Catch a flight from your home airport to San Juan Puerto Rico (airport code SJU). From the airport, hop on a shuttle that will take you 45 minutes to the city of Fajardo, on the eastern coast of the island. Plan on arriving at the boat later afternoon or early evening. You’ll come aboard, unpack, and get settled. We’ll grab food ashore and get acquainted.
Attend a charter briefing with the charter company, where they will talk about sailing conditions in the area and give us information about all of our destinations. First sailing class; boat familiarization, systems overview, docking and anchoring. Depart and enjoy your first sail to Isla Palominos. A stunning couple of islands, complete with powder white sand and turquoise waters. Go for a swim, snorkel or relax on a spectacular beach.
Morning systems briefing. Get an in depth look at all the systems on the boat, including an intro to diesel engines and maintenance. First sailing class; sail theory, points of sail and sail trim. Practice your new sailing skills as we sail to Cayo Luis Pena, a picturesque island off the coast of Culebra with numerous anchorages and little bays.
Introduction to navigation, chart reading, GPS, and chartplotters. Chart a course and set off on an exploration of Culebra, choosing a beautiful bay to anchor in for lunch. We’ll then land in Bahia Honda, the largest town in the area and go ashore to explore. Plan on having dinner tonight in town to sample the delicious local cuisine.
Today is crossing day! Plot a course for the island of Vieques, pop the sails, and enjoy the passage. We’ll continue with our sailing lessons, and everyone will have a chance to captain the boat. Fishing techniques for cruisers will be introduced, and hopefully we’ll catch fresh fish for dinner! Then, we anchor in one of the many stunning bays on the south side of the island, and will enjoy some snorkeling and time ashore.
Today we spend more time sailing and exploring the south coast of Vieques. A lunch stop at a stunning beach, and if conditions are favorable, we’ll anchor outside one of the most amazing bays in the world. It is renowned for it’s biolumiscence, that creates an incredible night time experience. Even the fish leave a glowing wake as they shoot through the water!
As confident sailors now, you’ll captain the boat for the passage back to Fajardo. It’ll be a great sail, and a chance to apply all that you’ved learned during the week. Then head out for evening drinks and a meal to celebrate your completion of the sailing course!
Pack up bags, and catch the shuttle to the airport for your morning flight home … Or, stay on a couple of days to further explore the area!