See the Sea of Abaco
Sample Cruises SkyeLark Info FAQ's Getting to Abaco
Sail 'N' Breakfast
Breakfast, happy-hour, dinner, and sunset cruises now available.
Sail 'N' Breakfast
Enjoy the enticing Sea of Abaco
aboard the sailing vessel, SkyeLark.
Relax and experience these fantastic waters.
SAIL, SAIL, SAIL, SAIL.
Morning, afternoon, and all day sails
Evening and overnight sails
Multiple days and passages
throughout the Bahamas
and across the Gulf Stream
Contact information: Captain John Sporck, VHF 82
Telephone: (800) 774-5321/(242) 375-8246
P.O. Box 1920, Lenox, MA 01240-4920
P.O. Box AB-20949, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Sample a half day: Sense the natural high of propelling yourself through the water with nothing more than the forces of nature. (This is a very good option for land-lubbers who have never sailed, and want to "put the toe in the water" before embarking on a full adventure.)
Enjoy a full day: Chart a course around (circumnavigate) Great Guana and Scotland Cays, feel the power of the wind as you "Come About", feel the presence of Captains Kidd and Blackbeard as you glide through the turquoise waters of The Sea of Abaco and the dark blue waters of the Atlantic.
Romanticize under the stars: "The stars are never as bright, as when at sea night. And the stars in your eyes are as bright." This can be done as a dinner cruise, or after you have dinner ashore.
Explore the outer reaches of the Sea of Abaco, discover the charms of Green Turtle Cay or experience Little Harbour, then sleep that night "at sea". Return to your base the following morning, or extend the voyage for multiple days.
Follow the routes of Bahamas' sailing generations among the Outer Islands from Walkers Cay to the Turks and Caicos.
SkyeLark, a US registered vessel, is a Bristol 33.3. She has a generator and central air conditioning. She is licensed (#FCB-371) to operate in Bahamian waters. Captain John holds a US Coast Guard Masters license with sailing endorsement (#960425), and a Bahamian Boat Master's License (#7672).
SkyeLark will come to you, at your cottage or hotel. Within the Sea of Abaco there is no additional charge for SkyeLark to come to you. Contact us to determine the exact logistics.
You are encouraged to bring your personal sunscreen, hats, and long sleeve shirts. Foot wear is suggested (although the term "barefoot" is romantic, this a safety precaution).
A cassette player, CD player, and MP3 player are available for your personal music.
Maximum of 4 passengers.
Q. How much can we participate in the sailing?
A. Captain John's attitude is to cater to each guest's desires. You can do as much, or as little, of the sailing as you desire. Whether you want an intensive "learn-to-sail" experience, simply want to contemplate the universe, or some mix, you make the decision regarding your participation.
Q. What level of instruction is available?
A. Formal courses that will certify an individual for Bareboat Cruising are available.
Q. Can SkyeLark be described further?
A. SkyeLark is a Bristol 33.3 sloop rigged sailboat with a furling headsail and auxillary engine. She also carries a storm sail and trisail. She has a head, refrigeration, and galley. The berths include a double berth in the V-berth, a double and single berth in the main cabin, and a single quarter-berth. Electronics include (2) VHF radios, GPS, autopilot, radar, knot meter, wind machine, and depth sounder. Her parts and tools inventory are more than adequate for long off-shore passages. She has a dingy with motor for getting ashore to the numerous settlements/beaches throughout Abaco.
Creature comforts include a 4.2KW generator, central air-conditioning, and a music system that can play your favorite cassettes, CD's, and MP3 recordings. A cell phone is available for your communication. SkyeLark has access to multiple "hot spots" throughout Abaco for internet connections.
Q. Where can we go?
A. Although SkyeLark operates primarily in the Abaco region of The Bahamas, longer trips throughout the Bahamas and to/from Florida are possible.
Q. What are the rates?
A. All rates are for the vessel with from 1 - 4 guests. A half-day, evening, or dinner sail is $279, a full daytime sail is $499, and a single full day (24 hour) sail is $549. When multiple days are chartered the rate is $499 per 24 hours. Breakfast, happy-hour, and sunset sails are $199. These rates include Bahamian taxes.
Q. What is included?
A. Lunch is included with a full daytime sail. Lunch, breakfast, and dinner (aboard) are included with a full day (24 hour) sail. Breakfast is included with a breakfast sail. Dinner is included with a dinner sail. Any instruction you receive during your sailing adventure is included.
Q. Are credit cards accepted.
A. Yes, VISA, Master Card, and American Express are accepted for payment. Checks are accepted if they arrive at our US office 2 weeks prior to the scheduled charter date. A 50% deposit is requested at the time of reservation. The balance is requested 3 months prior to the scheduled start date of your charter.
Q. Why are advance reservations required?
A. As a condition of operating in Bahamian waters, SkyeLark and her master are licensed by The Commonwealth of The Bahamas. This is simply a governmental regulation for all non-Bahamian vessels.
Q. How can reservations be made?
A. Please call 1-800-774-5321 or 1-242-375-8246 to make your reservation.
Q. What is the cancellation policy?
A. Our reservations are guaranteed. We do not overbook. If a reservation is cancelled more than 3 months prior to the date the voyage is scheduled to commence, we will gladly refund your payments in full. Also, if you provide electronic notice (email) of cancellation within 3 months and we can reschedule the time, we will gladly refund all time that is rescheduled.
Q. Can we email Captain John?
A. Yes, the email address is: SeeTheSeaOfAbaco@aol.com.
Q. How can we get to SkyeLark for our charter?
A. If you are staying within The Sea of Abaco's region, SkyeLark will come to you. There is no additional charge for this service. Your origination and termination destinations can be different. If your sailing adventure starts or ends outside the region of The Sea of Abaco, additional transportation charges may apply, but you will certainly be advised of this in advance.
Q. Can we dive during our charter?
A. Storage restraints prevent SCUBA diving. Snorkeling can certainly be done. However, if you want a full snorkeling experience, it is better to do that with a dive shop.
Q. Is SkyeLark available for bareboat charters?
A. No. There are several companies that do provide bareboats in the Abaco region.
Getting to Abaco
First of all, SkyeLark does offer excursions between Florida and The Bahamas. This could be Abaco, or elsewhere. This adventure involves crossing the Gulf Stream and is not always "pleasant cruising". It can definitely be an "ADVENTURE EXPERIENCE".
If you want to fly to Abaco to experience what many consider the best sailing in the world, there are numerous options. American and Continental offer service from the US to Marsh Harbour (airport code MHH) and Treasure Cay (airport code TCB). This list changes from time to time. Optionally, you can fly to Fort Lauderdale (airport code FLL) on almost any carrier and then fly to Abaco. Surprisingly, this option is frequently less expensive than routing yourself all the way through on a single ticket. If you elect this option, consider getting to Fort Lauderdale, staying a night, and then flying to Abaco early the next day. This approach eliminates the pitfalls of delayed flights and missed connections. You'll arrive in Abaco without stress and anxiety, and rested.
SkyeLark will meet you in Marsh Harbour or at the Treasure Cay Marina depending upon which airport you fly into. If you want to meet SkyeLark at her normal berthing spot in Great Guana Cay, fly into Marsh Harbour, take a taxi to the Great Guana Ferry, and take Albury's ferry to Great Guana Cay.
A passport is required.
ASA Standards / Curriculum
Basic Keelboat (ASA 101)
General Description: Able to sail a boat of about 20 feet in length in light to moderate winds and sea conditions in familiar waters without supervision. A preparatory Standard with no auxiliary power or navigation skills required.
Basic Coastal Cruising (ASA 103)
Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing Certificate
General Description: Able to cruise safely in local and regional waters as both skipper and crew on an auxiliary powered sailboat of about 20 to 30 feet in length, in moderate winds and sea conditions.
Bareboat Chartering (ASA 104)
(Intermediate Coastal Cruising)
Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing and Basic Coastal Cruising Certification
General Description: An advanced cruising Standard for individuals with cruising experience. The individual can act as skipper or crew of a 30 - 50 foot boat sailing by day in coastal waters. The Standard includes knowledge of boat systems and maintenance procedures.
Coastal Navigation (ASA 105)
General Description: Able to demonstrate the navigational theory required to safely navigate a sailing vessel in coastal or inland waters. There is no Sailing Skills part to this Standard and practical application of this sailing knowledge is found in the Advanced Coastal Cruising Standard.
Advanced Coastal Cruising (ASA 106)
Prerequisites: Basic Keelboat Sailing, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Chartering and Coastal Navigation Certification
General Description: Able to safely act as skipper and crew of a sailing vessel about 30 to 50 feet in length. This is a day and nighttime Standard in coastal and inland water, in any weather.