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Join as sailing crew on Sangvind in Tonga, Fiji or Vanuatu in the South Pacific!



Remote Tongan island

DATES AND ITINERARY

NZ - Tonga, Ha'apais, Vava'u.
May - June 2018. TRIP FULL

Join us for the passage up from Bay of islands in New Zealand to the Kingdom of Tonga. This is about a week long sail up into the tropics. Then we will sail through the island chain past volcanoes, migrating whales, and tiny island communities. This will be another two weeks and the trip will end in Vava'u in the north of Tonga. Final dates to be confirmed, but we plan to be departing from NZ middle of May.

Fiji islands. Sailing and surfing.
4 - 25th September 2018. TRIP FULL
2 - 23rd October 2018. TRIP FULL

Surfing the legendary Cloudbreak and others surrounding the reef passes beside Tavarua and Namotu islands. World class waves, fantastic windsurfing and kitesurfing conditions nearby too on a perfect sandbar. Excellent snorkelling and abundant marine life. Also time to explore traditional Fijian villages, kava ceremonies and uninhabited islands. In addition the September trip includes being part of the Musket Cove Sailing Regatta - an awesome few days of fun sailing, races, parties, and feasts.

Fiji - Vanuatu - New Caledonia
October - November 2018. 4 spaces left

An offshore passage of around 5 days sailing to the magical tribal islands of Vanuatu. Volcanoes, custom villages, lush tropical jungle. And a few days sail to the French territory of New Caledonia - stunning white beaches, abundant marine life and epic surf along the great southern lagoon. Dates to be confirmed.

We have room for up to 4 crew at a time and are putting groups of people together now. Email us to be part of the crew on any of these trips fransandsylvia@hotmail.com


perfect Fiji waves

CREW PROFILE


Xochitl, sailed Mexico, 2015.

Firstly, you don't need to have any previous sailing experience to come on this trip. We will teach you everything you need to learn, and you can learn as little or as much as you like. To get the most out of the experience, we like to encourage people to take an active role in all aspects of the lifestyle - from sail handling, anchoring and navigating, to catching and preparing fish or cooking the evening meal. You do need to have a good level of fitness for daily aspects of boat life, such as climbing in and out of the dinghy and onto the boat.

The most important qualities that we are looking for in people are those who are adventurous, fun-loving, and above all, easy-going. When you step on the boat you are entering another reality; a completely different lifestyle full of challenges, possibilites and new experiences. You need to be able to adapt and have an open attitude towards new people and situations and to really enjoy life! And in return we hope to offer you a once in a lifetime experience!


Jimmy and Heather, sailed Mexico 2015.

LIFE ON BOARD


Exploring Baja, Mexico

Lifting anchor, hoisting the sails, watching dolphins and turtles swim past, exploring deserted islands, caves and waterfalls, meeting with village chiefs, playing guitar with the locals, making new friends, swimming, snorkelling, surfing, spearfishing, hiking, parties and barbeques on the beach, having the time to relax, to read, to paint, to let your imagination wander as the sun sets - this is all part of life aboard 'Sangvind' consists of.

Cruising life is a healthy, active and simple life. It can also be exhausting and frustrating at times - some days you'll find yourself battling fierce headwinds or violent squalls, or you'll be bobbing about waiting for wind - and the weather won't always allow you to go where you want. This is all part of the challenge of sailing, and adds to the adventure.

Your morning bath is a refreshing dive straight from your bunk into the warm tropical waters, full of stunning marine life. The food you eat is fresh from the local gardens; pineapples, papayas, bananas, tomatoes, peppers, yams, sweet potatoes, coconuts; or your own catch of the day, supplemented from the ships stores, rice, pasta, beans etc. We make homemade yoghurt each day, and bake bread or cakes a couple of times a week, and there is often opportunities to sample the local food on shore and sometimes to have barbeques on the beach.


Jayden enjoying the view

We find that having two young boys on board only adds to the adventure! Life is seen with fresh young eyes and anything and everything can become a game. They also seem to be great at making friends with the locals everywhere we go. With Dylan and Jayden on board, our days tend to start early, and can be noisy, but there is often a chance for an afternoon seista. It also means we have a ton of lego on board!

Sailing days are every few days - we like to hang out in a place awhile before moving on. After breakfast you've pulled up the anchor, hoisted the sails and set the course, with the smell of freshly-brewed coffee rising up the companionway. Once sailing, you relax into the groove of the sea; with a book on the forepeak, lounging in the sun playing guitar, or behind the wheel steering a course to the next island. Some sails are longer than others, and may involve night passages, taking watches as the moon rises. It is a magical feeling to be at the helm at night with only the stars for company.

Arriving after an exhilerating passage to a quiet, tropical anchorage is one of the most satisfying things in the world. The boat stops moving, the sails come down, the anchor rattles to the ground. A new shore to explore awaits. Some go to shore, some go for a snorkel or surf, or a swim or to fish, others simply relax. After a good days sailing, watching the sun go down over a tranquil lagoon, you'll sleep soundly ready to awaken for another day in paradise.

Frans windsurfing in Baja, Mexico from oceannomads on Vimeo.


THE BOAT

sailing full sail

'Sangvind' is a 48 foot, 1982 Bruce Farr designed sailboat. She is a fast and comfortable ocean cruiser, but she is an older yacht, a bit rough around the edges and with all the charm of a much loved and used sailboat.

She has room to sleep 8-10 people - there are 2 single bunks, 3 double berths (one of which has its own separate cabin), and an additional 2 singles in the saloon. She has an open plan design, so living space is fairly communal. 'Sangvind' is not a luxury yacht - there is no fridge or fresh water shower (we bathe in the warm ocean). There is a good sized galley (ships kitchen) with oven / grill / hobs; and a head (ships toilet). There are also 2 sofas, a large dining/games table, a roomy cockpit and plenty of deckspace, which is where we spend much of our time.


music and fires with friends, Fiji

You can contact us on: fransandsylvia@hotmail.com

When we are sailing we have infrequent email access so we may not get a chance to reply immediately, but we will do so as soon as we can!


We have a paddleboard you can use....


It also doubles up as a windsurfer (we have an adult rig and a kids rig)...


There is a 2 person kayak (or 1 adult and 2 kids!)....


Bring your own surfboards and kiting gear!