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Tropical Traveller Magazine - - ISLANDTOUR - With Jus' Sail

If a cata­ma­ran cruise is not for you and your beloved, how about set­ting sail on a charm­ing old Car­ri­a­cou sloop for a pri­vate char­ter into the sun­set with Jus' Sail? The Good Ex­pec­ta­tion is a hand-built replica of the tra­di­tional Caribbean wooden ves­sels that traded ev­ery­thing across the West Indies from spices to rum for over 150 years. A once reg­u­lar sight be­tween the is­lands, Jus’ Sail put this colour­ful piece of West In­dian his­tory back to work and now of­fer a uniquely dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence of sail­ing in the wa­ters off Saint Lu­cia.

The wide decks and com­fort­able seat­ing on­board the Good Ex­pec­ta­tion make for laid back sail­ing whether in a small, in­ti­mate group or a pri­vate char­ter for two that per­fectly en­hances the ro­mance as you sail out of IGY Ma­rina into Rod­ney Bay on the crisp blue and white painted sloop. Own­ers James and Pepsi Crock­ett are all about mak­ing it per­fect for their guests, and your wish is their com­mand as the golden sun dips be­low the grey-blue hori­zon with hos­pi­tal­ity that is warm and friendly, and knowl­edge of the is­land which makes ev­ery voy­age fas­ci­nat­ing.

Imag­ine sip­ping a fine rum as the sun sets over the sparkling Caribbean sea - Jus' Sail can help with that dream too. Their ex­clu­sive Pre­mium Rum Tast­ing Sun­set Cruise takes the con­cept of sun­down­ers to a whole new level as you im­merse your­self in the world of top end rums. Says James: "We sim­ply take guests on a re­lax­ing sail into a quiet lit­tle cove to sam­ple all of St Lu­cia Dis­tillers' pre­mium award-win­ning rums, and (all be­ing well) en­joy­ing a stun­ning Saint Lu­cian sun­set be­fore head­ing back into the ma­rina. We take a max­i­mum of 8 per­sons so its al­ways an in­ti­mate af­fair and it's a won­der­ful way to big up one of Saint Lu­cia's best ex­ports and to get our guests pas­sion­ate about Saint Lu­cia's rums which we hon­estly be­lieve are some of the best in the world. "

Rum and Sloops

Wher­ever there is a tax on goods there is the in­cen­tive to smug­gle, and in a re­gion with hun­dreds of se­cluded bays and beaches and dra­mat­i­cally dif­fer­ent tax regimes be­tween neigh­bour­ing is­lands, the Caribbean was in­fa­mous for the smug­gling of rum and other il­licit goods such as to­bacco. Free ports like St Barths be­came favourite haunts of the lo­cal sloops, who would load up on as much pro­duce as they could hold and then head off to other is­lands un­load­ing their goods along the way - not nec­es­sar­ily legally and above board! Ves­sels such as Good Ex­pec­ta­tion have rum soaked in their tim­bers and in fact the launch­ing of a ves­sel has to be cel­e­brated with rum lib­er­ally poured on the rud­der post as well as down the throats of the will­ing work­ers help­ing with the launch . . .

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