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Tellstar will launch in Bordeaux France in December of 2018. She and her crew will cross the Atlantic to Miami Florida to take part in the Miami Boat Show from February 14th -18th 2019. Proceeding the MIami Show, Tellstar will travel to the BVI's to start the charter season! For 2019, Tellstar will be in the BVI from March 2019-June 2019. We will be in the Bahama's chartering at the end of June and July 2019. Tellstar will spend August-October in Annapolis MD. Check back with us in 2020 for dates to sail The Grenadines. We will shortly be posting information about sailing the Bahama's.
Getting to the BVI
In the Virgin Islands, Eclipse can pick up and drop off guests on Tortola or St Thomas. If there is already a charter booked two days before or after your trip, the starting and ending locations will be dictated by the previous or following charter. Here is some information that may help when making travel plans to reach the Virgin Islands.
GETTING TO TORTOLA
On Tortola, the pickup and drop off locations are typically at one of three locations:
1. Trellis Bay (Tortola Airport - Beef Island Aiport (EIS)) at the eastern end of Tortola. Your crew will meet you as you exit the aiport terminal and take you to the yacht which is anchored in the adjacent bay. You can actually walk from the Beef Island airport to Trellis Bay, or take a 2 minute taxi ride.
2. Village Cay Marina in Road Town at the center of the southern coast of Tortola or Nanny Cay which is further West. This is a short walk or really short cab rode from the Roadtown ferry terminal. Beautiful anchorages are less than an hour sail away.
3. West End (Soper’s Hole) Ferry Terminal. Your crew will greet you when you exit the ferry terminal arriving from St Thomas.
The airport on Tortola is called Beef Island (EIS); to reach EIS, you typically will connect through Jan Suan Puerto Rico. The commercial airlines that currently fly between San Juan and Beef Island are Air Sunshine, Cape Air, Seaborne Airlines. Sometimes, a private charter flight from San Juan is as cost effective as a commercial airline if there are six to eight people traveling together as a group. Two popular private airlines are Fly BVI and Island Birds.
You may also reach Tortola via ferry from St Thomas or private water taxi. There is ferry service between St. Thomas and Tortola from Charlotte Amalie (10 minute cab ride from the St. Thomas airport) or Red Hook (25 minute cab ride) to West End and Roadtown on Tortola. Below you will find the ferry service information, please be aware the ferry cost is around $85.00 round trip. The listed ferry schedules are not always correct, it is essential to call and confirm the schedule prior to travel; this is also something your crew would be more than happy to help you with! There are two companies that offer private water taxi service, Dohm's Water Taxi (www. watertaxi-vi.com) and Dolphin Water Taxi (www.dolpinshuttle.com).
St Thomas Airport (STT) has a large airport (from islands standards) with many non-stop flights from many US cities. These cities include including Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Miami, Minneapolis (Sun County Airlines), JFK, Newark, and Washington, D.C.
From St Thomas, you may take a ferry from either Charlotte Amalie or Redhook to Tortola (West End or Roadtown) or, if the options is available, Blue Moon can pick you up in Redhook St Thomas. The disadvantage of starting from St. Thomas is you must sail upwind for a longer portion of your trip to reach the most popular anchorages in the BVI. Also, starting from St Thomas, you will also have to take time out of your vacation to clear in and out of BVI and US customs. Essentially all of the pick-ups and drop-offs on St. Thomas are by request only and will happen from American Yacht Harbor in Red Hook at the eastern end of St. Thomas.
Taxi Services and Rates
We advise you to confirm the price of your taxi ride prior to getting in the taxi. The taxi's are usually large vans and you often end up riding with other folks going the same direction. Be aware, that taxi ride's are expensive on the islands and you will be charged for your luggage. Typically, the crew have a favorite taxi person that they use on both St Thomas and Tortola. They will typically arrange your taxi ride for you and have someone waiting at the airport to pick you up!
BVI SAMPLE ITINERARY
The crew aboard Split Second will design and recommend an itinerary to meet the needs of their guests. There are no set times for anything and we are happy to travel at the pace of our guests. The goal of the week is to relax and have fun! Your crew are one of the top professional crew in the yachting industry, so grasp each moment with both hands and savor these special times. Itinerary is subject to changed based on pick up/drop off locations, weather, and of course, guest requests!
SAMPLE 7 DAY ITINERARY FOR THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
You may board your yacht at 12 Noon from Village Cay Marina Roadtown Tortola (or other location depending on your booking!). Upon boarding you can enjoy a tropical cocktail prepared by your Captain himself! The Captain will then show you to your cabin while the first mate prepares a delightful lunch. After lunch, we will depart Roadtown and set sail for Cooper Island. Anchored in the calm waters of Cooper Island you can spend the afternoon swimming, snorkeling around Cistern Point, laying on the beach or trying out the many watersports toys we have aboard Eclipse. Hors d'oeuvres are served round 5 pm, the chef will bring out snacks and your favorite happy hour cocktail for all to enjoy. Take in your first gorgeous sunset while relaxing on the fly bridge. After sunset, dinner is served in the main cockpit area under the stars for everyone to enjoy your first tropical calm evening in Paradise.
After a good morning breakfast, a morning sail can take you to the Baths on Virgin Gorda. This takes roughly an hour and a half to sail and is most picturesque. Upon arrival at the Baths, you will see the most spectacular rock formations from the Batholithic period. Your Captain will take you ashore and give you a guided tour, full of history and interesting facts about the area. Only flip flops and a swimsuit are needed for this adventure! After your walk through the Bath the first mate will meet you on the beach in Devils Bay with cold drinks and your snorkel equipment. You can snorkel in and out of the giant boulders and then head back to your luxurious yacht Blue Moon for a refreshing lunch! After Lunch, we will set sail for Long Bay on Virgin Gorda where we will anchor for the night. Happy Hour cocktails and appetizers will be served at 5 o’clock. The view at sunset from Long Bay Virgin Gorda simply cannot be beaten. It is a view 25 miles down to St Thomas where the sun sets, surrounding you on the horizon are a multitude of tropical islands in the sun. Every night at sunset is dead calm here, so enjoy Happy hour with treats and cocktails and let your mind escape into paradise. It is here on a full moon that you can see each grain of sand on the seabed 15 feet below. Dinner is served in the cockpit after which the crew will turn out the lights and everyone will head up to the trampoline for some of the most spectacular star gazing you will ever see.
You will wake up in Long Bay Virgin Gorda where we will spend the morning enjoying the crystal clear water and the 1 mile long foot-print free beach. There are no palm trees at this anchorage but collecting sea shells on the beach or snorkeling is divine. For those who are keen, the Captain will take you for a snorkel to the ‘Jacuzzi,’ an underwater swim through which leads you into a pool enclosed by a circular rock wall! Eclipse will then set sail for the Bitter End Yacht club in the North Sound on Virgin Gorda. Lunch will be served upon arrival after which you will have time to go ashore and explore. We will then go for a short ride around to Eustachia Sound where we will anchor on a barrier reef with the Atlantic Ocean being the only thing in sight. Here you can go for a snorkel at one of the most fascinating spots in the BVI. The barrier reef stands up from 5 feet to 40 feet, this is where you’ll see those rainbow colored fish and all the colored sponges and corals. Very few guests get to do this so make sure you are one of those few. Then, it’s time to relax in the seating area on the bow looking out to the Atlantic Ocean sipping a Pina Colada reminiscing about the adventures of the day. You will enjoy a wonderful dinner prepared by your lovely first mate and with your eyes barely open, wonder off to bed for a good night’s sleep.
After breakfast we will set sail for The Dogs. For those who wish to go scuba diving your crew will arrange a rendezvous dive here. The snorkeling around the Dogs is some of the best in the BVI. The hard and soft corals are a plenty, keep an eye out for lobsters, eels and even nurse sharks. Lunch will be served aboard Eclipse after which we will set sail again for Marina Cay for the evening. Marina Cay (Republic of Jose Cuervo) is one of the smallest of the Virgin Islands and my favorite Caribbean island. Marina Cay has a lovely beach restaurant under the coconut palms where you can relax and enjoy the tropical surroundings, or you can jump in the warm crystal clear tropical waters and snorkel round the small reef. Children as well as adults can wakeboard, kneeboard or snorkel here, but going ashore to explore this island is a big "must." After dinner, for those who fancy a night of fun, music and possibly even some dancing, the Captain will take you across the way to another of the BVI’s smallest islands, Bellamy Cay. This island bares a restaurant and bar called the Last Resort where a talented musician by the name of Al performs. Al has played in the BVI’s for over ten years and should not be missed!
After a good breakfast, we will cruise to Monkey Point on Guana Island for some snorkling. Snorkeling is wonderful at this spot or you can relax on your catamaran with your favorite book. We will only stay here for about an hour before we set sail and head down wind towards Jost Van Dyke and it’s neighboring islands. This is a great sail to put out the fishing line and hope to catch a fish. Sandy Spit and Green Cay are all places of exceptional beauty. Just take your pick. Sandy Cay is a "must do" exploring adventure by foot, it is a short walk which commences on the beach and runs through thick coconut palms to a path leading up the top of a 50 feet cliff looking out to Sandy Cay, Tortola and the Atlantic. On your way back to the beach, pick up your favorite Hermit Crab friend and get ready for a high stakes Hermit Crab race. Take shoes, flip-flops, a camera and bug spray. This is one walk you will never forget. For the over-night stop, White Bay is secluded and quiet with only the Soggy Dollar Bar ashore; or Great Harbor is ideal for those who would like to visit the famous Foxy's. Let us know where you want to stay and then you can enjoy enjoy your happy hour, followed by dinner and good sleep!
After Breakfast we will set sail for Norman Island. Norman Island was used as the back drop in the famous novel by Robert Louis Stevenson's novel "Treasure Island," and there was in fact treasure found on this island at one time. On the way, we will stop for a snorkel and lunch at the Indians. This is a snorkel not to be missed. The shallow area filled with a soft coral garden on one side with a deep penetrating wall on the other makes this one of the most versatile snorkeling spots in the BVI. After lunch we will cruise over into the Bight for the night. Norman Island is a wonderful island for hiking and exploring, you can also visit the newly renovated Pirates Bight and lounge on the beach with a cocktail and play some Jenga. This is a good place to lay back with a book in a comfortable spot aboard Eclipse. There are many choices for happy hour in this bay just let your crew know what you want to do! Dinner is enjoyed on board under the gorgeous stars above. You may wish to visit the famous Willy T which is a Brigantine pirate ship at anchor which acts as a restaurant and bar. This can be quite a lively place at night, so if it is night life you feel you need then the Willy T is where you need to head for this evening. Otherwise enjoy the night on Blue Moon before heading off to bed!
When everyone is up for the day, we will move the boat around the corner to the famous Caves. We will have breakfast here and then you can enjoy a nice calm snorkel. This is also a great place for water sports, so let your crew know what you want to try today! After The Caves we will set our sails for Deadman’s Bay on Peter Island. Peter Island is host to Peter Island Resort which is owned by Amway. From Deadman’s Bay you can go ashore and explore the resort, shop at the boutique, lay on the beach, or go for a hike. Snorkeling can be exciting in this bay as it is home to many Hawksbill Turtles and two beautiful Eagle Rays. The beach at Peter Island Resort is one of the most picturesque beaches in the BVI’s so it’s a great spot to take those last shots. We will enjoy a relaxing cocktail hour on the fly bridge following by a unforgettable dinner aboard Eclipse.
After breakfast we will set sail for Roadtown where we will arrange Taxi’s to take you to the airport or ferry for your noon departure. Fun times were had and we will miss you, so make sure you come back and visit us again next year!
Please note that the boarding and departure port might be different depending on your booking, the itenirary is a sample and will chage depending on what your group wants.
Typical charters are noon to noon
SAMPLE ITINERARY FOR ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
Below is a sample itinerary of what you may expect while enjoying a sailing vacation aboard Split Second in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
You will join Eclipse at Blue Lagoon Marina in St Vincent at 12 noon. With the distance that is meant to be covered for a charter in the Grenadines, we recommend boarding on time and not departing the yacht before 12 noon on departure day. You will be welcomed aboard for a refreshing cocktail. After a tour of the yacht, we will show you your cabins. After which, a light lunch will be served and the Captain will give a safety briefing. Following lunch, we will set sail for the south coast of Bequai where we will spend the first evening. Upon arrival in Bequai, it’s time to take your first swim in the turquoise waters! Afterwards, take a cocktail and find a comfy spot on the bow of the boat, catch the cool evening breeze on your face, and watch the glorious colors of the tropical sunset as the sun sinks into the ocean.
Breakfast is served, followed by a daily briefing and a first look at the proposed itinerary for the week. Our first sail is to the island of Mustique; a unique privately owned island, developed for and inhabited by the rich and famous - including the British Royal family. If you want to participate in the handling of the yacht and sails you can do so but, if you prefer, just sit back and relax. It's all up to you.
Upon arrival in Britannia Bay, Mustique, your crew encourages you to jump into the crystal blue waters for your first snorkel as they prepare lunch. After lunch, we recommend an island tour of Mustique. The beaches on the southshore are beautiful and a visit to Firefly is a must!!! Following your tour head to the world famous Basils Bar for a cold beer or a sundowner cocktail. Spend an hour soaking up the atmosphere, watching the sunset and listening to some jazz music before heading back to your yacht for another wonderful Caribbean dinner.
Following breakfast we sail downwind past the beautiful windward side of Canouan to the Tobago Cays, arguably the most beautiful area of the Caribbean. The sheer beauty of this place will make you never want to leave. The whole island group is a Marine National Park, and is completely protected by World's End reef and Horseshoe reef. For the novice, SCUBA trial dives can be arranged here through the local dive operator. We will spend the whole day in the Cays, snorkeling and playing on beaches, with excursions to several different inlets, ending with another wonderful sunset followed by dinner onboard. In this location there is virtually no light pollution whatsoever, a night-cap on the fly bridge or bow while stargazing is a must. Views of the Milky Way and shooting stars are highly likely.
As the sun rises, before breakfast, we encourage you to swim with the turtles in their own feeding sanctuary. There is a good chance you will have an eagle ray spotting as well. Breakfast will await when you return to the yacht. After breakfast we will head off to Clifton Harbour, on the southern tip of Union Island. This is a good chance for you to check out a quaint Caribbean Town while your crew pick up a few provisions.
Later, we set sail for the stunning private island of Petit St Vincent, the most southerly point of the Grenadines. This little resort island is a great spot to have dinner if you so desire. Let your crew know and they will happily make arrangements for you!
As the sun sets, cocktails and a snacks will be served on the fly bridge. The Grenadines truly are a spectacular place in the world!
After breakfast we move the boat yet again to Mopion, the smallest island in the Grenadines, which has just one thatched umbrella ashore, is surrounded by the PSV reef, and is a MUST for your photo album. Before lunch, swim to the shore and explore the reef.
Later we set sail for the stunning island of Union and Chatham Bay. The beach and the snorkeling here are beautiful, and this will be the most southerly point of your trip to the Grenadines. Take a cooling swim or snorkel through one of the many reefs, or explore further afield on the paddle boards - the choice is yours. As the sun sets, enjoy a cocktail before dinner in this beautiful setting. This is the perfect end to another day in paradise.
Before breakfast we have a short sail to the island of Mayreau and Saline Bay. Upon arrival a beautiful breakfast will be served. After breakfast, a trip ashore and a walk up the hill to the only village will enable you to see the oldest church in the Caribbean, and marvel at the views across the Marine Park behind; visit the one-room school house and say hello to the children of Mayreau. Visit the home and the Bob Marley shrine set up by one of the island's most colourful characters "Righteous Robert". Walk back down the hill on the other side to Saltwhistle Bay, a picture perfect beach and palm tree fringed bay which is the favorite of many of our repeat guests. Here, you will find your yacht has been moved to her new spot by your Captain.
Take a stroll along the beach and visit one of the many souvenir kiosks or just swim off the back of the boat, before returning aboard for lunch. After lunch, we will hoist the sails for a late afternoon cruise to the island of Canouan. Upon arrival, it's Captains Cocktails and appetizers and another culinary delight.
Following breakfast, we set sail to Admiralty Bay on the island of Bequia. This is one of the favourite yachting ports of the Caribbean. You sail in from West Cay, where you can discover the fascinating architectural project "Moonhole". We drop anchor at Princess Margaret Beach, aptly named after the Princess herself (as she came here on her honeymoon on the Royal Yacht Britannia, many years ago). Some of the best snorkel sites in the Grenadines await you here, as well as an abundance of history to browse ashore, and a picture perfect dream beach where you can relax. This island has many great spots for watersports which you can enjoy right off the back of your yacht!
After an early breakfast, we will set sail back to Blue Lagoon Marina in St Vincent for your departure. We will have a taxi waiting for you conveniently at Blue Lagoon Marina to take you to the airport. Thanks for a wonderful week!
GETTING TO ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
There are a number of ways to get to St Vincent.
The best way to reach the Grenadines is by flying into Barbados (BGI). From Barbados, you can fly with
SVG Air/Grenadines Airways on a shared charter.
Liat (not private and rarely on schedule)
Airport codes: Barbados BGI, St Vincent SVD
There are many daily direct flight connections from the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Airlines from North America, serving Barbados
Air Canada -
American Airlines -
Caribbean Airlines - tel +800 744 2225
United Airlines -
Delta Airlines -
US Airways -
JetBlue Airlines -
Airlines from Europe, serving Barbados and St Lucia
British Airways -
Virgin Atlantic -
You can also check Spirit Airlines who may offer seasonal flights.
Please note that we do not recommend connecting with Liat in St Lucia due to the great distance between the International incoming airport in the south and the smaller airport in the north, out of which Liat flies.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
GETTING TO AND FROM ECLIPSE
After arriving at the airport, please take a taxi to Blue Lagoon Marina. ECLIPSE will help organize a taxi for you (at guest expense).
Your charter ends at 12 noon on your departure day. Remember that once you are at the airport terminal you will be required to pay a national departure tax of US$16 for each passenger.
Please note that it is illegal to take anything other than pictures and fond memories from the Islands. You may not take corals, sea-shells and stones.
GOOD TO KNOW
St. Vincent and the Grenadines is located in the south Eastern Caribbean about 90 miles west of Barbados. The Grenadines island chain is comprised of some 32 islands and cays stretching south from St. Vincent. Only 9 Islands of St Vincent and the Grenadines are populated and 5 of these have small airports: St Vincent, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan and Union Islands.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING
St Vincent is an all-year destination, with daytime temperatures ranging between 82F (28C) and 88F (31C). When the sun sets around 6.30 pm (consistently throughout the year) the temperatures drop to a comfortable 77F (25C) to 82F (28C).
Water temperature is steady year round and averages 82°F (28C).
Brief, intense showers followed by beautiful sunshine can occur at any time of the year, but the rainfall is usually higher in the autumn. The hurricane season is officially between June and November, with the most possible activity usually taking place in September. Should you be travelling during hurricane season, we highly recommend travel insurance. The upside to travelling during the summer and autumn in this part of the Caribbean is that, in general, the weather is truly great; the storms almost always pass us by; the waters are as gorgeous as ever, and there are no crowds! At this time of year we often have the Tobago Cays Marine Park all to ourselves! There are no high seas to speak of, and the waters are calm with a great breeze for sailing.
WHAT TO BRING
Please pack as lightly as you can. Most of our guests wear only a fraction of what they bring! All you really need are shorts, tee shirts and beachwear (perhaps something a little more dressy for an evenings ashore if you wish). Soft luggage is necessary so we can store it for you during the week and you do not have to live with it in your cabin.
We recommend that you travel with carry-on baggage only. Should your luggage be lost en route it may not be able to be delivered to you until several days later. Please note that toiletries are widely available at local supermarkets cose to the yacht. If you contact us in advance, we can purchase items (such as sunscreens) for you during our provisioning and have it onboard for you when you arrive (at the guests expense).
SHOES TO BRING
You only need flat sandals or flip flops as you will be barefoot whenever you are aboard. If you are a runner or hiker, bring your sneakers, there are several opportunities for some great runs.
Eclipse has two trolling rods onboard - we usually troll a line when sailing from island to island and will often catch yellow fin, wahoo, mahi-mahi or similar in the Grenadines.... which might become lunch, served fresh off the yachts barbecue or as a sushi/sashimi dish!
The yacht will only be able to provide one dive from the yacht for a maximum of 3 divers. However, please note that dives in the Tobago Cays Marine Park must be done with a registered Park dive operator, and the fees for those dives are payable to that operator at the end of the dive. TABAGO CAYS diving is fantastic!
Diving in St Vincent and the Grenadines is on a world class level, and arguably the best in the Caribbean. If you haven't been diving for some time, you may require a refresher course, you can check any PADI facility for this course. We will not take you diving if you have not been for some time and need any type of instruction.
We strongly advise that all guests cruising with us have fully comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all eventualities such as hotel accommodation, lost baggage, changes to flights etc. Please speak with you yacht broker about this.
Credit cards (Visa and MasterCard) are widely accepted at hotels, restaurants and most boutiques.
The government charges 15% VAT on all goods.
For U.S., Canadian and European Union citizens a valid passport and a return/continuing ticket is required.
For other countries, kindly contact a St Vincent & the Grenadines tourist board.
Please note that it is illegal to wear camouflage clothing in St Vincent and the Grenadines and in Barbados. This includes fashion brands with camouflage patterns.
ACCOMADATIONS IN ST VINCENT
For accommodation on St Vincent or other neighboring islands please see the relevant tourism website details below:
WHAT TO SEE ON ST VINCENT
St Vincent is blessed with mountainous landscapes abundant with fauna and crystal-clear waters. There are many land excursions to be taken here, including;
a visit to Dark View falls
Vermont Nature Trail
Soufriere Cross Country trail
Owia Salt Pond Soufriere Cross Country trail
Black Point Park
Botantical Gardens (no guide needed)
We strongly recommend that you only attempt these activities whilst accompanied by a guide. Contact us or ask at your hotel if you would like a guide.
Please remember that we are not travel agents, and our suggestions are just that suggestions. We are trying to be helpful, but we can't be held responsible for changes to flight schedules by airlines, bus companies etc. Nor can we be held responsible any issues at all resulting from your accommodation booking.
Please double check with the various companies before you book any flights, travel or accommodations. Please double check all facts with the resort before you book.