NEWS and NOTES on SAILING-VACATION OPPORTUNITIES
SAIL MEXICO’S RIVIERA MAYA
Dream Yacht Charter has opened a base at Marina Las Velas, on the island of Isla Mujeres, off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Bareboat and skippered yacht charters are available through 2021.
Situated at the intersection of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, Isla Mujeres—about 8 miles from the peninsula’s internationally renowned city of Cancun—is an ideal starting point for exploring remote islands, diving and snorkeling reefs, and swimming with whale sharks.
The destination marks the fourth base opening in a year, following St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, Key West in Florida, and La Spezia in northern Italy. Recent fleet expansions include St. Thomas, with 69 total bareboat catamarans and monohulls and three crewed yachts (a Jeanneau 64 monohull and two Bali 4.8 catamarans); Key West, with 31 total power cats, catamarans, and monohulls for bareboat and skippered charters; and La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico, with a total of 25 power cats, catamarans and monohulls.
The reopening of the Marsh Harbour base at Conch Inn Yacht Club & Marina on Great Abaco in the Bahamas is set for July 2021. For details, contact the company (dreamyachtcharter.com).
FLOTILLAS, INSTRUCTION WITH OFFSHORE
A handful of cabins and berths remain in the 2021 Colgate Sailing Adventures schedule, and bookings for 2022 trips are available. The long-running popular flotilla program is open to Offshore Sailing School graduates and guests, and other experienced sailors.
The 2021 schedule is Exuma, Bahamas—may 9-16 (sold out, waitlist); Corfu, Greece—june 12-19; Tahiti—september 4-14; and British Virgin Islands— November 6-13 (sold out, waitlist).
In 2022 the lineup includes St. Martin—january 22-29; Croatia—june 18-28; and Seychelles—august 20-30. For details, contact Offshore (offshoresailing .com/adventure-vacations). Offshore has also resumed a full instructional schedule at its four locations in Florida and in the Caribbean.
Incorporated into the curriculum are private couple instruction and family “Buy the Boat” reservations (private for one party with instructor). Courses are taught to a maximum of four students. Classes—including the Fast Track to Liveaboard Cruising—are offered aboard the Colgate 26, and Moorings and Sunsail fleets in Florida and at Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina in the British Virgin Islands. A Jeanneau 479 and Fountaine Pajot Lucia 40 catamaran have been added to the Offshore fleet in St. Petersburg, Florida.
SAIL CROATIA FOR LESS
Take advantage of a 15 percent discounted rate to sail a Neel multihull in Croatia from Trimaran Yacht Charter of La Rochelle, France. The offer applies to charters taken by July 3, 2021. For details, contact the company (trimaran-yacht-charter.com).