Antigua to Saintes | Distant Shores

2025 Antigua to the Saintes and Guadeloupe

Sat 4 Jan 2025 - Mon 13 Jan 2025

10 Days & 175 nm | Intermediate Passagemaking

$9,250pp Forward Cabin/separate heads (double occupancy)
$7,750pp Pilot Single Cabin/shared heads (single occupancy)

Join us for a cruise through the Leeward Caribbean Islands starting from Antigua. Warm Caribbean breezes from the east make for great sailing in the winter, often blowing at 15-20 knots this time of year. Join the boat in Antigua's historic Caribbean Falmouth Harbour. Right next door is the wonderful English Harbour and Nelson's Dockyard. This is a former British Navy base; it displays restored 18th and 19th-century buildings and other historical artefacts from the colonial period of the dockyard, especially the time it was commanded by Horatio Nelson.

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View from Shirley Heights of English Harbour and Nelson's Dockyard in the foreground with Falmouth Harbour in the background. From here we'll sail along the south coast of Antigua up to lovely Green Island.

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From Green Island, we sail the 28 miles across to Barbuda, usually a quick sail with warm Caribbean tradewinds on the beam, with a good chance of some nice snorkelling there.

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Watch this video filmed at Green Island Antigua where we meet fellow sailing YouTubers from SV Delos.

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From Barbuda, it's 60 miles offshore to the island of Montserrat. We'll do this as an overnight passage - with wind aft of the beam and a dramatic landfall at dawn. If you have not done an overnight passage before this is a great opportunity to try it out with us to guide you! Not interested? Stay in bed and we'll take you there! Typically winds are from the east at 12-18 knots making this a comfortable beam reach. Practice doing night watches with us so you can have the real passage-making experience.

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At Montserrat we will tour this beautiful island to see the results of the volcanic eruption that devastated the southern half of the island back in 1995.

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After exploring the volcanic island of Montserrat, we continue to Guadeloupe and the delightful port at Deshaies where the Murder Mystery TV series "Death in Paradise" is filmed.

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From Deshais we sail to our favourite destination in this corner of the Caribbean - the Saintes. This is truly a charming little town (photo below) and very protected anchorage to conclude our journey. From here it's an easy run to Pointe-a-Pitre in Guadeloupe where international flights connect (Airport code PTP).

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Building Skills and Additional Activities

As usual, we encourage our guests to participate as much or as little as they'd like with the operation and sailing of the boat. Note we will make an overnight passage on this trip so we call this an Intermediate leg. Don't worry if you haven't done one before. This is a great introduction to night sailing!

We will help anyone wanting to build their skills sailing, anchoring, cruise planning, navigation, weather forecasting, picking up a mooring and docking during the voyage.

On this trip we will also be offering training in the use of a sextant for those interested.

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If you have any questions you can check our FAQ here or please contact us - Or call our office in Toronto, Canada, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time and we can describe the passages further. We look forward to welcoming you aboard!

Telephone: (705) 484-0061