The Importance of Seeing the Sunset

Why do we humans love to watch the sunset. Walk Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman any given night and you will see people either sitting and watching the sunset or enjoying an evening walk whilst watching the sunset. Happy Hour at any beach or ocean facing bar or restaurant in Grand Cayman has everyone facing west. Sail Cayman gets frequent bookings for sunset sails or charters as you have seen on our Facebook posts our clients share their images with us. So we thought we’d do some research and we found these very profound quotes today and thought we must share as they are truly beautiful and profound, just like a Caribbean Sunset in the Cayman Islands.

“Sunsets inspire us because light radiating through the clouds offers us some kind of reprieve that all the troubles and all the difficulties of the day are laid to rest in the beauty shown in the sky. It’s in our psyche to desire beauty at the end of the day, so that we can rest assured tomorrow will be perhaps a better day. We sleep better following a pretty or meaningful sunset” – Sandpoint PR.

“When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.” 
― George R.R. Martin

“Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgundy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries.” 
― Jack KerouacOn the Road

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.” 
― Jo Walton

“A large drop of sun lingered on the horizon and then dripped over and was gone, and the sky was brilliant over the spot where it had gone, and a torn cloud, like a bloody rag, hung over the spot of its going. And dusk crept over the sky from the eastern horizon, and darkness crept over the land from the east.” 
― John SteinbeckThe Grapes of Wrath

“Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under!” 
― C. JoyBell C.

“In silence the three of them looked at the sunset and thought about God.” 
― Maud Hart LovelaceBetsy-Tacy and Tib

“The pale stars were sliding into their places. The whispering of the leaves was almost hushed. All about them it was still and shadowy and sweet. It was that wonderful moment when, for lack of a visible horizon, the not yet darkened world seems infinitely greater—a moment when anything can happen, anything be believed in.” 
― Olivia Howard DunbarThe Shell of Sense

“If I could lick the sunset, I’ll bet it would taste like Neapolitan ice cream. 
― Jarod KintzAt even one penny, this book would be overpriced. In fact, free is too expensive, because you’d still waste time by reading it.

“Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer the goal.” 
― Elbert Hubbard

“Once I saw a chimpanzee gaze at a particularly beautiful sunset for a full 15 minutes, watching the changing colors [and then] retire to the forest without picking a pawpaw for supper.” 
― Adriaan Kortlandt

“I don’t know how long we stay that way, but we watch the sun go down together. The giant, burnt-orange sphere sinks towards the horizon, coloring the rock layers until it’s gone and the canyon is covered in shadow.” 
― Jennifer Salvato DoktorskiHow My Summer Went Up in Flames

We here at Sail Cayman now hope you feel inspired to make every effort to see more sunsets!






We don’t want or need to be anywhere else but right here in paradise found

We found this post on Facebook today, maybe you’ve seen it as it’s been making its rounds through the wonderful world of social media, but it made us here at Sail Cayman think about how much we love and appreciate where we live and above all how we live. 


Living in the Caribbean is the dream of many and we are so fortunate to have made our dreams come true!

Neil Galway, owner and Captain at Sail Cayman moved to Grand Cayman from Ireland on a shoe string budget in his early twenties to work as a windsurfing instructor. Once in Cayman he knew he never wanted to leave again. He literally got caught up in sun, sea and sailing. Neil has also worked as a real estate agent but his first love, the sea and sailing kept calling and today Neil still shares his passion for sailing and his love for the water with his clients and guests. 

Orneil Galbraith, another Sail Cayman Captain was the fortunate one who was actually born in Cayman. Orneil suffered from bad travel bugs at a very early age and even though he has worked as far away as the Red Sea he always knew his home was right here in Cayman. Today Neil works with a constant smile on his face, he captures our awesome reef life and stingrays on camera, he takes part in lionfish culling competitions and he even spends his days off in the water with his adorable family!

Nicolas, originally from Nicaragua grew up on the water as he worked on his Dad’s shrimping boat from a very young age. But the idea of azure blue water and life in the Caribbean has always called Nicolas. He finally made his way to Cayman and today he’s another smiling addition to the Sail Cayman crew. 

So did reading this blog get you thinking about your life and what you do? Do you ever wonder about pursuing your dreams and caring about the way you live? If you ever did and if you ever wanted to live your dream, remember our three Sail Cayman crew members did, just imagine what you could do! 

The possibilities are truly infinite! 

When our clients share the great times they had with Sail Cayman

With 4 boats in total, 2 sail boats and 2 power boats, Sail Cayman plays host to a wonderful variety of clients. As a tour company in the Cayman Islands, not only do we love, but we also feel that it’s vitally important to show our passengers a great time.

Sail Cayman invites all our passengers to share the fun times on our Facebook and Twitter pages and of course to share their hopefully positive opinions on Trip Advisor. We just LOVE it when our clients get behind their cameras and post photos like the ones below that was taken by Davo Hidalgo on a recent charter. Thank you so much Davo, photos like yours truly capture the magic of Cayman, the beauty of our sail boats, the magic of Caribbean sunset and the clear blue waters that surround the Cayman Islands.


Splendour in the Wind in the North Sound after she dropped sails


Splendour in the Wind under full sail, Sail Cayman’s latest addition and now flagship, Splendour has a full A/C cabin and plenty of space on board


Arriving back to the yacht club channel together with a fabulous Cayman sunset.

Sail Cayman can’t wait to post the next pics, send them over with your comments and we will post, blog and share with all our past, present and future clients.

Paradise Found in the Cayman Islands

According to Tripadvisor’s 2014 Traveller’s Choice awards which were published this week, the Cayman Islands was voted as the 3rd best Island in the Caribbean to visit! WOW, we here at Sail Cayman are pretty stoked! Boasting our own 2013 Certificate of Excellence Award from TripAdvisor Sail Cayman would like to believe that we were an integral part of the Cayman Islands attaining this outstanding accolade.

Now let’s take a look at Paradise right here in Cayman and how Sail Cayman can help you realize our awesome paradise!

Our Captains, Orneil, Neil and Antonio have collectively shared some fabulous lifestyle images on our Facebook page this week. Neil Galway helped out with the TRIO International Kite Boarding Event, he used our beautiful and bright yellow RIB as a safety boat and then took the participants on an unforgettable snorkel charter to Stingray City with Splendour In The Wind and Lazy Daz.



Neil took TRIO participants to Stingray City on Splendour In The Wind and Lazy Daz

Orneil did what he loves to do best on his day off. He took his lovely wife and 2  adorable girls to Starfish Beach on The RIB. The 2 girls had a fabulous time meeting the Starfish!

Orneil's wife and two girls at Starfish Beach

Orneil’s wife and two girls at Starfish Beach

Orneils' two girls make friends with a starfish
Orneils’ two girls make friends with a starfish

Proud Dad Orneil

Proud Dad Orneil

Nicolas took these awesome pics of NautiGal and Splendour In The Wind as they were anchored side by side in the North Sound on a snorkel charter. The clear blue water, the sunny skies, and the stunning boats literally makes for a picture perfect moment that so many dream of.

splendournautigalSailing fleet

Huge thanks to all our wonderful clients and friends who have sailed and chartered with Sail Cayman, but above all thank you to all the visitors to Cayman who put our islands in 3rd place!

As the saying goes: “Y’all come back now you hear”

Want to get to your boat and snorkel charter destination faster? No problem!

Yes our company name is Sail Cayman and yes we have two beautifully kept and cared for yachts and yes the word sailing certainly invokes a dreamy vision of cruising clear blue waters with fresh ocean breezes in your hair.

But what if you like speed, what if you like to get where you are going fast? No problem, once again Sail Cayman steps up to the plate, this time with two power boats ideal for charters to Stingray City, Coral Gardens snorkeling, Starfish Beach, the Mini Sandbar, Rum Point or Kaibo. Lazy Daz offers shade, speed and space and the very yellow and very bright RIB offers speed, adventure and a lot of fun. Sail Cayman even offers reef fishing sessions on Lazy Daz where we provide tackle and bait.

Now we’ve reached your destination of choice super fast on Lazy Daz or the RIB, your Captain hand out complimentary masks and fins and before you enter our beautiful clear water remember to please not touch or kick the reef as we’d like it to be here and healthy when your grand children comes to visit and go on a charter with our grand children!

Now let’s take a look at what can you expect to see

ImagePurple Seafans, always grow perpendicular to the current and prefers quite shallow water where they get lots of sunlight. Please please please resist the temptation to take one home! We love our seafans and we think they add just the right amount of purple to our Caribbean Seas!

ImageA pair of butterfly fish, they mate for life and always cruise the reef as a couple searching for the next meal. Here Orneil captured them above a healthy head of star coral.

ImageSea Urchins, lovely to look at, in fact fascinating to look at but NOT to hold and also preferred on the reef and not a sushi roll please! Now if you ever end up with some urchin in your foot or hand, don’t panic, simply immerse the affected area in hot water, as hot s you can handle it. The heat will relieve the pain and speed up the process of the broken spines coming back out.

Image A Flounder and two butterfly fish cruise the sandy flats. Perfectly camouflaged the flounder is the underwater version of a chameleon.

Image Nice shot Orneil! Pink tipped anemone…we challenge you to say that fast 10 times over! Look closely inside these anemones for the golden crowned blenny, a tiny little fish with a gorgeous crown of gold on it’s head and a symbiotic relationship with their host anemones.

We hope you enjoyed our Sail Cayman underwater trip! And as they say here in Cayman; “More soon come!”

Snorkeling in Grand Cayman opens up a whole new world

We were trying to decide what the next topic of our Sail Cayman Blog would be and lo and behold we received an email from Orneil Galbraith, one of our Sail Cayman Captains from a wonderful snorkeling charter he had with some of our Sail Cayman guests this week. And just like that we had the perfect topic to blog about because snorkeling in Cayman is inevitably and always a great time.

Orneil happens to be an excellent free diver and snorkeler so let’s take a look at his photos and tell you some more about these really cool ocean creatures;

ImageSpotted Drums as you can sea are very unique looking fish. The Juveniles are born with pea sized bodies, and long flag-like tails. As they mature the tail fins become smaller and the stripes become more noticeable.  Quite rare and very hard to spot as they like to hid under coral heads.

ImageStaghorn Coral, one of the fastest growing corals at approx 2 inches a year, but sadly also the most delicate. So please be careful with your fins when approaching this species!

ImageA beautiful juvenile Green Sea Turtle.

ImageStunning Caribbean Reef Squid. They change colours continuously, truly brilliant little creatures that have their own jet propulsion that allows them to swim forwards and backwards and shoot out of harm’s way super fast.

ImageA male Stoplight Parrot fish. It may be one of the most common sighting on Cayman’s reefs, but is still one of the most beautiful!


Back at the boat Orneil was greeted by a Remore, also knows as a suckerfish as they have ‘sucker pads’ on their heads. Commonly seen on sharks and rays, these fish hang on for any morsel of food and a fast ride.

ImageA grey angel fish cruising the reef. They love approaching snorkelers and are super inquisitive especially if you have a morsel of food to share.

ImageWe love seeing big fish like this Dog Snapper on our reefs. Slow cruisers, they make for great photos.

ImageStingrays! We love them as we mentioned in our previous post. This one was cruising the reef just next to Stingray City.

ImageHere’s a rare little Yellow Spotted Ray cruising the sandy flats. You can also find them hiding out under coral heads on the deeper reefs.

ImageWell done on this pic Orneil! An Caribbean Reef Octopus in broad daylight. Truly magnificent creatures and one of the most intelligent in the ocean.

ImageUntil next week and our next blog we will leave you with this parting shot of a Green Moray Eel.

We hope you enjoyed our blog this week on our Snorkeling Charter in Cayman and we hope that, when you do make it down to Grand Cayman we can show you our awesome underwater world!