"Long Distance"


Rick and Robin Gallup, owner/operators, offer:
A family oriented experience
Casual sails to quiet places
Great snorkeling at unspoiled coral reefs
Friendly hospitality
Island history
Local knowledge of the area
Sailing and snorkeling instruction


Experienced sailors may take the helm. Pay for six and rent the whole boat (with captain and crew) for romantic sails for two, special occasions, weddings, anniversaries, vow renewals and memorials or just because you don't want to sail with strangers!

Dolphins playing with  Sailboat  Long Distance

See occasional dolphin and look for humpback whales Jan. to April

Kiwi is our little ten-pound dog that is loved by everyone; When she is not sailing, Kiwi is riding on our motorcycles in Maine! Both Kiwi and S/V Long Distance were photographed for YM Magazine!

After sailing to a secluded cove or island with unspoiled coral reefs, Rick, your captain, prepares food and beverages; while Robin, a registered nurse, snorkels with the guests to point out the best features of each site. Back on the boat we have many resource books to identify what you have seen.


 


S/V Long Distance carries six passengers and everyone has a comfortable seat in the shade, or guests may sit in the sun on our spacious deck. We also have a private head and easy boarding ladder.



Whale by S/V Long Distance in Coral Bay


Memberships: U.S. Coast Guard License, V.I. Charter Yacht League, Friends of
the National Park, Coral Bay Yacht Club, Fully insured.

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S/V Long Distance charters are all about:
Sailing, not motoring
Quiet places, not crowds
Relaxing, not meeting a schedule
Snorkeling, not bar hopping

Therefore, we are no longer doing day sails to the BVI. With increased marketing, BVI destinations like The Baths and The Caves have become crowded with large tour boats and small cruise ships.
Clearing Customs in both countries (due to Homeland Security) can take up to two hours out of your day. In 2007, passports became required for the BVI. So take a ferry to Tortola, Virgin Gorda or Jost Van Dyke (very affordable), or a motor sail or power tour boat to the BVI and sail with us another day!

S/V Long Distance Destinations: Virgin Islands National Park, East End St. John, South Shore St. John, Pelican Rock, Flanagan Island, Newfound Bay, Tektite, Booby Rock and more. We also offer snorkeling in the pristine, clear, calm waters of Hurricane Hole which is now the Coral Reef National Monument. Our guests are thrilled to see the brilliant sponges and corals that only thrive in this special habitat and fish nursery near the mangroves.

S/V Long Distance Destinations: Virgin Islands National Park, East End St. John, South Shore St. John, Pelican Rock, Flanagan Island, Newfound Bay, Tektite, Booby Rock and more. We also offer snorkeling in the pristine, clear, calm waters of Hurricane Hole which is now the Coral Reef National Monument. Our guests are thrilled to see the brilliant sponges and corals that only thrive in this special habitat and fish nursery near the mangroves.

CASUAL SAILS TO QUIET PLACES:
Trips include guided snorkeling and educational information.
Choose from:
PER PERSON SNORKEL/SAILS with other guests (maximum 6) or
RENT THE WHOLE BOAT SNORKEL/SAILS for your private group (maximum 6).

1-MORNING SAIL/SNORKEL WITH CHEESE/CRACKERS, $75 per person.
One beautiful guided snorkel stop, 9:15am-12:30pm. Stunning views of East End, St. John and nearby British Islands. Includes cheese/crackers, soft drinks, beer, and rum punch. No passports needed.
RENT THE WHOLE BOAT $450.

2-AFTERNOON SAIL/SNORKEL WITH CHEESE/CRACKERS, $75 per person.
One beautiful guided snorkel stop, 1:15 pm-4:30pm. Stunning views of East End, St. John and nearby British Islands. Includes cheese/crackers, soft drinks, beer, and rum punch. No passports
RENT THE WHOLE BOAT $450.

3-FULL DAY SAIL/SNORKEL WITH PICNIC LUNCH, $120 per person.
Two beautiful guided snorkel stops, 9:15am to 4:30 pm. Stunning views of St. John and the nearby British Islands of Norman, Peter, Tortola, & Virgin Gorda. Includes turkey or veggie picnic lunch, soft drinks, beer and rum punch. No passports needed.
RENT THE WHOLE BOAT $720.

4-PRIVATE AFTERNOON SAIL/SNORKEL WITH PICNIC LUNCH, $570 for up to 6 guests.
One beautiful guided snorkel stop, 1:15 pm-4:30pm. Stunning views of East End, St. John and nearby British Islands. No passports needed.

GROUPS LARGER THAN SIX GUESTS:
Groups of 7 to 12 guests may rent the whole boat for the day, if some sail in the morning and some sail in the afternoon. However, our license/insurance is for only six passengers on the boat at one time.

RESERVATIONS:
Reservations on S/V Long Distance are made by E-Mail. Please book 4 weeks in advance for special dates or busy holiday weeks. If you sail with Rick and Robin at the beginning of your trip, we will inform you of best beaches, hiking, restaurants, shopping and music venues to enhance your stay!

We want to provide an unforgettable experience. Please let us know about birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, vow renewals and other special occasions.

PAYMENT:
Personal checks, travelers checks, or cash on the boat. No credit cards. An advanced deposit of 50% is requested upon reservation (refundable for weather) and may be mailed first class U.S. mail to:

Richard Gallup Boat Charter, LLC
PO Box 1130
St. John, VI 00831-1130

WHAT TO BRING:
Towel, your own snorkel gear for best fit (we have some gear on the
boat), sunblock SPF 30+, and sunglasses. We sell hats!
Crabby’s Watersports in Coral Bay rents snorkel gear by the day or week and
provides friendly service at www.crabbyswatersports.com.

For those who get motion sick by land or sea, we recommend Sea Bands
and generic Meclizine, an over the counter anti-nausea remedy (trade names New Less Drowsy Dramamine and Bonine for ages 12 to adult) and Pediatric Dramamine for children under 12. Eat a good breakfast and take it early as directed at least two hours before the sail. (You may also take it the night before as well.) Ginger helps but isn’t a cure all. Crabby’s Watersports does sell Bonine.

WHERE TO MEET:
All our sail trips leave from Coral Bay, St. John, the country side of the
island. Rick meets our guests at the concrete dock behind the yellow Coral
Bay fire station. Parking is at the Skinny Legs Complex near the dock.

THE WEATHER
The Virgin Islands have the world's best sailing weather. Our tradewinds are easterly. They tend to be north of east in the winter (15-20 knots) and south of east in the summer (10-15 knots).
Our normal sunny day here is 30 percent chance of rain which usually occurs during the late night and early morning hours. Our weather comes from Africa, east to west (opposite of the states). Weather forecasts mostly describe Puerto Rico (70 miles to the west), not St John. Puerto Rico has mountainous rain forests and Coral Bay, St John has cactus! (noticeably less rainfall).
Our boat is solar powered with five solar panels and our batteries are usually fully charged from the morning sun by 10 am. On the boat we apply our sunblock (50+) early and always wear a snorkel shirt!
In the winter, the north shore of St John is exposed to north swells from the Atlantic Ocean. So if the north shore beaches are rough (Hawksnest to Francis Bay), then come visit us in Coral Bay on the Caribbean Sea side of the island. Calmer and warmer Caribbean waters will then be found off the East End and south shore (Salt Pond Bay).

We hope this has answered some of your questions. Thank you for your
interest and we look forward to sailing with you!

Sincerely,
Rick and Robin Gallup and Kiwi



"Long Distance", a Pearson 40'
Coral Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Comments

We had a wonderful time snorkeling and feeling we've visited with old
friends even though it's the first time we've met. Thanks for your
hospitality and an incredible day.
Cecelia and Bill
Cheshire, CT

What a great experience...Saw lobster, baracuda, turtle, tarpin, spotted
drum, nurse shark, parrot fish, etc. Thanks so much.
Phyllis and Doug
St. John, USVI

To Rick and Robin
The sail was great
To all who inquire
Your boat's top rate
We leave your ship
With all good cheer
Reserve us a date
We'll be back next year.
Pat and Skip Good
San Antonio, TX

Another wonderful day of sailing and snorkeling. Flanagan Island and
Newfound Bay are our favorites. Thanks for being such great hosts, Rick and
Robin. Loved the bottle nosed dolphin you ordered!
Brooke, Pete and Dick
Lititz, PA

Thank you for a great sail, snorkel and conversation. Highlight of our trip!
Best day yet on the island! Thank you!
Steve, Pat, Katie and Galen
Ashland, MA


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