First tasks: provisioning, settling into quarters and getting to know the yacht and your shipmates. Phase One of our journey begins with intensive sail training in the Renaissance Islands of St. Martin and St. Barts. We start with the basics – jibing, tacking and the points of sail. The distances to be covered and the nature of the sea demand perseverance, respect and hard work. Discover that the sea is a whole new world with its own language, traditions and rules.
Already getting your sea legs, you discover your vessel’s personality…how her sails handle the wind, how her hull slices through the waves, the music of her rigging and her moods. Training drills intensify as the crew practices man-overboard drills and learns to safely navigate from island to island. Sailing Lasers helps us perfect our small boat handling and understanding of wind shifts, and a regatta with the other Broadreach boats provides a little friendly competition.
Congratulations! At this point, you’ve earned the first of your IYT sailing certifications, one of our key goals. Celebrate your accomplishments with a day spent exploring forts and snorkeling on the French island of Guadeloupe. . You’re ready to begin Phase Two of the voyage when we shift our focus from rigorous sail training to island adventure, cultural immersion and community service. First mission: a service project in Dominica – a unique opportunity to truly experience Caribbean culture by helping its people. Hardships caused by recent hurricanes can still be felt, and the locals truly appreciate our help! Dominica is a spectacular land of towering mountains, huge waterfalls and dense rainforests. Paddle up the Indian River and journey through waterfalls through bountiful ecosystems where few tourists venture. Night sail to St. Lucia and hike up the dramatic jungle covered peaks of the Pitons, where we can see the islands we’ve come from and check out where we’re headed!
Sailing is second nature and the crew is ready to start ‘Phase Three’ of the trip. The program leaders step back now to become silent observers. It’s up to you and your shipmates to chart and plan the remainder of the voyage. Sweep south through the Windwards. As you hop to and from the tiny unspoiled islands of the Grenadine Passage, you find the most beautiful anchorages of the journey. Snorkel on the shallow reefs of Tobago Cays, have a scavenger hunt on Mustique and learn how local fishermen craft their boats on the beaches of Carriacou. Hike the lush rainforests of Grenada and swim under breathtaking waterfalls. Sailing into our final anchorage is a joyous arrival but sentimental departure from the yacht we’ve grown to love and respect.