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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 help 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.
Yachts range in size from 40–49 feet.
February 23, 2019
March 3, 2019
Trevor Steel and Chris Childers
This pricing estimate is exclusive of misc. costs, such as airfare, mooring and anchoring fees, shopping, tours, etc. Food, beverages, and other miscellaneous fees such as park fees are also not included.
OCSC Sailing is located in the heart of San Francisco Bay, directly across the Bay from the Golden Gate Bridge in the Berkeley Marina.
Our location is unique in that it follows you to be sailing in minutes in one of the world’s premier sailing venues, in the best wind it has to offer.
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