Sailing Milebuilder – Bahamas to Cuba
16th to 27th February 2018
A 12 day, 680 mile sailing trip through some of the lesser sailed parts of the Bahamas Out-islands to the Southern coast of Cuba with it’s vibrant, historic city and inherent quirkyness! Perfect for RYA & CYA candidates
Tradewind Sailing in the Southern Bahamas
Fly into Georgetown, Great Exuma and meet up with your shipmates at anchor in the bay for some final provisioning, then a visit for snorkelling at Stocking Island and Man O War Cay before heading into the setting sun. Stow your gear for some long distance island hopping sailing the 680 miles from the Bahamas to Cuba, stopping at the Bahamas outlying islands such as Rum Cay, Long Island and Inagua.
It really is a case of one powdery sand beach fringed by coral and blue seas after another! A dream for people who crave deserted islands and great snorkelling.
Weather, Wind & Wave Conditions
At this time of year the Trade Winds blow primarily from the North East, so we can expect to be on a reach for much of the voyage, with some tacking necessary on legs of the trip. From time to time a “Norther” coming down from the US can give us a boost with some Northerly and occasionally North Easterly winds blowing quite strongly.
Blue Water Sailing to Cuba
From Inagua Island in Bahamas to Santiago on the South coast of Cuba is a non-stop passage of around 350 nautical miles. This is open ocean sailing with the Atlantic wide open to our left! You’ll be part of a formal watch-keeping schedule, and with Atlantic swells rolling in, be prepared for some challenging conditions at times. You must have a fair level of sailing experience if you are considering joining this trip. If you have any doubts whatsoever about what might be involved or whether this trip is for you then it’s vital that you raise your questions with us before making a booking.
Read about a previous sailing milebuilder holiday here.
Dinghy “Taxi” service ashore
Half Board Meals
Filtered Drinking Water
Use of Boat Toys
Use of Snorkelling Equipment
Soft drinks, Alcohol & Mixers
Excursions & Activities Ashore
Meals Taken Ashore
Personal Travel Insurance
Sailing With You
The following shipmates are already booked on this trip:
Come and join the crew!
|Highlights||Caribbean Vibe, Great Snorkelling, National Parks, Remote Anchorages, Turquoise Water, White Sand Beaches|
|Meals||Breakfasts, Lunch or dinner daily|
|Posh Frocks||Not really necessary|
|Marina Time||Always at Anchor|
|Sea Miles||Approx. 680 Nautical Miles|
|Starting From||Georgetown, Bahamas|
|Finishing In||Santiago, Cuba|
The following itinerary is subject to changes due to weather forecasts and group preferences – blue route.
If you prefer not to use a travel agent, Flight Connections is a great starting point to find out about flights into NAS, Nassau’s Lynden Pinding Airport and onward to Georgetown in Great Exuma – GGT. This link will help you identify which airlines connect from your nearest airport. Nassau is well served internationally with direct flights from Canada, the UK and the USA.
At the end of your holiday you will need to connect back from Santiago di Cuba – SCU – which has direct connections with Florida, Canada and some European cities.
You may be best with a return flight to either Nassau or Havana (HAV) and single connecting flights either end.
Getting to the Boat
The airport on Great Exuma is a short cab ride from the waterfront at Georgetown, Great Exuma. Please ensure you provide your arrival information as soon as you can and keep us updated of any changes. Our boats will be in a marina or anchorage in this area, the exact spot will be notified to guests before they arrive. Please pack light, and using a lightweight, collapsible bag with wheels if possible. Hard suitcases may not be brought on board, we simply have no room to store them!
Arriving and Departing
You should aim to arrive around midday on the first day of your trip, and we will aim to finish at midday on the last. To facilitate travel, we offer a complimentary extra night on board at either the beginning or the end of the trip. Additional nights can be provided at a cost of USD $95 per person per night on a bed and help yourself continental breakfast basis. If you’d like to stay for any additional nights please add them to your booking. We do need the days in between trips to prepare the boats for the following trips, so please keep this in mind, thank you!
There are a number of accommodation options in Great Exuma. Please check Tripadvisor and AirBnB for options.
Choosing a Boat
We will be running Bleu Turquoise for this trip with up to 3 guests; please make your selection on the Booking Form.
|Boat Name||Cabin Type||Price (USD)|
|Bleu Turquoise||Double Cabin with Ensuite for Sole Use (1 available)||$2,695|
|Double Cabin with Ensuite for Couple (1 available)||$4,295|
You should ensure you have a good travel policy that covers you for flight delays and lost/delayed baggage – this is particularly important if any part of your travel includes a LIAT or Air France flight! During this sailing holiday we will be sailing up to 60 miles from a safe haven; please make sure you arrange adequate travel insurance to cover this.
Expenses & Currency
The currency in the Bahamas is the Bahamian dollar, which is on a par with the US dollar and currencies are inter-changeable. Make sure you do have a supply of USD; the ATM’s are not as frequent a you might think especially once we leave Exuma for the islands! Credit cards are accepted in most bars and restaurants but not all. Currency in Cuba is largely the Cuban CUC which has an exchange rate linked to the US dollar. You can draw CUCs from the bank ATMs in Santiago, or exchange your home currency inside the banks.
We provide filtered drinking water on board and we carry fruit juices for breakfast time. You will need to provision with any soft drinks, alcohol and mixers you need when you arrive and there are a number of supermarkets in Georgetown where you can do this. Guests often club together and have a kitty for these costs, but you may prefer to buy your own.
You should budget for between $15 to $35 for a main course in a restaurant when we eat out plus drinks and service charge. The restaurants often add 10% or more to the bill automatically (grrr) and with local taxes the supplement to the menu prices can be as much as 25%!! There’s no doubt that eating out in the Bahamas can be expensive and you can pay as much for a bad meal as an excellent one. We promise to take you only where we’ve had good value for money!
Unless otherwise stated, sailing holidays with Yacht Ibis are participatory and you should expect to get involved. We don’t carry passengers! This will include:
- Preparing the boat for sailing
- Hoisting sails, pulling ropes, winching, steering and generally sailing the boat
- Putting all the ropes away at the end of the day
- Helping to keep the communal spaces tidy and clear of personal belongings
- Taking a turn on clearing away dishes after a meal
This is all part of living aboard a sailing boat 🙂
Hopefully any other questions you may have are covered in our frequently asked questions here or in our Pre-Arrival Booklet which can be downloaded here.
Booking Terms and Conditions
These can be found at this link and you should be familiar and comfortable with them before making a booking, thank you.