Sailing Holidays

Sailing Holidays in St Martin

This surprisingly little island embodies a dual personality - half French, half Dutch.

St Martin/St Maarten and the surrounding islands of Anguilla and St Barts offer some of the most spectacular sailing in the Caribbean. Experience beautiful anchorages, stunning sunsets and outstanding restaurants. If you are used to sailing in more crowded sailing areas, you will soon discover that St Martin and the surrounding islands offers remote, unspoilt anchorages and total relaxation for that perfect getaway.

Just half a day’s sail away from St Martin is the beautiful island of Anguilla, renowned for its pristine, white sand beaches and the attraction of the rich and famous, and unbeatable for its peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. What an ideal place to enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the waterfront restaurants or a BBQ under the stars! No sailing itinerary would be complete without a trip to St Bart's, known for its wonderful restaurants and picturesque port. Enjoy window shopping and watch the beautiful people as you sip French coffee and enjoy fresh croissants!

You’ll find stunning anchorages all round St Martin and the main harbours offer excellent restaurants and designer shopping. A one-week sailing itinerary takes in the stunning islands of Anguilla and St Barts.

In two weeks plan a blue water cruise to Antigua, visiting the "islands that brush the clouds"- Saba, St Eustatius, St Kitts & Nevis, lush islands of rain forests and volcanoes. Or plan a one-way passage overnight to the British Virgin Islands and spend a week in two different sailing areas

Best time to travel to St Martin is December to May, the dry season, with temperatures 27-29oC, when the trade winds are steady with winds blowing east-northeast from 15 to 25 knots. From June to November the weather is usually warmer and more changeable with winds blowing northeast through south from 10 to 20 knots. 

 

DAY 1 : Embark at Anse Marcel Marina, a full service marina on the northwest coast with a good choice of bars and restaurants.
DAY 2 : Sail to Anguilla (15nm) and clear into customs at Road Bay, a charming village set on a lovely beach. Pack your picnic for lunch at Prickly Bay Cays. The snorkeling here is some of the best in the Caribbean.
DAY 3 : The sail south is a fast tack and Tintamarre makes a good midday stop for a beach picnic. St Barts (32nm) is favoured by the rich and famous but visiting yachtsmen are welcome at Gustavia's bustling harbour front. Some say the cuisine here is the best in the Caribbean, and there's certainly plenty of choice of restaurants.
DAY 4 : Hire a mini-moke and explore the very pretty island of St Barts. Winding hillside roads afford spectacular views and lead you to excellent beaches.
DAY 5 : Philipsburg (15nm), the convivial port is the capital of St Maarten, the Dutch side of the island, is popular for its bars, restaurants and duty free shopping.
DAY 6 : Choose the beach as you sail round the island - you pass several at Simpson Bay and Marigot Bay but the best is Baie Grand Case (17nm), a long sweeping beach and the gastronomic centre of St. Martin. 
DAY 7 : Leisurely sail back to Anse Marcel Marina (5nm)

 

 

 

Yachts are based at Anse Marcel in the north of St Martin. Charters start and finish any day, giving you total flexibility over your holiday dates. Minimum charter is 7 nights but over Christmas and New Year period 10 nights.

We also have yachts and catamarans based at Lagoon Marina. Charters start and finish any day, giving you total flexibility over your holiday dates. Minimum charter is 5 nights but over Christmas and New Year period 7 nights.

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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 ST MARTIN:
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have direct flights from Gatwick to Antigua. LIAT operate connecting flights from Antigua to St Martin. Alternatively fly to St Martin with AirFrance via Paris or KLM via Amsterdam. Transfer time to Anse Marcel 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 ST MARTIN:
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have direct flights from Gatwick to Antigua. LIAT operate connecting flights from Antigua to St Martin. Alternatively fly to St Martin with AirFrance via Paris or KLM via Amsterdam. Transfer time to Anse Marcel Marina 40 minutes.

Anchor your yacht in Gustavia harbour and discover the charms of St Barth. Check for paparazzi though, as you can easily end up in the latest gossip magazine when walking down the streets of Gustavia. Rent a scooter and ride around the island to discover why St Barth is a worldwide jet set rendezvous.

Marigot is the capital of the French side of St Martin. You'll be able to anchor in the bay and visit the typical Creole market, where you'll get fresh fruits, vegetables, spices and local crafts. Visit Fort Louis, built in 1765 to protect Marigot from the British. The 180° view from the fort is spectacular.

Sandy Ground is “the entertainment capital of Anguilla.”  A sleepy village by day, at night the imaginative beach bars, and fun and casual restaurants come alive with music. At night the popular “Pumphouse” jams with dancing, drinking and fun, but by day The Old Salt Factory & Pumphouse is a historic site that showcases the once thriving salt economy. 

"We had a great holiday, and the service from Jackie and Al and all the base staff was particularly good. Many thanks."
Antigua 2012 - A.S.

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