Sailing Antigua

In winter and spring 2021, from late December to April, SY Orinoco will be sailing at the Leeward Islands in the north of the Lesser Antilles (Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Sint Maarten and Guadeloupe):

The Leeward Islands in the north of the Lesser Antilles, Sailing from December 2020 to April 2021

Sailing the the Leeward Islands winter and spring 2021

We know that the Corona Pandemic makes travelling plans difficult and affects decisions of sailors to sail with Orinoco. We therefore provide some information about the islands. The Caribbean countries seem to be handling COVID-19 fairly well for the most part, but the economic downturn (tourism) is substantial (July 2, 2020). A travel bubble is currently (Oct. 2020) established so that travel between the named countries without quarantine is possible (Green Travel Bubble (CARICOM) , Barbados, Dominica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, or St Vincent and the Grenadines). See Facebook hashtag #COVID19Caribbean for an overview about the Coronavirus Disease in the Caribbean (including CARICOM members).

Antigua and Barbuda

Overview

Generell sailing information: A superb destination for sailors. A nice coastline and a very picturesque harbour (English Harbour, enclosed bay offering protection in all kinds of weather). Many attractive bays. Solitude of some anchorages. Well known for peace and quiet: Barbuda, 30 miles to the north, an island surrounded by coral reefs. Further Yachting Information: Noonsite. Touristic information video: Travel Guide Antigua.

Harbours and Anchorages

  • English Harbour: yachting center, marina and achorages
  • Indian Creek: charming litte anchorage
  • Mamora Bay: well-protected lagoon
  • Nonsuch Bay*: reef-protected bay, a lot of good overnight anchorages, protected mangrove creeks anchorages and anchorages at the reef open
  • Yolly harbour: marina and achorages
  • Maiden Island*, Great Bird Island*: very nice anchorages, protected by reefs

*= Lovely anchorages protected by coral reefs, good snorkeling

Antigua Anchorages

Sailing Schedule January and February 2021

In each of the four time slots of fourteen days, we plan to sail in Antigua the first three days to get acustomed to the boat and the sailing conditions. Then we cross to Barbuda and stay there in different anchrorages for about another four days. In the beginning of the second week, we are crossing back to Antigua to explore other anchorages there and visit the Island. Other sailing destinations (Islands) are possible if the crew agrees with it.

  1. January 2 to 16
  2. January 16 to 30
  3. January 30 to February 13
  4. February 13 to 29

We will have up to five sailors on board in three cabins. For each week, we charge a contribution to costs of 300 €. Additional costs for food, fuel, marina fees ect. will be shared by all sailors.

Our Travel and Yachting Assessement

  • It is possible to fly from Europe to Antigua without having to face quarantine when providing a negative PCR-result taken within seven (7) days of our flight. However, the local health department reserves the right to carry out random checks and, if necessary, COVID-19 tests for all travelers within the first 14 days of their stay (Oct. 25. 2020). There is information from Jolly harbour Marina (Oct. 6. and 15. 2020 ) that the local health department may order us to stay on on board of the vessel for the first 14 days (self-quarantine).
  • It’s possible to sail freely in Antigua and Barbuda (Oct. 17. 2020).
  • We are allowed to sail to other Islands without quarantine if they are included in the “travel bubble”. However, it is required to have a negative COVID 19 RT-PCR test result (Oct. 17. 2020)
  • We can fly back from Antigua to Europe but have to expect quarantine at home when arriving in Germany if the German Goverment has still issued a travel restriction for Antigua (Oct. 25. 2020).

Antigua and Barbuda Traveling and Yachting Information

  • COVID-19 Assesment of General situation (German Goverment): Antigua and Barbuda has hardly been affected by COVID-19 so far (auswaertiges-amt Oct 25, 2020).
  • WHO official daily counts of COVID-19 cases in Antigua and Barbuda: Link
  • Aktuelle Ausweisung internationaler Risikogebiete durch das Auswärtige Amt, BMG und BMI gemäß RKI: Link
  • COVID-19 travelling information (Antigua government): travel advisory for travelers to Antigua and Barbuda. Video Welcome back to Antigua.
  • COVID-19 Yachting Travel Advisory (Antigua government): Includes travel information about the travel bubble comprising six OECS countries, including Montserrat. Antigua and Barbuda is among the CARICOM states identified as low-risk COVID-19 destinations that will allow travel from similar states without PCR tests prior to arrival and without having to undergo a quarantine period.
  • Flights: Several Airlines (Air France, KLM, Air Canada…) are offering flights from Europe to Antigua.
  • Anchorages: There are many good anchorages in Antigua, here a small selection: Antigua Anchorages.
  • Snorkeling: Best Snorkeling Spots in Antigua.
  • Sailing Video: One hour Antigua Barbuda video from SY M Jambo.

Other Islands nearby

Montserrat

Generell Information: There are sheltered bays on the northwest coast (Old Road Bay, Bunkum Bay, Little Bay and Rendezvous Bay). Little Bay is the main port and is set in attractive countryside. In 1995 was the dramatic eruption of the Soufrière Hills volcano that caused the evacuation of the population and buried the capital Plymouth. More Information: Cornell, Jimmy. World Cruising Destinations: An Inspirational Guide to All Sailing Destinations. Bloomsbury Publishing. Moonsite.

Covid 19 Yachting Information (as of Oct. 3, 2020): Montserrat is among the CARICOM states identified as low-risk COVID-19 destinations that will allow travel from similar states without PCR tests prior to arrival and without having to undergo a quarantine period, effective Friday (September 18). See Moonsite.

Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Montserrat

St Kitts and Nevis

Generell Information: These islands are some of the least frequented in the Lesser Antilles. Port Zante is a full-service marina. The islands are very attractive and their interesting past makes visiting ashore a worthwhile experience. However, it is a tough return beating against wind and current to Antigua. See Noonsite

Covid 19 Yachting Information (as of Oct. 3, 2020): St. Kitts and Nevis is among the CARICOM states identified as low-risk COVID-19 destinations that will allow travel from similar states without PCR tests prior to arrival and without having to undergo a quarantine period, effective Friday (September 18). See Noonsite.

Credit for title picture Antigua: Image by neufal54 from Pixabay

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