Venture into the northern reaches of the Windward Islands and you’ll see a Caribbean that excels at the adventure chilling that we love. Beginning in Martinique, an overseas territory of France, this exploration will take you from present days to long before Christopher Columbus sailed past in 1493, a time when the Taino and Arawak lived in this island chain. Martinique is vibrantly beautiful, and the towns here are best approached from the water as they have always been. Sailing north to Dominica will take us to yet another Caribbean, this one more sleepy and natural. Dominica in all of its volcanic glory has rustic charm in plenty thanks to it’s large swaths of wilderness and rugged terrain. This is a place for hiking to waterfalls and sneaking upriver into the mangroves on a small boat. We will bath in hot springs, snorkel on a rare volcanic reef, and eat freshly picked fruit.
The Collective Package includes:
• Collective captain and chef (for a week of the best food of your life)
• Journey Coordinator travel support to help guide you on your journey
• Private cabin aboard a 4 cabin (8 passenger max) monohull or catamaran modern sailboat.
• Onboard family style meals with 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners and snacks
• Marina fees and dockage
• Boat incidentals including fuel, water, bedding, towels, etc.
• And of course 7 days of unabashed adventure and epic memories...
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Before booking, please review CANCELLATIONS/CHANGES, INSURANCE, AND CONDUCT policy on the booking page.
PRIVATE CREWED CHARTERS ALSO AVAILABLE NOVEMBER - JULY
Tyler Sauter is a boatman that would fit in on a ship if you dropped him in the ranks anywhere throughout time. As a boat builder, he worked and taught at the WoodenBoat school where he studied traditional methods of construction and restoration and studied boat building at the Landing School in their Marine Industry program. As a sailor, Tyler taught small boat handling at the WoodenBoat school in Maine and has embarked on many voyages on ships big and small. He currently lives full time on his sailboat in the northeast sailing where work and whim may take him.
Though a land lover for most of her life, Eva grew up with a love and an appreciation for the ocean, growing up next to the Puget Sound in Seattle, Washington. Active both in water and on land, Eva frequently enjoys rock climbing, hiking and backpacking, skiing, and scuba diving. Her greatest love, however, is food. After earning a BA in Cultural Anthropology at Colorado College, Eva got a position in a professional French restaurant in Washington, and hasn’t stopped cooking since. Now, she combines her love of food with her passion for traveling, photography, and writing. For years now, her dream has been to cook on boats internationally, and is excited to bring that love and creativity to the Sailing Collective.
Martinique is one of the shining jewels of the French Caribbean. Centrally located in the heart of the Caribbean archipelago, at 14 degrees 30 minutes north latitude and 61 degrees 0 minutes west longitude, Martinique is part of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles.
Christopher Columbus sighted the island on his first voyage in 1493, but didn't land there until his fourth expedition in 1502. Martinique officially became part of France in 1815. It became a Department of France in 1946, and was named a Region of France in 1974, and that remains its status. Martinique's capital, Fort de France, celebrates every aspect of French culture with style and panache – from the excellence of its cuisine to the chic sophistication of its fine resorts and hotels. Shops sell the latest French merchandise; art galleries, theaters and museums all pay homage that heritage.
Old men play Boules in the squares, while crowds sit at sidewalk cafés. Yet, an enticing West Indian warmth and friendliness, a special spice in its music, dance, local food and cultural roots, combine with everything French, to create a unique way of life. Martinique offers the classic Caribbean beaches-white sand on the south coast, black sand on the north coast. There are secluded coves perfect for swimming and snorkeling, reefs, unspoiled fishing villages, hot springs, lush rainforests, rugged peaks and exotic flowers and fruit everywhere.
Dominica, in contrast, is a diamond in the rough. A famed filming location for Pirates Of the Caribbean, it’s easy to be whisked back in time. By exploring the extensive hiking trails, you could visit a different waterfall on every day for a year in Dominica. Adventurous spirits can get deep into the cascading river valleys on a canyoneering expeditions or for a more relaxed vibe you can take a boat tour into the jungle right from the harbour in historic Portsmouth.
One of the top ten dive destinations in the world, Dominica has unparalleled underwater diversity. From the calmer tropical fish-filled waters, to spectacular drops and a submerged volcanic crater. The opportunities for underwater discovery and photography are unparalleled.
Four airlines operate direct flights (Norwegian Air, Air France - Air Caraïbes - Corsair) with most affordable flights direct from NYC to Martinique on Norwegian Air departing Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursady.
Marina Le Marin
Marina Le Marin
Port de Plaisance du Marin
97290 Le Marin - Martinique
Charter Company: RM Croisieres, Pontoon 5
Meeting time at the Marina is between 6 - 8 pm. Please notify your captain in advance if you are delayed and will not arrive by 8:30. Upon arrival, the front desk at the marina will direct you to your Sailing Collective boats, the Lagoon 450 where your captain Tyler and chef Eva will be waiting for your arrival.
• Easiest way to get to the marina from the airport is by way of a taxi which will cost from 50 to 70 Euros. If you have a longer stay on the island rental cars are available from the these providers:
Le Marin - Open in the morning only
Tel: 05 96 74 17 17 Le Marin
Tel: 05 96 42 42 42 Reservation
Lokizy Le Marin
Portable: 06 96 37 40 80
Jumbo Car Le Marin
Tel: 05 96 74 71 77
Tel: 05 96 42 11 00
BANKS & EXCHANGE
St Lucia: Caribbean Dollar & US Dollar
Master and Visa cards are accepted. We recommend using the ATM at the airport to take out Euros. If you do not have Euros, many establishments will accept US Dollar.
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure relevant visas are obtained where necessary. Check Martinique and St Lucia visa requirements for your nationality here. U.S. citizens are issued a tourist visa at the airport passport control for a $15 tariff payable in cash only (USD are accepted). Please ensure your passport is valid for the period of travel and for six months after you return with at least 3 blank pages for visa stamps. Your passport name must match the name on the flight ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid.
The Sailing Collective cannot be held responsible for refusal of entry or travel due to lack of visas. If you are in any doubt of your visa requirements, please contact your Embassy for full details.
The Caribbean bask in a tropical maritime climate. Rainfall is moderately low for tropical islands. Scattered showers are common throughout the year, but all day rain is very rare. There is little seasonal variation in temperature ranging in the 80s during the day and the 70s during the evening. Brief rain showers can be frequent so please bring a light raincoat. Wind speeds vary throughout the year from 5-20 mph.
Sailing Collective will provision your journey with local foods and produce. Cooking Aboard: Your Sailing Collective chef/crew is incredibly talented and can handle the group's needs with ease. We are all about participation and learning, so if you'd like to help, just ask and we'll get you involved! Collective groups may choose to dine out more times than scheduled if the group or individuals choose.
Included in provisioning package: 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 3 Dinners, Light Snacks, Water, Coffee & Tea
Not included in provisioning package: Soft Drinks, Alcohol, Wine, Beer, etc.
Dietary Restrictions: Important to notify your Sailing Collective representative of any dietary restrictions ahead of time and fill out details in Guest Form
Recommended $300 – $600 in spending money depending on spending habits.
Additional food and beverages including alcohol.
All expenses on shore including meals and drinks.
Flights and transportation to and from the marina location.
Tipping captain and crew is welcomed, 10-15% is customary
Collapsible bags in place of large rigid suitcases are advised for ease of storage.
During days on the water, you’ll want to be wearing light and comfortable clothing. As the vast majority of your time will be spent outside, prepare for elements - bring a light rain coat just in case, a hat to shield yourself from the sun, and a set of warm clothing. Throughout the week we may dine out at a nice restaurant, so bring gear that you’ll look nice in and suits your style. Loading and unloading from the dingy can be a wet activity, a pair of shoes that you can get wet is recommended.
printouts of important info such as meeting details and travel documents
camera - dry bag or case for your phone and camera is highly recommended
hat / sunglasses / sunscreen
light rain coat / wind jacket
boat shoes or non-slip shoes
shoes you don’t mind getting wet such as flip flops
books / travel books
any special dietary foods
beach towel (1 towel is provided with linens)
Saturday - Meet your captain and crew in the La Marin, Dream Yacht Charter office in the south of Martinique, about 40 minutes from the Martinique airport. Today you will get settled in your new home for the week and spend the first night aboard at the marina and depart early Sunday morning.
• Meet the crew
• Unpack and move into your cabin
• Dinner out discovering the local french caribbean cuisine
• Meals onshore
Sunday - After a 1 hour tutorial by the captain and crew, we cast off the dock lines and venture North on a short sail to Anse d'Arlet. Lunch on land and exploring the beach town, boutiques and local market.
3 hour sail
• Learning the ropes
• Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner aboard
Monday - Sail the steep volcanic coastline to St. Pierre, a former centre of economy that was destroyed by the eruption of Montagne Pelée in 1902. Overnight in the bay of St. Pierre.
3 hour sail
• Visit of the museum of volcanology
• Explore the "city of Art and History"
• Relax on the beach
• Cook a big group dinner on the boat
• Visit Martinique’s Rhum JR Distillery
• Breakfast and Lunch aboard - Dinner ashore
Tuesday - Leave early for a long sail that will bring us to the island of Dominica where will make landfall at Portsmouth.
7 hour sail
• Experience passagemaking under sail
• Explore the Indian River estuary on a small boat tour
• Clear customs in Roseau
• Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner aboard, drinks ashore after dinner
Wednesday - Explore Dominica with a guided tour taking us throughout the interior of the island and hiking through Sari Sari Waterfalls, Valley of Desolation, and a hike around the Freshwater Lake.
Snorkeling from boat
Exploring an old fort
Exploring local markets
Breakfast aboard, lunch and dinner ashore
Thursday - We make the crossing back to Martinique arriving at L'anse Dufour where we tuck into a small secluded cove for a last night on the boats.
8 hour sail
• Sunrise start to the day
• Exploring the mangroves
• Sail back to La Marin marina arriving at 6:00 pm
• Breakfast ashore, lunch aboard, dinner ashore
The Lagoon 450 has everything you could want in a cruising boat: Incredible performance under sail, wide open deck space for lounging, and an incomparable comfort in the saloon and the cabins. The wide hulls of Lagoon 450 offer comfortable cabins with larger floor space than other catamarans of the size. An airy saloon contains an open concept modern galley (kitchen) and comfortable seating all with stunning panoramic visibility of the natural beauty that you came for. The aft deck is covered by a hard top bimini so that there is always plenty of breezy shaded space for lounging when you are taking a break from the sun drenched foredeck. Up front the netted "trampoline" between the hulls is the ultimate place to enjoy this boat under sail with the sun beaming down and the water rushing below you.