Using most unique boat which is a 40 foot wooden classically built Carribean sloop.
This tour is once again very characteristic of all tours designed by Eli Fuller. Like The Eco Tour and The Xtreme Circumnav, The Antigua Classic Yacht has themes of history, ecology and adventure. This one takes you deeper into the historical experience by leaving you with first hand knowledge of what goes into building one of these magnificent vessels. The classic design of the sailing vessel has been maintained by passionate boat builders since the design was born on the Island of Carriacou back in the early 1800s. At that time Scottish boat builders were brought in by plantation owners to build very fast freight carriers to help the plantations on these small islands maintain trade with the larger islands. Believe it or not the same boats are being built using the same tradition and expertise today. Built on the beach with local wood cut from local forests by local descendants who helped build the original boats, these fast work boats can be found in small numbers across the Caribbean fishing, carrying freight, smuggling, doing charters and most particularly racing! We had our Carriacou Sloop, The Ocean Nomad built in the Grenadines on the island of Carriacou being very careful to observe all traditions and designs.
We launched her in April of 2008 and very quickly got her ready enough to compete in the famous Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. Our trophy cabinet has less space every year. Our tour is very simple and authentic. You join the Ocean Nomad on the West Coast in Jolly Harbour Marina and sail on a straight reach to our Cades Reef mooring where we will snorkel with one of our guides in the clear waters there which are always teaming with fish. From Cades it will be a short motor sail up to the beautiful Carlisle Bay where we will have a delicious Adventure Antigua lunch and watch the turtles which are very common there. While the crew preps lunch you will have another opportunity to snorkel. After lunch you can relax under the shade of the awning or have a gentle swim while the crew prepares the boat for the relaxed afternoon sail back down to the West coast. On this unique cruise you can decide how much you would like to take part in sailing this classic vessel. Engine off and only the sounds of the water and winds caressing this wonderful vessel. We will teach you the basics of sailing if you like and we’ll also give you info about how this historical vessel was built. As we pass along Cocos, Cocobay and Jolly Beach you are almost guaranteed to see large green turtles coming up for air. We sail right along the biggest foraging area for these critically endangered species. Our last stop is at the deserted Pincheon Beach on Antigua’s west coast. This beautiful beach with it’s unique tide pools is a great hidden gem. Private charters and day sailing excursions are available.
Small groups. Real guided reef snorkeling, a second snorkeling session while lunch is set up, a beach stop and more.
Snorkeling gear, food and drinks are provided