In a destination made up of a constellation of close-knit islands and cays, it’s only natural that sailing is an intrinsic part of the local culture. St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is one of the most sought-after sailing destinations in the world and has naturally become a major hub for yachts, schooners, and all manner of sailing vessels. A blue voyage over its calm tropical waters in a steady breeze is the best way to explore hidden bays and vibrant harbors.
With 32 islands and cays to choose from, visitors can see as much or as little as they like. While individualized itineraries can be designed beforehand, a typical 1-week itinerary will cover approximately 90 miles of cruising with distances between islands ranging from two to five hours. Anchorages on the nine inhabited islands (St. Vincent, Mustique, Bequia, Canouan, Mayreau, Union Island, Palm Island, Young Island, and Petit St. Vincent) offer charming towns, remote villages and pristine beaches for exploring ashore as well as wonderful restaurants for nightly dinners. Sailors can also spend time in the beautiful Tobago Cays, a protected marine park of small islands on a horseshoe reef offering some of the Caribbean’s best snorkeling, where a beach barbeque can be taken ashore.
Sailing Events in SVG:
• Bequia Easter Regatta has grown into one of the region’s most popular small island regattas, with visitors and competitors coming from all over the world to partake in the Easter weekend’s festivities.
• Canouan Regatta is held every May-June and includes boat races, sports and games, calypso competition and a beauty pageant.
To learn more about sailing in SVG and to find charter companies, visit discoversvg.com.