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Join as crew in the South Pacific and sail in French Polynesia, Fiji or New Caledonia on Sangvind!



Sangvind at sunset in Polynesia

DATES AND ITINERARY

We will be staying in French Polynesia until April 2017, and then we will start sailing west through the South Pacific, stopping at Suvarrow in the Cook Islands, Niue, the Vava'u group in Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia, before down to New Zealand at the end of the year.

Dates we are taking crew are as follows; these dates are currently flexible but once the first crew sign up dates become fixed :

March 10th – March 31st - French Polynesia. TRIP FULL

We'll be cruising these lush tropical islands in the heart of Polynesia. Starting in Huahine and surfing world-class waves with zero crowds then sailing on to Tahaa and Raiatea, exploring reefs, islands and surf within this amazing lagoon.

Surfing Tahiti
Surfing in Polynesia

Sailing Huahine
Sangvind sailing in Huahine

July 24th - August 14th - Fiji islands. 2 SPACES LEFT

Join the yacht in Viti Levu and we'll sail up the coast stopping at palm fringed islands and glorious Fijian surf breaks along the way – Yanuca, Nuamotu, Tavarua and the Mamanucas. Blue seas, blue skies, white sand beaches, and trade wind sailing in paradise! Fiji is our personal all time favourite place.

Tavarua
Tavarua, Fiji

November 1st - 21st - New Caledonia

The pristine lagoon offers world class empty surf and great wave-sailing and kite-boarding conditions. Almost no habitation make this area a huge unspoiled reef and island wilderness, only accessible by private yacht. It really doesn't get any better than this! Abundant marine life and pristine reefs in protected marine reserves and bird-colonies and sea snakes on deserted motus. Join us in Noumea as we sail north exploring the large lagoon and islands, up to Ouano.


Kiting off a deserted motu in New Caledonia's large lagoon

CREW PROFILE


Xochitl, sailed Mexico, 2015.


Jimmy and Heather, 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!


Sea of Cortez crew, 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.


Dylan and Jayden

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 freezer or fresh water shower (we bathe in the warm ocean). We do have a small fridge to keep beers cold though! 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.


cooling down in a seacave, Mexico

We have a lot of fun toys on board to use - dinghy, kayak, fishing equipment, bodyboard, wakeboard, small training kite, windsurfer, stand-up-paddleboard, sailing dinghy, speargun, guitars, keyboard, harmonicas, etc.. Bring your own instruments too if you play, the more musicians the better, and bring surfboards, kite equipment, games etc... 'Sangvind' also has a good selection of books - sailing stories and theory, novels and non-fiction - and a bunch of board games and DVD's. Bring your i-Pods too, we have cables to connect to our stereo.

You can contact us on: fransandsylvia@hotmail.com

When we are sailing we only have very 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!)....


And a sailing dinghy too....


Bring your own surfboards and kiting gear!