19th February - 7th April 2023
This leg begins in Salvador de Bahia, a unique colonial city that has managed to preserve many outstanding Renaissance buildings, with its bright colours and exquisite stucco work. There will be time to explore this lively town along with its flamboyant fusion of local art, food and music.
We then depart on a relaxing cruise up the northeast coast, which offers the opportunity to experience the hidden gems of Brazil, away from the larger cosmopolitan cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Our tour up the coast will provide a chance to delve into the beautiful beaches, quaint colonial towns, excellent kiteboarding spots, lively street parties, friendly locals and immersion in the intoxicating salsa music.
We will rendezvous with the WARC fleet in Cabedelo before heading north on the 4th March, 1330nm away, for a brief stay in Devil’s Island. This mostly abandoned island is part of French Guiana and was a former French penal colony for political prisoners in the 1800’s.
We then cruise to Grenada, 690nm to the northwest, known as ‘The Island of Spice’ due to its production of nutmeg and mace crops. This leg ends here, but there will be ample time to explore the lush landscape of this volcanic island, hike to the waterfalls or dive the world’s first underwater sculpture park.
We are now back in familiar waters, so we will have a relaxed cruise back to Saint Lucia, stopping in the best spots well-known to us.
First, Carriacou is home to endless white sand beaches that are usually deserted except for the odd makeshift bar and restaurant nestled among the shade of coconut trees. There is usually a steel pan band playing, providing the perfect soundtrack to this stunning laid-back setting.
From there it is a short sail to the Tobago Cays - a blue water paradise with some of the best shallow, coral reef snorkelling to be found in the Caribbean. There are also lots of deserted islands to hike and explore, or experience world-class kiteboarding opportunities, ending the day at the famous lobster beach BBQ.
We then make our way north with a stop in the exclusive island of Mustique to marvel at the luxury villas, have sundown drinks at the famous Basil’s Bar and swim in the crystal clear waters of the anchorage in Britannia Bay.
Then it is on to Bequia and an injection of the lively local life, culture and architecture with its many restaurants, shops and fruit and vegetable stalls lining the waterfront. We will then head to Wallilabou Bay in Saint Vincent, to take in the lush scenery and waterfalls and stay in the bay made famous by the film, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’.
Finally we arrive in Saint Lucia, with a stop at the dramatic anchorage between the steep-sided Pitons, before returning to Rodney Bay for the Rally celebrations and marking the end of this epic 15 month, 26000nm circumnavigation.
El Salvador is small sized country and offers a mix of unforgettable landscapes, tropical forests with hiking trails. coffee plantations, highland villages, and historical colonial towns such as San Salvador and Suchitoto with its cobbled streets and thriving arts scene, and Joya de Cerén – a pre-Columbian village remarkably preserved under layers of volcanic ash. Punta Roca is a popular destination for surfers and its beaches remain undeveloped and remarkably quiet.
Situated on the Atlantic Ocean the port city of Cabedelo is the farthest port city in the northeast of Brazil. João Pessoa is a short distance away and the beaches between the two between the two have a good selection of restaurants and bars which are popular with the locals on summer weekends. is known for its tropical beaches with a good selection of bars and restaurants serving a good selection of locally caught seafood. Cabedelo itself mixes modern architecture and historic colonial buildings, museums, theatres and historical sites.
Devil's Island the third-largest island of the Salvation's Islands, a group of islands located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of French Guiana. The outward appearance of a paradise of lush forest flowers, clear blue seas belies the fact that this was once home to a French penal colony immortalised in the film Papillon. It has now been transformed into a tourist attraction.
Grenada is blessed with breath takingly gorgeous stretches of silky beaches, an interior landscape which is rugged with thick forests and valleys and the views from the highest point in the northern interior of the island on the island Mt St Catherine are stunning. The coastline on the southern side of the island comprises of jutting peninsulas, deep bays and the nearshore is dotted with small islands and corals. Attractions worthy of note include the Palm Tree Gardens Botanical Garden, Grand Anse Beach, Sandy Island, Seven Sisters Falls and Morne Rouge. Of course, the waters surrounding the island are a playground for water sports enthusiasts.
Saint Lucia is an Eastern Caribbean island nation with a pair of dramatically tapered mountains, the Pitons, on its west coast. Its coast is home to volcanic beaches, reef-diving sites, luxury resorts and fishing villages. Trails in the interior rainforest lead to waterfalls like the 15m-high Toraille, which pours over a cliff into a garden. The capital, Castries, is a popular cruise port.