Choose your Sunset Cruise...
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 . . .