Sailing Holidays

British Virgin Islands Yacht Charter

The British Virgin Islands were made for sailing holidays with over 60 unspoilt islands, islets and cays. 

Come and see for yourself why the BVI is the most popular sailing destination in the Caribbean for yacht charter. Perfect sailing conditions and sheltered passages round the islands make sailing in the British Virgin Islands a delight for all levels of sailors wanting to relax in a Caribbean paradise with white sandy beaches and amazing snorkelling in warm, crystal clear seas.

Whatever your sailing experience you’ll love a sailing holiday in the British Virgin Islands where a couple of hours sailing in the warm steady tradewinds will take you to your next idyllic anchorage. Steady winds guarantee enjoyable sailing and a trip to Anegada will test your navigational skills.

There are dozens of white sandy beaches and hidden coves for you to discover on your yacht charter. An amazing variety of underwater life and the warm crystal-clear sea make snorkelling off your yacht a delight.  

There’s so much to do on your yacht charter holiday in the BVI. Drop anchor in a secluded cove one day and at the busy Bitter End Yacht Club the next. Swim above coral gardens and dive on sunken shipwrecks. Hike up Spy Glass Hill, an old pirate lookout, and beachcomb on miles of white sand. Taste delicious rum cocktails at driftwood beach bars.

It’s a great place to have fun, whether your idea of a good time is a candlelit meal at Brandywine Bay or dancing till dawn at Foxy’s on Jost van Dyke. There’s usually a cabaret act at the Last Resort and there’s always fresh lobster on the menu at Anegada. Come and see for yourself why the BVI is the popular area for sailing holidays in the Caribbean and why clients return year after year.

In a 1-week yachting holiday in the British Virgin Islands you can sail anti-clockwise around the main island of Tortola, leaving plenty of time to swim, snorkel and relax in the idyllic anchorages. In a 2-week sailing holiday extend your itinerary to include Anegada, "the Drowned Island", 16nm due north of Virgin Gorda.

 

DAY 1 : Easy reach to Norman Island (8nm), home of the Caves and inspriation for Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island". The Bight provides a perfect anchorage with a restaurant and floating bar aboard "The Willie T".
DAY 2 : As Salt Island grab your mask and snorkel and check out the wreck of the Royal Mail Steamship "Rhone" which sank during a hurricane in 1867. After lunch sail "right next door" to Cooper Island (8nm) where you can pick up a mooring in front of the beachfront restaurant.
DAY 3 : The Baths at Virgin Gorda are one of the most famous natural formations in the Caribbean. Huge granite boulders form small grottos and pools on the water's edge for you to expore and snorkel. Sail up to North Sound (13nm) a protected bay with a wide choice of anchorages and excellent restaurants.
DAY 4 : Snorkelling on the reef at Marina Cay gives you an appetitie for lunch. Trellis Bay (10nm) is a good place to spend the night, home to the famous restaurant and cabaret "The Last Resort".
DAY 5 : Cruise up to Guana Island for spectacuar snorkelling and a beach picnic at Monkey Point. An afternoon's sail west takes you to Jost van Dyke (15nm). Anchor in White Bay and swim ashore for cocktails at "Soggy Dollar Bar" or in Little Harbour where "Foxys'" is famous for its beach parties.
DAY 6 : Lunch at Soper's Hole Wharf, home of Pusser's Landing, reputedly built on the hideout of the pirate Blackbeard. Afternoon sail across Sir Francis Drake Channel to Peter Island (11nm).
DAY 7 : Watch the sunrise over Peter Island and take an early morning swim in the deliciously warm sea. Weigh anchor for the short sail back to the marina (5nm).

Constant warm tradewinds at 10-20 knots provide excellent sailing. BVI is popular all year round with temperatures staying a balmy 30oC. but the best time to come is November to June. In summer winds tend to be lighter with greater humidity, but there’s still plenty of sunshine. There is a risk of tropical storms mainly during August and September. 

There are very few marinas in the BVIs so most nights you are on anchor in a bay with a classic Caribbean white sand and palm tree beach. In many places there are laid buoys which cost US$25/night but give you a safe mooring within minutes of sailing into the bay.

 

Sail and stay - add an hotelSAIL & STAY IN THE BVI: Extend your sailing holiday with a few days or a week ashore in a beach hotel in the British Virgin Islands. Or stop-over on the holiday island of Antigua on your way out to or back from the BVI.

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30% OFF in BVI

30% OFF in BVI

Charter any yacht from Nanny Cay in November 2014 and get 10 days for the price of 7. That's 30% OFF!

If you can only sail for 7 days take 10% OFF instead!

Quiet anchorages, consistent trade winds, warm seas and superb weather! 

BOOK BEFORE 15 OCT

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BVI for under £1000

BVI for under £1000

Book any of the following yachts from Nanny Cay between 1 May & 31 Oct and pay just £935/week!

Bavaria 31 (2008) - 2 cabins
Beneteau 323 (2006) - 2 cabins
Bavaria 33 (2006-08) - 2 cabins

That's up to 35% OFF!

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10 FOR 7 in BVI

10 FOR 7 in BVI

SUMMER SEASON SPECIAL: Charter any monohull yacht from Nanny Cay Marina between 10 July & 31 Oct and get 10 days for the price of 7. That's 30% OFF!

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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 TORTOLA BVI:
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have direct flights from Gatwick to Antigua. LIAT operate connecting flights from Antigua to Tortola. Transfer time to Nanny Cay Marina 40 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 TORTOLA BVI:
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have direct flights from Gatwick to Antigua. LIAT operate connecting flights from Antigua to Tortola. Transfer time to Nanny Cay Marina 40 minutes.

We sent Clive Loughlin of Sailing Today magazine on a Sail & Stay Holiday in the BVI combining a bareboat yacht charter of a Beneteau 323 from Nanny Cay Marina and a land-based stay at the super-luxurious Bitter End Yacht Club. "For me it was a win-win situation. I loved the sailing and exploring, but the days spent at the BEYC allowed me to turn back the clock and have loads of fun in al sorts of different dinghies." Click here to read the article >>

Anegada is a coral reef island and the name means "drowned land". Once off limits due to the treacherous Horseshoe Reef which has caused many shipwrecks, there is now a bouyed channel to guide you safely into the moorings. The restaurants are famous for their lobster dinners. Take a taxi to Loblolly Bay on the north shore - a pink coral sand beach with an enclosed lagoon for superb snorkelling. The Big Bamboo beach bar makes a perfect stop for lunch. 

Jost van Dyke is named after a Dutch pirate. The Soggy Dollar Bar and Gertrude's in White Bay are renowned for drinks made with the island's famous rum, frosty beers and tales of pirates and sunken treasure. The "Painkiller," one of the most famous cocktails in the Caribbean, was invented at The Soggy Dollar Bar. Parties here are legendary, especially at Foxy's. This bar and its owner are known to yachtsmen from around the world for the New Year's Eve and Halloween parties, when Great Harbour fills up with yachts.  

"Service from Nautilus was excellent. Boat and base staff at Nanny Cay could NOT be faulted. I would recommend them to anybody."
BVI 2013 - M.A.

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