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Chartering With Kids

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Chartering with kids is an amazing way for families to enjoy time together, learn new skills, and play! With a crewed charter yacht mom and dad no longer have to worry about the days itinerary, transportation, sailing the yacht, or meals. The experienced crew aboard your yacht will take care of everything while you are on board allowing you to truly savor quality time with your friends and family. Here are a few things to make sure you bring along to enhance the charter experience.

  1. Journal. A journal is a fun way for your kids to be able to draw the fish, animals, the landscape they see each day, and write about their favorite experiences. By everyone getting involved and leaving spaces for photographs, a journal can be a great memento to put in the family scrap book.
  2. UPF sun shirt/rash guard. The sun is hot in the Caribbean and everyone is in and out of the water so often that a sun shirt or rash guard with SPF protection is a great alternative to lathering up with sunscreen every 2 hours.
  3. Toys. I am talking about a small toy that can keep your kids entertained while sailing from place to place. Each yacht will have an assortment of books, games, cards, and music but if there is something your kids specifically enjoy and it is east to travel with bring it along.
  4. Books. If your kids enjoy fish, pirates, clouds, or stars get your kids reading before the trip to get them excited about the trip. Bring along a fish ID book and Treasure Island (Normand Island in the BVI is the real life inspiration for this classic) to read each night after dinner.
  5. Sunglasses. Kids often don’t wear sunglasses at home but in the Caribbean they are important to keep their eyes protected. Additionally, with polarized sunglasses the colors will be enriched allowing them to differentiate between water depth and sea floor makeup.

S/Y Green Flash

Green FlashWe recently sent the Pemberton family out on the yacht Green Flash and here is what they had to say. So happy that they had a great time and fit well with the crew!
“Leigh Ann – I hope that you are well. We have made it back safely to London. Our week on Green Flash was EXCEPTIONAL!! Arthur and Sherri McNary are owner operators and we felt like guests in their home. The boat was lovely and the food was literally 5-star quality. I cannot overstate how good the food was. Sheri could be a chef in a Michelin starred restaurant. We loved every single meal.
The boat had plenty of toys for our kids and the hosts were very patient and accommodating with them. Finally, Arthur is a great musician and entertained us with his lovely guitar playing.
We highly recommend Green Flash for your other clients. It is best suited for a family of 4 or 5, or one, or perhaps 2, couples. The master cabin is very spacious and the second cabin can accommodate another couple or 3 kids. It would be an ideal yacht to charter for a honeymoon or special occasion.
Thanks again for your assistance. We will be back in touch to discuss our next charter.”
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S/V Happy Time

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When it’s time for sun and fun, when it’s time for sailing and playing in the azure blue waters and balmy breezes of the Caribbean, when it’s time to be pampered in luxury by your own private crew, it’s Happy Time!

HT - BoatNew to the BVI charter scene for the 2011-2012 season, Happy Time, a 2010 Vision 450 catamaran, built in Cape Town, South Africa by Matrix Yachts, is an innovative, thoroughly modern, performance design and has been finished to mega yacht standards in keeping with Matrix Yachts’ reputation established by her larger cousin, the highly successful Silhouette 760. The genius and passion of her designer and builder is apparent in all facets of the yacht down to the smallest detail.

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Captain Bryan Roach and Mate Devin Silverthorne-Lillie are fresh new faces joining “Happy Time” in her second season and bring upbeat personalities, youthful enthusiasm and a great skill set to please and entertain their guests.

 Come find out more about this beautiful yacht and her crew here:

HAPPY TIME 45 Feet.
Sleeps 6 Guests in 1 King(s), 2 Queen(s)
Online brochure and Rates

We were highly impressed with this boat and her crew during the Tortola boat show and would love to put a group with them because you are guaranteed a “happy” time!

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Christmas in the Virgin Islands!

There is no snow, sleigh rides or pines waiting to be chopped down and decorated in the Virgin Islands. Yet, there is a wealth of Christmas traditions. Like many locales around the globe, these customs center on food, festivities and faith. Here’s a sampling of some of the most special.

Foxy’s Christmas 

To celebrate this most wonderful time of the year, we prepare a Christmas Eve Dinner and a traditional Christmas Day Feast. As is our customs, there’ll be entertainment, music, dancing and Holiday songs, both traditional and Caribbean.

 

 

 

 

North Sound, Virgin Gorda, BVI

Join the 11th Annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade, starting at 5:45pm on December 24 at the head of the Bitter End Yacht Club (BEYC) channel. “Santa and his merry elves on the steel drums will be aboard Ponce de Leon leading the parade,”

says John Glynn, the BEYC’s vice president. Great prizes will be awarded ashore afterwards at the Christmas Eve Celebration for well-lit and creatively-decorated boats. This year they are adding an ‘anchored yacht’ category for large yachts. Sail, power, crewed charter boats, plus private boats all welcome.

 

 

St. John Music Festival & Children’s Parade

Celebrating its 4th anniversary, the St. John Children’s Christmas Parade has become a tradition with many of our island’s groups participating. It is truly a parade for all ages.

Starting in front of Mongoose Junction at 6pm, December 6th, Santa leads the torch lit parade through Cruz Bay, around the ferry dock and then up to Winston Wells Ball Field. Live Christmas music fills the air with our own children’s steel pan band and plenty of Reggae sounds. The parade route is filled with Christmas spirit as locals and visitors line both sides of

the street.

Upon reaching Winston Wells Ball Field, Santa will be giving every child in attendance a free Christmas gift.

A glorious night of free concerts under the stars in the heart of Cruz Bay at Winston Wells Ball Field

will follow immediately after the parade. The concert is starring 13 year old Jazz piano prodigy Matt Wigler and his trio, 13 year old Jazz trumpet sensation Tyler Lindsay and his band, and ‘the Diva of all Divas’ Ms. Maryel Epps.
So start a new tradition with some old customs here in the Virgin Islands. We’ll let your crew know exactly how you’d like to celebrate with your close ones.

Flow – Luxury Catamaran

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FLOW is one of our favorite new yachts in the Virgin Islands. She is large and spacious for large charter groups without jeopardizing quality or experience. If you’d like to share an amazing experience with your family or a group of friends, I’d highly recommend FLOW and her crew!

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5 spacious and modern staterooms all with en-suite bathrooms and separate shower space.

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FLOW‘s crew is a dynamic and welcoming team who instantly helps you feel relaxed and right at home. Donald and Audrey, married for 15 years, met in South Africa and have spent the last 4 years sailing in the Caribbean. Their great sense of humor, excellent hosting skills and vibrant zest for life promises to make your vacation an unforgettable experience.

If you are interested in chartering FLOW and would like more information please contact us for availability. Below are some links to her rates and scuba information.

FLOW 59 Feet.
Sleeps 10 Guests in 5 Queen(s)
Online brochure and Rates http://www.cyabrochure.com/eb/1450/xcayX/3548/1
SCUBA: http://www.cyabrochure.com/scuba/1450/xcay/3548

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Necker Island on Fire! – British Virgin Islands

Charter yachts in North Sound will have an interesting topic of conversation in the coming season.  It seems that Richard Branson’s beautiful island oasis was struck by lightening during the passing Tropical Storm Irene.  Check out this article by Mail Online.

Ranger – Yacht Charters by Sojourn Sailing

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On deck, the quality of craftsmanship of RANGER is evident from the moment you step aboard at the transom and see straight teak planks with no joins all the way up to the traveler.

A cozy cockpit for up to eight with a teak table is just behind the teak clad carbon fiber deck house; which features glove leather seating on either side of the companionway leading below, accented by a beautiful teak hand rail culminating at a teak and holley sole.

RANGER has accommodations for eight in the aft guest quarters; ten if the Pullman berths are used, in four cabins with three full heads.

The Master Stateroom: Walkaround king bed, ensuite with head, sink and shower.

Guest Stateroom 1: Starboard: Double bed with a hidden Pullman overhead, ensuite with head, sink and shower.

Guest Stateroom 2: Port: Double bed with a hidden Pullman overhead. Shares head with Stateroom #3.

Guest Stateroom 3: Port: Over/Under twin sized bunk berths. Shares head with Stateroom #2.

The Salon features a formal dining table to starboard and leather seating to port.

Forward through a water-tight bulkhead is the galley to port and the crew dinette to starboard.

The underlying material for the interior is Nida-Core to keep RANGER�s interior light. Over this state of the art foundation, is the finest of old world craftsmanship featuring flawless gloss finish over raised mahogany panels with crotch cut flamed mahogany centers making for a high quality and impressive interior. RANGER�s interior was built in Sardinia and then shipped to Skagen, Denmark for her installation.

RANGER represents the same hull and construction as the original RANGER from 1937 with the obvious exception that this RANGER has an engine and all the amenities of a modern day 50m motor yacht.

Now, after several years of trials and refinements, RANGER offers exciting racing and top performance plus and interior and amenities comparable to the finest, bigger sailing yachts and motor yachts. She truly is the best of both worlds with top performance and the ultimate in amenities and the finest of interiors.

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