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The Liberty Fleet Windjammer Cruise Blog offers a collection of trips reviews and Captain's Log journal entries that will help you discover what our special style of sailing ship cruising is all about. Please join us for an adventure as we share our tales of sailing in New England, the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

Captains Blog: Full moon party at Trellis Bay, and more great tall ship sailing throughout the week!

Captains Blog: Full moon party at Trellis Bay, and more great tall ship sailing throughout the week!

 

Good afternoon from the Virgin Islands. Good afternoon is the proper way to greet locals in this region and if you hear it, the proper response is just to say, "Okay". The local culture is certainly always a highlight of these sailing adventures. We were able to surprise our guests this week with attending the Full Moon party at Trellis Bay, Beef Island.
 
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(Full Moon Party)
 
Full of rich culture and local artwork, this place is a microcosm of the island culture. Being able to sail all around these islands on a traditional schooner brings us even closer to this feeling of being part of the local culture as tall ships in the days of yore called these islands, "the stop on the way to everywhere", as they were a pinnacle stopping point throughout all the trade routes for the Spanish, English, Dutch, and French.
 
This week was, as always, filled with great weather, beautiful sailing with great winds, and the necessary swim calls and snorkeling spots! 
 
See you next week,
 
Captain Jon Cook
Schooner Liberty Star
Liberty Fleet of Tallships 
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Captains Blog: Sailing with the rail in the water, great sunsets and new friends made aboard the Schooner Liberty Star in the BVI's!

Captains Blog: Sailing with the rail in the water, great sunsets and new friends made aboard the Schooner Liberty Star in the BVI's!

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Greetings from St. Thomas, Red Hook aboard the Liberty Star! I'm going to try to keep a Captains Blog updated around once a week, so I hope you will tune in and join us for our adventures! This week we departed Red Hook on Monday morning at about 0700. Leaving the dock was uneventful (phew). 

With a great wind direction, we decided to raise all of the Star's sails, and called on our guests to come help us out! She's a smaller schooner, so it doesn't take as much manpower as her larger friends, but it doesn't take away from the beauty of hauling on a halyard! With winds at about 15 knots and above, we enjoyed an awesome sail over to the BVI's, with the rub rail in the water for part of it. 

It really doesn't get any better than the weather in the BVI's. It was sunny, warm and beautiful for the whole week (much nicer than our Boston counterparts!). Once we reached our first destination in Jost Van Dyke, we quickly went for a swim call off the boat, and started snorkeling. This became a ritual as every day was filled with flips of the bowsprite, cold beverages on deck, and of course myself blowing the conch shell to let the sun know its okay to go down! 

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What an INCREDIBLE way to celebrate a 60th birthday aboard a windjammer in the British Virgin Isles

What an INCREDIBLE way to celebrate a 60th birthday aboard a windjammer in the British Virgin Isles
Where do we begin to tell you what a wonderful adventure you have given us? We set sail on December 2, Don's 60th birthday from St. Thomas on the Liberty Star. Perfect weather, a perfect start to the 7th decade. Thank you for introducing us to schooner life aboard the Liberty Star, to hoisting sails, coiling the sheets and halyards, knot tying; to your favorite snorkeling spots, beaches, bars, the glass blowing and Caldwell distillery in Cane Garden Bay, and the adventure of Captain Long Jon Anchor Gone Wrong, off of Sailor's Rest.
        You have each in your own way, with your own unique talents, skills, and passions, enriched our experience. Together you form an integral team and have, this week, welcomed us into your sea faring family in the Caribbean. 
         We hope that our paths will cross again and, in the interior, encourage you to fulfill your dreams. 
         You are all awesome! Thank you for the wonderful memories.
 
Signed Carol B & Don P
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First timers aboard the Schooner Liberty Star in the BVI's

First timers aboard the Schooner Liberty Star in the BVI's
This was my first sailing trip aboard a windjammer in the Caribbean and it was fabulous. Kyle was a great sailing dinghy captain. Clint was a fantastic leader through the baths and the caves. Cory with his sailing paddle board. Sue, all the food was to die for. And Captain Jon, what a great ride we had with you. I think we'll spend some time in a boat somewhere. The week couldn't have been better. How quickly you all took in four strangers and let us become part of your family. Thank you all so much and remember; "Stay out of my swing!"
 
Signed Cathy & Tim S.
 
November 30, 2013

 

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Great time in the Virgin Islands and Bubbly Hole on a Tall Ship!

Great time in the Virgin Islands and Bubbly Hole on a Tall Ship!

yes, our first mate Lee stood  out as someone who sincerely loved the boat and catered to our every wish...he had great stories to tell and was very knowledgeable  about all aspects of sailing,stellar navigation, pirate stories etc. etc. I would say his presence really made the trip more memorable.Sue was a wonderful cook and created some delicious meals and was also very gracious. Carlos was a great captain and took every measure to keep  us safe under his watch.....I would definitely say your fantastic crew is your biggest asset and would recommend this Virgin Island cruise to any of my friends. this trip outdid all my expectations!!!!

Bubbly Hole at Jost van Dyke!

 

Bonnie F.

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First sailing vacation in the BVI's aboard a classic tall ship!

First sailing vacation in the BVI's aboard a classic tall ship!

For my first sailing experience on a tall ship in the BVI's it was incredible. The Liberty Star was just a good enough size for Josh and I to feel included if needed with the crew, or feel like we were on the boat all by ourselves. It helped that we were the only ones sailing this trip, but I am sure if the boat was full, it would still feel the same. The entire crew were phenomenal. The captain gave us tons of options for us to do each day and never pressured us into one thing or another. Carlos was very well informed in terms of sailing and was so calm and gentle with the crew that it made the sailing more enjoyable. Even the other crew mentioned that Carlos was one of the best Captains that they have sailed under because of his demeanor.

 

          Tia, who cooked for us was awesome as well. Not only was her food amazing but talking to her and experiencing some of the excursions with her were just as awesome. She always had a smile  on her face and took extra care of us. She was willing to change up the meals to meet our varied palates and never complained about doing so either. She is an amazing woman and has done some extraordinary things. She supplies lots of laughs but also some down home comfort when needed!! She is a keeper.

          Scott the deckhand..or dinghy captain as I liked to call him had to be the most entertaining person on the ship. Granted he is a young kid, but his knowledge of sailing exceeded his age. He knew so much about it and was always willing to teach us about sailing ,that it made the trip so much more enjoyable. He was hilarious and was never afraid to laugh at himself. He was the one we spent the most time with, as he was in charge of taking us to shore all the time...and he made those trips exciting. He was a complete and utter gentleman, and would help us when ever we needed anything. A lot of nights, he was our main entertainment...and he never let us down. For being a 19 year old on a ship in the Caribbean, he never once let his professionalism slip. And that amazed me. He definitely made me smile...ALOT!

        The entire crew were amazing and I think that helped make the trip so much more enjoyable. They allowed Josh and I our space when we wanted it, and came and talked to us when we got tired of each other :). It was definitely worth every penny and I would do it again in a heartbeat!!! 

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Tall Ship Windjammer cruise on the Liberty Star in the British Virgin Islands

Tall Ship Windjammer cruise on the Liberty Star in the British Virgin Islands

Capt. Carlos, Mate Scott and Cook Tia were warm and welcoming. All shared stories from their life.  Everyone was focused on making sure we were comfortable and happy. The crew spoke highly of Carlos and everyone was working as a team.  Tia, Scott and Carlos balance each other well.  Scott offered great tips on snorkeling, had patience with rigging questions and made it enjoyable to join in hoisting sail on a tall ship!.  I have to say that your team far exceeded my expectations. Tia ROCKS!  The meals were delicious. She made sure we enjoyed the food and asked about our likes and dislikes. Again, she was fantastic - we basically had a personal chef!

This was my first time to the Virgin Islands. I felt like we received an intimate, personal tour of all of the best places including the well known and little known.  Carlos provided history of the area or ship wreck when he knew the history. Everyone had a wonderful personality and felt like family after just one day on board.  I can't say enough about the crew.  I will recommend d this to friends and family. In fact, I hope to get enough to join me to fill the Liberty Star next winter on another cruise in the BVI!

 

Josh G. 

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Fun, memorable cruise aboard the Tall Ship Liberty Star in the Virgin Islands

Fun, memorable cruise aboard the Tall Ship Liberty Star in the Virgin Islands

We feel like we've made new friends as the crew was incredible!  I will highly recommend this Tall Ship Windjammer cruise to everyone I know! Tia was an amazing cook and so lovely, friendly and helpful.Lee and Scott were both amazing.  They were both very knowledgeable, funny and very hard working.  I couldn't imagine the trip without them.

 

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   Tricia M.

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Great crew and food aboard Tall Ship Windjammer in the British Virgin Islands

Great crew and food aboard Tall Ship Windjammer in the British Virgin Islands

Three sailors loved tall ships and knew so much about such ships and about sailing. Even young Scott at only 19 years had lots of sailing experience and was a certified life guard. ALL FOUR went out of their way to be nice and friendly and helpful. Simply OUTSTANDING!! We were very lucky to have four other fun and pleasant co-passengers, especially two of them. So we all did all we could to contribute to the greatest atmosphere and we laughed a lot and got along beautifully all week while enjoying the laid back atmosphere of the BVI's

The food was great! for instance, she prepared for me fried egg plant and fried, seasoned tofu instead of pork roast and other meat entrees. As in most other cases  in restaurants (and stores) in the US, whole grain, healthy choices were scarce. However, Tia's salads were great, including raw cabbage, lettuce, beans, etc. I am extremely impressed by what Tia succeeded to make and bake in that small galley. Her organizational talents were immense, I cannot even imagine how she managed to store and find the ingredients.

 

Claus & Wenche B. 

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