Sailing St. Martin: Grand Case

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Continuing the story of the ASA St. Martin Flotilla 2012. PART THREE: BARBEQUE FOR EVERY MEAL As a finale, we spent two days in Grand Case, on the French side of St. Martin. Grand Case is a narrow village of colonial facades facing a wide bay packed with sailboats, and bills itself as the dining capital of the Caribbean. Here you can get everything from fresh-caught snapper and lobster, artfully prepared by a master chef, to $2 barbeque. You can also get fine Italian cuisine, and at the Fish Pot, if you want to you can pluck your own lobster …

Sailing St. Martin: Anguilla

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Continuing the story of ASA’s 2012 St. Martin flotilla. PART TWO: THE ROOSTER CROWS FOR DAY After two nights in Gustavia, St. Barths, it was time to up-anchor and head for the British island of Anguilla. It was a marathon sail, 26 miles with several tacks and gybes onto different points of sail. Great practice for all of us, especially the three people on my boat getting their ASA 104 certifications! We had excellent sailing conditions throughout the trip, with consistent winds of 10-15 knots.

Sailing St. Martin: Arrival and St. Barths

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This is how you arrive in St. Martin: the 737 screams in over tin rooftops and a strip of yellow beach, then desperately brakes on the world’s shortest commercial runway; the taxi rides the perilous curves of the road, cut into the mountainside above sapphire seas and distant islands; and you are thrust, groggy and confused, into the bright mid-day sun at Oyster Pond Marina, where your vessel awaits. From there, things slow down considerably–to a magical pace known as “island time.” ASA’s first ever St. Martin flotilla was held from April 20-28, 2012, and I got to go along …

ASA St. Martin flotilla will deliver books to Anguilla elementary school

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In about three weeks, a group of over 30 sailors will depart for ASA’s sailing flotilla at the Caribbean island of St. Martin. It will be a week of fun and adventure, but it will also be more than that. (You can read about the details of the flotilla itself right here.) The exciting news is that we’re partnering with Hands Across the Sea, a US based charity, to donate and deliver a huge quantity of books to an elementary school on the island of Anguilla. Midway through the flotilla, we’ll be anchoring at Road Bay on Anguilla. Up the …

ASA 2012 Flotilla: St. Martin and the Leeward Antilles

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Check out our full 2012 flotilla schedule here. From April 20-28, 2012, ASA will be leading a flotilla in St. Martin and its neighboring Leeward Islands, St. Barts and Anguilla. A flotilla consists of several boats sailing together, and has many advantages. For one thing, it takes away the intimidation factor of exploring a new destination, since the group will be led by a captain with a wealth of local experience. Additionally, it’s a chance to meet a bunch of new sailors and share an amazing adventure. St. Martin is a fascinating destination. The island is half-French, half-Dutch, meaning that …

New 2012 ASA Flotillas!

By: American Sailing Association, Flotillas

Every year ASA organizes flotilla cruises around the world. In 2011 alone we’ve been to the Bahamas, Greece, Croatia, and the Pacific Northwest, among other wonderful destinations. Still to come this year are cruises in Southern California, Florida’s Pine Island Sound, and Tahiti. We’re hitting the ground running in 2012, too. Here are the flotillas scheduled so far: St. Martin and the Leeward Antilles, April 20-28, 2012. With visits to French St. Martin, Dutch Sint Maarten, British Anguilla, and other stops along the way, this cruise will be a mix of European sophistication, with fine shopping and eating, and relaxed …