If you are searching for the best sailing vacations, kiteboarding vacations or windsurfing vacations in the Caribbean then you have come to the right place.
Nonsuch Bay resort located in the beautiful Island of Antigua is a popular Caribbean destination for vacationers who love sailing, kitesurfing, windsurfing and all forms of active watersports. Whether you are an expert sailor or surfer, just a hobbyist or an amateur seeking to learn and gain more experience, Nonsuch Bay has the equipment, people and environment that will meet your every need.
Conditions at the Resort are ideal for small boat sailing and kitesurfing. The bay, a two square mile area of enclosed water, is protected from the open sea by a barrier reef and is graced by consistently gentle trade winds year-round. Our first class facilities and equipment include an extensive fleet of sailing dinghies, catamarans and keelboats, a boat dock, kayaks and safety boats. Our sailing school offers instruction for all ages and abilities and runs a sailing and activity program for children. 40 knots kitesurfing and windsurfing school operates from Nonsuch Bay Resort and offers kite boarding, stand up paddle board and windsurfing instruction and equipment rental. 40knots also supports kite surfing for independent riders with lifts across the bay to the designated launch beach on Green Island and the perfect kitesurfing conditions just inside the barrier reef.
Just a short boat ride from the Resort are a collection of coral reefs and uninhabited islands offering snorkeling in crystal clear waters and a number of pristine white sand beaches.
As an all-inclusive guest staying at Nonsuch Bay Resort you are entitled to complimentary use of all sailboats, kayaks and snorkeling gear, free group sailing instructions and scheduled snorkeling excursions to nearby islands. Tuition, equipment and support for kitesurfing, kiteboarding and windsurfing are offered by 40knots Kitesurfing and Windsurfing School which operates from the Resort beach. These services and facilities are at an additional cost. See 40 Knots Website for rates.
The sailing school at Nonsuch Bay Resort caters for the full range of ability from experienced sailors seeking a hassle free “turn-up and go” service, through to beginners looking for professional instruction. Our fleet ranges from junior and adult single-handler sailboats through to 24ft RS Elite keelboats and performance catamarans. A summary of the vessels available is as follows:
RS ELite Performance Keelboats - beautifully responsive, fast and great looking 24ft keelboat for 3 or 4 adults, equipped with separate sets of cruising and racing sails and traditional symmetrical spinnakers.
RS Aero Performance Single-handers - a new and exciting single-hander performance sailboat. With a hull weight of just 30kg and a powerful rig it offers the experienced dinghy sailor electrifying and entertaining sailing from a package that is remarkably controllable.
RS Vision Recreational Sailboat - a roomy and versatile 15ft dinghy with plenty of space for three adults or an adult and up to four children. They are fitted with an asymmetrical spinnaker and a crew trapeze.
RS Quba Recreational Sailboat -a new and versatile 12 footer which can be sailed either single or double handed. Equipped with both roller reefing sport and fully battened pro main mainsails and optional jib.
RS Tera Youth Recreational Sailboat - a modern 10ft sailboat that's perfect for introducing youngsters to sailing. They offer beginners stability and light controls and a roller reefing mainsail that can be set to suit age and ability.
Sailing tuition is adapted to suit the interests and experience of guests and is offered in groups. Beginners and those new to dinghy sailing can start with instruction on the shore-based simulator and sailing accompanied by an instructor in an RS Vision or an Elite. They can then progress on to tuition in an RS Quba single hander. Those with some experience can take advantage of refreshers sessions on techniques or an introduction to the different types of boats. We also hold clinics for those wanting to learn or improve more advanced skills such as handling asymmetric spinnakers, trapeze work and racing strategies.
In addition to group tuition sessions, private tuition can also be arranged and is generally available in the afternoons.
Kitesurfing & Windsurfing Vacations
Tuition, equipment and support for kitesurfing, kiteboarding, stand up paddle boarding and windsurfing are offered by 40knots Kitesurfing and Windsurfing School.
IKO (International Kiteboarding Organization) certified instructors, up-to-date equipment, instructors using inflatable boats, the latest teaching methods and perfect conditions guaranty quality of the highest standards and the ideal environment for surfers of all abilities.
Because the kitesurfing area of two square miles is inside the bay, on the windward side of the Island and behind a barrier reef with a launching point from a sandy beach at the mouth of the bay, kitesurfers are able to maximize the time spent on the water. The instructors provide constant support and guidance from inflatable boats and all this is accessed directly from the Nonsuch Bay Resort waterfront. There is no need for road transfers to the sailing area, long and exhausting walks on the beach, temperamental radio helmets or instructors shouting from miles away. The surfing school is based directly in the Resort and 40knots instructors will always be close to you on the water.
Among the types of instruction offered are test lessons; beginner, get-going and get-good courses; and private and special kids lessons. 40knots also facilitates kitesurfing for independent riders with equipment rental, lifts out to the launch site on Green Island and rescue boat assistance.
Please refer to the 40knots website for more detailed information on rates and courses.