St. Vincent & The Grenadines

commonly abbreviated as SVG

Click on the image to see an 8-minute video
of the sailing life in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.


St. Vincent & The Grenadines

commonly abbreviated as SVG

map of the Windward IslandsIn the tucked-away country of St. Vincent & The Grenadines (SVG) you can wake up to trade winds wicking away any sweat or worldly tension.  It’s a magical place where it’s easier to live what Dan Millman  advises in the Way of the Warrior:  There is no problem, never was, and never will be…. Release your struggle, let go of your mind, throw away your concerns, and relax into the world. In fact, the most spoken words in this culture (heard every day) are “No Problem.”  They mean it and they live it.

Travel can be so much more than a stimulating adventure.  Here you may lose your mind and find your Self.  Perhaps it’s synchronous that the original name for St. Vincent is  Hairoun – meaning land of the blessed.  There is no need to be informed about the endless drama of global news, or fear missing the best Groupon deal.  Your biggest concern is puzzling over what day of the week it is.  Here you can learn that the world will continue to spin just fine without your vote.  Here insanity and sanity are turned upside down.

Like being on the moon looking at the “blue marble” called earth, here you are far enough away from “normal” external reality to gain a new perspective.  From a distance…there is harmony, and it echoes through the land.  Lie on a beach and listen to the wind and any confusion between urgent and important drops away.  Watch the sun drop below the horizon and gently move away from things that create separation and toward things that create oneness, such as nature and trade winds, and sweet smells of flora and delight with life.

When the first suggestion of an opportunity to teach sailing in St. Vincent and the Grenadines presented itself, I had to run and look up where it was located.  To save you the trouble, St. Vincent and the Grenadines are located in the southern Caribbean Sea and form a necklace of 32 islands bending to the southwest and reaching toward Granada, Trinidad and the coast of South America.  Most Vincentians are the descendants of African slaves brought to the island to work on plantations.  The British first named them the windward islands, and the name has stuck.

The islands have a rich cultural history of slavery, war with colonist powers, volcano eruptions and hurricanes – leading to a referendum for independence in 1979. St. Vincent is the largest and located at latitude 13 degrees north, or about 800 miles north of the equator.  It’s the headquarters for Barefoot Offshore Sailing School, extended the invitation to me to teach week long, live-aboard sailing courses during March and April.  Chris was pretty persuasive.  Come on down if isolated beaches, scuba diving, crystal clear, azure waters, palm fringed beaches and guaranteed winds for sailing appeals to you.

He could have added the rum punches and swapping out the Seattle winter drizzle for a constant 86 degrees F. and nothing but sun.  But he was nonetheless convincing, and I figure that if it scares me a little and excites me a lot then it is worth saying “Yes” to.  So without further thought I agreed and reorganized my life to show up there.

[sail on to Barefoot Charters & Offshore Sailing School]

[The Dollar Bus System]

[Flora of St. Vincent]

[People of St. Vincent]


2 Responses to St. Vincent & The Grenadines

  1. Hi Howard!
    I thoroughly enjoyed your wonderful depiction of this little slice of paradise, which called you to it! I feel like I just took a quick trip there…the next best thing to being there. :-) When are you going back?!

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