Antares – 1948 Schooner
I recently had the pleasure of hosting a number of my classmates in the MBA program at the Terry College of Business of the University of Georgia in Tamarindo. We hope to have them back soon.
This was a great excuse to take advantage of all the great activities that our area of Guanacaste, Costa Rica has to offer and an afternoon on the water with Antares is certainly one of those activities.
Sailing trips have always been a highlight of the area for a number of reasons:
1. Physical requirements are minimal compared to surfing or canopy tours, which can be more strenuous.
2. We have some of the best sunsets in the world!
3. Nothing beats an afternoon on the water with an open bar and plenty of food.
Antares Under Sail
The team from Antares is new to the area, having brought their 1948 steel hull schooner into Tamarindo Bay in 2012. The ship has a long history. Prior its current task of showings visitors the seas around Tamarindo during day sails or overnight surf trips to places like Witch’s Rock, it was used for a time as a treasure hunting boat.
We set out to meet owner, Candy Lagesen, at LeBeachClub in the center of town. She assisted us with boarding a panga to head out to the Antares, moored in Tamarindo Bay.
At the ship, we met the rest of the crew including Captain Hermes Quijada. He is also a doctor who practices in Santa Cruz, so we felt extra safe.
We got comfy on some of the many bean bags while the crew prepared cleared the moorings and got us headed North towards Cabo Velas. The ships deck is huge so we had plenty of room to spread out. The crew immediately started serving cocktails including local beers and rum punch.
The views from the ship of Tamarindo, Langosta, Isla Capitan, Playa Grande, Playa Ventanas, and Playa Carbon are incredible. The ship often heads to Playa Huevo, on the north side of Cabo Velas but we headed for Playa Carbon, which was sheltered from the powerful winds that day.
Antares Snorkeling Dingy
We set anchor and the crew readied the dingy to drop us on the beach with full snorkel gear. The 1st mate ferried us over and we checked out some rock formations and various tropical fish along Playa Carbon. This beach is basically deserted. The only people there were from the ships.
Heading back to the ship, it was time for a full meal. While we were on shore the crew had been grilling. The menu was:
UGA MBA Relaxing
- Chicken kebabs prepared with garlic, olive oil, lemon and parsley marinade.with red onions and green peppers.
- Vegetable kebabs with cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, eggplant, zucchini and carrots.
- A salad with lettuce, white cabbage, red cabbage, carrot, green pepper, and cherry tomato.
- Garlic bread and regular bread.
- Chips and Crackers
- Pico de Gallo
- Fruit kebabs with watermelon, strawberry and honeydew melon.
We ate at the table under the aft deck canopy. Delicious!
While we were eating the crew had put us underway and set the sails. The sun was dipping towards the Pacific Ocean and the views were incredible. We got some great sunset photos as we headed back to the moorings in Tamarindo.
What a great way to spend the afternoon.
Trips with Antares are $80/person and include open bar, snacks, food, and snorkel gear. The boat is often fully booked days in advance, so please contact Cameron prior to your arrival with the number of sailors in your group: firstname.lastname@example.org