LUXURY NEW YEAR SAILING CRUISE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

This luxury cruise took place from December 29, 2018 until January 7, 2019.

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Experience the best of this Caribbean archipelago

Every year in wintertime a number of luxury Caribbean sailing cruises are organized on board the square rigged tall ship Clipper Stad Amsterdam. Whether you are an experienced sailor or not, we are more than pleased to invite you to join us on one of our luxury sailing holidays in the Caribbean.

On December 29th the captain and his crew welcome you on board the Clipper Stad Amsterdam. After a delicious welcome dinner on board we will sail towards the British Virgin Islands the next morning. Depending on the wind and 'swell' conditions on the spot, sailing will be according to the following program:

After approximately 24 hours of great sailing we will drop anchor at Jost Van Dyke. The island of Jost Van Dyke roughly covers eight square kilometers and is the smallest of the British Virgin Islands. It is believed that the island owes her name to the Dutch pirate Joost van Dyk. In the afternoon you can enjoy swimming and snorkeling and the white sandy beach. In the evening we will visit Foxy's Bar. This world famous beach bar serves delicious homemade rum. The Clipper mooring near this world-famous beach bar will make the New Year's Eve party on board even more memorable. 

Practical Information 

 

Norman Island & Cooper Island

After a night with perhaps not much sleep because of New Year's Eve we sail to Norman Island early in the morning. The passage at Soper's Hole on the way will certainly be a highlight. The narrow passage always is a very exciting experience for a tallship such as Clipper Stad Amsterdam.

From Norman Island to Cooper Island will be about 8 hours of sailing. Norman Island is the most southern island of the British Virgin Islands. The island has no inhabitants and is privately owned. We like to take you to the superb snorkeling spots and you can also enjoy the beautiful beach. Perhaps you like to swim around the ship instead while admiring the very beautiful surroundings. An ideal place to relax on the first day of the new year after all the festive events of the night before. 

To sail from Norman Island to Cooper Island will take about 8 hours. Learn all about tacking into the wind and other sailing techniques on the way. Cooper Island is one in a string of small islands and is largely privately owned. The beautiful white sandy beach, wonderful snorkeling possibilities and a cozy beach club will make your short stay on this island very enjoyable.

Virgin Gorda & Anagada

After a sailing trip of several hours we arrive at Spanish Town on Virgin Gorda where we anchor. First we enjoy a delicious dinner on board. In the evening you may want to visit the small town 'Spanish Town' with nice shops and various cozy restaurants.

The following morning we visit the natural phenomenon of the Baths on Virgin Gorda. This is a volcanic and 70 million years old area, consisting of a maze of mainly underwater caves. Crystal clear water, white sands and huge cliffs with various salty water basins in between to bathe in. Lunch will be served on the beautiful beach named 'Savannah beach'.

After lunch we continue our voyage. Our next destination will be the island of Anegada where we expect to arrive early in the evening. The name Anegada which means 'sunken land' comes from the fact that the island does not owe its existence to a volcanic eruption and is much more flat than the surrounding islands. The highest point is only 8.5 meters above the sea. Anegada has about 200 inhabitants, most of whom live in the largest city of the island: 'The Settlement'. Delicious fresh lobsters, beautiful reefs for snorkeling, bird watching at the salt ponds and a meeting with flamingos are some of the activities that can be done on this island.

Virgin Corda
Bitter End Yacht Club
St. Barths

Tintamare & Saint Martin

Late in the afternoon it is time to leave the island of Anagada behind us. We have to prepare ourselves for the final sailing activity of this cruise. It will take about twenty hours to reach the uninhabited and very beautiful island of Tintamare. Here you can swim to your heart's content and spend time on this most beautiful beach. A delicious captain's and farewell dinner will be prepared for you in the evening.

The next morning after breakfast it will not take long to arrive at Phillipsburg where we have to say goodbye. 

We hope you had a pleasant stay with us!

Saint Martin - Saint Martin