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Last Minute Caribbean, Bahamas and British Virgin Islands yacht charter

February 12, 2015

Let us help you to organise your last minute Caribbean, Bahamas or British Virgin Islands yacht charter and enjoy the last of this winter’s yachting season with your family, friends or colleagues in style, luxury and comfort. Motor yacht ONE MORE TOY, super yacht COCKTAILS and two fantastic catamarans THE BIG DOG and LIR are only a few of the many charter yachts available at a special rate. Contact us for the full VIP list of last minute specials in the Caribbean or anywhere around the world.

Bahamas - Photo credit to Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

Bahamas - Photo credit to Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

47,24m (155ft) Motor Yacht ONE MORE TOY

Luxury yacht ONE MORE TOY boasts of classic beauty, exquisite style and elegance. She is currently offering a reduced rate of US$125,000 per week plus expenses for any Caribbean yacht vacations during the month of February, for charters of 7 days or more. One More Toy offers a generous main saloon, with large panoramic windows providing for plenty of natural light and beautiful views of her surroundings.

Yacht ONE MORE TOY

Yacht ONE MORE TOY

The fabulous sun deck is well equipped for day time use, with a Catalina hot tub, sun pads and a gas barbecue. There is also a wet bar with five stools and a refrigerator. Charter guests can enjoy sun deck cocktails and canapés relaxing on the U-shaped bench with seating for eight, or the eight chaise lounges with cushions and teak side tables. For guests’ convenience there is an elevator connecting all decks on board. Read more about ONE MORE TOY yacht here…

Yacht ONE MORE TOY -  Sundeck Hot Tub

Yacht ONE MORE TOY - Sundeck Hot Tub

47m (157ft) Super Yacht COCKTAILS

Built by American yacht builder Trinity Yachts, the 47m super yacht COCKTAILS offers all of the luxuries charter guests and discerning clients could wish for. She is available for Caribbean or Bahamas yacht charter during the months of February and March, 2015 at a reduced rate of US$175,000 per week plus expenses. Her spacious interior features traditional styling with natural timbers well balanced with fine marble, glass and bespoke art throughout.

Motor Yacht COCKTAILS

Motor Yacht COCKTAILS

COCKTAILS yacht is well equipped for fantastic entertainment both indoors and out. Her upper deck skylounge is accessible from starboard side foyer and represents a great entertaining venue. There is a comfortable lounge, a games table, wet bar, day head as well as full visual and audio systems. Included in her features list is an impressive array of large TV monitors which are all capable of split-screen displays, data overlays, and the like. She is a true entertainment palace and boasts one of the most advanced electrical entertainment systems around. The main deck of the saloon provides a shaded deck space, with outdoor lounge seating, cocktail tables and a wet bar. The upper deck has an alfresco dining option, ample seating and a shaded area. Read more about COCKTAILS yacht here…

Luxury Yacht COCKTAILS -   Aft Deck

Luxury Yacht COCKTAILS - Aft Deck

18,9m (62ft) Catamaran Yacht THE BIG DOG

Refitted in 2014, catamaran yacht THE BIG DOG is a fantastic option for those looking for a smaller yet spacious vessel. Catamarans are renowned for their spaciousness and stability, and this vessel is no exception. With accommodation in four cabins, eight charter guests will find comfort and a great retreat aboard THE BIG DOG. She is currently offering a 15% discount of any British Virgin Islands yacht charters taken before March 7th, 2015.

THE BIG DOG catamaran

THE BIG DOG catamaran

This catamaran offers light and airy interior in a contemporary style. Warm woods and rich blue furnishings create a lovely nautical theme and relaxed ambience. The open-plan saloon is well suited for socialising and offers an L-shaped sofa and formal dining on the starboard side, with a complete wet bar to port. The spacious aft deck provides an excellent entertaining venue with an al fresco dining option. Read more about THE BIG DOG yacht here…

THE BIG DOG catamaran - Alfresco dining

THE BIG DOG catamaran - Alfresco dining

20,44m (67ft) Charter Catamaran LIR

This Victoria 67 catamaran yacht LIR is another exceptional yacht offering a 15% discount on the all-inclusive rates  during the month of February for any Caribbean boat rental vacation. Accommodation for 8 charter guests is spread between four comfortable cabins with fresh, modern interior. LIR is well suited for families or groups of friends, wishing to sail in style and ultimate comfort.

Luxury catamaran LIR

Luxury catamaran LIR

LIR’s open plan living areas invite charter guests to completely unwind. The main saloon offers a generous seating area, coffee table and TV entertainment system and on the starboard side there is a modern galley. Aft of the saloon, sliding glass doors open out onto the guest cockpit, creating a vast entertainment area, which includes plenty of seating, a large teak dining table as well as side and aft sun pads and shade. For more information about LIR yacht read here or check out this interesting interview with Captain Chris Stollery…

Luxury catamaran LIR

Luxury catamaran LIR

CARIBBEAN YACHT VACATIONS

There is no wonder why the Caribbean is one of the most popular yachting destinations in the world. Renowned for the beautiful white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, warm winds as well as the interesting cultures, it represents the perfect destination to be explored and enjoyed aboard a luxury yacht. With the huge selection of destinations and islands, your Caribbean boat rental vacation itinerary will be created based on your dreams and desires and could include popular destinations such as Antigua, St Barths, Anguilla, St Martin, the British Virgin Islands, the US Virgin Islands or the Grenadines. However, you could choose to avoid these popular places and embark on an exploration of the less known, more exotic islands of the Caribbean. Our charter brokers are at your complete disposal in creating your dream holiday and will be happy to assist you with the right choices in terms of yachts as well as destinations.

Anegada - Photograph credit to BVI Tourist Board

Anegada - Photograph credit to BVI Tourist Board

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS YACHT CHARTER

‘BVI Yacht Charter’ is amongst the most popular yachting vacations in the Caribbean, offering relaxed sailing, lovely places for snorkelling as well as breath-taking beaches. British Virgin Islands are also a sought-after destination for many mega yachts and luxury superyachts thanks to the unparalleled beauty of its anchorages and serenity. BVI is made up of around 50 volcanic islands, cays and islets providing a varied and large sailing area to discover. Some of the most popular destinations in the British Virgin Islands include Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, Anegada, Virgin Gorda or the Norman Island.

Kayaking in the BVI - Photographs © BVI Tourist Board

Kayaking in the BVI - Photographs © BVI Tourist Board

BAHAMAS  BOAT RENTAL

Spreading over more than 700 islands and many more cays, the Bahamas boasts vast areas to cruise and enjoy aboard a luxury charter yacht. The alluring sea is undoubtedly the most important feature of this paradise on earth, rimmed by some of the most spectacular coral reefs on earth. The reefs offer natural protection from the lashing waves of the open sea and they also provide shelter to many small marine species. Diving and snorkelling is one of the many activities yacht charterers engage in, in addition to various water sports activities offered by their boats in terms of water toys and equipment. There are numerous natural wonders to be discovered including Harrison’s Cave, the Orchid World, Whim Gully or the Andromeda Gardens.

Kayak in Eleuthera - Photo credit to Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

Kayak in Eleuthera - Photo credit to Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

If you are interested in more information or would like to enquire about other destinations around the world, please don’t hesitate to contact our experienced and professional team of brokers here.

Sailing yacht COMANCHE and RAMBLER 88 Yacht to compete in Les Voiles de St. Barth 2015

February 11, 2015

Set to run in the fantastic St. Barth yacht charter location from April 13 to 18, this year’s 6th edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth will host sailing yacht Comanche and Rambler 88 yacht. When it comes to the popular Caribbean regatta headlines, nothing beats having superyacht Comanche and sailing yacht Rambler 88, the yachting world’s two newest and most sophisticated racing machines, compete head-to-head for the first time ever.

Superyacht Comanche and sailing yacht Rambler 88 to compete in the 2015 Les Voiles de St. Barth

Superyacht Comanche and sailing yacht Rambler 88 to compete in the 2015 Les Voiles de St. Barth

Super yacht Comanche, designed by the French team of VPLP Design/Guillame Verdier, and Rambler 88 superyacht, designed by Argentinian Juan Kouyoumdjian, were launched in late 2014 at Hodgdon Yachts and New England Boatworks, respectively. Both yachts sport state-of-the-art carbon fiber hulls and rigs, but each has special features that, although tested on previous boats, have been combined with other innovations on these yachts for the first time. For instance, Comanche’s monolithic (as opposed to sandwiched honeycomb) construction in its forward hull sections certainly qualifies as “beyond normal,” but to keep up, Rambler 88’s rudders seem to have been nibbled on by sharks around their leading edges.

“When it comes right down to it,” says Comanche yacht’s helmsman Ken Read, “the general concepts of the two yachts are very similar; they are big wide boats that rely on canting keels and width for their stability. The biggest difference is sheer size. Comanche is a big 100 footer, while Rambler looks to be a much more manageable-sized 88 footer. But don’t let the size fool you. Being manageable is all relative, and each will be a handful when the breeze kicks in. Both boats have their versions of ‘unusual,’ but whether it’s the size and shape of Comanche or the sabre tooth rudders on Rambler 88, the underlying part of the story is that these boats were born to go fast, and their owners are both huge promoters of innovation.”

Rambler 88 yacht’s owner George David has made headlines before (at Les Voiles and regattas elsewhere around the world) with his previous Ramblers, a 100 footer and a 90 footer, and it was his love of the latter boat that convinced him to settle on a smaller rather than a larger design this time around. The strategy served him well when he finished second in his shakedown competition: January’s Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race. In December, Comanche, which launched only a month earlier than Rambler 88, completed the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, finishing second to line honors winner Wild Oats and giving a sneak peek, like Rambler 88 did, of her possibilities once she has her legs fully under her.

“There were some conditions where Wild Oats and Comanche, two boats that look nothing alike, were actually remarkably close in speed,” said Read, adding that he expects the same can happen between Rambler 88 and Comanche. “It’s horses for courses; each boat will have its condition one time or another and succeed in it. But the bottom line is wide boats like breeze, which Les Voiles has, so you’re going to see two really cool boats blazing around the island of St. Barth.”

Read reiterated that both boats were designed to let loose in the middle of the ocean, so why around-the-buoys racing at Les Voiles de St. Barth? “For the pure fun of it,” he said. “Comanche’s owners (Jim Clark and Kristy Hinz-Clark) did a lot of sailing on the boat in Sydney and just had a blast. They couldn’t think of a place that was more fun to sail than St. Barth. They’ll bring three, four, maybe five friends on board racing each day, and we’ll most likely put a couple of them on the handles and get them into the action.”

Caribbean catamaran vacation charter yacht LIR’s huge success at Antigua Charter Yacht Show

January 15, 2015

The 2014 Antigua Charter Yacht Show, held in the renowned Antigua yacht charter destination, located in the Caribbean, saw the 2014 Victoria 67 Catamaran LIR hold two fantastic lunches to showcase the yacht’s beautiful interior and the crew’s outstanding capabilities of service, customer care and Chef Natalia Sanchez’s delicious menu offered to the group of international brokers attending the show. The Caribbean catamaran vacation charter yacht LIR is still available for the remainder of the Caribbean season, offering 15% off her usual rate for weekly holidays booked in January and February; including Tortola or St Lucia yacht charters. Following her season here, she will move to the Mediterranean, where she will resume her availability for Croatia yacht charter, Turkey, Greece, Italy, France as well as Balearics yacht vacation.

Catamran yacht LIR

Catamran yacht LIR

The lunches, hosted by Captain Chris Stollery, Chef Natalia Sanchez, Deckhand Edd Collins and CharterWorld’s charter consultant Trina Howes aboard LIR yacht were held on the 7th and 9th of December with 16 brokers from various international yacht rental companies attending. Several of the brokers reported that it was the best lunch they had during the show. Captain Stollery entertained the group with stories about the yacht and his wonderful crew. He began with an explanation of how the yacht’s name came about before moving on to describe his career and background. Following this he introduced Edd, the deckhand who explained how he ended up in the yachting industry and aboard LIR catamaran yacht. A beautiful ‘Spanish Rose’ wine was poured freely during this conversation by the hosts, who made sure the glasses were never empty.

Luxury sailing catamaran yacht LIR - Chris, Natalie, Edd

Luxury sailing catamaran yacht LIR - Chris, Natalie, Edd

“The Paella was placed on the table with applause from all of the brokers. It looked stunning and it was quite a show.  Natalia then served it to everyone, making sure to scrape of the crispy bits from the bottom (the best bits).  The Paella was made with the finest ingredients and spices, some from her Grandmother’s vegetable garden in the form of dried sweet peppers. We could feel the love.” One of the brokers recalls.

The crew were around and present for the entire lunch, which helped everyone feel really welcome.  Trina Howes describes the experience: “Chris told us the story of how he met and “caught” Natalie, then Natalie told us stories of growing up in her family’s restaurants which explained her love for cooking.  It just felt like we were on charter with them, they were so friendly, relaxed and present and not just there to serve, even though they handled service perfectly.  All the brokers got to know the crew over lunch and I think they really enjoyed that aspect the most. The food was also amazing, which of course also helped.”

LIR yacht  - Chef Natalia

LIR yacht - Chef Natalia

Sailing yacht LIR is a 20,44m catamaran that was delivered in 2014 by the renowned Fountaine Pajot and Berret Racoupeau Yacht Design. She can accommodate up to eight lucky charter guests, in four spacious and comfortable cabins with en suite bathrooms. She is a fantastic choice for families or groups of friends, wishing to sail in style and ultimate comfort.

LIR - Alfresco aft deck dining

LIR - Alfresco aft deck dining

LIR - Natalia's Seafood Paella

LIR - Natalia's Seafood Paella

Yacht charter broker Amanda Brilliante described the boat and her experience aboard LIR during the show as: “…absolutely immaculate; tons of natural light, very spacious throughout and with a light and soothing decor reminiscent of the sea. She was beautifully presented – even in the midst of preparing for a broker lunch!

Lunch itself was amazing, especially in light of the fact that we had a gluten-free vegan onboard, so she “tweaked” the meal to suit and you would never even know.  I think we were all surprised at the delicious salad starter with tofu…it seems NONE of us are big tofu fans, including the vegan, so that was truly a triumph as we all found it to be (surprisingly) delicious.

Luxury yacht LIR - Master suite

Luxury yacht LIR - Master suite

But the star of the show was Natalia’s authentic Spanish paella…presented with a flourish and served “family style” on the table in a gorgeous (and HUGE) paella pan – something I’ve never seen even on “big boats”!  A stunningly golden rice, generously studded with peppers, shrimp and locally-sourced clams – properly served up by Chris with some of the “crusty bits” on the bottom of the pan.  Paired with several specially-chosen wines, it was simply a  wonderful presentation and a very, very special treat for them to share their culture with us.  We finished with a light and refreshing lemon-passionfruit granite…a perfect end to fantastic meal!

Aside from the meal, I must mention that the crew were absolutely adorable!  Chris, Natalia and Edd’s enthusiasm, the love for LIR and caring for guests were evident the entire time.  They are friendly and engaging, with great attention to detail, well spoken and just a joy to be around.  During our lunch each of them shared some history about themselves, their passions, and how they came together on LIR.  I just adored them, and could have happily remained chatting and laughing with them the rest of the afternoon!  They are the most bubbly, enjoyable, wonderful crew that I have met on any catamaran, ever and I would not hesitate to most highly recommend LIR and her crew to my clients.

Thank you again for a wonderful respite!

Catamaran LIR - Water toy fun

Catamaran LIR - Water toy fun

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT LIR

The luxurious charter yacht LIR is still available for the remainder of the Caribbean season, offering 15% off her usual rate, for weekly holidays booked in January and February; including Tortola or St Lucia yacht charters.

After her season in the Caribbean, LIR yacht will move to the Mediterranean, where she will resume her availability for Croatia yacht charterTurkeyGreeceItalyFrance as well asBalearics yacht vacation. Please, contact our brokers for more information, dates and destinations available.

St Lucia Yacht Charter

St Lucia is renowned for some of the most dramatic scenery amongst the Caribbean islands, with plenty of attractions and places to visit. Most of St Lucia is mountainous, boasting rich rainforest as well as volcanos Petit Piton and Gros Piton. St Lucia charter yacht visitors will enjoy the area’s golden beaches in the North and more volcanic in the South. One of the places on the ‘must-visit’ list during St Lucia yacht vacation is the Pigeon Island. Here you can explore the ruins of Fort Rodney, constructed by the British in the 18th century. Once at the top you will be able to enjoy the mesmerising 360° views. Rain Forest Adventure Aerial Tram is another attraction, found in the Castries Waterworks Reserve near Banbonneau. Here, eight-seater gondolas take visitors up and down the mountainside for a very relaxing and unusual experience, amongst giant ficus trees and happily fluttering hummingbirds. More about St Lucia yacht charter …

Saint Lucia - Image credit to Saint Lucia Tourism Board

Saint Lucia - Image credit to Saint Lucia Tourism Board

Tortola Yacht Charter

Tortola is the largest and the most populated island of the British Virgin Islands and its white-sand beaches attract many holiday makers each year. You can choose to simply sunbathe and relax swimming in the crystal clear waters, explore the ancient ruins or savour the palatable local cuisine. There is a wide variety of activities to engage in, including swimming, kayaking, snorkelling, diving or enjoying the selection of water-toys offered by your Tortola charter yacht. You can also visit the protected anchorages at the Brandywine Bay, Cane Garden Bay or Trellis Bay, which is also known as the boater’s paradise. Read more about Tortola yacht charter …

Tortola - Photograph BVI Tourist Board

Tortola - Photograph BVI Tourist Board

Launch of sailing yacht Rambler 88

December 19, 2014

George David’s sailing yacht Rambler 88 officially hit the water in Newport, Rhode Island, USA in mid-December 2014. Designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian, the all-carbon superyacht Rambler 88 was just completed at the New England Boatworks, and replaces the prior luxury yacht Rambler 90 and super yacht Rambler 100, both of which won numerous regattas, such as the RORC Caribbean 600 in 2011, the Newport to Bermuda Race in 2012, as well as the Block Island Race in 2011 and 2013.

New sailing yacht Rambler 88 at launch

New sailing yacht Rambler 88 at launch

“We’re targeting the Transatlantic Race 2015,” explains David, who holds the record with Rambler 100 yacht, “but the RORC Caribbean 600 and Les Voiles de Saint Barth are right up there. Les Voiles de Saint Barth is a great venue and event. It starts with St. Barth and all that means, plus typically solid sailing breezes that bend around the island and have their gusts and lulls. This is a regatta where you need to get in front and stay in front; it rewards those who can sail where they want.”

David and his crew are regulars at Les Voiles de Saint Barth, and have won three of their four outings in the race. Their spring calendar is already quite full, with the Caribbean 600 in February, then Les Voiles de Saint-Barth in April 2015.

50m (164’) charter Yacht VICTORIA DEL MAR available for Caribbean and Bahamas yacht holidays

November 07, 2014

Following her comprehensive interior refit and system upgrade, the 50m (164ft) Delta Marine motor yacht Victoria Del Mar (ex Happy Days) has successfully concluded her debut Mediterranean yacht charter season. Charter yacht VICTORIA DEL MAR is now available for Bahamas yacht holidays as well as Caribbean yacht vacations during the winter 2014/2015 boat rental season.

VICTORIA DEL MAR superyacht

VICTORIA DEL MAR superyacht

Launched in 2006 from Delta Marine in Seattle, Washington as Happy Days,  superyacht Victoria del Mar holds the distinction of being one of the most voluminous yachts in her size range. Her current owners worked closely with design firm Claudette Bonville Associates of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to create a contemporary and distinctive interior inspired by the work of the late Alberto Pinto.

Luxury charter yacht VICTORIA DEL MAR - Jim Raycroft

Luxury charter yacht VICTORIA DEL MAR - Jim Raycroft

Within her 7,500sqft interior, motor yacht Victoria del Mar features a guest gym and twin VIP staterooms forward on her main deck. These staterooms boast 8ft ceilings with skylights above the queen-size beds, walk-in dressing rooms, and large en suites.

Motor yacht VICTORIA DEL MAR SunDeck- Photo by Jim Raycroft

Motor yacht VICTORIA DEL MAR SunDeck- Photo by Jim Raycroft

The master suite comprises the majority of the owner’s deck and features a spacious skylounge that is separated from the wheelhouse by stunning artistically etched slump glass doors. While the skylounge features mirror balconies that open to the sea, the master itself spans the yacht’s 34ft beam and features an expansive en suite as well as a large dining and lounging terrace that can be enclosed or opened to the sea breeze.

VICTORIA DEL MAR yacht - Sun Deck Jacuzzi - Photo Jim Raycroft

VICTORIA DEL MAR yacht - Sun Deck Jacuzzi - Photo Jim Raycroft

Four further staterooms, two twins and two queens that round out her guest accommodations for 12 in 7 staterooms, are situated on the lower deck and easily accessed by the main stairs or guest elevator.  All staterooms are equipped with the latest in mini iPad-controlled high definition audio/visual technology and feature embroidered Italian linens, leather paneling and sumptuous carpeting.

A large spa pool, dining table for 18, teak-topped bar and 100in outdoor screen makes the sun deck a coveted spot for cocktails, al fresco dinners and movies under the stars. Equipped with a 32ft Century tender and 22ft Nautica RIB jet tender, Victoria del Mar yacht boasts an array of water toys to delight every enthusiast, from SeaDoo waverunners to Sea Bobs, inflatable kayaks and paddle boards, to towed toys, water skis and a DJI Phantom 2 Vision GPS Drone.

Charter yacht VICTORIA DEL MAR - Skylounge - Photo Jim Raycroft

Charter yacht VICTORIA DEL MAR - Skylounge - Photo Jim Raycroft

Uniquely, charter yacht Victoria del Mar offers personal concierge service to each charter client. The luxury concierge works with the client from the initial inquiry through the end of the charter and arranges all manner of services, from on shore dining and entertainment reservations, to private tours, VIP events and special onboard celebrations.

Charter yacht VICTORIA DEL MAR -Skylounge - Photo Jim Raycroft

Charter yacht VICTORIA DEL MAR -Skylounge - Photo Jim Raycroft

Luxury yacht Victoria del Mar is serviced by 11 highly experienced, friendly and professional crew, among them certified RYA small craft, PADI, dive and yoga instructors. Languages spoken aboard include English, Dutch, French, Afrikaans, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. The talented Chef Jasper Somers received his training in the techniques of classic French cooking at The Hague’s Academy of Culinary Arts and boasts a variety of dishes, with a focus on light, healthy and Mediterranean inspired cuisine.

Charter Yacht VICTORIA DEL MAR - Photo by Jim Raycroft

Charter Yacht VICTORIA DEL MAR - Photo by Jim Raycroft

Superyacht VICTORIA DEL MAR - Gym - Photo Jim Raycroft

Superyacht VICTORIA DEL MAR - Gym - Photo Jim Raycroft

Bahamas and Caribbean Yacht Holidays

Bahamas and Caribbean yacht holidays are an ideal way of spending your free time with family, friends or even business partners and colleagues. You can be sure the recharge your batteries completely, enjoying the pristine clear waters, beautiful beaches and warm breeze of one of the most popular yacht rental destination around the world.

VICTORIA DEL MAR yacht - Photo Jim Raycroft

VICTORIA DEL MAR yacht - Photo Jim Raycroft

There is something for everyone on a Bahamas superyacht charter, whether you prefer to stay away from the crowds or be entertained by happy tourists and colourful local people to the beat of a vibrant music and night life. The Bahamas is made up of over 700 islands and islets and a total of 2400 cays; there are certainly plenty of destinations to choose from to enjoy some fantastic diving and snorkelling or engage in the many water sports activities organised by your Captain and the crew. More about Bahamas yacht charter here…

Kayak in Eleuthera - Photo courtesy of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

Kayak in Eleuthera - Photo courtesy of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

A Caribbean yacht holiday itinerary usually includes such popular destinations as Antigua, St Barts, Anguilla, St Martin, The British Virgin Islands, The US Virgin Islands or the Grenadines, as well as many, many other fantastic places; such secluded bays, breathtaking islands and cays, as well as thriving bars and fantastic Caribbean nightlife. For shopping you could visit the Gustavia Harbour in St Barts, for history and harbour beauty visit Nelson in Dockyards in Antigua, watch the amazing sunset in St Lucia or enjoy the magnificent views from Brimstone Hill Fortress in St Kitts. There are endless options to choose from when it comes to cruising this area on your chosen Caribbean charter yacht. More about Caribbean yacht charter here…

For more information about 50m (164ft) Motor Yacht Victoria Del Mar and Caribbean superyacht charters, please contact us here.

Perini Navi, Royal Huisman, Vitters and Rybovich – New Owners of St. Barths and Newport Bucket Regattas

November 03, 2014

Four world-renowned superyacht shipyards, Perini Navi, Royal HuismanVitters and Rybovich, have proudly announced that they have become the new Owners of the St. Barths Bucket Regatta as well as the Newport Bucket Regatta.

Bucket-Regattas

What started in 1986 with seven competing yachts in attendance has grown in little over two and a half decades into the most beloved superyacht sailing event in the world. The main reason for their success has been the ability of the organizers to keep the emphasis more upon wholesome fun and camaraderie than pure winning.

With the decision to pass the baton it was essential for the organizers that the ‘Spirit of the Bucket’ should remain that of an ”event for yacht owners, by the Industry”. The most suitable party to take on this admirable task was found in the collective of four industry colleagues that have been devoted supporters of the events for many years.

The core group of loyal and current Bucket sponsors have warmly welcomed the initiative of this partnership, as have those past entrants available for comment. With Peter Craig pledging continued involvement and support as Event Director and Race Chairman both the sponsors’ and the participants’ valued long-term support is secured with the knowledge that the Spirit of the Bucket will live on.

The new owners have issued the following statement: “As the new custodians of the St. Barths and Newport Bucket Regattas, we cannot emphasize enough that our sole objective in taking this initiative is to ensure that the special character of the Bucket is preserved for owners, their guests and crew, now and well into the future. The Buckets will continue to be an opportunity for great racing in great venues, where socialising and networking, rather than sales and marketing, will set the tone for the industry professionals who participate. Furthermore, wherever practical, owners’ aspirations, ideas and concerns will be at the very heart of decision-making regarding any changes to the format, organisation and evolution of the Bucket Regattas over the years to come.”

Peter Craig comments “It has been a pleasure managing these renowned events on behalf of the Bucket Directors these past four years. I am honored that the new stewards of the event have expressed their confidence in my team at Premiere Racing. The Bucket Regattas are in a good place, based on feedback from yacht owners and we are fully committed to the goals and objectives that the new ownership has outlined.”

British Virgin Islands Yacht Charter aboard 2014 Victoria 67 Catamaran Yacht LIR

October 15, 2014

Experience a British Virgin Islands Yacht Charter aboard the 2014 Victoria 67 Catamaran Yacht LIR and enjoy the exclusivity of your own crew and personalised itinerary, discovering the Caribbean’s most beautiful treasures. Luxury charter yacht LIR is a 2014-launched Fountaine Pajot Flagship Class Victoria 67 catamaran, available not only for BVI yacht charter, but also in the rest of the Caribbean (and the Mediterranean during European summer season).  Her Caribbean yacht holiday destinations include the US Virgin Islands, Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, St Barts, Anguilla, St Martin and many other fabulous islands and islets. We have spoken to LIR’s dedicated and professional Captain, Chris Stollery, who was kind enough to reveal what it is like to spend your vacation aboard a luxury yacht, and even talked to us about some of his personal experiences. Enjoy the interview below and don’t hesitate to contact us for more information and your own customised itinerary.

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

INTERVIEW WITH LIR’S CAPTAIN, CHRIS STOLLERY

Captain Chris Stollery talks to CharterWorld about the Berret Racoupeau-designed LIR catamaran, his years of professional experience as well as life aboard this fantastic vessel. The British Virgin Islands charter yacht LIR  measures 20.44 metres (67 foot) and provides comfortable and stylish accommodation in four spacious cabins to up to eight charter guests in total. All cabins have their own en-suite facilities, air-conditioning, and feature contemporary and elegant decor. The vast open plan living areas, both inside and out,  are ideal for relaxation and socialising with family, friends or colleagues. For endless entertainment and fun, she is equipped with a great range of water toys, such as diving and snorkelling gear, donut, wakeboard, paddle surf, kayaks etc. …

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

What was your first encounter with yachts and how did you begin your career in yachting?

I sailed with my family for pleasure until I was eight years old when my brothers introduced me to the dinghy class. Since then I have been involved with different projects as crew, in charge of deliveries, maintenance and trimmer during regattas.

When I was eighteen years old I decided that the sea was my passion, and a perfect way to keep travelling and meeting people around the world. For this reason I followed my career path for two years obtaining different commercial certificates, and today, I continue updating and upgrading my knowledge and certificates.

What attributes does one need to run a yacht?

The ability to connect with all kinds of people to make them feel comfortable.

Be positive and kind with guests, to create a nice atmosphere on board.

Show good manners at all times. Be a leader whom people trust onboard to conduct all kinds of activities.

Entertainment and team work are key within the crew for success.

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

There are many aspects to working as a Captain on a Luxury yacht. What is the most pleasurable part and what, on the other hand, is the most challenging?

The most pleasurable part is showing people amazing places on the sea, the inland or under the water, and observe how they enjoy their holidays. It is challenging to please everyone and  to be lucky with the weather.

Can you tell me about the most memorable or magnificent experience you have had on the water?

The most recent experience was after a perfect sailing day from Capri to the Aeolian Islands, just arriving at the Stromboli Island with a fantastic sunset at our stern and seeing the constant flowing of lava coming from the crater toward the sea ahead of us.

Last year in Montenegro sailing the salt water lakes, where we felt as if we were sailing in the fjords. We also really enjoyed diving around the wrecks from the Second World War.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

As an active person I love to go with Natalia to wild places to practice Kite surfing,  diving, find various adventures like renting a bike to discover new and different places and things to do. I also like to meet local people to share experiences with and have fun.

LIR - Water toy fun

LIR - Water toy fun

You work together with Natalia Sanchez, Stewardess and a talented Chef. Can you introduce her to our readers and charter guests?

Natalia, without a doubt,  is the person on board who naturally loves to take care of all the small day to day idiosyncrasies, starting by connecting with guests to please them right from the beginning. Regarding Victoria 67 Catamaran LIR she is always giving that little touch to the interiors to be seen by the guests as if each day was the first day of their charter.

In the galley she is a real surprise due to her love of cooking based on the fresh food found daily wherever we might be, to complement the main dishes. As she has a strong background in catering she can improvise all week in different ways depending on each day’s needs or likes of the individual guests.

In the water she loves to teach people using the wake board, snorkel or jump into the water to tighten the stern line to a tree. Natalia always goes with the dinghy to find the local markets, to buy fresh food in the mornings and during sailing she helps me with everything, including skippering when needed.

In a few words Natalia is a joy on board and always smiling.

Victoria 67 luxury catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 luxury catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

LIR yacht spends the European season in the Mediterranean and moves to the Caribbean for winter. What is your favourite place in both of the destinations?

In the Med the top one has to be the Aeolian Islands in Sicily and Montenegro in the Eastern Mediterranean as an interesting destination with plenty of things to see and do.  The Balearic Islands are also a fantastic place for a yacht charter.

In the Caribbean the British Virgin Islands as a well-organized place with a lot of different itineraries for a week’s charter, depending on the guests’ preferences. Grenadines are a great destination for guests whom prefer the wild and natural habitats.

Victoria 67 charter yacht LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter yacht LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

For those less experienced in yacht charter, what can guests expect when embarking on a holiday aboard LIR? Can you describe a typical day aboard charter yacht LIR / how do you determine a yacht charter itinerary?

First of all, we greet our guests with a really nice welcome cocktail, then we introduce ourselves, explaining our roles as a crew, followed by the captain. We continue with a safety briefing explaining how to behave on board a vessel at sea. We need to find out if any guests have allergies so that they can inform us of the best way to assist in case of an emergency.

Before taking them to their cabins, establish if any guests are sensitive to seasickness to allocate them the stern cabin.

Normally, before dinner, we talk about my suggested itinerary so that the guests can discuss this during dinner.

The following morning, during breakfast, I normally take the chart to the table to explain my initial plan and be ready to change it according to our guests’ suggestions.  Following this I would set up a plan for the week, showing them the weather forecast and making sure that they are aware of the fact that if the weather changes the itinerary might change as well; this is to avoid possible misunderstandings during the week.

Before setting off, I will invite the guests for a swim to cool down and get used to the local sea conditions.

Normally on the first day I do a check dive for the divers, so that we are ready once we have arrived at the nice spots.

Lunch should be light and fresh, followed by an afternoon sailing, water sports, beach time, dive or siesta before cocktails.

Dinner time is when guests will find the cockpit and dinner table properly dressed.

After dinner we usually offer drinks, followed by the crew going to bed. Normally, for safety reasons, each night one of us will stay up until the last guest has retired.

Then improvise day by day by asking and recommending the options of each island, cove, village etc., and change the itinerary according to the weather conditions.

LIR - Salon tea

LIR - Salon tea

Would you recommend LIR to families with children as well as couples holidaying with friends?

Yes, why not, we love children and we are prepared with different equipment for them. We have experience with different types of charterers, from couples that don´t know each other to groups of guests invited by the company where they work or just families, friends etc…

What activities would you suggest for families with small or teenage children?

We have water sports for all ages excluding diving. When the child/children are older than 16 years and depending on the situation, I can, as a fully qualified dive instructor, conduct a Discover Scuba diving program. In addition we have plenty of films, games etc…

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

What would you say to clients that never chartered a yacht and are considering it, as opposed to staying at a luxury resort or a hotel?

On a boat there are many aspects that make a big difference as opposed to a hotel. Just arriving at the marina, where the boat is waiting for her guests, is a fantastic and more personal experience. The crew is ready and waiting for you, and that feeling of exclusivity and luxury is priceless.

During the entire trip guests will not need to organise any visits to places they would like to see, adventures to be part of  nor take care of their dinner bookings.  On board LIR, the crew will take care of all the guests’ needs at any time.  LIR is well equipped with amenities and water toys, where guests can enjoy water sports, diving, snorkelling, going to the beach for a picnic or just relaxing in the hammock with a cocktail.

With reference to the food, LIR has a high quality galley where the chef cooks to the same standard as a luxury restaurant on land. There is no need to go out, unless of course the guests wish to go ashore.

The crew is well trained and qualified in all aspects, so that guests will receive an exclusive and professional service.

Holidays at sea are a totally relaxing experience where, in one week, there is enough time to satisfy almost everyone’s wishes and expectations.

A yacht can, for example, access coves that would result impossible to reach from land and the landscape is constantly changing  during a yacht charter, compared to staying in a hotel in one place the entire time.

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR suite - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR suite - Photo credit LIR Yacht

What do you think makes LIR unique, compared with other catamarans on the market?

What makes LIR special is the happy and totally professional ambience on board the most beautiful catamaran designed and fitted out to date. LIR is also the latest Fountaine Pajot Flagship Class Victoria 67 yacht and she was designed by Berret Racoupeau. At the moment it is the second unit afloat and possibly the only one offered for charter, as well as being a brand new catamaran launched in spring 2014.

“It could not be better. Chris – Great captain, smart, well-educated knows the area and very helpful. We saw much more things than last time we’ve been here. We owe this to Chris. Natalia – We never ate so well before. We had good chefs before, however, Natalia did a great job every day through the whole charter. She is a great chef and very nice! Steward – Connor is very helpful and friendly. Great team and nice cat! Maybe it was the best crew we’ve ever had.“

Charter Guests chartering Catamaran LIR in Italy, July 2014

Anegada -  Photograph credit to BVI Tourist Board

Anegada - Photograph credit to BVI Tourist Board

A FEW WORDS  ABOUT BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS YACHT VACATIONS

British Virgin Islands are located east of Puerto Rico and northwest of the Leeward archipelago, in the popular winter yachting destination, the Caribbean. BVI yacht charter is characterised by relaxed sailing around the world’s finest sailing destinations, snorkelling and diving in the crystal clear waters or simply enjoying the sun, light warm breeze and the tranquil sandy beaches.

Jost Van Dyke, a small and picturesque island, is amongst the most popular islands to visit on a BVI charter yacht vacation. The island is a perfect destination for those wanting to escape the busy holiday resorts, boasting lush green forests teaming with wildlife  as well as white sandy beaches.

Virgin Gorda - British Virgin Islands - Photographs © BVI Tourist Board

Virgin Gorda - British Virgin Islands - Photographs © BVI Tourist Board

Tortola, representing the main island of the British Virgin Islands, is famous for great tourist attractions and its natural beauty. Thanks to the island’s volcanic origins, Tortola is defined by rugged spine formations that merge with lesser ridges that undulate towards the sea. It is a treasure trove of natural wonders and breathtaking panoramas, and a great place to depart and explore other nearby destination including the Norman Island, Peter Island, Virgin Gorda, Marina Cay or the above mentioned Jost Van Dyke.

Situated 4 kilometres from Tortola, Peter Island is a good place to enjoy nature trails and hiking, in addition to scuba diving and snorkelling. There are various turtle species that survive in this region as well as other underwater wonders. For dining, there are a number of fine restaurants offering a good selection of international cuisine.

Devil's Bay National Park - Virgin Gorda - Photographs © BVI Tourist Board

Devil's Bay National Park - Virgin Gorda - Photographs © BVI Tourist Board

Discovered in 1493 by Christopher Columbus, Virgin Gorda is another sought after destination for a British Virgin Islands boat rental. This tranquil island is not frequented by very large crowds, thus offering pristine coastline with beautiful azure waters and fantastic beaches. It is renowned for some of the finest beaches around the world!

On the whole, BVI offer unforgettable holiday experiences and undoubtedly the best way to enjoy its numerous heavenly islands is by embarking on a yacht rental. Follow the link for more detailed information about Caribbean yacht vacations and don’t hesitate to contact our experienced brokers to find out more about chartering catamaran LIR or any other vessel that best suits your budget, style and desires.

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Note: Victoria 67 Catamaran yacht LIR will be present at the 2014 Antigua Charter Yacht Show, to be held from 5th to 11th of December. Please, contact us for the possibility of viewing this outstanding vessel.

Les Voiles de St Barth 2015 Teaser Video

September 09, 2014

Les Voiles de St Barth released a teaser video promoting the 6th edition of Les Voiles de St Barth 2015, to take place from 13th to 18th April. With last year’s race being attended by an impressive fleet of 70 yachts, this popular regatta will be taking place in the fantastic Caribbean yacht charter destination St Barth.

Exceptional first half of the year for Hoek Design Yachts

June 09, 2014

It has been an amazing first half of the year on the results board of Hoek Design yachts. They have demonstrated to the world that in addition to their beautiful classic looks they provide excellent performance.

Hoek Design Yachts underway

Hoek Design Yachts underway

With sailing yacht Marie winning the St Barths Bucket in March, the 180’ ketch raced exceptionally well against a fleet of 38 of the finest super yachts in the world with a tantalizingly close finish to secure the overall title. The coveted ‘Bucket’ was hard fought by the owner and crew of Marie, which included Hoek Design’s Ruurt Meulemans, with a 1st, 3rd and 2nd in what were near perfect conditions. Her sister ship superyacht Adele also finished with an impressive overall 3rd place in her class.

This was followed by an unprecedented straight win victory for the Hoek Design J-Class luxury yacht Lionheart in the inaugural Menorca Maxi Trophy in Mahon at the end of May. Despite Lionheart’s unbeatable score sheet, there was yet more close racing for the Js on the final day but Lionheart held off charter yacht Ranger and superyacht Hanuman once again, crossing the line to take their fifth successive victory of the series and secure the event with a perfect score line.

At the prize giving the owner of Lionheart said ‘We’ve had the most magnificent sailing we’ve ever had. What a beautiful place, what a beautiful island, what kindness and hospitality we’ve encountered – it has really been a fantastic event. I’d like to thank the race committee, and of course everybody who helped organise this event on behalf of everyone in the J Class.’

Hoek-designed Superyachts at full speed

Hoek-designed Superyachts at full speed

Lionheart will line up against Hanuman, Ranger, luxury yacht Rainbow and superyacht Velsheda in what is sure to be another spectacular four days of racing at The Superyacht Cup in Palma on the 18th – 21st June.

Finally, the gorgeous Cornish coast provided the backdrop last week for what proved to be the most closely contested Pendennis Cup yet, with once again a Hoek Design yacht defeating the fleet.

The Truly Classic 85 yacht Velacarina claimed the title after a closely fought regatta, finishing less than 30 seconds ahead on day 3, and with only 2 points separating Velacarina and superyacht Christopher, it was all to play for on the final day. After a delayed start, gusts of 12-14 knots combined with a shortened course created exciting close-quarters racing, but it was to be Velacarina’s race, maintaining her lead throughout and storming first over the finish line to take the 2014 Pendennis Cup trophy.

With superyacht Firefly and luxury yacht Drumfire competing in this week’s Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, along with charter yacht This Is Us, charter yacht Atalante, superyacht Heartbeat and the J-Class Lionheart joining them at the end of June to compete in The Superyacht Cup in Palma, it’s fantastic to see so many owners of Hoek Design yachts enjoying the truly thrilling aspect of racing.

Video: Les Voiles de St Barth 2014

May 27, 2014

Taken place in the popular Caribbean yacht charter destination – St Barth, this year’s 5th anniversary edition of Les Voiles de St Barth was held from April 14 to 19. A great week of sportivity and conviviality was attended by an impressive fleet of 70 yachts. Below is a video of the 2014 Les Voiles de St Barth Highlights Programme.

Registration for the 2015 edition, running from April 13 to 18, is already open.