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By admin on 2/15/2014 4:48 PM
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr led a star-studded rendition of Beatles' classics earlier this month in Los Angeles as they commemorated 50 years since the record-breaking British band first appeared on U.S. television.

In a rare joint appearance singing Beatles numbers, McCartney and Starr...
By admin on 12/13/2013 8:15 AM

World's largest 'ship' bigger than Empire State Building launches

By admin on 8/27/2013 9:36 AM
The Farmers' Almanac is using words like "piercing cold," "bitterly cold" and "biting cold" to describe the upcoming winter. And if its predictions are right, the first outdoor Super Bowl in years will be a messy "Storm Bowl."
"We're using a very strong four-letter word to describe this winter, which is C-O-L-D. It's going to be very cold," said Sandi Duncan, managing editor.
By admin on 8/6/2013 3:59 PM
America's Cup: NBC ramps up America’s Cup coverage in United States

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By admin on 8/6/2013 2:52 PM
Yachts Are Available For Christmas Week
New Year's Week Is Sold Out
  
 
 
If you haven't made plans for a Christmas week holiday yet there are still a few quality yachts available and most are in the BVIs. There are literally no yachts available for the New Year's week that I can recommend in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean and Pacific Northwest are is a bit rough that time of year.  For future charters it's best to book yachts at least 9-10 months in advance to have a good  selection to choose from. Below is a sampling of the yachts currently available for the Christmas week. You can view the yachts' brochures by clicking the gold links

PS Grandchild  # 3 is due in March and Daughter Candice is still not ready to settle down and is currently on holiday in Europe and I'm still working at least 12/6.5.

Motor Yachts

Yacht FREEDOM
$64,500 Per Week 8 Guests All Inclusive  
Caribbean - Based in St Croix USVI - Christmas
  Online Brochure :
Yacht Freedom Type: Power
Length: 120ft
Beam: 24ft 0in
Crew: Captain George Custer + 4 crew.
Chef: Joseph Stiels
Description:
FREEDOM can accommodate 8 guests in 4 cabins.
The Master cabin has a king size bed, shower and toilet.
2 Guest cabins have a queen size bed, shower and toilet.
A Guest cabin has a twin bed, a pullman, shower and toilet.
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Yacht Nirvavna 

$23,100 Per Week 8 Guests Christmas All Inclusive 

Caribbean - Based in Saint Maarten, West Indies - Winter

 Online Brochure 
Nirvana

Type: Power
Length: 47ft
Beam: 25ft 0in
  Crew: Captain Pierre Altier + 1 crew.
Chef: Alexandra Seurt
Description:
NIRVANA can accommodate 8 guests in 4 cabins.
The Master cabin has a double bed, shower and toilet.
3 Guest cabins have a double bed, shower and toilet. 

  

Catamaran Sailing Yachts  
 
Orion
Caribbean $63,250 Per  Week 8 Guests All Inclusive  - Christmas   
Orion Type: Sail
Length: 90ft
Beam: 0ft 0in
Crew: Captain Scott Fratcher + 3 crew.
Chef: Allison Thompson
ORION accommodates 8 guests (plus one small child) in 4 cabins. The Master cabin has a king size bed, shower and toilet. The VIP cabin has a king size bed that converts to twin lower singles.
The family apartment has 2 connecting cabins: one with a king size bed, shower and toilet.  The second cabin has two double beds and a smaller child's bed.

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Yacht Barbuda Belle

Caribbean $40,700 Per  Week 10 Guests All Inclusive  - Christmas  
Barbuda Belle Type: Sail
Length: 62ft
Beam: 33ft 0in
 Crew: Captain Xavier Triguer + 2 crew.
Chef: Franck Lemaitre
Crew Cabin(s) Location: Amidship
Description:
BARBUDA BELLE can accommodate 10 guests in 5 cabins.
The Master cabin has a queen size bed, shower and toilet.
4 Guest cabins have a queen size bed, shower and toilet.
BARBUDA BELLE  is fully air conditioned .  _______________________________________________________

 Yacht A2

 Caribbean $28,000 Per  Week 6 Guests All Inclusive  - Christmas

Online Brochure 

Type: Sail
Length: 56ft
Beam: 31ft 0in
 Crew: Captain Leon Heyns + 1 crew.
Chef: Michelle Heyns
Crew Cabin(s) Location: Forward
Description:
A2 can accommodate 8 guests in 4 cabins.
3 spacious queen ensuite guest cabins plus 1 cabin with bunk beds, all with fans and individual air conditioning. 

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Yacht Nana
Caribbean - Based in Tortola
$19,800 Per Week 6 guests/Christmas All Inclusive
Online Brochure
Yacht NanaType: Sail
Length: 51ft
Beam: 27ft 11in
Crew: Captain Marc Figueras + 1 crew.
Chef: Nadin Grabow
NANA can accommodate 6 GUESTS IN 3 CABINS.
The Master cabin has a queen bed, sofa, shower and toilet.
2 other guest cabins have a queen bed, shower and toilet.
NANA is fully air conditioned.

Mono Hull Sailing Yachts

 

Yacht Scorpio

Caribbean - Based in Grenadines, West Indies - Christmas 

 $ 7,040 Per  Week 3 Guestss (ex fine-wine / bar / +A/C: $30/nt)
Type: Sail
Length: 52ft
Beam: 16ft 0in
 Crew: Captain Richard Hough + 1 crew.
Chef: Jan Hough
Crew Cabin(s) Location: Forward
Description:
SCORPIO can accommodate 3 guests in 2 cabins.
The Master cabin has a double bed, bath/tub, shower and toilet.
A Guest cabin has a single bed.

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 Yacht Takapuna
Caribbean - Based in Marigot, French St. Martin - Christmas 
$62,000 Per Week 8 Guest  All Inclusive, USVI & BVI only 
Type: Sail
Length: 112ft
Beam: 28ft 0in
 Crew: Captain Marco Heitz + 4 crew.
Chef: Robyn Pitts
Crew Cabin(s) Location: Below Forward
Description:
TAKAPUNA can accommodate 8 guests in 4 cabins.
The Master cabin has a queen size bed, separate his and hers showers and toilets.
3 Guest cabins have a queen size bed, private ensuite shower and toilet.
TAKAPUNA is fully air conditioned

By admin on 4/23/2013 2:46 PM

WORLD’L LONGEST SUPERYACHT
THE AZZAM LAUNCHES IN GERMANY


By admin on 12/14/2012 8:30 AM

 
                                Has just been made available for charter as of Jan. 25th 20
Poor Jimmy.  He's so busy these days with  his many musical and entrepreneurial endeavors that he doesn't
have as much time as he'd like to enjoy all his toys.

Mega yachts and crew cost a ton of cash to maintain and chartering has long been the way of deferring
some of the cost while keeping the crews, that don't enjoy sitting on a dock, alert and happy.

I remember Jimmy telling me 35 years ago that he'd never succumb to the concert tour gig. Ha! 
He did thirty plus different concert destinations in 2011 and looks to surpass that this year.

 

 

                   M/Y CONTINENTAL DRIFTER III

Measuring 124 Feet in length  CONTINENTAL DRIFTER III Accommodates
up to 9 guests in five guest cabins and has a crew of six.

                                                     Introductory Price 

US$65,000 Per Week/ For up to nine guests  + Expenses   

 

This a bargain prices for a yacht of her size and accommodations.
Based St. Marteen/St. Barths  and  available throughout the Caribbean

By admin on 10/16/2012 12:25 PM

On the 58' yacht Sabore (Portuguese for indulgence) you can sail in luxury and in style. 
 Sabore's understated elegant accommodations, professional and personable crew, and incredible culinary creations will will ensure that you feel pampered, relaxed, and revitalized. On Sabore, you set the itinerary and pace for your BVI adventure. Whether you prefer an active waterspouts-filled cruise, or a laid back sail with visits to secluded beaches and immersion in island culture: your experienced crew will help you create that vacation of a lifetime we're always speaking of. Sabore's expansiveness will delight you - her decks offer plenty of room to enjoy the gentle Caribbean trade-winds and her trampolines encourage you to bask in the sunshine. The twin transom stairs provide easy access to the sea for swimming and playing with our impressive collection of water toys. From kayaking to wake-boarding, snorkeling or diving, or just floating on a noodle, relish the freedom to choose your escape.
 
Sabore's staterooms are elegant and expansive: en-suite baths with multi-jet spa showers, king or queen beds, 6'6" headroom, individually controlled air conditioning, 600 thread count sheets, vanities with hair dryers, stereo/CD/DVD players, and exquisitely comfortable tempurpedic Swedish mattresses
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More  Sabore Information Here
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By admin on 7/21/2012 11:06 AM
Wanderlust Charters is delighted to welcome BLUE PASSION into the BVI Fleet. This lovely 2010 Beneteau 60 offers a total of four double guest cabins with en-suite heads and showers, full A/C, an incredibly spacious and well appointed main salon, fabulous cockpit with full enclosurer, huge padded sun deck, lots of water toys, and a great go fast dinghy.

Captain Greg and Chef/Hostess Vanessa are a world class crew offering a five start charter experience. Greg and Vanessa won best monohull in the 2010 BVI Charter Show. INTRODUTORY SPECIAL: Take 10% off above rates for any charter booked and taking place before September 30, 2012. Rates High Rate: 20000.00 USD per week Low Rate: 12000.00 USD per week...
By admin on 6/26/2012 2:31 PM

A Leap Year Gift from Andrew and Deb on MA HA

Take an additional 10% off the listed rates:
Wow! Rates for 2012-2013
Lagoon 57 Cat 2/15900 3/15900 4/15900 5/16900 6/17900 7/18900 8/19900 Accepts cards
By admin on 6/26/2012 1:40 PM
Honeymoons on Paradise: 2 guests - 7 nights: $6500
Anniversaries on Paradise: 2 guests - 7 nights: $6990
By admin on 6/14/2012 1:30 PM



AKASHA Summer Sale

Book Akasha at an amazing rate of $39,950

 

Between the dates 23rd June to 27th July 2012 in the BVI
 or
Between 27th June and 23rd July 2012 in St Maarten

Included in this special offer:

2 Complimentary Massage from masseuse, Kim.

5 scuba dives with scuba diving instructor, CJ.

Fully inclusive except for: cruising taxes & fees, special request wine, champagne, communications, additional massage services, scuba diving instruction or dockage.

Akasha and her full time crew will sail your group of up to 10 guests around the beautiful islands throughout the Caribbean including the Grenadines, British Virgin Islands (BVI), Grenada, St Maarten, Antigua, Guadeloupe, providing you with the holiday experience of a lifetime, whatever your charter requirements.

At the 2009 prestigious Charter Yacht Society Show, Akasha was awarded the Best in Show award - a true testament to the tireless efforts of the crew in providing a Caribbean sailing vacation that is at the top of it's class.

We invite you to browse the pages of our website to see for yourself how Akasha truly is unrivalled for the ultimate in luxury Caribbean yacht charter vacations. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like to receive further information about Akasha and our Caribbean charter vacations.

Yacht Website:http://www.akasha.com/
Website PDF:     http://www.akasha.com/docs/akasha_brochure_sm.pdf

We look forward to receiving your enquiries
By admin on 3/15/2012 8:15 PM

America's Cup - The culmination of more than 35,000 man hours and a tremendous amount of hard work on the part of the entire team came to fruition today when Artemis Racing sailed with the team’s first AC72 wing.

While the Defender and other Challengers for the 34th America’s Cup have chosen to train and test elements for the AC72 catamarans using smaller boats, specifically AC45 and SL33 catamarans, Artemis Racing opted to build a full size wing from the outset.

'We chose the full scale strategy. Our decision was more time consuming, but it allows us to learn how to handle this powerful wing. Before performance, there is the safety of our team. San Francisco Bay in July and August is an unforgiving place' said CEO Paul Cayard.

Towering more than 13 stories high, the AC72 wing is a pure work of art. The 40 metre high structure, predominantly built of carbon fibre, measures 260 square meters yet weighs just over one tonne.

'It was a team effort. It was amazing to see the wing out on the water. It looks great, but at the same time threatening. We will be going through a series of structural tests in the next few days,' said Principal Designer Juan Kouyoumdjian.

This is Artemis Racing’s first entry to the America’s Cup.
By admin on 3/5/2012 12:26 AM

The America's Cup is the Super Bowl of yacht racing -- but it's certainly not the Super Bowl of television rights fees.

Networks fork over billions for the privilege of airing pro sports like football and their lucrative postseason championships. Yet, tucked away in today's AP story about NBC obtaining the rights to broadcast the forthcoming America's Cup was this interesting line:

NBC Sports Group is not paying a rights fee. ... America's Cup officials will acquire air time and offer commercial time first to their own sponsors.

Stephen Barclay, the chief operating officer of the America's Cup Event Authority, tells SF Weekly this was no misprint. Not only is NBC getting the rights to the Cup for free, race organizers must buy airtime.

What's more, Barclay continues, Cup organizers are investing far more than ever before in making yachting a television-friendly sport. As the equation stands, the Cup stands to lose a boatload of money in the short-term.

Yet that was the plan, Barclay says.
By admin on 12/14/2011 6:49 PM

Abyss Boards the newest tow-able water sport allows you to "fly" underwater.


Abyss Boards has just debuted a boat towable board that allows it's rider to dive and cruise underwater. The Abyss Board performs tricks and maneuvers while exploring beneath the surface. Wakeboarding, waterskiing and other towable water sports are limited to the surface. The Abyss Boards makes the first board that can be ridden both above, and below the wake. “It combines fighter jet maneuvers with underwater exploration, there’s really nothing like it,” said Eric Healy, aeronautical engineer and Abyss Board inventor. “Cruising on the Abyss Board allows you to explore underwater landscapes and see marine life in a new way”.


The Abyss Board is about the size of a boogie and towed slowly behind a boat, this simple device lets you steer yourself around under the water. With separate control of right and left side wings, you can dive; rise, bank, and barrel roll your way through the water. You can use it with a snorkel, or just keep popping up to the surface to get a breath. The feeling is described by the manufacturer as something like personal flight. The front of the board deflects water around the rider’s shoulders and arms to decrease water resistance. The board’s design makes it safe and easy to use. When the rider lets go or if the boat stops it floats back to the surface. Since it is designed to be used with a life jacket, the rider floats back up as well. A snorkel is used to take breathes in between dives.

By admin on 12/13/2011 11:23 AM
Jules Verne Trophy: Banque Populaire knocks over three days off record

The 147’ Maxi Trimaran Banque Populaire is attempting to set a new around the world non-stop sailing record for which the holder is awarded the prestigious Jules Verne Trophy.   Less than a week after crossing the Cape of Good Hope and their entry into the Indian Ocean, the crew of the Maxi Banque Populaire V have crossed the Cape Leewin at 9:29am on Saturday 10th October, getting once again a new reference time between these two Capes
By admin on 12/8/2011 3:08 PM


143' Van Mill STARSHIP Sleeps 11 guests in 5 staterooms

143' Van Mill STARSHIP Sleeps 11 guests in 5 staterooms

Yacht Starship offers you the ultimate experience in luxury and style while enjoying a crewed motor yacht charter. Luxury Motor Yacht Starship is an amazing and classic super yacht with vast areas for either entertainment or relaxation in total luxury. The yacht starship offers three casual dining areas, one formal dining area and a full bar with a full line of tropical drinks, so luxury motor yacht Starship is an ideal charter boat for entertaining or romance. You can enjoy the superior views from the sun deck whilst relaxing on the sun pads or while enjoying the Jacuzzi. M/Y Starship offers many features including...
By admin on 11/22/2011 6:11 PM

I've just finished attending several boat shows featuring most of the yachts in the Caribbean charter yacht fleet. These shows are an exclusive venue for charter yacht broker's to inspect the yachts and interview the crews.  The BVI Yachts Society' show was by far the largest of the shows with over 70 boats in attendance. Best in show went to the catamaran Avalon, a Lagoon 62 that entered the fleet midseason this year and was featured in our March Newsletter. Also featured in one of our recent newsletters,  the 62' Catsy took the honors for best Catamaran over 50'.
I wish I could pick sports winners as well as I do yachts as we have featured all four  category winners in newsletters over the last year.
By admin on 11/22/2011 9:49 AM

San Diego saved the best for last, testing the international America’s Cup World Series fleet with the strongest winds of the week, with gusts approaching 20 knots on Sunday afternoon, making for great racing conditions. The teams didn’t disappoint the fans gathered on Broadway and Navy Piers – the race was full of intrigue, with plenty of lead changes on the race course, and lots of near misses and thrills and spills from start to finish.
By admin on 11/14/2011 10:23 AM

SAN DIEGO — Famed hardwood courts from Madison Square Garden to the United Center and the Staples Center may be empty so far this season due to the National Basketball Association (NBA) players' strike but college basketball jumps off to a great start today with #1-ranked University of North Carolina Tarheels playing the unranked Michigan State Spartans in the first ever Quicken Loans Carrier Classic — on the deck of the USS aircraft carrier Carl Vinson in honor of Veteran’s Day.

The USS Carl Vinson, which buried 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden at sea last May, underwent a complete overhaul (see the above video) over the last nine days as its flight deck was transformed into a basketball arena complete with a hardwood court made of maple, plywood and pine, as well as seating for approximately 7,000 spectators.

President Barack Obama is expected to be in attendance along with basketball greats Earvin "Magic" Johnson, who attended Michigan State University and James Worthy who attended the University of North Carolina. Johnson and Worthy will act as honorary team captains.

ESPN will carry the event live at 4 p.m. Pacific time. In case of inclement weather a duplicate hardwood basketball court and bleacher seating for approximately 2,000 was erected in the ship's hanger bay.

By admin on 11/7/2011 1:04 PM

BVI Kite Jam 2012

The third annual BVI Kite Jam 2012 is scheduled this coming February 25 - March 3, 2012.     
The event will take place in and around North Sound Virgin Gorda, BVIs and  will include a leg to Anegada!   
 Sir Richard Branson, an avid kite boarder himself, is hosting this weeklong event, along with the BVI Tourist Board. It is open to professionals and amateurs alike.                                                     
Kite Surfing is a water sport in which the rider is pulled through the waves on a surf board while being propelled by a large controllable kite.  The British Virgin Islands are a great destination to engage in this sport.  Steady trade winds, warm sunny weather and great beaches equal a dream vacation.   
Sir Richard Bronson, who resided on his own island in the BVI until his house burned down earlier this year has been a great supporter  and sponsor of this extreme sport. Often while sailing by Necker Island, several kites can be seen around Eustatia Sound. Sir Richard as been quoted as saying, “Kite Surfing is one of my favorite sports”

By admin on 11/6/2011 12:00 PM

TAKAPUNA


Offering new rate options . . . 

 

Christmas 2011 and New Year’s 2012 in the Virgin Islands

2/$55,000  3-4/$57,000  5-6/$59,000   7-8/$62,000

These holiday rates are ALL-INCLUSIVE

7 night minimum and valid in the USVI and BVI only

 

Christmas 2011 and New Year’s 2012 Down Island

1-8 guests $49,000 plus all expenses

7 night minimum, please inquire for possible repositioning fee

 

ALL-INCLUSIVE rates for the USVI and BVI

2 @ $45,000   3-4 @ $47,000   5-6 @ $49,000   7-8 @ $52,000

These 7 night rates are valid in the USVI and BVI

Not valid for Christmas or New Year’s

Minimum charter of 3 nights

 

$39,900 PLUS ALL EXPENSE OPTION

1-8 @ $39,900 for 7 nights plus all expenses

Not Valid for Christmas or New Year’s

Valid for down island charters, repositioning fee may apply, minimum 7 nights

Valid in the BVI & USVI with minimum 3 nights

 

Link to eBrochure 

Virgin Islands Sailing
By admin on 11/3/2011 4:21 PM
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Having completed his mission to make the world’s biggest Fire Ball sculpture, local artist, Aragorn Dick-Read recently returned from a 7-week stint in China.
Mr. Dick-Read successfully completed his goal to build the world’s biggest Fire Ball sculpture as part of the 12th Annual China Changchun International Sculpture Symposium.
Fire Balls have become Dick-Read’s signature works of art and have found their greatest acclaim as the focal attraction at the Fire Ball Full Moon parties held every month in Trellis Bay, Beef Island. Thousands of visitors to the BVI have enjoyed the entrancing spectacle of the Fire Balls set ablaze on water, and many collectors from throughout the world have commissioned Dick-Read to make Fire Balls for their private collections.
By admin on 10/21/2011 12:42 PM
Surfbird is a 2006 build that was refit in 2011. The owner just redid the interior in eco-friendly eucalyptus, which looks pretty darn magnificent in the photographs thanks to the interior's 8-foot-high ceilings. The cabin arrangements look ideal to me for three couples with a gaggle of kids. One cabin has a king-size bed, two of the cabins have queen-size beds, and the fourth cabin has a queen-size bed with a bunk-style Pullman berth above it, plus another single bed on the opposite side of the room.
By admin on 10/14/2011 8:17 AM
  Where are you most dying to go before you, er....die? Author Dave Freeman, in his best-selling 1999 book, "100 Things to Do Before you Die," composed a list that combined exotic, gorgeous destinations with rich, surprising cultural experiences. We thought now might be a good time to update his list.

We'd have asked Freeman for his own ideas, but he died in 2008, having done about 50 of his own 100 things, according to his aunt, interviewed by the L.A. Times. The lesson seems obvious: Gather ye rosebuds while ye may. The following experts recommend their own favorite destinations and experiences.

Karen Schaler, editor of TravelTherapyTrips.com and author of "Travel Therapy: Where Do You Need to Go?"

Sailing in the British Virgin Islands. Here are crystal-clear waters and talcum-powder soft sands white as sugar. "Chartering your own sailboat and stopping by Peter Island, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke islands [is] a glorious experience." And don't forget, she says, to try one of the Islands' famous "pain killer" cocktails. They're made with three kinds of rum, fruit juice and nutmeg.

Grape Harvest, Bordeaux, France. Taking part in the harvest -- "getting your hands dirty" by picking and sorting grapes is a hands-on experience unlike any other, says Schaler. "The harvest is only about two weeks long, and no one knows exactly when it will be." That lends an element of drama to your quest. "It's not the kind of thing you can plan for a year in advance," she says. "It depends on temperature and grape yield." The fact that the harvest's timing is only by "the luck of the draw," she thinks, only adds to picking's appeal.

Skiing in Zermatt, Switzerland. "Skiing in the shadow of the Matterhorn," Schaler calls incomparably romantic. That, and "sipping Swiss wine in ski chalets," she says, combine to make "one of my top ski experiences in the world." Not only is Zermatt "one of the most beautiful villages in the alps," it's quaint, owing to the fact that it prohibits cars. So, you may break your leg; but it won't be because you were hit by a Ford Taurus.
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Heather Mikesell, executive editor at American Spa Magazine, says the following are on her short-list of the world's essential soaks.

Chiva-Som Spa, Thailand. Mikesell calls this "a transformational place" where a pilgrim's full range of needs--cosmetic, nutritional and spiritual--are all addressed. "It treats your whole mind, body and spirit," she says. "You can totally transform your life, if you're seeking to make a lifestyle change. They help you work on everything under the sun." Want your energy read? They can read it. You might want to have your chakras lengthened before you go, just to give the staff more challenge. A small but nice touch: a basket of exotic fruits is delivered fresh daily to your doorstep, brimming, she says, with "dragon fruit, crazy Asian fruits."

Deception Island Hot Springs, Antarctica. Deception Island, in the Antarctic Peninsula, has natural springs that offer bathers an other worldly experience: Amidst the ice and snow, in a setting where you can watch 'bergs sailing past, you can immerse yourself in waters delightfully warm. One minute you're shivering in your polar fleece, the next you're swimming in what might as well be bath water.
By admin on 10/12/2011 1:49 PM
Per Cabin Charters
Here's a great opportunity for those of you that would like to and enjoy all of the amenities of a  private charter yacht vacation but don't have enough guests in your party to charter the entire  yacht.
A good friend of mine has several time share weeks that he would like to sell on a per cabin basis on any of the yachts belonging to the Tradewinds Cruising Club, He is interested in selling them at a considerable discount. Tradewinds is one of the only companies that I know of that sells charters on upscale yachts on a per cabin basis. They have  charter facilities throughout the world. You can take your choice of destinations including the  BVIs, Antigua, Grenadines, Greece, Turkey, Panama, Belize, Fiji, and St Martin.  If you're interested in this opportunity please let mesalon know what destinations you are interested in and the time frame and I'll check and see what dates and accommodations are still available and what the discounted rate is. He has 5 cabin weeks that he wants to sell so you could have more than one cabin if your group was more than a single cabin.This is a very reputable company and has one of the largest privately  owned  charter fleets in the world. You can view their introductory video here.   
Belize

By admin on 10/12/2011 1:23 PM
I've always felt that a sailing yacht vacation is the ultimate way to relax and enjoy the British Virgin Islands however, if you have the inclination to spend some time ashore I have a great recommendation. I just had the opportunity to visit and inspect  the villas at Villa Aquamare this week. I can't think of a better choice than one of these beachfront villas for a shore-side getaway .  These three villas situated on the west shore of Virgin Gorda offer  beautifully maintained  architecture and landscaping, and  accommodations with all the amenities for up to thirty six guests .
 
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These spacious  villas provides eight thousand square feet of air conditioned luxury. The villas feature thirty foot vaulted ceilings, Travertine marble , rich hardwoods, natural local stonework, private waterfront  pools, gourmet kitchens, and inside and outside dining areas. Each of Aquamare's suites have open, yet completely sheltered marble bath areas with separate outdoor shower rooms. With three master suites, one double room and one studio, each villa accommodates up to 12 guests. All five bedrooms feature comfortable Galleyspacious areas and ample balconies with spectacular views of the in Drake Channel Islets and some of the most breathtaking sunsets in the Caribbean. You have the option of renting one villa  or If  you are looking to accommodate a large group you may rent two or three.  The three villas can accommodate up to36 people in one private enclave. There is reduced pricing available if you don't require the use of all the bedrooms in the individual villas.

Aquamare's private Beach Park is the ideal setting for destination weddings and small meetings and the combined villas are perfect for corporate retreats.

 

After spending an activities filled week sailing throughout the Virgin Islands an additional week at the Villa  Aquamere would give you the opportunity to totally relax and be laid-back before heading home.  

Catering

With some of the best private chefs in the Caribbean on the Island, we can pre-arrange part time or full time catering or you can cook for yourself. In some cases it might also be possible to have one of our former chefs available on site for you. All the suites and galleys include all the amenities that you would expect from a five star facility.  

Beach Bed 
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 Spa Services

On site spa treatments are also available in the comfort of your villa, on your balcony, or water's edge. Treatments include deep tissue or hot stone massages, as well as detox body wraps.  

 

Really there
Just wanted you to know I really checked the Villas Out 

The property is offering several special incentives during different time periods. Let us know the number of guests in your group and the dates that you are interested in and we will see what if any special rates are available
By admin on 9/8/2011 9:19 AM
Tropical Depression 14 was named Tropical Storm Maria late this morning, as well. The storm is still pretty far east in the Atlantic, 1,200 miles east of the Leeward Islands, but is moving quickly to the west at 23 mph. According to the National Hurricane Center, Maria looks well-organized on satellite, "but not really." If you look closely at satellite loops (especially the loops that you can catch before the sun sets in that area), you'll see the surface circulation is located to the west of the strongest thunderstorm activity.


Well-organized tropical cyclones will be vertically stacked in the atmosphere, with the strongest thunderstorms directly on top of the surface circulation. Maria's disjointed-ness is likely due to a pretty strong clip of wind shear (30 knots worth) in the area. This would usually be deadly for a tropical cyclone of Maria's strength, but since the storm is moving so quickly to the west, the Hurricane Center is forecasting the storm to remain somewhat intact for the next 5 days, although the forecast is for no intensification. Models are coming into better agreement on the track of this system.
By admin on 9/6/2011 4:11 PM
Sauter Carbon Offset Design presents the DynaWing AC72, the 34th America’s Cup Challenger that could prove to be faster and certainly less prone to capsize than the Oracle 22 meter Racing Cat with a 40 meter Wingsail.
By admin on 9/6/2011 3:43 PM
The National Parks Trust of the Virgin Islands earlier today informed that the Wreck of the RMS Rhone Marine Park has been re-opened.
By admin on 9/6/2011 3:33 PM

The British Virgin Islands’ only Marine Park has been closed until further notice after a cargo ship ‘Tropic Sun’ ran aground in the vicinity.

The incident occurred sometime around 10:00pm on Sunday evening where the 350 foot container vessel ran aground.

Speaking with this Publication the Managing Director of Island Shipping and Trading, Mr. Chris Haycraft, the agent of Tropical Shipping assured that the Marine Park landmark namely the Wreck of Rhone has not been damaged.

The modern double skin vessel has suffered significant damage to the Hull but Mr. Haycraft says that given the design of the ship there is no leakage of lubricants or any harmful agents to the area.

The Director of the BVI National Parks Trust, Mr. Joseph Smith Abbott, has advised the public that the Wreck of the Rhone National Park will be closed until further notice confirming also that the cargo vessel has run aground the waters comprising the marine national park.

He stated that the closure was decided upon to ensure the safety of all park users and in the mean time mariners are asked to exercise caution whilst sailing in the area.

Mr. Haycraft told the VI Standpoint that it is currently unclear what caused the incident and an investigation has been launched.

He said too that while there were two specialists already onboard assisting with the situation a professional salvage team is being flown in and should be on deck by this afternoon.

He said that when the team arrives they will be charting a way forward on how to best remove the vessel.

According to Mr. Haycraft the shipping company is working in tandem with all of the relevant agencies including the Shipping Registry, Disaster Management and Port Authorities among others.

Once all goes well the vessel is expected to be removed from the area within a matter of days with no damage to the historic site.

The effected closure of the Wreck of Rhone has been described as a precautionary measure.

The Wreck of the Rhone located Off Salt Island is the first and only Marine National Park in the British Virgin Islands.

It is the most celebrated diving site in the BVI, and a major recreational attraction. The park includes examples of fringing reef habitat and sea grass beds. The wreck is that of a Royal Mail Steamer, a British packet ship which sunk during the hurricane of 1867 with 125 people on board.

By admin on 9/6/2011 2:53 PM

Hurricane season is half over, so far so good however there is a system developing in the Atlantic that could give us some problems this weekend.

Irene gave us a bit of a scare and a lot of rain, but nothing compared to what it unleashed on the East Coast last week.

 

Last week I had an inquiry for a ten guest yacht for the New Year's week and was surprised that there just weren't any boats still available that fit the client's requirements. Luckily they were flexible on dates and we were able to arrange a Christmas week charter instead. The New Year's week has always been the most popular week for sailing vacations in the Caribbean with Christmas week runs a close second. Though the selection of yachts available for New Year's is very limited, there are still quite a few great boats available for this year's Christmas week. If you're considering a charter anytime in the near future now is the time to start planning as the popular boats are still very busy.

I'll be attending four charter yacht shows stateside and in the Caribbean during the months of October, November and December. These trade only shows give us the opportunity to inspect the boats and interview the crew's that will be promoting in the future. I'll be updating you on the "Best in Show" yachts after each show.

 

.Here is a sampling of the yachts still available for this year's Christmas week. ___________________________________________________ 

   

LADY JOY 157 Feet 

Lady Joy

Accommodate 12 guests in 6 cabins. 

$ 250,000  Week + All Expenses

Minimum. 10 Days  for Christmas week.

Brochure  

Lady Joy was launched in 2007. Built by Christensen Yachts she is the epitome of refined elegance and five star luxury. M/Y Lady Joy features state of the art and modern touches including an elevator service to all of her decks. Lady Joy offers three large decks as well as six staterooms with en-suite bathrooms. She has numerous areas throughout the vessel to entertain, dine and relax while her professional and friendly staff takes care of your every whim. I had the personal tour a year back as one of my former crew was the captain at the time. 

   

WHISPER 116 Feet.Whisper

Sleeps 6 Guests 1 Queen

 1 Duble 

 2 Twins

 $75,000 For 6 Guests + All  Expenses

 Brochure 

 

Sailing yacht WHISPER is a fantastic 116' sloop  launched in 2003.by Dutch builders Holland Jachtbaow. WHISPER is truly a superb sailing super yacht. She offers a lovely wooden interior of the highest possible build quality and design along with powerful sailing capabilities. She has excellent views from her well designed raised pilot house/bar area. Her generous cockpit, which can seat up to 10 guests, is another well designed space for dining with its bimini sun shade. There is also a full width salon with dining area.  

S/Y WHISPER provides accommodation for up to 6 lucky charter guests in three large and well equipped en-suite cabins. Her full beam master has a centerline Queen bed and a steam shower in the en-suite. The guest cabin has a double bed, also with unsuited facilities. The guest with twin beds also offers en-suite with shower.

 

 

ANDROMEDA LA DEA 154 Feet  

 

 

Accommodates 8 Guests

1 King .

 2 Queens

 2Twins

$150,000 Week 8 Guests +All expenses

 

Brochure

ANDROMEDA LA DEA is a modern day legend in the sailing world and the first Perini to circumnavigate the globe and visit both the Arctic and the Antarctic. This 154 foot ketch is ideal for clients who demand all the trappings of a luxurious cruise but are not willing to sacrifice performance. ANDROMEDA LA DEA features interiors of uncompromising elegance, style and pedigree. The main salon features a fire place and 50inch plasma screen, full cinema surround sound system. Forward is the formal dining area seating eight and adjacent mahogany wet bar with barstools.

 

This award winning charter yacht has spacious accommodation for nine guests. The full width master stateroom has a king bed, his and hers facilities, a walk in closet, plasma screen tv, and a private study and exquisite linens and amenities.

 

 

 Felicia 65 Feet

Accommodates 8 guests in 4 cabins. 

1 King.

3 Queen .

 $28,000  Week 8 Guest All Inclusive

Brochure

Felicia's elegance sets her apart from most other catamarans available for charter. A 65ft long catamaran, she is incredibly spacious and she has been constructed and maintained to extremely high standards.

Not only does she provide an ideal environment for groups of up to 8 adults but she is equally well suited to a large family vacation of up to 10 people or two families who wish to relax together.

Her guest accommodation comprises 4 double cabins and one small twin cabin, each with their own en-suite facilities, a huge saloon which includes a bar, indoor dining table and a writing & games desk. The cabins and saloon are all air-conditioned and both master cabin and saloon benefit from TVs with video and DVD players for which a substantial library of films is available on board. The crew's quarters are accessed completely independently.

 

FANTASY ISLAND 58 Feet  

Accomodates 8 Guests in 4 Cabins

4 Queens  

$27,025.00  Week 8 Guests All inclusive

 Brochure 

Fantasy Island

Modern lines add a feeling of spaciousness everywhere. The entire yacht is air-conditioned and there is a new tender for water-skiing and wakeboarding. FANTASY ISLAND has wifi access onboard as well as laptops available for passengers use. There are also Ipod connections available. 

Diving included for certified divers.

 

JET STREAM 45 Feet.

Accommodates 6 guests in 3 cabins  

3 Queens

 $24,850.00 Week 6 Guests All Inclusive 

 Brochure  Jet Stream

JET STREAM is a Leopard 45, a former Cruising World Boat-of-the-Year. This luxury sailing catamaran sails like a dream. She features three  queen-sized guest cabins with en suite heads and showers. JET STREAM is air conditioned throughout. For the guests' enjoyment, JET STREAM has stereo, CD, DVD and tape players, and TV, with libraries of titles for each. For the musically inclined onboard, there are piano, guitar and drums. 

 

SCORPIO 52 Feet

Accomodates 3 guests 

Scorpio

 $7,040.00  Week 3 Guest All incluusive  

1 Double  

1 Single

 Brochure  

There is a shortage of small yachts for two guests at a reasonable price that offers SCUBA. Scorpio not only offers diving, but the crew enjoy diving and they have an onboard compressor along with SCUBA gear and Richard is a PADI Dive Master. The yacht has all the amenities you could ask for in a smaller yacht including air conditioning. I had a father and his two children on board for a charter last April and they gave Scorpio rave reviews. 

By admin on 7/28/2011 7:54 AM

 

› Pacific Northwest

 

 

PACIFIC YELLOWFIN

 

 

PACIFIC YELLOWFIN

British Columbia, Canada
114'/ 34.7 m
8-12 guests in 4 cabins
$65,000/week INCLUSIVE

Click for Rate Details

Bookings

2011:
Jul 24 – Jul 28 Booked
Aug 07 – Aug 21 Booked
Aug 26 – Aug 31 Booked
Sep 02 – Sep 05 Booked
Sep 14 – Sep 18 Booked

 

 

www.yachtnw.com/py (with video, itineraries, maps, etc.)
www.viewyacht.com/pacificyellowfin
www.charterbrochure.com/pacificyellowfin

Click for booking Details

 

 

Blue Divider

 

SURFBIRD

 

 

SurfBird

Alaska
112'/ 34.1 m
10 guests in 4 cabins
$30,000 – $50,000/6 nights INCLUSIVE

Click for Rate Details

Bookings

2011:
Jul 19 – Aug 02 Booked
Aug 12 – Aug 27 Booked

 

 

www.viewyacht.com/surfbird

Click for booking Details

 

Blue Divider

 

ALASKAN STORY

 

 

Alaskan Story

Alaska
92'/ 28 m
9 guests in 4 cabins + lounge
$22,100 – $40,000/6 nights + 2 hotel nights INCLUSIVE

Click for Rate Details

Bookings

2011:
May 11 – Aug 27 Booked

2012:
Jun 10 – Jun 16 Booked
Jun 26 – Jul 02 Booked
Jul 03 – Jul 09 Booked
Jul 30 – Aug 05 Booked
Aug 23 – Aug 29 Booked

 

 

www.yachtnw.com/akstory2(With Video)
www.viewyacht.com/alaskanstory

Click for booking Details

 

Blue Divider

 

SUMDUM

 

 

Sumdum

Alaska
81'/ 24.7 m
9 guests in 4 cabins
$38,500/6 nights INCLUSIVE

Click for Rate Details

Bookings

2011:
Jul 28 – Aug 31 Booked

 

 

www.viewyacht.com/sumdum

Click for booking Details

 

Blue Divider

 

TOY BOX II

 

 

Toy Box 2

British Columbia, Canada
80'/ 24.4 m
6 guests in 3 cabins
CAD $18,000 - CAD $25,000/6 nights
Bareboat + 12% tax + EXPENSES

Click for Rate Details

Bookings

2011:
Jul 30 – Aug 5 Booked
Aug 13 – Sep 04 Booked
Sep 17 – Sep 23 Booked

 

 

www.viewyacht.com/toybox2

Click for booking Details

 

By admin on 6/15/2011 10:54 AM

DREAMING ON

DREAMING ON

Dreaming On - 10% off published 7 day rates until August 2011

Expires: 01/Aug/2011

OTEKA

OTEKA

SUMMER 2011 BONUS

Oteka offers a 20% commission for all bookings occurring in June and July, 2011

Expires: 31/Jul/2011

PENTESILEA II

PENTESILEA II

HALF-BOARD CHARTERS

Includes all breakfasts, 4 Lunches and 3 dinners aboard

(Meals not included to be take ashore at guests expense)

Save off the Regular Full-Board Rates

8 guests - Save $1200

6 guests - Save $900

4 guests - Save $600

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Children 15 and under - plus $375 each

Expires: 31/Jul/2012


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Expires: 28/Jan/2012

SOUL'S CALLING

SOUL'S CALLING

Take 10% off the listed rates for charters occurring in June, July, and August, 2011, aboard Souls Calling.

Expires: 31/Aug/2011

YES DEAR

YES DEAR

10% discount on all charters up to & incuding 8-pax occurring prior to 1 August 2011 (does not apply to charters outside the BVI).

Expires: 31/Jul/2011

By admin on 4/14/2011 9:16 PM

The Clampetts are here, Your Majesty…BRITAIN/

It turns out when Kate Middleton marries Britain’s Prince William in a couple of weeks, her family is going to stay someplace called the Goring Hotel while they are in London. It may be part of the Econo Lodge chain, but I could be wrong.

BRITAIN/These photos above and below show where William’s family lives, and on the right you can see the itty-bitty place where the Middletons will be.

According to some quick online research, Buckingham Palace has 52 bedrooms and 78 bathrooms. They can’t spare a couple of rooms for the future in-laws?

How do you suppose Queen Elizabeth even broke that kind of news to Kate’s folks?

* * * * * * * * * *

BRITAIN/

Dear Commoners, allow me to say how happy I am that my grandson is marrying your charming daughter.

I do so look forward to meeting you! I shall call you “Mum and Dad Middleton,” and you may address me as “Your Majesty.”

Whilst you are in London for the wedding, you will be at a small hotel near my house. I believe a continental breakfast comes with the room. One hopes you will take the double-decker bus tour that goes past my residence, but please keep moving…

* * * * * * * * * *

By admin on 4/14/2011 3:49 PM
March 2011 April 2011 Apr. 12 - 17 Puerto Rico Rinc�n International Film Festival 2011 Apr. 14 - 19 Antigua and Barbuda Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 2011 Apr. 19 - 24 Curacao Curacao Challenge 2011: Slalom and Freestyle Windsurfing Competition Apr. 21 - 25 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Bequia Easter Regatta 2011 Apr. 23 - 25 Curacao Coupe Curacao 2011: 3rd International Friendship Veterans Fencing Tournament Apr. 24 - 29 Antigua and Barbuda Antigua Sailing Week 2011 Apr. 28 - 30 Caribbean 117th Penn Relay Carnival...
By admin on 4/14/2011 3:49 PM
April 2011 Apr. 19 - 24 Curacao Curacao Challenge 2011: Slalom and Freestyle Windsurfing Competition Apr. 21 - 25 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Bequia Easter Regatta 2011 Apr. 23 - 25 Curacao Coupe Curacao 2011: 3rd International Friendship Veterans Fencing Tournament Apr. 24 - 29 Antigua and Barbuda Antigua Sailing Week 2011 Apr. 28 - 30 Caribbean 117th Penn Relay Carnival Apr. 30 - May 08 Saint Lucia The 20th Annual Saint Lucia Jazz Festival 2011 May 2011 May 04 - 07 Curacao 2011 JCI Conference of the...
By admin on 4/14/2011 3:34 PM

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By admin on 4/13/2011 12:20 PM
I've recently been aboard Avalon another brand new yacht. A 62' Lagoon catamaran launched in September, 2010 Avalon is one of the new generation of fly-bridge catamarans offering space and comfort for up to 10 guests.
She has five double cabins with walk around queen size beds, all with
 generous en suite facilities and separate shower cubicles. She has an open and airy saloon with a
nearly 360 degree view, and a wide fly-bridge all come together to create floating elegance, style,
 and utility. Combine these excellent design factors with an outstanding and experienced crew and
you have a little bit of chartering-heaven in the British Virgin Islands.    Avalon is crewed by
Paul Johnson and Melissa Murphy who operated Saga Boy(a 57' Lagoon cat)  in the BVI for the past
 two years before bringing Avalon across from France last November. .   Paul has been sailing since
the age of four. For two years Paul studied at Falmouth Marine School.  He is a Commercially Endorsed
Yachtmaster Offshore as well as an RYA Senior Dinghy Instructor, RNLI trained beach lifeguard and a
 PADI open water diver.   Paul enjoys windsurfing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding and saltwater fishing.
Prior to chartering in the BVIs Paul was based in Tobago and has considerable experience sailing in the
 Grenadines and the other Windward Islands,

 

Melissa is from was brought up sailing dinghies from a young age. She has always enjoyed entertaining
and gained her formal culinary training at the Rosie Davies Cookery School.  Modern European and Asian
style dishes are a specialty, but all of Melissa's menus are tailored to her guests' specific preferences and
are created with a health conscious ethos.  You will feel just as safe with Melissa at the helm as Paul.
Melissa is also a Commercially Endorsed Yachtmaster Offshore, an RYA Dinghy Instructor, an RYA Powerboat Instructorand a aPADI Dive Master.

 

Currently, Avalon is priced at $31,000 for 10 guests.

 I consider this to be a bargain rate considering the quality of the yacht and the experience of the crew. She's already quite heavily booked.

 

If your considering a sailing vacation in the near
future you should be firming up arrangements now
as the popular yachts are booking up well in advance.

 

Sleeps 10 Guests in 5 Queen(s)
Online brochure: http://www.cyabrochure.com/eb/1637/xbdr/1191/1
Rates and Availability: http://www.cyabrochure.com/eb/1637/xbdr/1191/4
SCUBA: http://www.cyabrochure.com/scuba/1637/xbdr/1191

    

 

By admin on 4/11/2011 6:19 PM
Christmas and New Year's weeks have always been the most popular weeks for vacationing in the Caribbean.
  
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Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr led a star-studded rendition of Beatles' classics earlier this month in Los Angeles as they commemorated 50 years since the record-breaking British band first appeared on U.S. television.

In a rare joint appearance singing Beatles numbers, McCartney and Starr...
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"We're using a very strong four-letter word to describe this winter, which is C-O-L-D. It's going to be very cold," said Sandi Duncan, managing editor.
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By admin on 8/6/2013 2:52 PM
Yachts Are Available For Christmas Week
New Year's Week Is Sold Out
  
 
 
If you haven't made plans for a Christmas week holiday yet there are still a few quality yachts available and most are in the BVIs. There are literally no yachts available for the New Year's week that I can recommend in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean and Pacific Northwest are is a bit rough that time of year.  For future charters it's best to book yachts at least 9-10 months in advance to have a good  selection to choose from. Below is a sampling of the yachts currently available for the Christmas week. You can view the yachts' brochures by clicking the gold links

PS Grandchild  # 3 is due in March and Daughter Candice is still not ready to settle down and is currently on holiday in Europe and I'm still working at least 12/6.5.

Motor Yachts

Yacht FREEDOM
$64,500 Per Week 8 Guests All Inclusive  
Caribbean - Based in St Croix USVI - Christmas
  Online Brochure :
Yacht Freedom Type: Power
Length: 120ft
Beam: 24ft 0in
Crew: Captain George Custer + 4 crew.
Chef: Joseph Stiels
Description:
FREEDOM can accommodate 8 guests in 4 cabins.
The Master cabin has a king size bed, shower and toilet.
2 Guest cabins have a queen size bed, shower and toilet.
A Guest cabin has a twin bed, a pullman, shower and toilet.
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Yacht Nirvavna 

$23,100 Per Week 8 Guests Christmas All Inclusive 

Caribbean - Based in Saint Maarten, West Indies - Winter

 Online Brochure 
Nirvana

Type: Power
Length: 47ft
Beam: 25ft 0in
  Crew: Captain Pierre Altier + 1 crew.
Chef: Alexandra Seurt
Description:
NIRVANA can accommodate 8 guests in 4 cabins.
The Master cabin has a double bed, shower and toilet.
3 Guest cabins have a double bed, shower and toilet. 

  

Catamaran Sailing Yachts  
 
Orion
Caribbean $63,250 Per  Week 8 Guests All Inclusive  - Christmas   
Orion Type: Sail
Length: 90ft
Beam: 0ft 0in
Crew: Captain Scott Fratcher + 3 crew.
Chef: Allison Thompson
ORION accommodates 8 guests (plus one small child) in 4 cabins. The Master cabin has a king size bed, shower and toilet. The VIP cabin has a king size bed that converts to twin lower singles.
The family apartment has 2 connecting cabins: one with a king size bed, shower and toilet.  The second cabin has two double beds and a smaller child's bed.

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Yacht Barbuda Belle

Caribbean $40,700 Per  Week 10 Guests All Inclusive  - Christmas  
Barbuda Belle Type: Sail
Length: 62ft
Beam: 33ft 0in
 Crew: Captain Xavier Triguer + 2 crew.
Chef: Franck Lemaitre
Crew Cabin(s) Location: Amidship
Description:
BARBUDA BELLE can accommodate 10 guests in 5 cabins.
The Master cabin has a queen size bed, shower and toilet.
4 Guest cabins have a queen size bed, shower and toilet.
BARBUDA BELLE  is fully air conditioned .  _______________________________________________________

 Yacht A2

 Caribbean $28,000 Per  Week 6 Guests All Inclusive  - Christmas

Online Brochure 

Type: Sail
Length: 56ft
Beam: 31ft 0in
 Crew: Captain Leon Heyns + 1 crew.
Chef: Michelle Heyns
Crew Cabin(s) Location: Forward
Description:
A2 can accommodate 8 guests in 4 cabins.
3 spacious queen ensuite guest cabins plus 1 cabin with bunk beds, all with fans and individual air conditioning. 

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Yacht Nana
Caribbean - Based in Tortola
$19,800 Per Week 6 guests/Christmas All Inclusive
Online Brochure
Yacht NanaType: Sail
Length: 51ft
Beam: 27ft 11in
Crew: Captain Marc Figueras + 1 crew.
Chef: Nadin Grabow
NANA can accommodate 6 GUESTS IN 3 CABINS.
The Master cabin has a queen bed, sofa, shower and toilet.
2 other guest cabins have a queen bed, shower and toilet.
NANA is fully air conditioned.

Mono Hull Sailing Yachts

 

Yacht Scorpio

Caribbean - Based in Grenadines, West Indies - Christmas 

 $ 7,040 Per  Week 3 Guestss (ex fine-wine / bar / +A/C: $30/nt)
Type: Sail
Length: 52ft
Beam: 16ft 0in
 Crew: Captain Richard Hough + 1 crew.
Chef: Jan Hough
Crew Cabin(s) Location: Forward
Description:
SCORPIO can accommodate 3 guests in 2 cabins.
The Master cabin has a double bed, bath/tub, shower and toilet.
A Guest cabin has a single bed.

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 Yacht Takapuna
Caribbean - Based in Marigot, French St. Martin - Christmas 
$62,000 Per Week 8 Guest  All Inclusive, USVI & BVI only 
Type: Sail
Length: 112ft
Beam: 28ft 0in
 Crew: Captain Marco Heitz + 4 crew.
Chef: Robyn Pitts
Crew Cabin(s) Location: Below Forward
Description:
TAKAPUNA can accommodate 8 guests in 4 cabins.
The Master cabin has a queen size bed, separate his and hers showers and toilets.
3 Guest cabins have a queen size bed, private ensuite shower and toilet.
TAKAPUNA is fully air conditioned

By admin on 4/23/2013 2:46 PM

WORLD’L LONGEST SUPERYACHT
THE AZZAM LAUNCHES IN GERMANY


By admin on 12/14/2012 8:30 AM

 
                                Has just been made available for charter as of Jan. 25th 20
Poor Jimmy.  He's so busy these days with  his many musical and entrepreneurial endeavors that he doesn't
have as much time as he'd like to enjoy all his toys.

Mega yachts and crew cost a ton of cash to maintain and chartering has long been the way of deferring
some of the cost while keeping the crews, that don't enjoy sitting on a dock, alert and happy.

I remember Jimmy telling me 35 years ago that he'd never succumb to the concert tour gig. Ha! 
He did thirty plus different concert destinations in 2011 and looks to surpass that this year.

 

 

                   M/Y CONTINENTAL DRIFTER III

Measuring 124 Feet in length  CONTINENTAL DRIFTER III Accommodates
up to 9 guests in five guest cabins and has a crew of six.

                                                     Introductory Price 

US$65,000 Per Week/ For up to nine guests  + Expenses   

 

This a bargain prices for a yacht of her size and accommodations.
Based St. Marteen/St. Barths  and  available throughout the Caribbean

By admin on 10/16/2012 12:25 PM

On the 58' yacht Sabore (Portuguese for indulgence) you can sail in luxury and in style. 
 Sabore's understated elegant accommodations, professional and personable crew, and incredible culinary creations will will ensure that you feel pampered, relaxed, and revitalized. On Sabore, you set the itinerary and pace for your BVI adventure. Whether you prefer an active waterspouts-filled cruise, or a laid back sail with visits to secluded beaches and immersion in island culture: your experienced crew will help you create that vacation of a lifetime we're always speaking of. Sabore's expansiveness will delight you - her decks offer plenty of room to enjoy the gentle Caribbean trade-winds and her trampolines encourage you to bask in the sunshine. The twin transom stairs provide easy access to the sea for swimming and playing with our impressive collection of water toys. From kayaking to wake-boarding, snorkeling or diving, or just floating on a noodle, relish the freedom to choose your escape.
 
Sabore's staterooms are elegant and expansive: en-suite baths with multi-jet spa showers, king or queen beds, 6'6" headroom, individually controlled air conditioning, 600 thread count sheets, vanities with hair dryers, stereo/CD/DVD players, and exquisitely comfortable tempurpedic Swedish mattresses
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More  Sabore Information Here
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By admin on 7/21/2012 11:06 AM
Wanderlust Charters is delighted to welcome BLUE PASSION into the BVI Fleet. This lovely 2010 Beneteau 60 offers a total of four double guest cabins with en-suite heads and showers, full A/C, an incredibly spacious and well appointed main salon, fabulous cockpit with full enclosurer, huge padded sun deck, lots of water toys, and a great go fast dinghy.

Captain Greg and Chef/Hostess Vanessa are a world class crew offering a five start charter experience. Greg and Vanessa won best monohull in the 2010 BVI Charter Show. INTRODUTORY SPECIAL: Take 10% off above rates for any charter booked and taking place before September 30, 2012. Rates High Rate: 20000.00 USD per week Low Rate: 12000.00 USD per week...
By admin on 6/26/2012 2:31 PM

A Leap Year Gift from Andrew and Deb on MA HA

Take an additional 10% off the listed rates:
Wow! Rates for 2012-2013
Lagoon 57 Cat 2/15900 3/15900 4/15900 5/16900 6/17900 7/18900 8/19900 Accepts cards
By admin on 6/26/2012 1:40 PM
Honeymoons on Paradise: 2 guests - 7 nights: $6500
Anniversaries on Paradise: 2 guests - 7 nights: $6990
By admin on 6/14/2012 1:30 PM



AKASHA Summer Sale

Book Akasha at an amazing rate of $39,950

 

Between the dates 23rd June to 27th July 2012 in the BVI
 or
Between 27th June and 23rd July 2012 in St Maarten

Included in this special offer:

2 Complimentary Massage from masseuse, Kim.

5 scuba dives with scuba diving instructor, CJ.

Fully inclusive except for: cruising taxes & fees, special request wine, champagne, communications, additional massage services, scuba diving instruction or dockage.

Akasha and her full time crew will sail your group of up to 10 guests around the beautiful islands throughout the Caribbean including the Grenadines, British Virgin Islands (BVI), Grenada, St Maarten, Antigua, Guadeloupe, providing you with the holiday experience of a lifetime, whatever your charter requirements.

At the 2009 prestigious Charter Yacht Society Show, Akasha was awarded the Best in Show award - a true testament to the tireless efforts of the crew in providing a Caribbean sailing vacation that is at the top of it's class.

We invite you to browse the pages of our website to see for yourself how Akasha truly is unrivalled for the ultimate in luxury Caribbean yacht charter vacations. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like to receive further information about Akasha and our Caribbean charter vacations.

Yacht Website:http://www.akasha.com/
Website PDF:     http://www.akasha.com/docs/akasha_brochure_sm.pdf

We look forward to receiving your enquiries
By admin on 3/15/2012 8:15 PM

America's Cup - The culmination of more than 35,000 man hours and a tremendous amount of hard work on the part of the entire team came to fruition today when Artemis Racing sailed with the team’s first AC72 wing.

While the Defender and other Challengers for the 34th America’s Cup have chosen to train and test elements for the AC72 catamarans using smaller boats, specifically AC45 and SL33 catamarans, Artemis Racing opted to build a full size wing from the outset.

'We chose the full scale strategy. Our decision was more time consuming, but it allows us to learn how to handle this powerful wing. Before performance, there is the safety of our team. San Francisco Bay in July and August is an unforgiving place' said CEO Paul Cayard.

Towering more than 13 stories high, the AC72 wing is a pure work of art. The 40 metre high structure, predominantly built of carbon fibre, measures 260 square meters yet weighs just over one tonne.

'It was a team effort. It was amazing to see the wing out on the water. It looks great, but at the same time threatening. We will be going through a series of structural tests in the next few days,' said Principal Designer Juan Kouyoumdjian.

This is Artemis Racing’s first entry to the America’s Cup.
By admin on 3/5/2012 12:26 AM

The America's Cup is the Super Bowl of yacht racing -- but it's certainly not the Super Bowl of television rights fees.

Networks fork over billions for the privilege of airing pro sports like football and their lucrative postseason championships. Yet, tucked away in today's AP story about NBC obtaining the rights to broadcast the forthcoming America's Cup was this interesting line:

NBC Sports Group is not paying a rights fee. ... America's Cup officials will acquire air time and offer commercial time first to their own sponsors.

Stephen Barclay, the chief operating officer of the America's Cup Event Authority, tells SF Weekly this was no misprint. Not only is NBC getting the rights to the Cup for free, race organizers must buy airtime.

What's more, Barclay continues, Cup organizers are investing far more than ever before in making yachting a television-friendly sport. As the equation stands, the Cup stands to lose a boatload of money in the short-term.

Yet that was the plan, Barclay says.
By admin on 12/14/2011 6:49 PM

Abyss Boards the newest tow-able water sport allows you to "fly" underwater.


Abyss Boards has just debuted a boat towable board that allows it's rider to dive and cruise underwater. The Abyss Board performs tricks and maneuvers while exploring beneath the surface. Wakeboarding, waterskiing and other towable water sports are limited to the surface. The Abyss Boards makes the first board that can be ridden both above, and below the wake. “It combines fighter jet maneuvers with underwater exploration, there’s really nothing like it,” said Eric Healy, aeronautical engineer and Abyss Board inventor. “Cruising on the Abyss Board allows you to explore underwater landscapes and see marine life in a new way”.


The Abyss Board is about the size of a boogie and towed slowly behind a boat, this simple device lets you steer yourself around under the water. With separate control of right and left side wings, you can dive; rise, bank, and barrel roll your way through the water. You can use it with a snorkel, or just keep popping up to the surface to get a breath. The feeling is described by the manufacturer as something like personal flight. The front of the board deflects water around the rider’s shoulders and arms to decrease water resistance. The board’s design makes it safe and easy to use. When the rider lets go or if the boat stops it floats back to the surface. Since it is designed to be used with a life jacket, the rider floats back up as well. A snorkel is used to take breathes in between dives.

By admin on 12/13/2011 11:23 AM
Jules Verne Trophy: Banque Populaire knocks over three days off record

The 147’ Maxi Trimaran Banque Populaire is attempting to set a new around the world non-stop sailing record for which the holder is awarded the prestigious Jules Verne Trophy.   Less than a week after crossing the Cape of Good Hope and their entry into the Indian Ocean, the crew of the Maxi Banque Populaire V have crossed the Cape Leewin at 9:29am on Saturday 10th October, getting once again a new reference time between these two Capes
By admin on 12/8/2011 3:08 PM


143' Van Mill STARSHIP Sleeps 11 guests in 5 staterooms

143' Van Mill STARSHIP Sleeps 11 guests in 5 staterooms

Yacht Starship offers you the ultimate experience in luxury and style while enjoying a crewed motor yacht charter. Luxury Motor Yacht Starship is an amazing and classic super yacht with vast areas for either entertainment or relaxation in total luxury. The yacht starship offers three casual dining areas, one formal dining area and a full bar with a full line of tropical drinks, so luxury motor yacht Starship is an ideal charter boat for entertaining or romance. You can enjoy the superior views from the sun deck whilst relaxing on the sun pads or while enjoying the Jacuzzi. M/Y Starship offers many features including...
By admin on 11/22/2011 6:11 PM

I've just finished attending several boat shows featuring most of the yachts in the Caribbean charter yacht fleet. These shows are an exclusive venue for charter yacht broker's to inspect the yachts and interview the crews.  The BVI Yachts Society' show was by far the largest of the shows with over 70 boats in attendance. Best in show went to the catamaran Avalon, a Lagoon 62 that entered the fleet midseason this year and was featured in our March Newsletter. Also featured in one of our recent newsletters,  the 62' Catsy took the honors for best Catamaran over 50'.
I wish I could pick sports winners as well as I do yachts as we have featured all four  category winners in newsletters over the last year.
By admin on 11/22/2011 9:49 AM

San Diego saved the best for last, testing the international America’s Cup World Series fleet with the strongest winds of the week, with gusts approaching 20 knots on Sunday afternoon, making for great racing conditions. The teams didn’t disappoint the fans gathered on Broadway and Navy Piers – the race was full of intrigue, with plenty of lead changes on the race course, and lots of near misses and thrills and spills from start to finish.
By admin on 11/14/2011 10:23 AM

SAN DIEGO — Famed hardwood courts from Madison Square Garden to the United Center and the Staples Center may be empty so far this season due to the National Basketball Association (NBA) players' strike but college basketball jumps off to a great start today with #1-ranked University of North Carolina Tarheels playing the unranked Michigan State Spartans in the first ever Quicken Loans Carrier Classic — on the deck of the USS aircraft carrier Carl Vinson in honor of Veteran’s Day.

The USS Carl Vinson, which buried 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden at sea last May, underwent a complete overhaul (see the above video) over the last nine days as its flight deck was transformed into a basketball arena complete with a hardwood court made of maple, plywood and pine, as well as seating for approximately 7,000 spectators.

President Barack Obama is expected to be in attendance along with basketball greats Earvin "Magic" Johnson, who attended Michigan State University and James Worthy who attended the University of North Carolina. Johnson and Worthy will act as honorary team captains.

ESPN will carry the event live at 4 p.m. Pacific time. In case of inclement weather a duplicate hardwood basketball court and bleacher seating for approximately 2,000 was erected in the ship's hanger bay.

By admin on 11/7/2011 1:04 PM

BVI Kite Jam 2012

The third annual BVI Kite Jam 2012 is scheduled this coming February 25 - March 3, 2012.     
The event will take place in and around North Sound Virgin Gorda, BVIs and  will include a leg to Anegada!   
 Sir Richard Branson, an avid kite boarder himself, is hosting this weeklong event, along with the BVI Tourist Board. It is open to professionals and amateurs alike.                                                     
Kite Surfing is a water sport in which the rider is pulled through the waves on a surf board while being propelled by a large controllable kite.  The British Virgin Islands are a great destination to engage in this sport.  Steady trade winds, warm sunny weather and great beaches equal a dream vacation.   
Sir Richard Bronson, who resided on his own island in the BVI until his house burned down earlier this year has been a great supporter  and sponsor of this extreme sport. Often while sailing by Necker Island, several kites can be seen around Eustatia Sound. Sir Richard as been quoted as saying, “Kite Surfing is one of my favorite sports”

By admin on 11/6/2011 12:00 PM

TAKAPUNA


Offering new rate options . . . 

 

Christmas 2011 and New Year’s 2012 in the Virgin Islands

2/$55,000  3-4/$57,000  5-6/$59,000   7-8/$62,000

These holiday rates are ALL-INCLUSIVE

7 night minimum and valid in the USVI and BVI only

 

Christmas 2011 and New Year’s 2012 Down Island

1-8 guests $49,000 plus all expenses

7 night minimum, please inquire for possible repositioning fee

 

ALL-INCLUSIVE rates for the USVI and BVI

2 @ $45,000   3-4 @ $47,000   5-6 @ $49,000   7-8 @ $52,000

These 7 night rates are valid in the USVI and BVI

Not valid for Christmas or New Year’s

Minimum charter of 3 nights

 

$39,900 PLUS ALL EXPENSE OPTION

1-8 @ $39,900 for 7 nights plus all expenses

Not Valid for Christmas or New Year’s

Valid for down island charters, repositioning fee may apply, minimum 7 nights

Valid in the BVI & USVI with minimum 3 nights

 

Link to eBrochure 

Virgin Islands Sailing
By admin on 11/3/2011 4:21 PM
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Having completed his mission to make the world’s biggest Fire Ball sculpture, local artist, Aragorn Dick-Read recently returned from a 7-week stint in China.
Mr. Dick-Read successfully completed his goal to build the world’s biggest Fire Ball sculpture as part of the 12th Annual China Changchun International Sculpture Symposium.
Fire Balls have become Dick-Read’s signature works of art and have found their greatest acclaim as the focal attraction at the Fire Ball Full Moon parties held every month in Trellis Bay, Beef Island. Thousands of visitors to the BVI have enjoyed the entrancing spectacle of the Fire Balls set ablaze on water, and many collectors from throughout the world have commissioned Dick-Read to make Fire Balls for their private collections.
By admin on 10/21/2011 12:42 PM
Surfbird is a 2006 build that was refit in 2011. The owner just redid the interior in eco-friendly eucalyptus, which looks pretty darn magnificent in the photographs thanks to the interior's 8-foot-high ceilings. The cabin arrangements look ideal to me for three couples with a gaggle of kids. One cabin has a king-size bed, two of the cabins have queen-size beds, and the fourth cabin has a queen-size bed with a bunk-style Pullman berth above it, plus another single bed on the opposite side of the room.
By admin on 10/14/2011 8:17 AM
  Where are you most dying to go before you, er....die? Author Dave Freeman, in his best-selling 1999 book, "100 Things to Do Before you Die," composed a list that combined exotic, gorgeous destinations with rich, surprising cultural experiences. We thought now might be a good time to update his list.

We'd have asked Freeman for his own ideas, but he died in 2008, having done about 50 of his own 100 things, according to his aunt, interviewed by the L.A. Times. The lesson seems obvious: Gather ye rosebuds while ye may. The following experts recommend their own favorite destinations and experiences.

Karen Schaler, editor of TravelTherapyTrips.com and author of "Travel Therapy: Where Do You Need to Go?"

Sailing in the British Virgin Islands. Here are crystal-clear waters and talcum-powder soft sands white as sugar. "Chartering your own sailboat and stopping by Peter Island, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke islands [is] a glorious experience." And don't forget, she says, to try one of the Islands' famous "pain killer" cocktails. They're made with three kinds of rum, fruit juice and nutmeg.

Grape Harvest, Bordeaux, France. Taking part in the harvest -- "getting your hands dirty" by picking and sorting grapes is a hands-on experience unlike any other, says Schaler. "The harvest is only about two weeks long, and no one knows exactly when it will be." That lends an element of drama to your quest. "It's not the kind of thing you can plan for a year in advance," she says. "It depends on temperature and grape yield." The fact that the harvest's timing is only by "the luck of the draw," she thinks, only adds to picking's appeal.

Skiing in Zermatt, Switzerland. "Skiing in the shadow of the Matterhorn," Schaler calls incomparably romantic. That, and "sipping Swiss wine in ski chalets," she says, combine to make "one of my top ski experiences in the world." Not only is Zermatt "one of the most beautiful villages in the alps," it's quaint, owing to the fact that it prohibits cars. So, you may break your leg; but it won't be because you were hit by a Ford Taurus.
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Heather Mikesell, executive editor at American Spa Magazine, says the following are on her short-list of the world's essential soaks.

Chiva-Som Spa, Thailand. Mikesell calls this "a transformational place" where a pilgrim's full range of needs--cosmetic, nutritional and spiritual--are all addressed. "It treats your whole mind, body and spirit," she says. "You can totally transform your life, if you're seeking to make a lifestyle change. They help you work on everything under the sun." Want your energy read? They can read it. You might want to have your chakras lengthened before you go, just to give the staff more challenge. A small but nice touch: a basket of exotic fruits is delivered fresh daily to your doorstep, brimming, she says, with "dragon fruit, crazy Asian fruits."

Deception Island Hot Springs, Antarctica. Deception Island, in the Antarctic Peninsula, has natural springs that offer bathers an other worldly experience: Amidst the ice and snow, in a setting where you can watch 'bergs sailing past, you can immerse yourself in waters delightfully warm. One minute you're shivering in your polar fleece, the next you're swimming in what might as well be bath water.
By admin on 10/12/2011 1:49 PM
Per Cabin Charters
Here's a great opportunity for those of you that would like to and enjoy all of the amenities of a  private charter yacht vacation but don't have enough guests in your party to charter the entire  yacht.
A good friend of mine has several time share weeks that he would like to sell on a per cabin basis on any of the yachts belonging to the Tradewinds Cruising Club, He is interested in selling them at a considerable discount. Tradewinds is one of the only companies that I know of that sells charters on upscale yachts on a per cabin basis. They have  charter facilities throughout the world. You can take your choice of destinations including the  BVIs, Antigua, Grenadines, Greece, Turkey, Panama, Belize, Fiji, and St Martin.  If you're interested in this opportunity please let mesalon know what destinations you are interested in and the time frame and I'll check and see what dates and accommodations are still available and what the discounted rate is. He has 5 cabin weeks that he wants to sell so you could have more than one cabin if your group was more than a single cabin.This is a very reputable company and has one of the largest privately  owned  charter fleets in the world. You can view their introductory video here.   
Belize

By admin on 10/12/2011 1:23 PM
I've always felt that a sailing yacht vacation is the ultimate way to relax and enjoy the British Virgin Islands however, if you have the inclination to spend some time ashore I have a great recommendation. I just had the opportunity to visit and inspect  the villas at Villa Aquamare this week. I can't think of a better choice than one of these beachfront villas for a shore-side getaway .  These three villas situated on the west shore of Virgin Gorda offer  beautifully maintained  architecture and landscaping, and  accommodations with all the amenities for up to thirty six guests .
 
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These spacious  villas provides eight thousand square feet of air conditioned luxury. The villas feature thirty foot vaulted ceilings, Travertine marble , rich hardwoods, natural local stonework, private waterfront  pools, gourmet kitchens, and inside and outside dining areas. Each of Aquamare's suites have open, yet completely sheltered marble bath areas with separate outdoor shower rooms. With three master suites, one double room and one studio, each villa accommodates up to 12 guests. All five bedrooms feature comfortable Galleyspacious areas and ample balconies with spectacular views of the in Drake Channel Islets and some of the most breathtaking sunsets in the Caribbean. You have the option of renting one villa  or If  you are looking to accommodate a large group you may rent two or three.  The three villas can accommodate up to36 people in one private enclave. There is reduced pricing available if you don't require the use of all the bedrooms in the individual villas.

Aquamare's private Beach Park is the ideal setting for destination weddings and small meetings and the combined villas are perfect for corporate retreats.

 

After spending an activities filled week sailing throughout the Virgin Islands an additional week at the Villa  Aquamere would give you the opportunity to totally relax and be laid-back before heading home.  

Catering

With some of the best private chefs in the Caribbean on the Island, we can pre-arrange part time or full time catering or you can cook for yourself. In some cases it might also be possible to have one of our former chefs available on site for you. All the suites and galleys include all the amenities that you would expect from a five star facility.  

Beach Bed 
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 Spa Services

On site spa treatments are also available in the comfort of your villa, on your balcony, or water's edge. Treatments include deep tissue or hot stone massages, as well as detox body wraps.  

 

Really there
Just wanted you to know I really checked the Villas Out 

The property is offering several special incentives during different time periods. Let us know the number of guests in your group and the dates that you are interested in and we will see what if any special rates are available
By admin on 9/8/2011 9:19 AM
Tropical Depression 14 was named Tropical Storm Maria late this morning, as well. The storm is still pretty far east in the Atlantic, 1,200 miles east of the Leeward Islands, but is moving quickly to the west at 23 mph. According to the National Hurricane Center, Maria looks well-organized on satellite, "but not really." If you look closely at satellite loops (especially the loops that you can catch before the sun sets in that area), you'll see the surface circulation is located to the west of the strongest thunderstorm activity.


Well-organized tropical cyclones will be vertically stacked in the atmosphere, with the strongest thunderstorms directly on top of the surface circulation. Maria's disjointed-ness is likely due to a pretty strong clip of wind shear (30 knots worth) in the area. This would usually be deadly for a tropical cyclone of Maria's strength, but since the storm is moving so quickly to the west, the Hurricane Center is forecasting the storm to remain somewhat intact for the next 5 days, although the forecast is for no intensification. Models are coming into better agreement on the track of this system.
By admin on 9/6/2011 4:11 PM
Sauter Carbon Offset Design presents the DynaWing AC72, the 34th America’s Cup Challenger that could prove to be faster and certainly less prone to capsize than the Oracle 22 meter Racing Cat with a 40 meter Wingsail.
By admin on 9/6/2011 3:43 PM
The National Parks Trust of the Virgin Islands earlier today informed that the Wreck of the RMS Rhone Marine Park has been re-opened.
By admin on 9/6/2011 3:33 PM

The British Virgin Islands’ only Marine Park has been closed until further notice after a cargo ship ‘Tropic Sun’ ran aground in the vicinity.

The incident occurred sometime around 10:00pm on Sunday evening where the 350 foot container vessel ran aground.

Speaking with this Publication the Managing Director of Island Shipping and Trading, Mr. Chris Haycraft, the agent of Tropical Shipping assured that the Marine Park landmark namely the Wreck of Rhone has not been damaged.

The modern double skin vessel has suffered significant damage to the Hull but Mr. Haycraft says that given the design of the ship there is no leakage of lubricants or any harmful agents to the area.

The Director of the BVI National Parks Trust, Mr. Joseph Smith Abbott, has advised the public that the Wreck of the Rhone National Park will be closed until further notice confirming also that the cargo vessel has run aground the waters comprising the marine national park.

He stated that the closure was decided upon to ensure the safety of all park users and in the mean time mariners are asked to exercise caution whilst sailing in the area.

Mr. Haycraft told the VI Standpoint that it is currently unclear what caused the incident and an investigation has been launched.

He said too that while there were two specialists already onboard assisting with the situation a professional salvage team is being flown in and should be on deck by this afternoon.

He said that when the team arrives they will be charting a way forward on how to best remove the vessel.

According to Mr. Haycraft the shipping company is working in tandem with all of the relevant agencies including the Shipping Registry, Disaster Management and Port Authorities among others.

Once all goes well the vessel is expected to be removed from the area within a matter of days with no damage to the historic site.

The effected closure of the Wreck of Rhone has been described as a precautionary measure.

The Wreck of the Rhone located Off Salt Island is the first and only Marine National Park in the British Virgin Islands.

It is the most celebrated diving site in the BVI, and a major recreational attraction. The park includes examples of fringing reef habitat and sea grass beds. The wreck is that of a Royal Mail Steamer, a British packet ship which sunk during the hurricane of 1867 with 125 people on board.

By admin on 9/6/2011 2:53 PM

Hurricane season is half over, so far so good however there is a system developing in the Atlantic that could give us some problems this weekend.

Irene gave us a bit of a scare and a lot of rain, but nothing compared to what it unleashed on the East Coast last week.

 

Last week I had an inquiry for a ten guest yacht for the New Year's week and was surprised that there just weren't any boats still available that fit the client's requirements. Luckily they were flexible on dates and we were able to arrange a Christmas week charter instead. The New Year's week has always been the most popular week for sailing vacations in the Caribbean with Christmas week runs a close second. Though the selection of yachts available for New Year's is very limited, there are still quite a few great boats available for this year's Christmas week. If you're considering a charter anytime in the near future now is the time to start planning as the popular boats are still very busy.

I'll be attending four charter yacht shows stateside and in the Caribbean during the months of October, November and December. These trade only shows give us the opportunity to inspect the boats and interview the crew's that will be promoting in the future. I'll be updating you on the "Best in Show" yachts after each show.

 

.Here is a sampling of the yachts still available for this year's Christmas week. ___________________________________________________ 

   

LADY JOY 157 Feet 

Lady Joy

Accommodate 12 guests in 6 cabins. 

$ 250,000  Week + All Expenses

Minimum. 10 Days  for Christmas week.

Brochure  

Lady Joy was launched in 2007. Built by Christensen Yachts she is the epitome of refined elegance and five star luxury. M/Y Lady Joy features state of the art and modern touches including an elevator service to all of her decks. Lady Joy offers three large decks as well as six staterooms with en-suite bathrooms. She has numerous areas throughout the vessel to entertain, dine and relax while her professional and friendly staff takes care of your every whim. I had the personal tour a year back as one of my former crew was the captain at the time. 

   

WHISPER 116 Feet.Whisper

Sleeps 6 Guests 1 Queen

 1 Duble 

 2 Twins

 $75,000 For 6 Guests + All  Expenses

 Brochure 

 

Sailing yacht WHISPER is a fantastic 116' sloop  launched in 2003.by Dutch builders Holland Jachtbaow. WHISPER is truly a superb sailing super yacht. She offers a lovely wooden interior of the highest possible build quality and design along with powerful sailing capabilities. She has excellent views from her well designed raised pilot house/bar area. Her generous cockpit, which can seat up to 10 guests, is another well designed space for dining with its bimini sun shade. There is also a full width salon with dining area.  

S/Y WHISPER provides accommodation for up to 6 lucky charter guests in three large and well equipped en-suite cabins. Her full beam master has a centerline Queen bed and a steam shower in the en-suite. The guest cabin has a double bed, also with unsuited facilities. The guest with twin beds also offers en-suite with shower.

 

 

ANDROMEDA LA DEA 154 Feet  

 

 

Accommodates 8 Guests

1 King .

 2 Queens

 2Twins

$150,000 Week 8 Guests +All expenses

 

Brochure

ANDROMEDA LA DEA is a modern day legend in the sailing world and the first Perini to circumnavigate the globe and visit both the Arctic and the Antarctic. This 154 foot ketch is ideal for clients who demand all the trappings of a luxurious cruise but are not willing to sacrifice performance. ANDROMEDA LA DEA features interiors of uncompromising elegance, style and pedigree. The main salon features a fire place and 50inch plasma screen, full cinema surround sound system. Forward is the formal dining area seating eight and adjacent mahogany wet bar with barstools.

 

This award winning charter yacht has spacious accommodation for nine guests. The full width master stateroom has a king bed, his and hers facilities, a walk in closet, plasma screen tv, and a private study and exquisite linens and amenities.

 

 

 Felicia 65 Feet

Accommodates 8 guests in 4 cabins. 

1 King.

3 Queen .

 $28,000  Week 8 Guest All Inclusive

Brochure

Felicia's elegance sets her apart from most other catamarans available for charter. A 65ft long catamaran, she is incredibly spacious and she has been constructed and maintained to extremely high standards.

Not only does she provide an ideal environment for groups of up to 8 adults but she is equally well suited to a large family vacation of up to 10 people or two families who wish to relax together.

Her guest accommodation comprises 4 double cabins and one small twin cabin, each with their own en-suite facilities, a huge saloon which includes a bar, indoor dining table and a writing & games desk. The cabins and saloon are all air-conditioned and both master cabin and saloon benefit from TVs with video and DVD players for which a substantial library of films is available on board. The crew's quarters are accessed completely independently.

 

FANTASY ISLAND 58 Feet  

Accomodates 8 Guests in 4 Cabins

4 Queens  

$27,025.00  Week 8 Guests All inclusive

 Brochure 

Fantasy Island

Modern lines add a feeling of spaciousness everywhere. The entire yacht is air-conditioned and there is a new tender for water-skiing and wakeboarding. FANTASY ISLAND has wifi access onboard as well as laptops available for passengers use. There are also Ipod connections available. 

Diving included for certified divers.

 

JET STREAM 45 Feet.

Accommodates 6 guests in 3 cabins  

3 Queens

 $24,850.00 Week 6 Guests All Inclusive 

 Brochure  Jet Stream

JET STREAM is a Leopard 45, a former Cruising World Boat-of-the-Year. This luxury sailing catamaran sails like a dream. She features three  queen-sized guest cabins with en suite heads and showers. JET STREAM is air conditioned throughout. For the guests' enjoyment, JET STREAM has stereo, CD, DVD and tape players, and TV, with libraries of titles for each. For the musically inclined onboard, there are piano, guitar and drums. 

 

SCORPIO 52 Feet

Accomodates 3 guests 

Scorpio

 $7,040.00  Week 3 Guest All incluusive  

1 Double  

1 Single

 Brochure  

There is a shortage of small yachts for two guests at a reasonable price that offers SCUBA. Scorpio not only offers diving, but the crew enjoy diving and they have an onboard compressor along with SCUBA gear and Richard is a PADI Dive Master. The yacht has all the amenities you could ask for in a smaller yacht including air conditioning. I had a father and his two children on board for a charter last April and they gave Scorpio rave reviews. 

By admin on 7/28/2011 7:54 AM

 

› Pacific Northwest

 

 

PACIFIC YELLOWFIN

 

 

PACIFIC YELLOWFIN

British Columbia, Canada
114'/ 34.7 m
8-12 guests in 4 cabins
$65,000/week INCLUSIVE

Click for Rate Details

Bookings

2011:
Jul 24 – Jul 28 Booked
Aug 07 – Aug 21 Booked
Aug 26 – Aug 31 Booked
Sep 02 – Sep 05 Booked
Sep 14 – Sep 18 Booked

 

 

www.yachtnw.com/py (with video, itineraries, maps, etc.)
www.viewyacht.com/pacificyellowfin
www.charterbrochure.com/pacificyellowfin

Click for booking Details

 

 

Blue Divider

 

SURFBIRD

 

 

SurfBird

Alaska
112'/ 34.1 m
10 guests in 4 cabins
$30,000 – $50,000/6 nights INCLUSIVE

Click for Rate Details

Bookings

2011:
Jul 19 – Aug 02 Booked
Aug 12 – Aug 27 Booked

 

 

www.viewyacht.com/surfbird

Click for booking Details

 

Blue Divider

 

ALASKAN STORY

 

 

Alaskan Story

Alaska
92'/ 28 m
9 guests in 4 cabins + lounge
$22,100 – $40,000/6 nights + 2 hotel nights INCLUSIVE

Click for Rate Details

Bookings

2011:
May 11 – Aug 27 Booked

2012:
Jun 10 – Jun 16 Booked
Jun 26 – Jul 02 Booked
Jul 03 – Jul 09 Booked
Jul 30 – Aug 05 Booked
Aug 23 – Aug 29 Booked

 

 

www.yachtnw.com/akstory2(With Video)
www.viewyacht.com/alaskanstory

Click for booking Details

 

Blue Divider

 

SUMDUM

 

 

Sumdum

Alaska
81'/ 24.7 m
9 guests in 4 cabins
$38,500/6 nights INCLUSIVE

Click for Rate Details

Bookings

2011:
Jul 28 – Aug 31 Booked

 

 

www.viewyacht.com/sumdum

Click for booking Details

 

Blue Divider

 

TOY BOX II

 

 

Toy Box 2

British Columbia, Canada
80'/ 24.4 m
6 guests in 3 cabins
CAD $18,000 - CAD $25,000/6 nights
Bareboat + 12% tax + EXPENSES

Click for Rate Details

Bookings

2011:
Jul 30 – Aug 5 Booked
Aug 13 – Sep 04 Booked
Sep 17 – Sep 23 Booked

 

 

www.viewyacht.com/toybox2

Click for booking Details

 

By admin on 6/15/2011 10:54 AM

DREAMING ON

DREAMING ON

Dreaming On - 10% off published 7 day rates until August 2011

Expires: 01/Aug/2011

OTEKA

OTEKA

SUMMER 2011 BONUS

Oteka offers a 20% commission for all bookings occurring in June and July, 2011

Expires: 31/Jul/2011

PENTESILEA II

PENTESILEA II

HALF-BOARD CHARTERS

Includes all breakfasts, 4 Lunches and 3 dinners aboard

(Meals not included to be take ashore at guests expense)

Save off the Regular Full-Board Rates

8 guests - Save $1200

6 guests - Save $900

4 guests - Save $600

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Children 15 and under - plus $375 each

Expires: 31/Jul/2012


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Expires: 28/Jan/2012

SOUL'S CALLING

SOUL'S CALLING

Take 10% off the listed rates for charters occurring in June, July, and August, 2011, aboard Souls Calling.

Expires: 31/Aug/2011

YES DEAR

YES DEAR

10% discount on all charters up to & incuding 8-pax occurring prior to 1 August 2011 (does not apply to charters outside the BVI).

Expires: 31/Jul/2011

By admin on 4/14/2011 9:16 PM

The Clampetts are here, Your Majesty…BRITAIN/

It turns out when Kate Middleton marries Britain’s Prince William in a couple of weeks, her family is going to stay someplace called the Goring Hotel while they are in London. It may be part of the Econo Lodge chain, but I could be wrong.

BRITAIN/These photos above and below show where William’s family lives, and on the right you can see the itty-bitty place where the Middletons will be.

According to some quick online research, Buckingham Palace has 52 bedrooms and 78 bathrooms. They can’t spare a couple of rooms for the future in-laws?

How do you suppose Queen Elizabeth even broke that kind of news to Kate’s folks?

* * * * * * * * * *

BRITAIN/

Dear Commoners, allow me to say how happy I am that my grandson is marrying your charming daughter.

I do so look forward to meeting you! I shall call you “Mum and Dad Middleton,” and you may address me as “Your Majesty.”

Whilst you are in London for the wedding, you will be at a small hotel near my house. I believe a continental breakfast comes with the room. One hopes you will take the double-decker bus tour that goes past my residence, but please keep moving…

* * * * * * * * * *

By admin on 4/14/2011 3:49 PM
March 2011 April 2011 Apr. 12 - 17 Puerto Rico Rinc�n International Film Festival 2011 Apr. 14 - 19 Antigua and Barbuda Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 2011 Apr. 19 - 24 Curacao Curacao Challenge 2011: Slalom and Freestyle Windsurfing Competition Apr. 21 - 25 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Bequia Easter Regatta 2011 Apr. 23 - 25 Curacao Coupe Curacao 2011: 3rd International Friendship Veterans Fencing Tournament Apr. 24 - 29 Antigua and Barbuda Antigua Sailing Week 2011 Apr. 28 - 30 Caribbean 117th Penn Relay Carnival...
By admin on 4/14/2011 3:49 PM
April 2011 Apr. 19 - 24 Curacao Curacao Challenge 2011: Slalom and Freestyle Windsurfing Competition Apr. 21 - 25 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Bequia Easter Regatta 2011 Apr. 23 - 25 Curacao Coupe Curacao 2011: 3rd International Friendship Veterans Fencing Tournament Apr. 24 - 29 Antigua and Barbuda Antigua Sailing Week 2011 Apr. 28 - 30 Caribbean 117th Penn Relay Carnival Apr. 30 - May 08 Saint Lucia The 20th Annual Saint Lucia Jazz Festival 2011 May 2011 May 04 - 07 Curacao 2011 JCI Conference of the...
By admin on 4/14/2011 3:34 PM

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By admin on 4/13/2011 12:20 PM
I've recently been aboard Avalon another brand new yacht. A 62' Lagoon catamaran launched in September, 2010 Avalon is one of the new generation of fly-bridge catamarans offering space and comfort for up to 10 guests.
She has five double cabins with walk around queen size beds, all with
 generous en suite facilities and separate shower cubicles. She has an open and airy saloon with a
nearly 360 degree view, and a wide fly-bridge all come together to create floating elegance, style,
 and utility. Combine these excellent design factors with an outstanding and experienced crew and
you have a little bit of chartering-heaven in the British Virgin Islands.    Avalon is crewed by
Paul Johnson and Melissa Murphy who operated Saga Boy(a 57' Lagoon cat)  in the BVI for the past
 two years before bringing Avalon across from France last November. .   Paul has been sailing since
the age of four. For two years Paul studied at Falmouth Marine School.  He is a Commercially Endorsed
Yachtmaster Offshore as well as an RYA Senior Dinghy Instructor, RNLI trained beach lifeguard and a
 PADI open water diver.   Paul enjoys windsurfing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding and saltwater fishing.
Prior to chartering in the BVIs Paul was based in Tobago and has considerable experience sailing in the
 Grenadines and the other Windward Islands,

 

Melissa is from was brought up sailing dinghies from a young age. She has always enjoyed entertaining
and gained her formal culinary training at the Rosie Davies Cookery School.  Modern European and Asian
style dishes are a specialty, but all of Melissa's menus are tailored to her guests' specific preferences and
are created with a health conscious ethos.  You will feel just as safe with Melissa at the helm as Paul.
Melissa is also a Commercially Endorsed Yachtmaster Offshore, an RYA Dinghy Instructor, an RYA Powerboat Instructorand a aPADI Dive Master.

 

Currently, Avalon is priced at $31,000 for 10 guests.

 I consider this to be a bargain rate considering the quality of the yacht and the experience of the crew. She's already quite heavily booked.

 

If your considering a sailing vacation in the near
future you should be firming up arrangements now
as the popular yachts are booking up well in advance.

 

Sleeps 10 Guests in 5 Queen(s)
Online brochure: http://www.cyabrochure.com/eb/1637/xbdr/1191/1
Rates and Availability: http://www.cyabrochure.com/eb/1637/xbdr/1191/4
SCUBA: http://www.cyabrochure.com/scuba/1637/xbdr/1191

    

 

By admin on 4/11/2011 6:19 PM
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