Her Story Unfolded in 13 Months…4500 Nautical Miles…5 Countries…And Now She Sails!
From California to Panama, St Vincent to Grenada, and finally to her new home, port of St Lucia, Vela is finally cruising!!
Vela’s shakedown cruise that took place in December saw Vela setting sail minus some paint and trim work, missing some accessories like towel rails and mirrors, and with a tired and frazzled crew. The recently installed AC units proved to be noisy and leaky in some cases, but definitely cold! Most of the shakedown guests took everything in stride, with patience and good humor. The crew is still working continuously to finish up loose ends, and the ship is looking better every day.
All that said, Vela is every bit the beautiful, sleek sailing ship that we knew she was when we saw her added to the Island Windjammers fleet. Today, sailing on a beautiful morning from St Vincent to Tobago Cays, she made 4-5 knots with engine off and sails up.
One look at Vela, and you’ll be taken back to a time when tall ships ruled the waves. Everything about Vela will light your imagination, and inspire a sense of wanderlust. Newly refitted, Vela’s snug cabins all feature portholes and private bathrooms. Her teak decks are spacious and inviting, with plenty of room to spread out.
Sail Vela with Outings & Adventures, and experience the kind of adventure that fulfills your pirate soul, in 21st century comfort!