Belize Flotilla Information
Dates & Leaders:
- February 14 - 22, 2016
- John Prato (OCSC Club Manager)
- Trevor Steel (OCSC Instructor)
- Johnny McGinty (OCSC Club Manager)
- Varies depending on the number of crew & Size of your yacht.
- Yachts range in size from 40-49 feet.
Next Planning Party:
- Saturday September 19, 6:30pm - 9pm
at OCSC SAILING (directions)
Ask for Phil Strause
Continue the seafarers' tradition of thousands of years with an Aegean adventure under sail. Experience the colorful, the quiet, the famous, the historic and the exotic - all in two weeks. You'll travel through time in a world of ancient ruins, modern resorts and ageless wonders.
OCSC Flotillas are designed to allow you the opportunity to enjoy one of these exotic locations in a social and supportive atmosphere whether you join as a crew, take command of your own yacht, or form a crew at our planning parties. Although many of our members join the flotillas to smooth the way for their first few charters away from San Francisco Bay, increasingly, the flotillas are serving needs of more experienced sailors as well; they provide a wonderful social experience for sailors who have sailing the Bay in common.
Only a few Hours From The US, Yet So Far Away
It's a short flight from the US to Belize, but once you arrive at this quiet paradise, nestled between Mexico and Guatemala on the Caribbean coast, it's as if you went halfway around the world. The year-round temperature ranges from 74-84°F. Plus, with 185 square miles of protected sailing, hundreds of individual cayes, and crystal clear waters to 100 feet, you'll enjoy some of the best outdoor activities in the world: sailing, diving, snorkeling, bonefishing, kayaking, bird and wildlife watching, exploring Mayan ruins and more. As for the beaches... let's just say they defy description!
Great Sailing – Naturally Amazing
The 15-22 knot easterly trade winds of Belize's sailing grounds will take you to some of the most amazing places you can imagine. The brilliant turquoise waters inside one of the largest continuous barrier reefs create a pristine, protected cruising ground. The sailing is a breeze and there are hundreds of sandy cayes for anchoring all within the reef. The distance between anchorages is short, and the shallow draft of the all-catamaran fleet assures easy navigation.
"Mother Nature's Best Kept Secret"
The coast of Belize has an absolute abundance of wildlife and sea life. Manatees, schools of tropical fish and coral gardens thrive here, and so will you. Everywhere you go, snorkeling is excellent, but at Queen Cayes it's divine. Then there's Lime Caye, which is everybody's idea of what the South Pacific should look like. One island over from here, you'll find the thick coconut forest and pristine beaches of Hunting Caye, the gem of the Sapodillas. Here, you'll also find a manned lighthouse. Visit a fishing camp on Buttonwood Caye to sample the catch of the day -- likely spectacular lobster or snapper. Around the very sheltered Pelican Cayes, you can explore the shallow areas in a sea kayak or dinghy. And sailing is easy between all of these cayes. Every day is a new adventure, each more beautiful than the last. This is what makes Belize "Mother Nature's Best Kept Secret."
If you haven’t been on a flotilla before, here’s how it works. OCSC reserves several boats for the location and holds a series of planning parties to explain the details and answer questions from anyone who is interested. Some members choose to reserve a whole boat with their friends and family; some hook up with other singles or couples to form their own boat; a third option is to charter a cabin on a boat skippered by an OCSC Instructor. These planning meetings are the best way to decide which option works best for you. We suggest that you use them to meet potential shipmates, other skippers, and the OCSC personnel who will be leading the flotilla.
Flotilla charters are ideal for first-time skippers since OCSC helps in cruise planning, introduces individuals to others interested in sharing a yacht, and sends an experienced ‘group leader’ along. The security in this type of ‘buddy-boating’ is one reason for flotilla-style chartering, but the ease of participation, sailing with lots of friends made at the planning parties and multi-boat get-togethers in the evenings make any charter that much more enjoyable.
How to Get Involved
There are three ways to get involved. You can charter your own yacht, let us help you hook up with other members and sailors, or book a cabin on an OCSC Flotilla Leader’s yacht.
Option 1 – With a small deposit (appx. 13%), you may reserve a boat with your friends or family, or reserve a boat and let us help you find crewmates.
Option 2 – If you want to go but need to hook up with others on the flotilla, we will help you meet some other sailors to join a boat or set up a crew.
Option 3 – If you like the idea of learning more while you relax, consider reserving a cabin on one of the OCSC Flotilla Leader yachts. All OCSC flotilla leaders are qualified sailing instructor with years of cruising experience. They make wonderful skippers, and are perfectly willing to make the experience for you as educational as you like. In addition to your share of the charter, you have only an additional skipper fee to pay: $450 per person, double occupancy, or $900 per cabin. If you come as a single, we will work to help you find a cabin mate or you can pay for a full cabin for privacy.
Giving Back to the fragile environment we cherish
Since it’s founding, OCSC has been committed to environmental protection. We have always felt that especially since our business is built on enjoying nature, we are compelled to support organizations that work as guardians for all of us. Part of our approach has been to focus our efforts and appreciation on areas that we are privileged to visit on our bareboat flotillas.
To this end your participation in our flotilla includes an additional contribution of $50 per person. The funds we collect are donated to an environmental protection initiative in the region we visit.
We are looking forward to a spectacular vacation with you! Please contact Phil Strause at the club if you have any questions. They are available Monday through Friday at 800-223-2984 x111.