I’m excited to announce that we’ve selected the leeward side of the Society Island as the location to launch our International Cruising Program; We’re going to French Polynesia! This stunningly beautiful area in the South Pacific includes the idyllic islands of Tahiti, Raiatea, Moorea, Tahaa and Bora Bora. These islands offer crystal clear waters, perfect tropical temperatures, steady winds, protected anchorages, and open blue-water crossings from island to island.
Unlike our local cruise outs, for the International Cruise Program, the first step in preparing is to arrange/charter a boat and pull together your crew. Boats charter from the island of Raiatea, from the chartering companies Moorings or Dream Yachts. There are easy, and at least one direct, flights from San Francisco to Papeete, Tahiti, landing at Fa’a’a International Airport. Once in Tahiti, it’s a quick island-hopper flight to Raiatea. And, both charter bases are within a mile of the Raiatea airport. Both charter bases offer bareboat charters, and also fully crewed charters.
As of this publication, there are five boats chartered, with a mixture of our Club at Westpoint members and Sequoia Yacht Club members:
Shannon Amerman – Club at Westpoint – Lagoon 62, a crew of 11
John Graves – Club at Westpoint – Dufour 520, a crew of 4
Steve Holmstrom – SYC – Bali 4.5 Luxe, a crew of 8
Mike Kastrop – Club at Westpoint – Moorings 4800, a crew of 8
Eric Jessen – SYC – Sun Odyssey 439, a crew of 4
Of the boats already scheduled, we all start on August 24, 2019. Some of us are going for a seven-day charter, others for 10 days; cruise as long as you like!
If you are interested or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Shannon Amerman or John Graves; co-cruise out captains supporting the Club at Westpoint members.
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