Arabella BVI

ASA Tour Of The British Virgin Islands on “Arabella”

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Sailing Vacation in the British Virgin Islands with the ASA on “Arabella”

Marina Cay, The Baths, Jost Van Dyck, and more…

The American Sailing Association has partnered with yacht Arabella to offer exclusive and discounted sailing vacations every winter.

Arabella is one of the most beautiful sailing yachts in our country ([video_lightbox_youtube video_id=”La83fmNxZQY&rel=0″ width=”640″ height=”480″ anchor=”watch video”]). She epitomizes classic elegance and graceful style. Arabella has been an icon along the East Coast in summer and in the Caribbean in winter. She has hosted thousands of guests, provided incredible sailing experiences and created lifetime memories. Not only is Arabella a luxurious mega yacht, but she is also an incredible sailing vessel. The captain & crew love to hoist the sails, turn off the engine and feather the prop. Then Arabella really performs her magic as she slices through the water powered by the wind. Everyone deserves this type of mega yacht sailing experience at some point in their lives.

Arabella was built by Palmer Johnson in the 1980s for a famous movie actress who sailed her across the Atlantic Ocean. In the late 1990s, she was purchased by two hotel entrepreneurs from Newport, RI. They lengthened her to 157 feet and converted her into a sumptuous floating hotel. During this rebuild, Arabella also became US Coast Guard certified, one of the few mega yachts with this designation in our country.

Everyone deserves a great winter vacation and this will be one of your greatest sailing experiences ever.

Have questions? Contact Kathy at ASA – kchristensen@asa.com / (310) 612-8721

British Virgin Island Tour Itinerary
This itinerary is only an example. All stops are subject to the captain’s discretion and may vary due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.

Arrival DaySaturday

You’ll start your incredible sailing vacation in Road Town, Tortola. Guests should arrive in the BVIs on Saturday. There are two common ways to get to Road Town – you can fly to St Thomas and take a ferry to Road Town, or you can fly to Beef Island on Tortola and take a taxi from the airport to your hotel. The cruise on “Arabella” begins on Sunday morning.

Day 1Sunday

Arabella Marina Cay

On Sunday morning, start with breakfast at your hotel or at Village Cay Marina. The “Arabella” is too deep to come into the marina so she waits for you at anchor outside the harbor. Meet us at the Village Cay dinghy dock between 8 and 10am and our crew will deliver you and your bags to the yacht. Once onboard, you will meet the Captain, receive your cabin and be able to stow your bags. Once everyone is onboard, we will hoist the anchor and set sail for Marina Cay.
By mid-afternoon, we will arrive off Marina Cay and drop our hook. There is good snorkeling nearby. You can go ashore on Marina Cay and walk to the top which gives you a perfect view of the sunset. Dinner this first evening will be onboard. After dinner, you may wish to head to Scrub Island or the Last Resort for some late night entertainment to jump start your sailing vacation!

Day 2Monday

Arabella BVI North Sound

Monday morning starts with tea and coffee outdoors on the aft deck of your mega yacht. The warm sun will feel refreshing on your skin. After a leisurely breakfast, the crew will weigh anchor and we’ll begin sailing upwind. Along the way, we will pass the island formation known as “the Dogs”. Then we will pass Mosquito and Necker Islands which are the famous homes of Richard Branson. After entering North Sound we’ll anchor and then you can begin your exploration at the world famous Bitter End Yacht Club, a great place for a frozen pina colada on their outdoor Almond Terrace!
In the evening, there are 3 main options for dinner – Fat Virgins, Bitter End Yacht Club and Saba Rock. Or if you wish to go upscale, you can see if Yacht Club Costa Smeralda from Italy is accepting outside reservations. Their clubhouse is unmatched in luxury and sophistication and they sometimes allow guests to visit but you will need to dress nice!

Day 3Tuesday

BVI Arabella Bitter End

North Sound is the activity capital of the BVIs! “Arabella” will have her kayaks and Pico sailboats in the water for you to enjoy. You can also rent other sailboats from the Bitter End Yacht Club, including Hobie Cats and Lasers. Bitter End also offers dive trips and kite surfing lessons. Guests who enjoy hiking can take advantage of several trails which lead up to the top of the surrounding hills. You can also just choose to relax with a book on a beach chair or be pampered with a message at the Bitter End spa. There is lots to do in North Sound!
At sunset, join your Captain on the after deck of your mega-yacht for a special evening cocktail. Then you can head off to a great dinner ashore.

Day 4Wednesday

BVI Arabella Baths

We will weigh anchor on Wednesday morning after breakfast and head to Spanish Town. There you can hop in a taxi to The Baths – an incredible wonder of huge boulders on the beach. In the afternoon, “Arabella” will head over to Cooper Island where there is more good snorkeling. Plan to spend a few minutes ashore among the palm trees at the beautiful Cooper Island Resort Hotel.

Day 5Thursday

Arabella BVI White Bay

Jost Van Dyck is north of Tortola and we will sail there in the morning. Our first stop will be off White Bay where you can dinghy ashore. This is home of the famous Soggy Dollar Bar. The sand beaches are an unmatched brightness of white and you can stand waist deep in the warm water and sip a frozen drink from the Soggy Dollar.
In the late afternoon, we will head over the Great Harbor on Jost Van Dyke. After a sunset cocktail onboard the boat, you can head ashore to the world famous Foxy’s Tamarind bar or one of the other restaurants ashore for dinner. If it is a popular night, maybe there’ll be some music and dancing at Foxy’s!

Day 6Friday

BVI Arabella Caves

After a late night at Foxy’s, we will start Friday slowly. “Arabella” will sail over to the Bight in Norman Island. There is excellent snorkeling at the Caves or the Indians. Dinner will be served onboard this evening. After dinner, guests will be able to motor over to Willie T’s, one of the famous bars in the Caribbean. After absorbing all of the Caribbean sun for a week, late night revelers are known to fully embrace the spirit of the Caribbean by shedding their clothes and jumping into the water from the upper deck.

Day 7Saturday

Arabella BVI Sunset

As much as we would like to continue, all good things must eventually come to an end. The morning sail across Sir Francis Drake channel is a great final ride to celebrate an exceptional week of sailing. “Arabella” will anchor outside the Village Cay Marina and then deliver guests ashore by tender. It is usually possible to fly back home this same day or spend one or more nights in a hotel room and fly home another day.

Life Onboard (Photo Gallery)

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Arabella Cabins

ASA Members are entitled to special pricing for this once in a lifetime sailing vacation adventure.

Have questions? Contact Kathy at ASA – kchristensen@asa.com / (310) 612-8721