An adventure aboard Storm Petrel can take you places only accessible by boat. Unpack once, and see the best the US and BVI have to offer. Captain Phil is a native Bostonian, has lived in Guadeloupe, St Thomas, traveled throughout the Caribbean and knows these areas well. He is a knowledgeable companion for your get-away, an avid sailor and wind surfer, who can teach you the finer points of sailing, or let you relax and enjoy the sail. Chef Laura will cater to your dietary whims and delight your palate with her fresh creations. She is also a cardiac nurse, licensed captain, avid sailor and fisherman. Storm Petrel is available for vacations of a week or more for 2-4 guests. Storm Petrel is a sturdy, seaworthy and safe 48' steel sloop. Outside, she has full sun protection with the covered cockpit and dodger, extra high life lines for safety and comfortable seating. Inside, she is dry and snug, well ventilated. Every day a new island awaits, and every room is waterfront with great views
Your trip: Your trip aboard Storm Petrel starts at Red Hook, St Thomas. From there, the possibilities are endless...a sail to St John, snorkeling or hiking in National Parks, sailing to Tortola, to experience the British Virgin Islands or just relaxing on the boat, watching the sunset as you sip a 'Petrel Passion', the captain's own rum and passion fruit cocktail. With Phil's 20 years of experience in the Caribbean, we know the best snorkeling spots, and everything each island has to offer, from quiet anchorages to vibrant beach bars. Every vacation is customized to what YOU want to do, not based on a preset itinerary. For the truly adventurous, trips to the Spanish Virgin Islands or St Martin can be arranged.
Your accommodations: Storm Petrel is a center cockpit sloop, that allows for a king size bed in the aft cabin. The forward cabin contains 2 single berths, that can be made into a large double by use of an insert. This is perfect for siblings or 2 couples. The main salon is spacious enough to comfortably seat 6 for dinner. There is a hot water shower on deck, conveniently located near the swim ladder, perfect for the after snorkel rinsing. The deck hatches allow for stargazing from your bed, and the tropical breezes keep you cool at night. We have snorkel gear to fit your party, and carry a windsurfer on board. Scuba diving can be arranged through local shops.
Requirements: A US Passport is NOT required for sailing in the US Virgin Islands (St Thomas, St John, and St Croix). or for the Spanish Virgin Islands (unspoiled islands of Vieques, Culebra and Culebrita) A passport is required for entry into the British Virgin Islands or any other Islands. We are a casual, barefoot cruising vacation. No starched shirts or dinner jackets on this boat! A few swim suits, shorts and t-shirts will take you through a week of island hopping. You don't need to keep opening your wallet, as we include everything except the bar, so it can be stocked to your exact preference. You don't need to worry about food, as all of your meals are prepared for you. Cruising taxes into the BVI and moorings, when necessary, are not included.
Captain Phil is the owner of Storm Petrel. He has been chartering in the Caribbean and Cape cod since 1992. He is a USCG licensed captain, speaks German, some French and Spanish. He has lived in Guadeloupe, Switzerland, and wherever Storm Petrel takes him. The co-owner and co-captain of Storm Petrel is Laura, an RN for over 25 years. She loves cooking, sailing, and fishing, and has been Phil's charter partner for the past 9 years.
Phil is a native Bostonian, and knows these waters well. For summer sails in the cape, leaving from Falmouth, the sail can take you across Buzzards Bay to the Elizabeth Islands, Cuttyhunk, or longer sails can go to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket. In the winter, St Thomas is easily accessible by commercial flights. Red Hook is at the east end of the island, and an ideal starting point for your charter vacation. The US Virgin Islands of St John and St Croix are an easy trip, and the beautiful British Virgin Islands are not more than a few hours sailing away.
The ultimate way to traverse the Islands is by boat, drifting from one island to the next, sleeping under a million stars. Chartering Storm Petrel allows you to create your own schedule, with no ferries to catch, and no rush to check out of a hotel in the morning. She can take you to places only accessible by boat, and you always have a waterfront room! Storm Petrel is a safe and comfortable sailboat. She makes her yearly trips to the US Virgin Islands for the winter, to Cape Cod for the summer, for chartering in both locations.
Red Hook is the quiet end of St. Thomas. It offers local bars and shops, incase you find you've forgotten something, or just want to start with a cold beverage. From there, we sail to your desired destinations, be it the National Parks of St. John, the unspoiled beauty of the Spanish Virgins, or the variety of the British VIrgin Islands. The choice is yours!
Other Activities: para-sailing rentals, kayak rentals
Golf: Mahogany Run golf course 15 minutes from Red Hook
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