Cruises

Our members organize and host one or two week long sailing adventure cruises around the world!


2020 Club Cruise – Tahiti/Bora Bora

I have set up a CRSA sailing cruise to Tahiti Bora Bora. The dates will be the 10th thru the 17th of June 2020. The sailing will include the Islands of Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora Bora and possibly Huahine Nui. I have reserved one 44-foot 4 cabin, 4 head catamaran thru Sun Sail. As of today, there are three catamarans and two 44-foot mono hulls available during this time period. The mono hulls are four cabin two head. The cost per person, based on 4 cabins and two persons per cabin is $1,240.00 on the first catamaran. This cost does not include airfare or food but does include all boat expenses including deposits. After the first boat is full and there are enough persons to fill a second boat, they may choose a catamaran or the less expensive mono hull. The price will vary based on the chosen boat.

Go to the Sun Sail web site and look at the information for Tahiti. World class snorkeling, sailing, sightseeing and natural beauty can be found in this tropical paradise. June is the most pleasant month to visit French Polynesia. Rainfall is the least amount for the whole year. Water temperature should be in the low 80’s and air temperature 72 to 84. Daily winds blow a steady 13 knots.

Our travel guide says you should fly to Los Angeles and transfer to Tahiti Nui airlines there for the remainder of the flight. They also say it is least expensive to buy tickets direct from Tahiti Nui. Flights can be as inexpensive as $1,500.00. There are flights that arrive on both Tuesday June 9 and Wednesday June 10 at 5:00am and then you take a shuttle to Raiatea arriving there at 8:00am. We will be able to board the boats around noon on June 10.

The availability of boats changes every day. If you are interested, you should act soon. ASA 104 is not a requirement in Tahiti, but we will need an experienced captain on each boat. Each person must be a member of CRSA and can reserve a spot on the trip by sending me a deposit check in the amount of $500.00 MADE OUT TO CRSA. First come first served. If we cannot secure a boat or there are not
enough persons to fill the boat this amount will be refunded. Final payment for the cruise will be due March 1st, 2020.

You can contact me via email at merritt.wade@live.com or phone (859) 619-4490. Please call after 5:00pm on weekdays.  Thanks, Merritt Wade


 

SAIL THE GREEK ISLANDS

May 19-26, 2019

Cave Run Sailing Association is offering another exciting adventure cruise for 2019.  We will join a Sunsail flotilla beginning and ending at Sunsail’s Greek base at Lefkas Town on the island of Lefkas on the west coast of Greece.  This seven-day cruise will visit six ports of call on  Greek islands with a mixture of overnights at marinas and at anchor.

The cruise is appropriate for inexperienced and experienced sailors.  All crew members will have the opportunity to sail the boat including steering, navigating, sail handling and dock line handling. Experienced sailors will guide new sailors.  You may sail the boat as much or little as you wish or not at all.

This is a bare boat flotilla.  Bare boat means there is no paid crew and CRSA members will sail and dock the boat and do all the cooking.  A flotilla is a group of 6-10 boats with a lead boat manned by a Sunsail crew consisting of a Captain, Social Director and Engineer.

Sunsail provides guaranteed dock space at marinas, a variety of social events for the flotilla, and parts and repairs to the boats as needed.  The lead Captain holds a daily weather and navigation briefing for the boat skippers. The flotilla has an itinerary for the week, but the boats are free to sail as they wish port to port. We will have one free day to explore on our own.

For more information see Sunsail’s web site at https://www.sunsail.com/flotilla-sailing/greece-lefkas-flotilla. We are doing the Lefkas one-week flotilla.

We have reserved a 47’ monohull single mast boat with 4 double cabins, each with private head and electric toilet. The boat has a bow thruster, Lazy Jack sail storage, shore power AC and a large salon and galley.  This boat will be limited to 8 crew members.  If more than 8 apply for the trip, we will start a wait list and add additional boats.

Breakfast and lunch are usually on the boat and dinner is at shore restaurants where available.  Some nights will be at anchor at remote sites where dinner will be aboard. The crew will contribute to a food fund for meals aboard.  Each person will purchase the beverages they prefer. We will provision the boat the first night at Lefkas.

 


CRSA 2018 CRUISE II:  VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA AND SAN JUAN ISLANDS FLOTILLA

June 30-July 6, 2018

CRSA will be doing a second cruise this year with Merritt Wade as Cruise Captain joining an American Sailing Association (ASA) flotilla cruising off the west coast of Washington and Canada.  The flotilla will consist of 6-12 boats charted from San Juan Sailing and leaving from Bellingham, Washington. There will be several group dinners as well as plenty of time to explore on your own.

Departing from Bellingham, we sail to Reid Harbor on Stewart Island for a cedar planked barbeque. The next day sailing to Victoria on Vancouver Island for 2 nights. Anchored in the harbor of downtown Victoria, enjoy festivals and music in this majestic place. On Tuesday we sail to Roche Harbor on San Juan Island for 2 nights where we will enjoy their 4th of July festivities, including a potluck dinner and the front row seats to the fireworks. On Thursday we sail to Rosario Resort and Spa for a relaxing day. On Friday we return to Bellingham. Total sailing, 107 nautical miles. The area is known for stunning scenery and wild life while Victoria is famous for European charm. With luck we will see the resident pod of Orcas. A current passport is required as we will go through Canadian and US Customs.

We will be challenged as sailors with tidal currents, fog and shipping lanes.  This cruise is suitable for experienced and new sailors. CRSA Commodore Valerie Askren and husband Ben have sailed here several times chartering from San Juan Sailing and recommend both.  Last year CRSA chartered two boats for a cruise to the same location which everyone enjoyed immensely.

One boat is reserved for seven people, three are already committed.  More information on the flotilla and the boats is available at  http://sanjuansailing.com/charters/flotilla-opportunities.html#05 .

COST and Schedule:  The estimated cost of the cruise is $827 per person, based on two per cabin and seven per boat.  If we do not fill the boat, the cost will increase.  Captains have first cabin pick followed by crew in order of receipt of the deposit check.  To reserve a cabin, a deposit of $400 per person is required and Due  March 15th.  Final Payment due April 25thDeposits and final payments can be refunded after the deadlines if a substitute crew member can be found.

Sleep aboard at Bellingham- Friday, June 29.  Set Sail- June 30.  Return to Bellingham- July 6

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:  Travel to Bellingham, food and drinks.

TO RESERVE A BERTH

Mail a check for $400 per person made out to CRSA and a completed Cruise Application (available on the CRSA web site) to: Merritt Wade, 2080 Fallon Rd. Lexington KY 40504.  For more information, contact Merritt Wade @ merritt.wade@live.com or (859) 619-4490

Application to Cruise

Please print and complete the cruise application here. Once complete, submit the application to the cruise leader, Merritt Wade.

Deposit Due by March 15th