CCA-NYYC Joint Cruise Around Antigua
9-16 March 2024 (Followed by Guadeloupe Cruise here)
Members of these two clubs have committed to chartering or bringing their own boats to circle around the storied island of Antigua in March 2023, while the chills and wet persist in the United States. This number breaks down to 14 chartered bareboats and 11 boats privately owned, resulting in a fleet with some 120 participants.
These winter cruises-in-company in the Caribbean have become fixtures in the annual programs of both the New York Yacht Club and the Cruising Club of America. Besides ducking the cold and providing some great sailing conditions, these cruises bring together members whose home ports are geographically widely dispersed. And so special friendships are formed. In this instance, with the two clubs crossing burgees to cruise together, it makes for an especially rich experience: 8 captains are members of both clubs, 15 are CCA and 9 are NYYC. A great mix, indeed.
Bareboat and crewed charters have been arranged through the very experienced broker, Hope Swift, firstname.lastname@example.org. She is working with both the Moorings and Dream charter companies. Of the many boats that the two clubs reserved, a few monohulls and catamarans are still available for bareboat charter. Hope Swift can also supply step-aboard crew if desired, and she has a long list of fully crewed yachts available.
Antigua has much to offer, and the best way to see all possible is to sail around the entire island -- which we will do, clockwise. The opening reception will be the second day of the cruise, Sunday, March 10, in the lovely hillside restaurant, Boom, overlooking English Harbour and operated by the well-known Admiral’s Inn. Then a series of overnight stops are offered: Five Islands, North Sound, Nonesuch Bay & Green Island, ending with a seated final dinner at the Carlisle Bay resort located midway between the two ports where charters are to be returned.
For those wishing to explore on their own, there is the opportunity to sail up to Barbuda or Monserrat, though it is hoped that everyone will attend the opening and closing evenings
The CCA has organized further cruising around Guadeloupe for the following week, with NYYC members welcome as well. Some Antigua-based bareboat charters can be left in Guadeloupe at the end of that second week.
The cruise budget will be set after negotiations with the various vendors are complete. Participants will be billed for the cruise fee, which can be paid through the established portals of the two clubs.
We look forward to cruising with you!
Nick Brown, CCA Coordinator
Doug Renfield-Miller, NYYC Coordinator