Working on a Super Yacht in the Caribbean
The Caribbean is all you could image; beautiful sandy beaches, glorious clear blue warm seas and lovely weather and along with this the great cocktails and the sound of Bob Marley filling the air. There is some lovely cruising to be had in the Caribbean and due to the size of the islands there is always a nice secluded bay you can anchor.
This season certainly has a more laid back atmosphere when compared to the Mediterranean season. Generally yachts are less manic during this time, although tend to be busy for Christmas and New Year times. St Bart’s remains a very popular location for super yachts to visit for New Year, drawing the rich and famous to this relatively small island.
Days off for crew offer a great opportunities to explore the islands, find a secluded beach, sample the numerous delicious cocktails and the fun night life, participate with some great diving, game fishing or wonder the streets to enjoy some local delights. This season can be a really welcomed contrast to the Mediterranean season, however often crew find that by the end of the Caribbean season they are ready to leave, crews often missing the culture of Mediterranean, the variety it offers and the easier access for travel from Europe to the rest of Europe and around the world. It is without doubt a very exciting season to be a part of and I hold a lot of happy times from my times in the Caribbean. Some of my personal highlights included swimming with turtles, watching a mother dolphin and baby dolphin playing at the stern of the yacht, visiting Richard Branson’s small island just of Necker Island where there is a small sand island with a palm tree on it (unfortunately it is a fake palm tree, but looks very real when cruising by, see above picture), trips to lovely beach clubs with the crew, watching some incredible sun sets and enjoying many a good expresso martinis, strawberry daiquiri’s and rum punch’s which frequently lead to an array of what I felt were great dance moves, but my crew would most likely disagree with this… I hope in your time in yachting you get to experience this season and beautiful part of the world.
Below is a typical summary of the Caribbean season on a yacht.
- Yachts head for the Caribbean from October onwards
- The main docks for super yachts are Antigua and St Maarten where yachts will generally pick up guests and owners from. Sailing yacht crews may have a more diverse itinerary, exploring more of the Caribbean Islands and also participating in the many regattas around the islands. Common itinaries for all yachts include Antigua, St Maarten, St Barts, the British and US Virgin Isles, St Kitts and some venture off to the Bahamas.
- The Antigua Yacht Show runs at the beginning of December and draws a large concentration of super yachts. There is a very good atmosphere in Antigua as it is the start of the season and yacht crews have generally had a good couple of weeks detox during the crossing, so spirits are high as people return to land based fun again and socialising.
- This season ends in April then most yachts head back to the Mediterranean. Yachts will often stopping in ship yards before the start of the start of the Mediterranean season.
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Written by Ben Proctor