About the Vendia Vendia was built in 1943 in Denmark, as a sturdy fishing boat for the North Sea, constructed of 2.5' oak planks with sawn oak frames. For nearly 30 years, Vendia worked her trade, fishing for herring in the North Sea. She underwent major renovations in 1973. The ship was rebuilt as a ketch, with her fish holds converted into accommodation, and alterations were made to her wheelhouse. A new engine was installed, and sails were ordered. With mainsail, jib, mizzen and top sail Vendia now had over 2,300 sq. ft. of sail area and was ready to sail the world’s oceans.
Since 1982, Vendia has sailed the seas with young crew aboard, operating as a sea school for young people who needed a helping hand to change their start in life. Unfortunately, she was then replaced with another larger vessel and, sadly, fell into disrepair.
Vendia was purchased by her current owners in 2016, and was lovingly restored, with blood sweat & tears, over a year and a half. She was refastened with new planking, and a new engine and new hydraulic steering were installed. She was featured in the December 2018 issue of the British publication Classic Boat (“In Antigua, we catch up with a lovely, robust, colorful fishing ketch, Danish built in the 1940s, and made over as a very popular, unique yacht.”) She sails scheduled voyages, and is available for charter, as well.
Guest crew are encouraged to help with food preparation in the galley. Meals onboard provide a variety of high-quality wholesome fare with an emphasis on local produce, especially food from the sea. The crew always find top grade fish, lobster (when available) and locally produced meat and vegetables. This will include the signature seafood chowder, and for meat lovers there will always be a BBQ steak night. We also fish while sailing (but don’t hold your breath!!).
Vendia will be sailing from Grenada to Antigua in April to take part in the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. She will return to Grenada in May. Both voyages are 14 days and will allow you to experience all the southern Antilles have to offer. During the summer Vendia is offering voyages in the southern Grenadines and also around Trinidad. These 7-day trips can be booked singly or as a 16-day combination with time in the middle to explore beautiful Grenada, the spice island.
The Vendia at a Glance
Berths: 11 Crew: 3 Length:70 Ft Beam:15 Ft Draft:8 Ft
We are available Monday thru Friday 9am to 5pm (Eastern Time) to answer any questions you might have, to help you plan your vacation or to assist you in choosing the perfect voyage under sail.
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