Windjammer Barefoot Cruises were the ideal get away from it all trips for adventurous sailors looking for a budget friendly and casual way to sail the Caribbean on a small sailing ship. Unfortunately the business went bankrupt in 2007 and a 30 plus year era of bare bones sailing ended for many loyal customers including myself. However in 2010, Sail Windjammer bought up one of the old ships the SV Mandalay, a 236 foot three masted Schooner built in 1923. They put her back in business sailing out of Grenada to the Grenadine Islands (Bequia, Union, Mayreau, Carriacou and Tobago Cayes) with many of the former Windjammer crew on board including Captain Sly, part owner and captain of the ship. I just completed one of their sailing trips in Oct 2013 and it was truly wonderful with gorgeous sails to small out of the way islands and they maintained many if not all of the old Windjammer traditions that their loyal customers so enjoyed. To list a few: Amazing Grace played at all sail raising (guaranteed to bring tears to your eyes) , Captain's story hour every morning about the day's itinerary, rum swizzles at happy hour, doubloons for drinks at the saloon and dress up night for all, crew and passengers. Attached is a photo of just one of the many deserted and gorgeous islands (this was in the Tobago Cayes) we visited along the way. No shirt, no shoes, no problem.
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