Dominica  “Yachtie Appreciation Week” –  Join us for a full week in Dominica taking tours of the island, enjoying socials each night, and meeting many other people visiting this “best-kept-secret” of the Caribbean. Crew will fly into Antigua February 16th for departure aboard Avocation the 17th for arrival in Dominica Sunday Feb 18th, the start of the Full Week of events. It will be about a 15 to 20 hour sail from Antigua to Portsmouth Dominica sailing on the lee side of Guadeloupe. We will pick up a mooring in Dominica for the week. Four crew will stay aboard Avocation and we have accommodations ashore for three other couples (Or singles) as Cathy and I will be in the 4th unit of this 4 unit compound called “Mango Cottages”. Mango Cottages is run by boat boy Edison and his wife Sylvia. It is a short drive away and we will rent two cars to get back and forth.

We will depart in time to be back in St. Maarten for flights home Monday afternoon February 26th or Tuesday Feb 27th.   Of course you are welcome to sign up and stay another week for the Heineken Regatta which starts the next day.


*Plus Provisions
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Heineken Regatta – Come support the rebuilding of St. Maarten by participating with us in the 38th Annual Heineken Regatta. This year will be different with all the action at PDP (Port de Plaisance) across the Bay from St. Maarten Yacht Club with no closing party on Kim Sha-Beach. Instead the first 100 boats will be offered free dockage at PDP and a race village will develop around this biggest track of undeveloped land on the Lagoon. This will be the future of the regatta as the area grows back from Irma and Kim Sha Beach is no longer available as she is slated for new development.  Come sail with us and participate in this transformative 38th Annual Heineken Regatta.

We are once again sponsoring the Cruising Division of the regatta and will be racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. However unlike all the other racing classes, we do not have to make the 8:00 am Bridge. We will be on “Island Time” and can sleep in and make the 10:30 bridge opening. So we get the best of both worlds being able to race each day, but not kill ourselves with an early wake up call to go out and watch a bunch of other boats start.

We also have two suites across the street at the Simpson Bay Marina and Resort so there is an option to stay ashore or on the boat. You can bring a wife or friend and share one of the three other bedrooms and then we have 4 single beds for 4 others to stay ashore poolside after the races. We have the accommodations from Tuesday Feb 27th until Tuesday morning March 6th so book your flights to arrive on Tuesday Feb 27th and fly home Tuesday March 6th.

The 4 crew staying aboard sail for just $1,250

The 4 crew having a single bunk ashore pays $1,750

The 3 crew (couples staying in a bedroom) Pay $2,250

May Swan Program – Many people have already asked about the May Swan trip sailing from the Caribbean to Newport at the end of the Caribbean season. We always give OPO members the first opportunity to join us since there are a limited number of berths available and they may fill up quickly. For those that need to and want to plan ahead we are publishing the dates and taking $500 deposits to reserve a berth with us next May. We will most likely sail from Nanny Cay Tortola BVI to Bermuda and then to Newport, but don’t make any plane reservations yet as we need to get confirmation from the World Cruising Club that the marina will be in place. The back-up plan would be to sail from St. Maarten to Bermuda and then to Newport not in the ARC USA. If you want to place a $500 deposit on or web site or by calling me in the office you can.

Tentative dates are to arrive in BVI Wednesday May 2nd to Friday May 4th
The cost all-inclusive is $3,000 per person.

To make a deposit by phone please Hank at 631-423-4988.