The Friendship Rose

The Friendship Rose
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Everyone living on Bequia knows the Friendship Rose, an eighty foot schooner weighing eighty tons with a six cylinder CAT engine. Every adult brought up on the island has a story to tell about her and so do many people on St Vincent. Three brothers built her by hand from local wood on Friendship Bay between 1963 and 1967. When she was finished, one of the brothers - Calvin Lewis was her captain. After she was launched, Friendship Rose was a mail boat for The Grenadines, a cargo boat and then a ferry, running people and goods between Bequia and St Vincent. She only stopped when steel Norwegian ferries were imported to service the nine mile crossing. Her fate was uncertain until she was renovated and restyled as a pleasure cruiser, running day trips for visitors around The Grenadines. Although she was sold to an Englishman, she is still sailed completely by hand and still skippered by the octogenarian Captain Lewis, the only one of the three brothers still alive.
 
 
 
 

Our Cruise Itinerary

8:00am
Join the Schooner, welcomed onboard by Captain and Crew
Coffee & breakfast served as you sail by Moonhole (sad to see this gem now boarded up) and the Western Isles Of Bequia
See Friendship Bay where this classic schooner was hand built
Enjoy the voyage past Isle de Quatre with excellent on board service 

 

 

10:00am
Arrive in Britannia Bay, Mustique
Enjoy champagne on arrival
Take a full island tour
Explore colourful boutiques and world famous bars (Basil's - own blog)
Relax on beautiful white sand beaches 

 

 
 
 

1:00pm
Lunch served on the shaded deck
Relax in a hammock under billowing sails
Have a relaxing afternoon swim from the boat
Snorkel the reef (not the best we have ever done, but saw a few bits and bobs)

 

 

2:30pm
Set sail for Bequia
Watch for dolphins and turtles from the bow sprit
Take afternoon tea and cake or enjoy the sundowners 

 

 

5:30pm
Arrive in Bequia
 
 
 
 
 
ALL IN ALL A FABULOUS DAY
                     A STUNNING DAY, LOVELY TO SAIL ON A CLASSIC SCHOONER