Monday, November 22, 2010

BVI Charter Yacht Show Culinary Contest Winners

Last week I blogged about Viaggio wins 'Best Motor Yacht' at BVI Charter Show
I thought I would share with you the rest of the results:

Culinary Contest Winners

1st place:Lori Cady on Sabore
2nd place:Caro Uy on Toucan Play
3rd place:Lisa Mead on Viaggio

1st place: Caro Uy on Toucan Play

2nd place: Sylvie Vuillard on Tahuata
3rd place: Angela Smith on Caribbean Dream Dessert
1st place: Caro Uy on Toucan Play
2nd place: Angela Smith on Caribbean Dream
3rd place: Lisa Mead on Viaggio

Coffee Dish
1st place: Lisa Mead on Viaggio
2nd place: Caro Uy on Toucan Play
3rd place: Ann Gracie on Sandcastle

Best of Show & Category Winners

1st place:Blue Passion with Greg Langridge & Vanessa Bruc
2nd place:Cap II with Eddy Guzman & Enora Vern

Multihull under 50 feet
1st place:Viking Dream with Mark & Sally Duncan
2nd place:Genesis with Petr & Tracy Stejskal

Multihull over 50 feet
1st place:Secret Oasis with Richard Smit & Adele Schabort
2nd place:Tonina with Peter Kirkman & Karen Lye

Power Yacht
1st place:Viaggio with Darrel Hearne, Lisa Mead & Ashley McGowan

Best Yacht in Show
1st place:Secret Oasis with Richard Smit & Adele Schabort
2nd place:Catsy with Jim & Amanda Grant

For more information or to Charter any of these Exceptional Yachts call Emily Mack or Ellen Stewart Today! 800-382-9666

Thursday, November 18, 2010

PegLegs Round Tortola Race Begins in the BVI

For those on a Caribbean yacht charter, there is always some event going on that you can either participant in or simply be a spectator. This weekend marks the 41st Annual PegLegs Round Tortola Race sponsored by the Royal BVI Yacht Club and Nanny Cay Marina. This 36 mile event begins in the Sir Frances Drake Channel off Nanny Cay and then heads counter-clockwise around Tortola. The fleet will beat east up the Sir Francis Drake Channel, turn the corner at Great Camanoe, head on a downwind run to West End, where they will take a quick wiggle through Soper's Hole and then beat back to the finish off Nanny Cay. The Tortola record was made last year in a trimaran, Triple Jack, that circumnavigated Tortola in 3 hours, 33 minutes and 27 seconds. The monohull record is currently held by Jurakan with a time of 4 hours, 15 minutes and 5 seconds. Registration will be held at the Royal BVI Yacht Club Friday night. The cruising class race will start at 9:05am Saturday morning, followed by the racing and multihull classes at 9:35 am. Nanny Cay Marina is providing free overnight dockage for competing boats based outside Nanny Cay on Saturday night. A post-race party will begin at the Beach Bar as soon as the competitors finish. Like most BVI regattas, the reward is the bragging rights, however, record breakers will receive a free dinner at PegLegs for up to 15 crew members and a jeroboam (equal to 3 liters or 4 bottles) of champagne. For more information, about the PegLegs Round Tortola Race, contact Guy Phoenix at the Royal BVI Yacht Club: For those not familiar with the Nanny Cay Marina- Nanny Cay is located between Road Town and West End on Tortola. A fully equipped marina, it also offers a 40 room hotel and new waterfront townhouses for purchase and rental, two restaurants, a small supermarket, shops and boutiques, a dive shop, a water sports center, and a gym and spa. In addition to sponsoring the PegLegs Round Tortola Race, Nanny Cay is also host and presenting sponsor of the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival, and is host for several international regattas. If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend- cruise on over to Nanny Cay and watch as the fleet undertakes to beat the records as they make a complete circumnavigation of Tortola. - Donna

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Calling All Honeymooners!

Chris and Kelly from S/V Verna Breeze do a GREAT Honeymoon.

For $5,999 This is what the lucky couple gets:

French Champagne upon Arrival

Choice of 1:·

Jost Van Dyke ATV Ride

Island Tour (Island of Your Choice)

Couples Massage at Bitter End Yacht Club

Special Parting Gift

This is why you go on Verna Breeze:

#1 Repeat Client! They will always dream of coming back

Fishing is Our Specialty (We keep a BVI fishing license all year)

Full sun Awning & Hammocks

Walk in Spacious Cockpit with Hard Dodger

Casual Scuba Diving Included

15” Tender & 70HP Outboard W/Wakeboard, Kneeboard, & Tube

2 Ocean Kayaks

Plenty of Water Toys (chair floats, noodles, 2 person raft)

Under Water Camera

Underwater Night Light Fish Attractor

WIFI Onboard

Spacious Interior

Ice Maker

Premium Liquors & Wine

Unbelievably Great Food

Full A/C & Large Generator

Flat Screen TVs & Thousands of Hours of Entertainment

Stereo in All Cabins

Comfort! It’s like chartering a Motor Yacht That Sails!

Parting Gifts (Guest that stay 5 days or more receive a digital picture frame & VI chart)

See the yacht: Verna Breeze

Call Emily Mack or Ellen Stewart today for more information! 800-382-9666

Dominica Develops Coffee Industry

As I am working at my desk, I am sipping on a mug of coffee. Soon, that coffee may be grown and processed on the Caribbean island of Dominica. For those that have taken a Caribbean yacht charter to this breathtaking garden of Eden, you probably were overwhelmed with the plethora of spices, bananas, mangoes, cocoa and other fruits and vegetables that were growing all over the mountainous hills of this lush island. During the 1980s and '90s, farmers cut down their other cash crop trees (including coffee trees) and went into the banana business because of the relatively high prices the fruit attracted in Europe. On a visit to Dominica in 2004- the smell and sight of so many banana trees "blue-bagged" for export was enough to make your head spin. Yet, like so many things, times change- particularly in the banana industry. On a return trip to Dominica last year- it was painfully obvious that the market was no longer as strong as acres of banana plantations sat unattended and ripe fruit was left to rot on the trees. Nothing to fear, though. Dominica's farmers now have a a new opportunity and an available market as they turn back into coffee production in a significant way. The government of Dominica has signed an agreement with Venezuela to rehabilitate and expand coffee acreages in Dominica. Dominica has made 1.5 acres of land available at One Mile in Portsmouth where a coffee processing plant has already been installed by the Venezuelan government. Venezuela will be responsible for providing training to personnel operating the machinery and the producers of coffee as well as provide assistance for the rehabilitation and establishment of coffee fields in Dominica. With the intent to diversify agriculture on the island, the Minister of Agriculture points out that Dominica has the terrain, rainfall and soil type to produce a top quality brand name coffee. With new methods of harvesting coffee beans and new technologies in coffee production, the potential to produce large volumes of coffee is great. For those of you lucky enough to experience this incredible island on your next Caribbean yacht charter, - check out the store shelves when you are provisioning. Soon- you will be able to brew and sip your own mug of Dominica's joe! - Donna

Monday, November 15, 2010

Ins and Outs of Grenadines Charters

Ted and Gina from the Catamaran Cool Change sent me this and I wanted to share this great information with our readers.
Booking Charters in the Grenadines may appear a little complex to the uninitiated yet in practice it is no different to any other booking. Once one becomes aware of the best ‘hubs’ for airlines and being familiar with the easiest down-island routings as well as embarkation and disembarkation points it becomes a breeze.

The Grenadines offer something different to what charter guests may have encountered in other areas. One way to familiarize oneself with the area is to take a look at the annual magazine ‘In and Outs of the Grenadines’. (Publisher liaison officer; This magazine may be viewed online at alternatively copies are obtainable upon request by emailing:-
New York

There is also an excellent DVD production entitled ‘The Caribbean You’re Looking For’, this DVD is available without cost and can be obtained from the addresses above. We are certain that your clients will be most impressed with the presentation.

The local airline, SVG Air in association with Mustique Air and TIA 2000 also produce a magazine named ‘The Grenadine Air Alliance’ It showcases both The Grenadines as well as Grenada. Further information relating to it’s availability can be obtained by emailing the publishers at; or contact SVG Air’s CEO direct at :

Scuba Diving:

The Grenadines is well known for it’s scuba diving with most of the Islands offering reputable ‘rendezvous diving’ operators. ‘Cool Change’ will be very happy to arrange diving wherever and whenever your clients may require that activity, even up to the day before the dive. The average price for such a dive is around $ 90.00 USD (two tank dive).

Meeting the Yacht and Routings:

Typically 'Cool Change' will collect guests in St Vincent where the yacht will be anchored at Young Island Cut. The Captain will be on hand to greet the guests at the airport. In most cases this would be an evening start in which case we offer a complimentary first night on the yacht. If the guests choose to eat aboard on the
complimentary night they will be required to eat one evening meal ashore later during the charter

The Best Way To Get There:

Airline Hubs to use.

a) When heading South down-Island the choices are:
St Lucia Hewanorra International Airport served by major US airlines plus international airlines such as Jet Blue, Delta, American Airlines, US Airways, Air Canada, Westjet, British Air, Virgin Atlantic plus others.

Connect to St Vincent using SVG Airlines who operate a daily service.

Barbados International Airport served by most major US airlines as well as international airlines such as Jet Blue, Delta, American Airlines, US Airways, Air Canada, Westjet, British Air, Virgin Atlantic plus others.

Connect to St Vincent using SVG Airlines daily service departing 1600 hrs

b) When heading Northwards up-Island. Grenada International Airport served by American Airlines direct flight from Miami and Delta Airlines direct flight from New York JFK besides British Airways and Virgin Atlantic from the UK.

We strongly recommend avoiding Liat Airlines if at all possible due to unreliable service, if there is an improvement we will notify you.

Fees and Taxes:

Park Fees in the Tobago Cays are EC$ 10.00 ($3.75 USD) per person per overnight.

Tobago Cays EC$ 40.00 ($ 15.00 USD) per night if on a mooring ball.

Grenadines Cruising Taxes are EC$ 35.00 ($ 13.25 USD) per person per week.

Grenada Cruising Taxes are EC$ 75.00 ($28.50 USD) for the yacht.

Mustique Moorings (compulsory) EC$ 250.00 ($ 94.50 USD) for up to 3 nights.

The guests may choose to spend the first day or so at the resort ‘Young Island’ perhaps doing an island tour and learning more about St Vincent before setting off for the Grenadines. Should they wish to stay on the yacht during this period, complimentary first night will still be given however, the charter should be extended beyond a week to allow for the extra days spent in St Vincent.

First Port of call will be Bequia followed by Mustique (if requested), Canouan Island, Union Island, Palm Island, Petite St Vincent, Mayreau Island and The Tobago Cays.

The routing is flexible and can be rearranged to suit the guests’ preferences. Guests will disembark to fly back to their original ‘hub’ airport from Canouan or Union Island.

There are small airports on Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Union, and Carriacou served by small inter-island carriers such as SVG Air.

Contact Details:

Visit our website: Cool Change

Booking a charter out of Grenada is easy and convenient. There is however one consideration and that is traveling north from Grenada requires a crossing from Grenada to Carriacou. The trip takes around 6 hours and once leaving Grenada mainland we have to sail past ‘Kick ‘em Jenny’ an undersea volcano. The sea
between Carriacou and Grenada can be quite rough due to the volcano and is not recommended for sailors without strong stomachs.

So we have the perfect answer, fly direct to Grenada then use SVG Air from Grenada to Carriacou

These flights are numerous and very reasonable at $41.00 USD per person oneway.

Cool Change will collect guests in Carriacou and clear customs into The Grenadines at Union Island, a short sail. The charter route will be focused on the lower Grenadines around Tobago Cays, Union, Petit St Vincent and Canouan, should the guests wish to sail up north to Bequia and Grenada we will be happy to oblige. Flying into Grenada from the USA is via American Airlines direct from Miami or choose Delta direct from New York. Europeans can use either British Air or Virgin Atlantic.

While in Grenada, your clients may wish to book into one of the local resorts and spend a day or two touring the Island (recommended) before setting off to board Cool Change in Carriacou.

If the guests are dive enthusiasts, there is the opportunity to connect with local dive operators in Carriacou to dive some unique spots in the area.

Contact Details: Visit our website: Cool Change

To Book Cool Change call Emily Mack or Ellen Stewart today!

Friday, November 12, 2010

282' Seven Seas available January 15th Caribbean

282' SEVEN SEAS, sleeps 12 guests in 7 cabins, charter rate is $1,000,000/wk plus expenses.

Available in the Caribbean after January 15, 2011. Then in the Mediterranean for the Summer.

Email Tim Nelson for a password to see this magnificent yacht.

Viaggio wins 'Best Motor Yacht' at BVI Charter Show

With New Skipper, Darrel Hearne, at the helm, this gorgeous Yacht Viaggio wins the 2010 Charter Yacht Show in Tortola BVI for the second year running! This award is judged on the Yacht and the Crew as a Team, so many congratulations to Skipper Darrel, Chef Lisa, and Hosty 'Wonderwoman' Ashley, very well done indeed.

Darrel grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa He holds a commercially endorsed Royal Yachting Association Yachtmaster Ocean Skipper's ticket. He has lived and sailed in the Caribbean for the past six years, sailing on a variety of vessels in the charter industry (from beautiful and graceful Oyster sailboats, to a 118ft motor yacht).

He has extensive sailingexperience throughout the Caribbean, and knows where to find the best bars on most islands; essential knowledge for a charter-boat captain. His sailing adventures have taken him from sailing the Eastern US coastline, all the way through the Caribbean chain, and down to Venezuela and Columbia. In his travels he has swum with dolphins, had a 40-foot humpback whale breach right next to (and almost land on) his boat, and sailed through a hurricane. He is keen to experience two of these three things again. He is an experienced and seasoned sailor, with over 30,000 nautical miles in his log book on multiple yacht types. Darrel is a keen watersports fan,and loves to waterski, wakeboard, kiteboard and dive.He loves any excuse to get out on the water, and would be more than happy to get involved with any of the water-sport activities offered on the boat.

Chef Lisa Wins Culinary Awards

3 Top Awards at the Boat Show for Lisa and here

are her scrumptious offerings........In this photo to the left appetiser:- Shredded Roasted Jerk Chicken Spring Rolls on a bed of Summer Greens with a Papaya Cream Sauce

Photo to the right is the main course. Descripton: Caribbean Lobster with a light Thai Green Curry Broth with a side dish of toasted Coconut wild rice with a Popadom Garnish.

Dessert :- Wonton wrappers dusted with powdered sugar Tiered with Caribbean Coffee cream, summer berries on a bed of Creme Anglaise Cream with a soft toffee swirl and and a hard Toffee shard garnish

You know, sometimes things just come together and work perfectly. Such is the case with this Yacht Viaggio. Here you have a high quality beautifully designed Yacht with a happy skilled and professional Crew that works in harmony.This all blends together and what emerges is a truly 1st Class experience for those fortunate enough to step onboard.If it is you wish to spend quality time in a wonderful part of the world being pampered and relaxed into a blissful state, then here is your opportunity to do so.Special Anniversary, Birthday, Celebration of any sort, or just spoil someone you love. Call us and let us help you to make someone's day.

See the Yacht: VIAGGIO

Christmas is now open and available to book, so if anyone needs pampering.... you know how to find us. New Year is booked. Call Emily Mack or Ellen Stewart today! 800-382-9666

Thursday, November 11, 2010

St. Martin's Day

In the United States, November 11th is the day set aside to honor our war heroes and veterans. On the island of St. Martin, it is the day to honor a Roman soldier turned monk. St. Martin's Day, also known as the Feast of St. Martin, Martinstag, or Martinmas, is a time for feasting celebrations. The day honors a 4th Century Roman Soldier named St. Martin of Tours. He was baptized as an adult and became a monk. He was reportedly a kind man who led a quiet and simple life. The most famous legend of his life is that he once cut his cloak in half to share with a beggar during a snowstorm, to save the beggar from dying of the cold. From the late 4th Century , AC to the late Middle Ages, much of Western Europe, including Austria, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Portugal, Switzerland and the United Kingdom engaged in a period of fasting beginning on the day after St. Martin's Day. This fast period lasted 40 days, and was called "Quadragesima Sancti Martini" - Latin for "the forty days of St. Martin." This was the time when autumn wheat seeding was completed and hiring fairs where held where farm laborers would seek new posts. On the eve of St. Martin, people ate and drank heartily for a last time before they started to fast. This period of fasting was later shortened and called "Advent" by the Church. The island of St. Martin was apparently "discovered" by Columbus on this day, and hence, the island was so named in honor of the soldier/monk. For those that happen to be on a Caribbean yacht charter to the island of St. Martin during this time, they will find a unique celebration that is much like the United States Halloween. Children will make their own paper lanterns and carry candles. In small groups, they will go through the streets door to door, singing songs about St. Martin in exchange for candy and other sweets.

If you are looking for a "treat" for your family- consider sailing away on the 46' catamaran, BELLA VITA for a vacation of a lifetime. She can accommodate 6 guests in three queen ensuite cabins. BELLA VITA has full air conditioning, Internet and many water sport activities. Captain Derek, along with First Mate/Chef Brenda have been sailing for 17 years. Both have captain licenses, and are open water dive certified. Derek believes vacations should be pretty simple: water, beach, a good book and sailing around with a cold drink in your hand. Brenda is an accomplished cook. BELLA VITA offers surprisingly diverse dining with a culinary variety that includes Southern comfort foods, seafood, down-home fare, fresh fruit and vegetables, and palate pleasing treats. Brenda also offers Vegan and Heart Healthy menus as well. To learn more, BELLA VITA  . Whether you have kids in tow or just want to become one again for a few days, Welcome aboard BELLA VITA where shoes are optional, but fun is required! - Donna

Discounts and Free Days!

2010 is winding down and what a year its been!
We have had many happy first time charter guests and seasoned sailors coming off charter who cant wait to get back onboard! Especially since they are now considered Repeat Clients and entitled to discounts! If you have been wanting to charter this year but haven't had the time until now it's not too late!
There are still some monohulls and cats available! Why not end 2010 with the best holiday you have ever had! Contact us now for availability in November and December! If you are still unable to pack up and go this year, now is the time to book a charter for next year!
More and more guests are booking early to be sure to secure the yacht of their choice, especially in the popular Spring and Summer months! Many Bareboat companies are offering free days after July 1 so not only can you sail or motor a beautiful yacht, you can do so for FREE! We are here to assist you whenever you are ready so please feel free to contact us anytime.
Call Joann or Melody Today! 800-382-9666

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


I Have just posted the 2011 Calendar of Caribbean Events.

JanuaryDec. 30, 2010 – Jan. 1:
Foxy’s Old Year Celebration- Jost Van Dyke, BVI

All month:

Guadeloupe International Film Festival

St. Barth’s Music Festival – St. Barth
Carriacou Sailing Series – Carriacou

19: Full Moon Parties at Bomba’s Shack and Trellis Bay – Tortola, BVI

St. Martin Classic Yacht Regatta – St. Martin

4snd Annual Spice Island Billfish Tournament – Grenada

42nd Annual Spice Island Billfish Tournament – Grenada
Round The Island Race- Antigua

Superyacht Cup – Antigua

26- Feb. 9:
16 th Annual Mustique Blues Festival – St. Vincent & The Grenadines
8 th Annual Mount Gay Music Festival – Bequia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines
29-Feb. 5:
De Caribbean Regatta – BVI


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Annual Literary Festival

This weekend marks the second annual Alliouagana Festival of the Word - a three day literary festival held on Montserrat. Bringing together acclaimed writers and readers from the Caribbean, North America, Australia and the United Kingdom, this year's theme is "Discovering New Worlds Through Words." The festivities kick off on Friday night with a grand opening ceremony and the launch event for a series of books about Montserrat, followed by a a musical explosion by Black Rhythm Band. On Saturday, there will be open-mic sessions, writing workshops, presentations and book signings, and a live dramatic staging of Edgar Nkosi White's play, Count It All Joy. The event culminates Sunday with more dramatic presentations, readings and workshops. The highlight of the evening will be the viewing of the recorded presentation of "My Little Island." The program, starring author, actor and the host of PBS Kids Reading Rainbow, LeVar Burton, is based on the children's book of the same name by author Frane Lessace and portrays life on the island of Monsterrat.

Monsterrat can be seen off the coast of Antigua. For those on a Caribbean yacht charter, it is an easy sail from Antigua, or there is a high speed ferry that can take you across. Besides the festival, visitors will have the opportunity to view the Soufriere Hills Volcano, explore Montserrat's slopes and mountainous vistas on the many hiking trails, catch a glimpse of the Montserrat Oriole while bird watching, snorkel and dive her pristine reefs, and tour the picturesque tropical landscape of the island. - Donna

Monday, November 8, 2010

Introducing a comfortable and well-equipped catamaran for 2-4 people! Did we mention it's affordable too?

We are pleased to announce a 2011 model Mahé 36 Evolution will be arriving in St. Thomas late December - just in time for a New Year charter! This highly anticipated catamaran features a host of improvements and new features to its predecessor, including a rigid cockpit bimini, redesigned galley, additional refrigeration, improved ventilation and numerous interior upgrades.

The innovative model makes catamaran sailing accessible to small groups and families on a reasonable budget while still offering the superior performance and construction qualities commonly found in larger, prestigious catamarans. The Mahé 36 Evolution was designed to meet three stringent objectives: to be affordable while offering excellent value for money, be ergonomic and comfortable, and lastly to possess outstanding sea performance with centralised handling.

This catamaran also features a sheltered open-plan cockpit, a clean and uncluttered deck layout, plus a raised helm station boasting 360-degree vision with easily accessible commands. The Mahé 36 Evolution’s innovative exterior design complements its outstanding performance. The two-cabin layout features two private suites with a door at the bottom of the companionways as well as two bathrooms. Amenities on this St. Thomas based yacht include air conditioning, generator, microwave, complete Raymarine electronics package, iPod/MP3 compatible stereo and much, much more. Please visit our web site for the full specs list and pictures:  Mahé 36 Evolution.

Again, you can charter this Mahé 36 starting as early as New Year 2011! Please contact Melody Delgado or Joann Higgins for availability and with questions ... 800-382-9666
Email-Melody  Email-Joann
New Article Spontaneous Fun Aboard a Caribbean Yacht Charter.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

New Hybrid Cruiser Joines The Le Boat Fleet!

Stop as often as you like to bike through a field of sunflowers, tour a local vineyard and winery, explore historic castles and museums or shop in lively, local markets.

The new Le boat 1500 series joins the number one European boating vacations fleet in the summer of 2011. Exclusive to Le Boat and unlike any other cruiser on the waterways, the Le Boat 1500 series boasts the very latest technology for efficient and effortless cruising.
Built by world-renowned Groupe Beneteau, she is a new generation hybrid cruiser offering a range of exciting features such as large solar panels that charge the boat’s battery bank which allows you to cruise under solar electric power – even on cloudy days. You can also cruise using the diesel powered engines. Also, the onboard electrical equipment all use reusable solar energy.

Another unique feature to this boat is the revolutionary joystick control which provides effortless maneuvering and mooring capability. As well as a conventional steering wheel on the upper and lower deck, the Le Boat 1500 series will have a joystick and unique underwater pivoting steering pod to maneuver the boat. With just a few simple movements you will be able to effortlessly steer and turn the boat. In combination with the powerful bow thruster the steering pod and joystick will make sideways maneuvering and parallel mooring extremely easy.
Along with the new technology this boat is designed for maximum comfort with spacious saloons, music systems, flat screen TVs and a DVD player. The boat will be available with either 4, 3 or 2 cabin configurations.

Each will have modern en-suite facilities for maximum privacy. Outside the huge top sundeck will be a great place for alfresco dining and for enjoy the spectacular countryside around you. This exclusive Le Boat 1500 series will be available in France, Italy and Germany in the summer of 2011 for your cruising pleasure.

Call Debbie Peterman today! 800-742-7641

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Glass Studio Coming to Cane Garden Bay

The British Virgin Islands has worked hard to preserve the beautiful environment. The latest innovation is a glass furnace/studio to address the problems of litter, and the accumulation of glass waste behind the Pockwood Pond incinerator.

Last week, a groundbreaking ceremony was held at Myett's in Cane Garden Bay as the first step towards getting the glass furnace. When completed, the studio will recycle bottles and other glass materials from restaurants in Cane Garden Bay. The recycled glass will be used to produce various glass products including jewelry and glass tiles for use in building applications. Lessons and glass blowing demonstrations will be offered at the studio.

Glass products are not the only beautiful thing around the area. There is nothing like spending time in the beautiful islands aboard a beautiful yacht, and there is nothing quite like BEGUILE.
Beguile is a 55' Tayana monohull that caters to couples. Beguile means to pass time pleasantly, and you certainly will be doing that on your Caribbean yacht charter aboard this beauty! Beguile is one of the largest monohulls in the Caribbean that is set-up for only 2 guests to cruise in complete luxury. Guests will enjoy the forward stateroom with a king size bed, private head with fresh-water vaccu-flush toilet and separate shower. Beguile is a sturdy yacht with gorgeous teak and holly joinery throughout the entire yacht. She boasts a luxurious salon with ultra-leather sofa, a beautiful wet bar and superior deck space with plenty of shade. If you enjoy activity, Beguile has skis, wake board, tube, snorkeling gear and 2 single kayaks. Or, if you want to just swing in the Caribbean breeze in a hammock and read while sipping a cocktail, you can do that too! Whatever you want to do, the crew of Beguile is there for you. Your professional crew will welcome you aboard as they share the enjoyment of sailing and the luxury of losing all sense of time and place in the beautiful waters of the Caribbean. If you want to have a vacation that is your most memorable, click to learn more about BEGUILE. - Donna


Recently, the 29th Moorings Interline regatta with an international gathering of airline employees, their family and friends descending on the British Virgin Islands for an outrageously fun week. Racers and spectators enjoyed 9 days of sailboat racing, live-aboard cruising, free sailing days and the event’s wildly renowned beach parties. The grand prize winner took home a Moorings charter for the 2011 event, which will be the biggest year ever – The Moorings Interline Regatta will celebrate its 30th anniversary!

Grenada Sailing Festival
January 28 to February 1, 2011 and February 4-6, 2011
Join us to kick off one of the Southern Caribbean’s most exciting sailing events, which is headquartered at the first-class Port Lois Marina and also known as the home of The Moorings new base in Grenada! An internationally acclaimed event, the annual 4-day Festival begins January 28th with international yacht racing from Grenada’s southern coast. Part of the southern Caribbean Circuit, the celebrations extend to a second week for a popular Work Boat Regatta from Grand Anse Beach.

31st St. Martin Heineken Regatta
March 3-6, 2011
Preparations for the 31st regatta are in full swing! Annually, this regatta always lives up to its mantra, “Serious Fun” with competitive offshore racing, evenings filled with beach parties, live Caribbean reggae, rum punch and Heineken. Bareboats are the largest and very competitive division. The island offers stunning scenery, excellent duty-free shopping, and a uniquely charming character European and Caribbean character. Make plans to join the fun this year, as a sailor or spectator. The racing, events and entertainment are sure to be a hit once again this year!

BVI Spring Regatta
March 28 to April 3, 2011
Sponsored by The Moorings, this has been one of the most popular events in the BVI social calendar and is definitely one of the Caribbean’s “must do” regattas. In 2011, the vent will be bigger than ever as the regatta celebrates its 40th anniversary!

This regatta has something for everyone – the 7-day Regatta and Sailing Festival, the 4-day Sailing festival or the 3-day Regatta. Between races, cruising and parties, The BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival offers an enjoyable time for all!

Antigua Sailing Week
April 24-29, 2011
Known as one of the world’s premier sailing regattas, Antigua Sailing Week welcomes participants form all corners of the glove each year for 5 challenging days of sailing and one week of fun in the Caribbean’s most historic dockyards!

For 2011, a new Racing Organizing Committee is in place and they’re set for some big developments including: courses ideally suited to boat size, CSA/IRC entries, ocean series in tandem with Antigua Sailing Week, and a whole new approach to racing classifications.

We have Bareboats available for all these great Regatta's. Call Melody or Joann Today! 800-382-9666

If you are looking for more luxury or a great mother ship to keep you crew happy we offer 100's of Fully Crewed Yachts. Call Emily or Ellen today! 800-382-9666

New to Chartering? See our new article, Caribbean Yacht Charter: Spontaneous Fun Aboard.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Waitukibuli National Trail First Of Kind

For those on a Caribbean Yacht Charter, the island of Dominica will be full of treats this weekend. First, the World Creole Music Festival will be held October 29-31. This annual music festival in Rouseau brings together musicians, singers and bands from all over the Caribbean and features the unique rhythms of zouk, zydeco, cadence, compass and soukas. In addition, there will be a celebration of the progress made in the development of the island's unique national trail. The Waitukubuli (Carib name for Dominica) National Trail will run for 115 miles from the south to the north of "The Nature Island" when fully opened early next year. Although not 100% complete, all segments of the trail have been cleared and the trail is hike-able. When completed, the Waitukubuli National Trail will be the first and only long distance walking trail in the Caribbean. Funded by the European Union and the government of Dominica, the trail is divided into 14 sections. This will enable hikers to complete one section per day, thus covering the entire trail in two weeks. Hikers will be treated to pristine waterfalls, steaming volcanic streams and hot pots, volcanic craters, and the most amazing rainforest!

For those that love adventure, SAFARI focuses on one boat and one vacation - yours! This 2008 Lagoon 440 catamaran features 4 fully air conditioned queen staterooms, each with their own private heads and showers. The design and decor is one of openness, featuring several distinct living areas for your relaxation and enjoyment. From the flying bridge helm with 360 degree views to the spacious air conditioned salon, bow seats and trampoline, or the large covered cockpit with minibar and ice maker, each guest will find a favorite spot to relax and enjoy. On SAFARI, you are free to chose the vacation that suits you. Whether you seek action and adventure, beach combing and sunbathing, or shopping and sightseeing, no expense has been spared to deliver the vacation you have been dreaming about. Captain Ed West, with his many years of experience and extensive knowledge of the islands, will be your personal guide. To learn more, click. Your adventure awaits! - Donna

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Free Dinner Party For The Whole Boat! At Myett's on Tortola!

Virgin Island Sailing is giving away a Dinner Party for your whole boat at Myett's Garden and Grille on
Beautiful Cane Garden Bay, Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.The Party includes Dinner, Dancing and Drinks for everyone on your charter boat up to $400.... No black out dates.

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SAVE $2,000 on TACHYON a 47' Catamaran in The Grenadines!

For any charter that takes place November 2010 through January 2011, Tachyon is offering captain only charters at $5,000. ( sleeps 6 ) ** Book New Years for just $7,500 (list rates are $7,500 for captain only and $10,00 for captain only for New Years). This is a substantial savings.

Captain Eric Stahl will be back at the helm and eagerly awaiting you.

With 32 islands and cays, sparkling blue waters, lush rain forests and perfect year round weather with constant trade winds, St Vincent and the Grenadines to Grenada offer a perfect combination for a fun filled Caribbean Yacht Charter.

See the 47' Catamaran: TACHYON

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

St. Ursula's Day

If you happen to be on a Caribbean yacht charter on October 22nd, there is a Public Holiday in the British Virgin Islands. St. Ursula's Day is a holiday that was introduced in 1957 with the first Public Holidays Amendment Act. It commemorates the Roman Catholic Saint after whom, according to legend, Columbus named the whole archipelago of islands (Ursula and 11,000 Virgin followers were, according to legend, slaughtered by the Huns for their faith). The figure on the Territory's crest is supposed to represent St. Ursula and the lamps of the Virgins. The legend, although probably not historical, is that Ursula was a Romano-British princess who, at the request of her father, King Donaut of Dumnonia in south-west England, set sail to join her future husband, the pagan Governor Conan Meriadoc of Armorica (Brittany) along with 11,000 virginal handmaidens. A miraculous storm brought them over the sea in a single day to a Gaulish port, where Ursula declared that before her marriage, she would undertake a pan-European pilgrimage. She headed for Rome, with her followers, and persuaded Sulpicius - Bishop of Ravenna, to join them. After setting out for Cologne, which was being besieged by Huns, all the virgins were beheaded in a dreadful massacre. The Huns' leader shot Ursula dead, supposedly in 383 AD. Although the observance of public holidays will make little difference to you when sailing, it is prudent to plan your cruise so that you are not needing shore based facilities like banks, post offices, and other government offices during a public holiday. Also be aware, that some restaurants may close or have shorter hours during certain holidays. - Donna
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Catamaran Company Lowers Rates for 2011!

The Catamaran Company has lowered their rates on Catamarans under 50' in Tortola for 2011.

Some cats are as much as $1,000 a week less than advertised just a week ago.

See the Boats:
Gemini 105Mc, Lagoon 380,
Lagoon 420, Lagoon 440

See: Rates

Take advantage of these great rates now.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

THE NEW VOYAGE 520 CATAMARAN ................ 5 spacious double cabins

Ahoy Catamaran Sailors, are you always looking for a bigger cat to sail? Do you enjoy the comfort and performance only a big cat can provide? You've sailed the mother of all cats the Lagoon 500, how about sailing the Daddy? Voyage Yacht Charters is adding two Voyage 520's to their fleet in December!

Along with the great performance Voyage always provides, these yachts offer 5 spacious double cabins, perfect for 5 couples and 4 heads!

The Voyage 520 is equipped with all the luxuries you want on a charter holiday: great sound system, microwave, flat screen tv/dvd, icemaker and all the navigational equipment and smooth riggings that make sailing fast and easy!
One is still available for a Christmas Charter Dec 19-26 so contact us now for a quote and be one of the first sailors to experience the newest, biggest Bareboat Catamaran in the BVI! ..................................................................Tour the Layout
By Joanne Higgins.
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

St. Maarten Now Separate Country

Sunday, October 10, 2010 was an historic day for the island of Sint Maarten, as well as the other Caribbean islands that are/were part of the Netherlands Antilles. In 2005, the population of one of the Antillean islands, Curacao, voted for independence. This led to the Dutch government and the Parliament of the Netherlands Antilles (the States) to discuss a new political structure for the five-island group . Back in August of this year, the Parliaments from both the States and the Dutch Parliament approved a resolution to amend a document that controlled the Netherland Antilles' relationship with the Kingdom of the Netherlands, thus dissolving the Netherlands Antilles as a single political entity. The islands of Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius (Statia) will become "special councils" of the Netherlands, while on October 10th, the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Maarten became an independent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Another historical note is that St. Maarten will have a new female prime minister. Sarah Wescott-Williams will be only the second female prime minister in the Caribbean, joining Trinidad & Tobago's prime minister. Note that this change in independence only affects the Dutch side of the island. The other half is still decidedly French. To learn more about this unique island, CLICK to see the article, "Two for One - A Caribbean Sailing Charter to St. Martin"

Prime Minister Wescott-Williams is unique as an executive. So is the 73' catamaran, EXECUTIVE. Launched in 2007, she has all the modern conveniences of a modern yacht. Built to the highest standards and hand-finished, she offers exquisite marble and teak wood in her interior. EXECUTIVE can accommodate 8 guests in 4 cabins. The master cabin has a double bed, bathtub, shower and toilet. Two guest cabins have a double bed, shower and toilet. A guest cabin has 2 twin beds - ideal for children and singles- , shower and toilet. She is fully air conditioned throughout. Entertainment facilities on board include a large flat screen TV and DVD in the salon, plus TV/DVD and stereo to all cabins. She has a 13ft. tender with 50hp outboard, water skiis, towable toys, snorkeling and light fishing gear. She is fully equipped with state of the art navigational and safety equipped plus a VHF, cell phone and mail sail satellite email. Executive offers an abundance of space and comfort , accompanied by first class service from the experienced crew of three. This is combined with the exhilaration of superior sailing performance as she reaches sailing speeds of up to 18 knots. Available for both Caribbean yacht charters as well as charters in the Mediterranean, this is one luxury yacht that will make you feel like a head of state! To learn more, Click: 73' CATAMARAM EXECUTIVE. - Donna To Book this yacht Call Emily or Ellen today 800-382-9666!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

72' AYACANORA Refit with 2 Queen Cabins Perfect For 2 Couples!

Mike and Roberta just announced to me that during their summer refit they converted the two forward cabins to one full width Queen Cabin.

This makes Ayacanora a perfect yacht for 2 couples. They are keeping their 4 guests rate at $9,500 / week the same as it's been since 2004.

Three freshly prepared gourmet meals per day, Hors d'oeuvres and open standard ship's bar included! Roberta is a published Chef.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Sunsail to Announce New Yachts for 2010-2011 & New Bases.

Sunsail has invested millions into their sailing fleet with 230 new yachts for 2011, specifically 142 charter yachts, 46 flotilla yachts and a matched-racing fleet of 42 yachts in the United Kingdom. Throughout the upcoming year, new models will debut, including the 3-cabin/2-head Sunsail 41; 3-cabin/1-head Sunsail F40; and the largest monohull in the fleet to date, the 5-cabin/4-head Sunsail 53.

NEW DESTINATIONS: Grenada & Belize
Sunsail's newest charter destination officially opened in Grenada for sailing vacations October 1, 2010. From the new base at the full-service Camper & Nicholson's Port Louis Marina in the capital of St. George's, Sunsail will offer bareboat and skippered charters on a fleet of 36' to 44' monohulls and catamarans, including the Sunsail 39i, Sunsail 44i and award-winning Sunsail 384. This unique, untouched region in the Southern Caribbean provides excellent conditions for sailing vacations around Grenada and northward towards the Grenadines.

In December 2010, Sunsail's 9th Caribbean destination will open in Belize, offering sailors the opportunity for an eco-adventure to explore one of Mother Nature's best kept secrets. Located in Placencia, Sunsail's Belize base is the perfect starting point for a wonderfully varied charter vacation along the Belizean coastline. Ideally suited for catamaran sailing, Sunsail will offer the new award-winning Sunsail 384 catamaran.

The state-of-the-art Sunsail 384 catamaran will be available for viewing at the show. With spacious accommodation in 4-cabins/2-heads, an exterior raised helm station, and large cockpit hardtop, the 384 is the ultimate charter vacation platform. This yacht's centralized sail control system ensures simple, comfortable helming along with superb features including electric windlass, powerboat-style stepped transom, and twin 29hp diesel engines for good motoring performance. Inside, comfort is priority where the spacious four double cabin and two head layout gives plenty of room for couples or families.

During the 2009 Annapolis Sailboat Show, this yacht was awarded "Import Boat of The Year" and "Best Multihull Cruiser" in Cruising World's 17th annual Boat of The Year awards, and also received top honors as Best Boat 2010 for "Cruising Multihulls" by SAIL.

Call Melody or Joann for more information!  800-382-9666.
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Monday, October 4, 2010

FOOTLOOSE 35% off SUNSAIL Save 25%

Many new SPECIALS have been added to our site  The following I thought were noteworthy:

1. Sunsail
Tortola November 1 - 20 on Beneteau 423: Save 25%
5 night minimum. Book by October 31.

2. Footloose
Until November 15: Save 35%    -   November 16 - 30: Save 10%    -   December 1-15: Save 35%
All above discounts: 5 night minimum. Book by October 31, 2010

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Friday, October 1, 2010

BVI Yacht Charters opens base in St Martin!

BVI Yacht Charters is pleased to offer bareboats in St Martin, from their new base Fort Louis Marina, Marigot, on the French side.

St Martin is the perfect progression after your first or second yacht charter in the BVI. Perfect for sailing, it has good winds, moderate seas and several short distance sails to fantastic spots such as Ile Pinel and Tintamarre, Anguilla or St Barts
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Thursday, September 30, 2010

National Warri Festival Begins Friday

While on a Tortola bareboat or other charter destination, you are likely to see many local pastimes. These include cock fights, dominoes and a unique game called Warri. Warri is Antigua's national board game, and the entire month of October is devoted the the National Warri Festival. The game was brought to the island by West Coast African sugar plantation slaves in the 19th century. Like many slave traditions, the game was seen as a threat by the Europeans, and was driven underground. It has proved remarkably resilient, however, and was passed on by word of mouth for many years. Warri refers to the hollows in a thick board made from local island wood and carved in the shape of a fish. The pieces or counters (traditionally known as nickars) were small nuts from the Guillandra bush. Now, they are often small identical shells found on local beaches. The game can be played with two or more people and the object is to capture 25 counters using your cunning and mental arithmetic. The game has achieved worldwide popularity and has been included in the Mind Sports Olympics in London. The competition, organized into classes, is stiff!

If you are looking for your own unique pastime, why not try a sailing vacation aboard CAPERCAILLIE, a 81' Swan monohull. Capercaillie not only offers the best in performance sailing, but it is also an extremely comfortable yacht which offers as much fun for children who love water skiing, wake boarding and other water sports as adults who love good food and exceptional sailing. Above all, Capercaillie can take you to the most magical places, either in the Caribbean or the Mediterranean - a different place and a different adventure every day. Below deck, the yacht accommodates 6 guests in three air-conditioned cabins featuring double beds or twin singles, each with an ensuite bathroom, TV and DVD. The spacious teak-panelled main saloon with good head height, beautifully furnished and decorated, is equipped with a comprehensive entertainment system (including a keyboard) while the communications area comes complete with worldwide transmission facilities. Capercaillie is a wide boat and therefore the saloon affords generous space in which to dine, read a book or watch a DVD from the extensive library of adult and children's titles available on the boat. Or guests might just want to sip a glass of champagne from the well equipped bar while listening to their favorite music through the excellent sound system. Above deck, the twin cockpit layout allows for undisturbed sunbathing and relaxation amidships while the task of sailing is handled aft. An awning provides shade and a broad automated swimming platform makes for easy access to the water. Whether out for a lazy sail or swinging in the hammock, life aboard Capercaillie is sublime and easy-going. The excellent cook will tailor the menu to your tastes selecting fresh ingredients from local markets or on lucky days, cooking your own catch. The yacht carries a full range of water sports equipment for every age and the experienced crew know the best places to snorkel. For those who prefer to stay above the water, there is the thrill of water skiing or exploring a nearby island paradise. Capercaillie has a young and friendly crew of four who love taking guests to the beautiful islands. To learn more about CAPERCAILLIE, click. Who knows, you might just discover your new favorite pastime! - Donna
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