Vol. II, No. 75
Skiing, sitting by the fire, and making snowmen all have their draw in the winter. It’s fun for a while, but then the winter starts to get…long. Longshore Sailing School has figured it out: Get out of town and spend some time in a sailor’s Shangri La: the British Virgin Islands. The Westport school’s “Away Team” has been hosting their annual Caribbean Sailing Weeks every January for more than a decade now. The instructors always go to the same place, and that’s for a good reason. The Bitter End Yacht Club on Virgin Gorda is not accessible by car, but instead is home to an amazing fleet of boats and a perfectly protected (yet windy) sailing area. Resort guests can use Hobies, lasers, kayaks, SUPs, whalers, windsurfers and other toys to their hearts’ content. It’s all included; the only restriction: Watersports closes down each night at 5. Most people are tuckered out and ready for an umbrella drink by that time anyway.
“BEYC is like no other place I have ever been,” says Longshore’s Business Manager Matt Kanaga. Kanaga has been a member of the Away Team for three years, and knows all of the ins and outs of the area, and the resort. “The resort is such a unique combination of elegant and casual. Whether you are a sailor or not there is an endless amount of excursions and activities, but it also is a great place to just relax on the beach.
And that’s the great thing about Bitter End and Longshore’s trips:You can do as much or as little as you want. There’s something for everyone.
One of my favorite things about Bitter End: you might find yourself realizing you haven’t seen your shoes in a few days. But then you’ll find them on the beach right where you left them. It’s just a “no worries” kind of place. Find out more about Longshore’s trips this January on their website.