British Virgin Islands: Seven Night Half Board Flotilla Sailing Adventure With Snorkelling and Drinks for £999 from Drake Academy (50% Off)
- Specialist sailing organisation
- Yachts include Harmony 52 and the Jeanneau 53 Super Premier
- Snorkeling and diving available
- Crew lead by ex-army officers
- English speaking staff
- Half board, on-boat quarters
- Valid for single occupancy
- Breakfast and lunch daily
- Welcome drinks
- Complimentary soft drinks, beer, wine and local spirits
- Crew shirt to take home
Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per trip. Valid for 5-12 May 12; 12-19 May 12; 19-26 May 12; 26 May-2 Jun 12; 18-25 Aug 12; 25-31 Aug 12; 31 Aug-8 Sep 12; 8-15 Sep 12; 17-24 Nov 12; 24-1 Dec 12; 1-8 Dec 12; 8-15 Dec 12; 18-25 Feb 13; 25 Feb-2 Mar 13; 2-9 Mar 13 or 9-15 Mar 13 only. May buy multiple as gifts. Booking required by phone on 02071176375 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once confirmed, bookings cannot be cancelled. 2 week modification policy. Trips run Sat-Sat, departing from Beef Island. Guests not travelling as a pair will share a cabin with fellow crew member. Half board includes breakfast and lunch. Includes all soft drinks, beer, wine, and local spirits on board. Excludes evening meals; premium beverages; land based excursions, meals and drinks; personal travel insurance and gratuities. Upgrade to full board with evening meals for £250 supplement. Excludes flights and transfers. Transfers can be arranged with Drake Academy for a supplement. Excludes £38 yacht insurance and BVI cruising tax: £2 per person per day from 1 Dec to 30 Apr, £0.75 per person per day from 1 May to 30 Nov. Must be aged 18 or older. All itineraries are indicative and subject to change. £75 priority booking and £75 priority boarding can be arranged to ensure dates and accommodation of choice. Both priority booking and boarding including transfers can be purchased for £100. Original price based package rate.
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A tight ship run by a sturdy crew of ex-army officers, Drake Academy utilise a sense of training through adventure to open up the 40-strong archipelago of the British Virgin Islands. Whether drifting with the trade winds from each white sandy cove to the next, plunging into the clear waters or swinging from a hammock in the breeze, each adventure is balanced by a fierce challenge and a hefty dose of easy-going relaxation.
Set sail with today's Groupon from Drake Academy:
With breakfast and lunch, all soft drinks, wine, beer, local spirits, and a crew t-shirt
Setting sail in one of a small fleet of yachts, Drake Academy commandeers vessels ranging from the Harmony 52 and to the Jeanneau 53 Super Premier, and the Benneteau 523 and 50. All cabins are decked out in fine wood and white linen, and each vessel carries between 10 and 12 people. Sailors can participate in all aspects of manning the boat, from perfecting their knot vocabulary to peering knowledgably at the sea charts.
Cocktail and a briefing at the Marina, covering the week ahead. Priority Boarders will be taken to the boats to select their accommodation.
Voyage to the Bight on Norman Island. Snorkelling at Treasure Point and Kelly’s cove. Explore the caves in the afternoon before heading to the Willy T for a party in the evening.
Sail to the Baths, a dramatic formation of large granite boulders on the southwest tip of Virgin Gorda. Visit the large rock pools and the white sandy beach for snorkelling, then explore the trail behind the beach, through the boulders to Devils Bay in the South. Sail to Marina Cay in the evening for shopping and a meal on the veranda.
Those who choose the diving package (£85 per half day) will join one of the leading dive companies for their introduction to scuba. The rest have a free morning to spend on the beach or at the marina. There is a short sail to Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour, stopping off at the Dogs for a chance to explore an authentic desert island. Evening in the Spanish Town with its many bars and restaurants.
A sail to the Bitter End Yacht Club for a day of activities. Here you will be able to get competitive in a flotilla regatta (£85 per half day) , use the Club’s dinghies, windsurfers, Hobie Cats and Standup paddleboards, or simply relax by their excellent pool (all watersports arranged locally, prices on request). Dinner and dancing at the Yacht Club’s Jamaican Barbecue.
Sail 21 miles downwind to Cane Garden Bay, a gorgeous white-sand beach known for its lush tropical gardens and vivid sunsets. In the evening Chef John at Myett’s Garden & Grille will put on one of his famous pig roasts exclusively for the crew.
Leisurely sail back to base. There is a chance of a stop at Deadman’s Bay on Peter Island for swimming, beachfront hammocks and ice-cold drinks, then back to the ship for a wrap-up part and prize giving.
A last swim at the Marina Inn pool before your onward journey.
The dry season runs from January to July, with plenty of sunshine and occasional tropical showers. The wet season runs from August to December, peaking in October and November with regular heavy downpours interspersed with brilliant sunshine.
Flights: A number of operators fly from London Heathrow and Manchester, with connections at Philadelphia and San Juan Luis Munoz Marin.
Airport: Beef Island airport is 30 minutes from the marina. Transfers can be arranged with Drake Academy for £15 per person.
Pick up a copy of the BVI Welcome Tourist Guide when you arrive, it's filled with maps, restaurants, and lots of useful information.
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