CARIBBEAN RACE TRAINING
Although she's a cruising boat, Voilactus is well outfitted for regattas, with several sail combinations, including spinnaker. In handicap classes, she's placed 2nd in Antigua Sailing Week for two years in a row and fourth in Heineken Regatta 2020.
Whatever your sailing preference, Voilactus offers a great opportunity to explore ocean racing in the Caribbean. When sailing with us, your registration includes coaching by very experienced racers, and the opportunity to crew in different roles, so everybody gains experience in all aspects of the race, from bow to tactician.
Crew members will work on sail trim, tactics, electronic aids and regatta software, engine care, radio communications, navigation rules, and several other important aspects of navigation. Participation is open for all experience levels, including some slots reserved for newcomers to the sport.
You can watch the excitement of racing at Antigua Sailing Week by watching the following video:
For the 2021-22 season, Voilactus is available for any of the programmed races (listed at the end), and Voilactus will be racing in these top regattas:
HEINEKEN REGATTA in St. Maarten – March 3 to 6, 2022. This is your chance to crew in this dynamic, internationally recognized Caribbean regatta, the Heineken Regatta (www.heinekenregatta.com). It runs for 4 action packed days. If not on our feeder cruise, we expect you to arrive by March 1 to allow for two days of training before the regatta begins, and your departure will be on or after March 7th following the regatta's end. The boat will be departing Antigua around February 25, stopping overnight at the island of Barbuda, and St. Barth. At a small extra charge, crew can join the cruise (Upon space availability) and have additional practice days, while visiting these great places. The following video shows how much fun they had at Heineken 2018 !!!
TO BOOK YOUR SPOT, PLEASE CONTACT US AT THE ADDRESSES LISTED AT THE END
VOILES DE SAINT BARTH REGATTA (Les Voiles) – April 17 to 23, 2022. St. Barth is often referred to as “the St. Tropez of the Caribbean”. This regatta is loaded with adrenaline and what the French describe as "Joie de Vivre" (www.lesvoilesdesaintbarth.com). This week of racing
could easily be one of your most unforgettable.
Expect to arrive before April 10th to allow for two days
of training, and departure will be after the 18th. Lay day
will be on shore at one of the best beach resorts in the
The boat will be departing from Antigua around April 7th,
and those joining the crew there, at a small extra charge,
will benefit of extra training days.
TO BOOK YOUR SPOT, PLEASE CONTACT US AT THE
ADDRESSES LISTED AT THE END
ANTIGUA SAILING WEEK (ASW) REGATTA – May 1 to 6, 2022. Crew in one of the most prestigious, and internationally recognized regattas in the Caribbean, Antigua Sailing Week (www.sailingweek.com). This event runs for 5 days plus a layday on shore. Plan to arrive by April 22nd to allow for two days of training, and departure will be after April 30. Layday, on the 28th, will be on shore at a beautiful beach, offering many leisure activities.
The following video shows how much fun they had at Sailing Week 2018 !!!
PRICES AND CONDITIONS FOR REGATTAS:
TO BOOK YOUR SPOT, PLEASE CONTACT US AT THE ADDRESSES LISTED AT THE END
Crew members will benefit by arriving two days before the start of every regatta to allow for training and to enjoy the island’s attractions.
On a race day, the boat departs for 5-7 hours of racing, returning in the afternoon. Ashore there are lively parties, concerts, and a wide choice of restaurants.
For the 2021-22 season we are offering the following special rates, for every regatta:
SPECIAL OFFER: Due to the uncertainties that Covid has thrown at us, we've kept our low price for the crew slots at only $950. For those who have raced with us before, the fee is only $750 per regatta.
We want young people to feel the excitement of ocean sailing, so we are offering sailors from 14 to 21 years of age the chance to sail at half of the published prices, when accompanied by an adult !
And we have additional discounts too: Bring a pal with you, and you'll get 10% off both slots, or put together a team of 3 or more and get a 20% discount of every member's fee, or better still, book the entire boat, at a very special rate.
These racing fees include coaching, a cap, 2 additional days of training time, regatta registration, water, beer, and engine fuel. All other expenses including accommodation are additional costs of the crew member.
On a first come, first serve basis, two cabins on the Voilactus may be available. Once these are booked, crew members may need to find accommodation ashore. Accommodation on the boat is $90 extra per day for the front, larger, cabin and $60/day for a rear double cabin. These are prices per cabin, and crew members may share a cabin without paying extra. Persons staying on board will be charged for the cabin usage for each night of your stay, including training and shore days. Those who need or choose to find lodging ashore, have a wide range of properties available for rent, from luxurious hotels or villas, to private houses or apartments. AirBnB.com, VRBO, and Booking.com are useful web sites. We'll assist in doing car or lodging bookings at no extra cost.
All costs of transportation to/from the dock, island tours, or special activities, meals and any other extras are the individual responsibility of each crew member.
Meals: We recommend that every crew member bring with them something for lunch (ideally a sandwich, fruit or something easy to grab while working hard). Dinners are the responsibility of each crew member. A wide choice of restaurants is available at every regatta site.
Requisites for Crewing: Fit for moving swiftly around the boat and operating the boat gear, which will require moderate strength and stamina. Note: you must be in general good health and fitness, as the boat will frequently be several hours away from any medical facility. Every crew member must sign a release of indemnity and agree in writing to strictly adhere to safety guidelines and instructions of the skipper.
All regattas are subject to weather conditions, and can be changed, cancelled or postponed at the organizing entity’s sole discretion, and no refund or replacement will be given. In the event of Force Mejeur events that oblige organizers to cancel regattas, no refunds can be given.
HOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT
Payment terms are 50% with booking, and the balance 30 days before the first sailing day.
TO BOOK YOUR PLACE, PLEASE CONTACT US AT THE ADDRESSES LISTED AT THE END,
WITH YOUR DESIRED DESTINATION
RACING CALENDAR FOR 2022
The above events are organized with a training program in mind. However, you might want to participate in one or more other races during this busy season. Voilactus is available for any of the races below, so don’t hesitate to propose a schedule and crew. You can be the skipper too, with verified experience.
Heineken Regatta - St. Maarten: March 3 to 6, 2022
BVI Spring Regatta: March 29 to April 4, 2022
Les Voiles de St. Barth: April 17 to 23, 2022
Antigua Sailing Week: May 1 to 6, 2022
Skipper for all races is Eduardo Lentz: He has been sailing since the 1960’s, and skippering boats throughout the Caribbean since 1990. He has led cruises to most islands from Cuba to Aruba. Eduardo has raced as skipper or tactician at most of the races, emphasizing comprehensive crew training. All skippers and coaches are experienced, professional, kind, and fun. Voices may be raised at times for communication, but always with a positive spirit.
To book your race or cruise, or just to request more information, please contact: