|Still lots of Sailing at Sound Sailing Center!|
With the warm weather so far this fall, we have kept all the boats in service, except for the Contest 36 in Mystic. Even better, a warm winter has been forecast, and unlike the past 2 winters, we will likely be sailing all winter. Of course, Frostbiting on the Ensigns is another option, and the VAr 37 membership has 1-2 spots available and will be doing the Offshore Passage to Bermuda and St Thomas at the end of November (see below). While in St Thomas, we will offer several Flotilla cruises for members this winter. Of course, VAr 37 members have the option of using her in the Virgins this winter.
Memberships make a great gift, and by signing up now, you pay 2015 rates for 2016. Rates will go up 6-8% next year, and students or returning members get an additional 5% off.
Ocean Passage / Basic Cruising Class
Last call to sign on for our Ocean Passage south 2015! Please get your registration form in this week. Our Var 37 will be Captained by Martinus van Breems. Frank Finoglio will Captain his Hanse 400 ‘Bermuda High’ (formerly owned by SSC). The cost for the Ocean Passage (including food) is $2,350, or $1,980 for members. You will have to pay transportation expenses, along with custom / immigration fees. Note that repeat students pay 1/2 price, and those who have done it more than 2x pay just a share of expenses.
We will meet on Saturday, Nov 21st from 9-3pm to review weather, the boat, and head out to practice reefing and man over board drills. Bring appropriate sailing gear (there is a list below) and lunch. We may make a run to West Marine, where you can buy gear at our discounted prices.
Friday, November 27th – Basic Cruising Class, Norwalk to Mystic. The passage from Norwalk down the Sound will be run as a Basic Cruising Class on the VAr 37, with stops in 4 harbors per student to practice the Basic Cruising drills. We have space for one more student. Bermuda High will depart from Norwalk and head straight to New London or Mystic. All crew should drop off their gear by thursday if they can not join us on friday.
Saturday, November 28th. Earliest departure from Mystic. Note that we often have a 2-3 day delay (or longer) to find an appropriate weather window.
Thursday Dec 3rd. Earliest arrival in Bermuda.
Friday, December 4th Likely arrival in Bermuda, 2nd leg crew should arrive if possible. Of course, we will have a very good idea if we will be leaving on Nov 28th by Nov 24th, allowing a week in advance to purchase tickets. An incentive to arrive by Friday evening is the massive party in St George from 6-9pm, with many events including lots of the finest homes open to the public and serving all sorts of amazing food and libations!
Sat, Dec 5th Earliest departure Bermuda.
Sun, Dec 6th Likely departure Bermuda.
Friday Dec 11th – Likely arrival in St Thomas. We normally spend the first night upon landfall moored off Caneel Bay, a lovely resort in St John, and have breakfast there in the morning. A well deserved treat!