Come Ocean Sailing on ‘Sojourner’ this Winter

6 Jan


Dad and I are getting ready to start the journey north on Sojourner, Dad’s Wauquiez Hood 38. The boat’s currently in Marigot Bay, St. Lucia. He sailed it to Tortola with his cousins and some friends in this year’s Carib1500. Then Mia and I joined him for the two-week cruise south through the Leeward & Windward Islands, to make it to Rodney Bay in time for us to work for the ARC. Anyway, now it’s time to come home, and you can join us!

We’re looking for 1-2 people to sail with us on the first leg of the return trip. Contact us for details, as this will be a working passage, and a shared-expenses trip – you’ll be expected to stand watch, cook and clean, and take care of the boat. No experienced required – Andy loves to teach, and this could be a great experience to get some ocean miles in.

Here are the details:

  • We are flying to St. Lucia on February 11. The boat will depart Marigot Bay as early as the 13th, so you’d need to be there by the evening of the 12th. Departure is weather dependent.
  • We provide safety equipment (lifejacket, harness, etc). The boat is outfitted to WCC standards, based on the ISAF Special Regulations.
  • You’ll need personal clothing and foulies. One bag only!
  • Leg 1 will be Marigot Bay to St. Croix in the USVI, about 300 nautical miles. It’ll take us 2-3 days, nonstop. The former Dutch harbor at Christiansted is, according to Caribbean guru Don Street, “one of the most picturesque in all of the Caribbean.” Neither of us have been there, so it’ll be a chance to explore for all!
  • Leg 2 will be St. Croix to Green Turtle Cay in the Abacos, Bahamas via the Old Bahama Channel and the out-islands of the Bahamas. This leg is as-yet unplanned, as we hope to stop and explore some of the remote Cays of the Out Islands on the way north, or at the least sail by some of them. This will be a decision made on the fly and based on the weather. This leg is considerably longer, at about 1,200 miles, and will take us 8-10 days, slightly longer if we stop en route.
  • The boat will remain at GTC until late March, when we make the final hop north around Hatteras and back to Annapolis. More on that trip later, which will also be open for crew.

Contact Andy if you’re interested at 484-269-3358, or See you in St. Lucia!

This article was syndicated from 59 North, Ltd.


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  2. Don Hagen

    Are you still in search of crew? I bought a 1984 Hood 38 last August. Engine getting rebuilt in Manchester, MA. I’m experienced Bay sailor on Bristol 35 and Apache 37. Where are you now? I’m in Annandale, VA.

    703.888.9538 cell

  3. Andy Schell

    Hi Don,

    Indeed it is a bit quick. My dad is still working though, and the adventure for him is in the offshore sailing, so it works out. He island-hopped from Tortola down to St Lucia in the fall, so he did get to see a lot, and we’ve never been to St Croix. So considering he’s not retired yet, I’d say a pretty good trip!


  4. Eric Locklear

    I would seriously consider being on the crew for the final hop north to Hatteras and if you’re still in need. I’ll keep a watch on your websites for info.


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