Top Mark, 2005 Schock 35 Nationals, 10 boats going for the mark (click on photo for larger image)
So, do you like sailing? Do you like warm clear water? How would you like to spend 7 days on a 50 foot sailing yacht, with your own cabin and a private bath sailing some of the most exciting spots on earth? That is what Fred's been doing, and it is easy to do. Here's how it works. Fred will charter a large boat with 4 or 5 cabins, each with a double bed and a private bath, somewhere in the world. Well almost, Fred's rules are it must be between 20 degrees north latitude and 20 degrees south latitude. If you are going sailing, why go to cold water? We have plenty of that here in Southern California. These pages are set up to publish charts, costs, stories and pictures from our past trips. OK, so I haven't gotten around to publishing everything yet, but someday we will get the roles of photos published.
A 50' boat costs around $10k a week. Split between 4 couples, each with their own private cabin, double bed and private bath, $2,500 is not bad. Plan for some meals ashore and airfare, and you have yourself a trip.
Moorings has a 47' catamaran in the BVI and Sea of Abaco with 4
private cabins with private baths which is quite comfortable. It motors very
well, and sails well, except close to the wind.
In Tahiti, the Dufore 52 was my favorite. 5 cabins, each with a private bath. 4 of them have hatches leading into the main salon, perfect for adults, and one cabin forward with bunk beds and a hatch out onto the bow, and into the port forward cabin, perfect for kids. This boat both motored and sailed vary well.
The British Virgin Islands is probably the best sailing location in the world. The Sir Francis Drake channel is bounded by the main island of Tortola to the north, and a row of barrier islands to the south. These islands protect the Sir Francis Drake channel so that in rough weather conditions, you can still take beginning sailors to great sailing destinations. Fred loves the BVI so much he has been back three times. The next trip will probably be back to BVI again.
What can I say, Tahiti, probably the most beautiful location in the world. The Society Islands include Bora Bora, Raitea, Tahaa, and Huahine. Great sailing. The islands of Tahiti and Moorea also deserve some time during your trip.
What a great part of the world. Lots of interesting cays to visit and plenty of passes to get out into the Atlantic if you like. And great flavored rums, but I digress. Fred wanted to include a couple of days at the Atlantis resort, but amazingly it was full 4 weeks before the sailig trip. Book these high end resorts early.