For gay singles and couples, the real Caribbean became a bit more accessible today when Sail Chico hit the water. Gay men and women looking for a healthy, energetic vacation alternative can burn some calories, meet like-minded people and have a memorable adventure on an active sailing journey in the Caribbean and Bahamas Islands.
Based on the successful formula of Yacht Ibis Adventure Sailing for singles and couples, Sail Chico offers similar, fully participatory sailing vacations for gay singles and couples aboard its 50 foot sloop, Chico Chico. Sailing from various starting points in the Bahamas and the Caribbean, trips last between 7 and 10 days and are split into "men only" and "women only" vacations to accommodate both gay men and lesbians.
A far cry from the 'party-hard' atmosphere aboard a gay cruise liner, Sail Chico provides an intimate space from which to visit the real Caribbean, away from the tourist village environments manufactured for cruise ship guests. With a maximum of 6 guests at any time in spacious ensuite cabins, holidays aboard Chico are for those who want to have an active, healthy break exploring remote anchorages and deserted beaches.
"Whilst we're not a dating service, we recognise that singles and solo travellers want to be with like minded people if they're going to spend a week or so in a relatively small space" says business owner and manager Sam Bartlett. "We've managed to achieve something special for heterosexuals on board Yacht Ibis and with Sail Chico we're proud to be able to extend that experience to gay men and women."
In an area not renowned for its gay friendliness, Sail Chico (gaysailingholidays.com) provides a way to visit hidden corners of the Caribbean whilst also providing a base where gay guests can relax and be themselves away from the crowds. An online reservation system makes it easy to book a cabin, and prices have been set to attract single travellers as well as couples. All cabins are ensuite.
Yacht Ibis was founded in 2009 to provide single sailors with an alternative to group charter, and to bridge the learning gap between a formal sailing course and skippering a bareboat in unfamiliar waters. Sail Chico, like Yacht Ibis, provides adventure sailing holidays with the safety net of an experienced and qualified skipper on board, on a boat equipped for worldwide sailing.