The Leeward expedition is a fast-paced sailing, hiking, and shore exploration adventure that visits 10 different islands on a voyage that stretches from the BVI south to the island of Antigua and back.
The Leewards form the Eastern boundary of the Caribbean and include impressive tropical islands like Saba, Statia, St. Kitts, Nevis, St. Barts, and St. Martin. Balmy trade winds, lush rainforests and pink sandy beaches make this an ideal destination. The cultural and geological diversity seen over such a small geographic area is enormous; customs and currencies change as often as the language spoken. Some islands are flat and dry, others mountainous and verdant.
Sailing aboard a 50-ft monohull or 46-ft catamaran, the voyage's main focus is long distance sailing and island exploration, yet there will be time to take advantage of these incredible waters by scuba diving, snorkeling, water skiing and wakeboarding. Shore side, the mountainous terrain offers some of the most challenging and rewarding hiking in the Caribbean.
You'll conquer the 500 rock-carved steps of The Ladder at Saba, and reach the peak of The Quill - an almost perfectly symmetrical extinct volcano on the island of Nevis. First you climb up... and then, while holding onto vines, down into the crater past huge trees, ferns and carpets of moss. Using your new skills to navigate back to the BVI you will rejoin the rest of the AQ fleet just in time for the final race and barbecue.
- ASA, US Sailing, International Yachtmaster