A location made up of a constellation of close-knit islands and cays, it's only natural that sailing is an intrinsic part of the local culture. St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is one of the most sought-after sailing destinations in the world and has naturally become a major hub for yachts, schooners, and all manner of sailing vessels. A blue voyage over its calm tropical waters in a steady breeze is the best way to explore hidden bays and vibrant harbors.
Where to Sail
With 32 islands and cays to choose from, visitors can see as much or as little as they like. While individualized itineraries can be designed beforehand, a typical 1-week itinerary will cover approximately 90 miles of cruising with distances between islands ranging from two to five hours. While breakfast and lunch are typically taken on board, sandbars that appear with changing tides makes the perfect spot for a picnic. Anchorages on the nine inhabited islands (St. Vincent, Mustique, Bequia, Canouan, Mayreau, Union Island, Palm Island, Young Island, and Petit St. Vincent) offer charming towns, remote villages and pristine beaches for exploring ashore and wonderful restaurants for nightly dinners. Sailors can also spend time in the beautiful Tobago Cays, a protected marine park of small islands on a horseshoe reef offering some of the Caribbean’s best snorkeling, where a beach barbeque can be taken ashore.
There are a number of charter companies operating out of SVG. Travelers can contact TMM Yacht Charters, Barefoot Yacht Charters, Sunsail, The Moorings, or Captain Yannis for bareboat charters, skippered yachts or a day trip. Everything you need to enjoy the best vacation on board, from snorkeling equipment to fresh bed linens. Professional sailors captain each boat, so vacationers can rest assured that a qualified skipper is at the helm. Boats are fully provisioned before departure according to the special requests or dietary requirements of each guest and upon request, a private chef can be hired to handle the preparation of meals.
The Friendship Rose, which operates out of Bequia, is of special note. After running a ferry service for 20 years between St. Vincent and Bequia, today the 100-ft. schooner offers cruises between Bequia and the Tobago Cays, and between Bequia and Mustique, with snorkeling, diving and nature watching along the way.
Over the last three decades, Bequia Easter Regatta has grown into one of the region’s most popular small island regattas, with visitors and competitors coming from all over the world to partake in the Easter weekend’s festivities. Enthusiastic supporters and spectators gather at every available vantage point to see the boats demonstrate their legendary skill.
Another annual sailing event is the Canouan Regatta, held every May-June. This festival includes boat races, sports and games, calypso competition and a beauty pageant.