nelson's Dockyard in English Harbour , the only remaining working Georgian Dockyard in the world. Wander around the beautifully restored buildings dating back to the early 18th Century and soak up the historical atmosphere. Include a visit to the museum.  

Explore Nonsuch Bay, an unspoilt hideaway with plenty of excellent anchorages to spot redbilled tropicbirds and pelicans amongst the abundant bird life. Inside Green Island’s protective reef, you’ll find some of the best snorkelling in the area. Visit Harmony Hall, a converted Sugar Mill, which houses an excellent restaurant, together with a craft shop and art gallery.

"Right boat available at right time for the right price at the right location. Nautilus service was excellent. with swift, friendly and helpful responses. Provided a sense of comfort and confidence in the services to be provided."
BVI 2012 - T.M.

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