BAREFOOT OFFSHORE SAILING SCHOOL St Vincent’s premier only sailing school and most active in the Eastern Caribbean, is owned and operated by the Barnard family who have been sailing the waters of the Grenadines for 3 generations. This background gives us the distinct and unusual advantage of insight and local knowledge that most charter companies, no matter how experienced, simply cannot offer.
Barefoot Offshore Sailing School is not a large organization. We don’t have a hundred yachts in our fleet (we’ve actually limited our bareboat fleet size to 25 yachts), we don’t have 60-page glossy brochures and you won’t see our full-page colour advertisements in all the yachting magazines. The fact is that most of our guests hear about us by word of mouth, or are repeat customers who have already sailed with us or are people who have been recommended to us by others.
We insist on a highly personalised service – and many of our guests are surprised to discover that such a “small” charter outfit offers facilities normally associated with so-called “premium companies” – including a waterfront restaurant and bar, small boutique hotel, water-sports equipment centre, full-service sail loft and canvas shop, engineering workshop, boutique, provisioning service, taxi service and free Wi-Fi throughout our property.
Our full-service charter base, just a 20-minute drive from St Vincent’s Argyle International Airport, is at Blue Lagoon, the best protected harbour on St Vincent’s south coast. Bequia, northernmost of the Grenadines, is just 5 miles over the water and the islands of Battowia, Baliceaux and Mustique are visible from the surrounding hills.