Living onboard a boat is about working, playing, and learning as a team.
You've spent the night sleeping under the stars. Warm sunshine and the smell of freshly grilled pancakes wakes you. You hear some of your crewmates marveling at the shooting stars they saw last night. A seagull lands on the rail near your feet, but flies away as you rise to join the others. You put your favorite song in the CD player and ask today's chef if you can help. It's a new day at Sail Caribbean, and you can't wait to get started!
Whether a monohull or a catamaran, the boat becomes a home that you share with a group of people who quickly become your family. This is the most valuable part of the experience, because it deepens everything else. Crews are co-ed and grouped by age on each boat. Accommodations are in five cabins, each shared by two or three people separated by gender. Your boat also has a salon, a galley, and four heads (living room, kitchen, and bathrooms, respectively). Space and resources are limited onboard, so we respect one another's privacy, conserve water and electricity, and monitor our food supplies carefully. Being in the Caribbean, you'll always have the option of sleeping out under the stars, with the sound of the water and the light breeze lulling you to sleep.
Taking charge of a 50-foot yacht brings unimagined freedom and control. It also requires active participation in all aspects of life onboard. Responsibilities are definitely a part of your everyday life. You'll rotate and share daily tasks, learn to cook "Delly Chicken" for your crew, assume leadership roles (skipper, mate, divemaster and navigator), keep the boat clean and ship-shape, make entries to the Ship's Log, and help to maintain a safe environment. Life onboard provides just the right setting for accomplishing group and personal goals. Our daily boat meetings offer a valuable forum to learn more about your crewmates, discuss the highs and lows of the day's events, plan ahead for tomorrow, and even tell a few good jokes.
There's always plenty to do at our summer sailing camps, and you quickly fall into the rhythm that makes life onboard unique. Living on a sailboat is definitely different, even bathing. For the most refreshing bath of your life, at day's end you dive into the sparkling sea and lather up, then take a quick freshwater rinse onboard. Hot showers are also available a couple times a week when we dock overnight at marinas.
Whether you're reading charts, hauling in the sails, chopping vegetables, or just getting to know one another, life onboard happens with a certain magic. When you're sailing the boat together, a team spirit grows out of necessity and soon spills over into everything you do. Sail Caribbean alumni say that it was teamwork and strong friendships that challenged and rewarded them the most.