Carol Kent

Sailing was introduced to me when I moved from the Midwest to Marblehead, MA at an early age of 24. My background is Social Work, having worked at Bay Cove Human Services, Inc. in Boston for 3 years. Getting married and raising a young family, I decided to start my own business (having now sailed in New England, Caribbean and Belize). I use my social work skills every day! Celebrating 25 years plus in business, I now travel the globe seeking out new yachting destinations, yachts and the very important crew!

Jun 192017
 
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Newport Shipyard will host once again a successful kick off to the summer charter season. Newport is the heart of American sailing.

Newport is also the key port for us to arrange vacations beginning in this vibrant city known for the America’s Cup, classic sailing regattas and “yacht central” on the New England coast.  Click here for more itinerary ideas: Chartering in New England 

We will be joined by other charter professionals from far away as France and San Diego, to view outstanding charter yachts that will be plying the waters from Sag Harbor to Bar Harbor.

Cruising out of Newport you will put Cuttyhunk on your itinerary for sure!

Beautiful New England

Why would a charterer like you care?  Not only do we gather for inspecting beds and heads, we come together with our industry partners.  Being in the know is our key to gaining your trust in planning and executing a marvelous summer vacation.  We know there are many choices for families, friends and even corporate incentives.

Yacht chartering is a unique vacation choice.  So, we are dedicated to learning the latest in travel trends by having our educational seminars at every yacht charter show.

Read about the June 22nd – 8:30 AM Breakfast and educational AYCA SEMINAR from 9:00AM-12Noon.  It will include pertinent information trends on social media, travel itineraries from Newport to Patagonia and health news information to make sure our crew and guests are knowledgeable.

Newport Yacht Charter Show and what to expect!  We welcome our Travel Agents to attend our seminar as well.  Travel Agents Register Here

Not in the travel business and interested in attending for the day?  Call us first and we can register you in!

Here are some scenes from last year 2016.

Jun 072017
 
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New Nordic Cuisine on Board the ICHIBAN: Top Yacht Chef Brings Innovation to Traditional Swedish FoodDeviledEggs_wShrimpandSauce_sail yacht ichiban menu

On her Sail Yacht ICHIBAN, top yacht chef Kerstin Malmström brings innovation to traditional Swedish food for a type of “New Nordic Cuisine.” Eight fortunate charter professionals sailing out of Stockholm got a taste of unexpected gastronomic delights that we thought could only be made by magic in ICHIBAN’s galley.

Besides being a culinary innovator, Kerstin joins her husband, ship’s Captain Janne Malmström, to bring fresh exciting Swedish dishes to guests aboard. Think toast Skagen with prawns, mayonnaise, beetroot and dill. Yum.

It’s worth noting here that Sweden is making waves in more than just their archipelago. “New Nordic Cuisine” is gaining notoriety in the world of gastronomy with new takes on their traditional high protein-low carbohydrate dishes.

Kerstin_ChefExtraordinaireOnBoarde_sail yacht ichiban menuDuring our beautiful week-long sailing tour (see our post Sailing Sweden’s Archipelago in the Baltic Sea on the S/Y Ichiban), Kerstin also gave us a culinary tour of traditional Swedish food with as many twists and turns as the land around which we were sailing! While each meal was enhanced by the string of gorgeous harbors where we dined, Kerstin (left) would not be outdone by the scenery. She perfectly paired out wines, local drinks and spirits to dazzle our palates.

I requested that she write down every meal since great food is one of the highlights of being on a yacht vacation.

Menus on the ICHIBAN are customized to meet travelers’ needs. We had one gluten-free guest and, ironically, I’m allergic to fish! Kerstin managed all our wishes and restrictions with creativity and care so everyone had a taste of the magic she produced in her small galley.

Here is our week of the innovative Swedish dishes:

Mondag 8 th   Night harbour: NapoleonvikenSwedishFlagWaterBehind_sail yacht ichiban menu

Dinner:

starter: Potato cakes with roe

maincourse: Cod in a tomato sauce with olives

dessert: ice-cream served in almond basket

Tuesdag 9th

Lunch harbor: KargrundetBeefPotatoes_LobsterSalad_sail yacht Ichiban menu

Lunch: Lobster casserole with salmon and prawns

Brownie_wWhippedCream_Strawberries_sail yacht ichibanNight harbour: Stora Nassa

Dinner:

starter: chanterelle toast

maincourse: Chicken with vermouth sauce

dessert: Brownie with whipped cream and strawberry <

MooseMeatballs_wLingonberrySauce_sail yacht ichiban

 

Wednesday 10th

Lunch harbor: Sandhamn

Lunch: moose meatballs with lingonberry sauce >

Night harbour: Sandhamn

Dinner:

maincourse: summer buffé with herring, cheese pie, lamb sausages

Traditional Swedish Thursday pea soup_sail yacht Ichiban menuThursday 11th

Lunch harbor: Byttan

Lunch: pea soup with warm “punsh”, pancakes with cloudberry- and strawberry jam <

Night harbour:  FjärdlångSalmonLemonsSauceTable__sail yacht Ichiban menu

 

ShrimpOnRisotto_sail yacht Ichiban menuDinner:

starter: Boueff Rydberg, filé with fried potatoes, onion and yolk.

maincourse: risotto with saffron and prawns <

dessert: crème brulée with rhubarb at the bottom

Friday 12th

Lunch harbor: Huvudskär

Lunch: smoked and “gravad” salmon, mustard sauce, lemon sauce >

PrawnsOnToast_wBeetRootandDill__sail yacht Ichiban menuNight harbour: Härsö

Dinner:

starter: toast Skagen with prawns, mayonnaise, beetroot and dill <

maincourse: deer with potato cake and red wine gravy.

dessert: chocolate cream with orange cream and almond crunch

So maties, we did some fantastic customized – or bespoke (gotta keep up with trending vernacular) -sailing and eating on the Sail Yacht Ichiban. We learned some new Swedish words, ate some new Swedish food and decided that New Nordic Cuisine is a trend we love following.

To learn more about sailing in Sweden, yacht living, chartering boats, eating like a gourmet and how you can have a customized adventure, contact Carol Kent Yacht Charters today!

MEDITERRANEAN YACHT SHOW HIGHLIGHTS

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May 102017
 
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Mediterranean Yacht Show Highlights the Very Best Charter Yachts for this Coming Season

Mediterranean Charter Show Greece

Greece is a treasure for anyone interested in super yacht luxury. It is bejeweled with gorgeous and historic islands. The sea is a blue bird color set against the unique architecture and landscapes of Ancient Greece.

The entire Mediterranean Sea and the countries that encompass it are of myth and legend, laden with beaches, harbors and islands. The luxury yacht cruise in the “Med” (as it is universally called), offers a season full of adventure, enhanced by the European style and mastery of the art of fine living.

Carol Kent has just returned from Greece where she attended the 4th Mediterranean Yacht Show (MEDYS), one of the most prestigious for-charter-only events, set in the heart of the medieval seaport of Nafplion. 

Organized by the Greek Yachting Association (GYA), this globally-renowned show for yacht brokers showcases luxury yacht travel. On the opening day, the President of the GYA, Mr. Michael Skoulikidis, greeted guests with Greek enthusiasm prior to a welcome reception in the historic Palamidi Fortress.  

Then Carol went to work! With her discerning eye and palate – and 31 years of experience – Carol inspected the yachts, tasted the cuisine and talked with each captain and crew over the course of the event.

Carol’s findings: Charter clients have more variety to choose from than ever before. Boats and budgets vary widely, offering endless options for families, couples and special gatherings.

Perini Navi Sail Yacht Baracuda Valletta

“This year, I visited a number of yachts including one of the top modern 50m/164ft Perini Navi sailing yacht ‘BARACUDA VALLETTA,” Carol said. “She is like no other in her class. Minimalist interior with sailing being the main reason to charter her.  Nine crew take care of ten guests in five unique cabins.  She is fully-booked this summer season, so consider her for the Caribbean and next summer in the Mediterranean.”

Motor Yacht OURANOS

Carol also visited the brand new motor Yacht “OURANOUS” which includes a spectacular top deck dining fully air-conditioned or not (your choice) dining room.  “A Jacuzzi offers the best views – cocktails at sunset provide relaxation and time to reflect on the day and anticipate your dinner time,” Carol says with admiration.  

“The trend in the newest and updated motor yachts is that they are clean, simple and minimalist. There are no carpets!  This encourages casual beach attire and keeps the vessel in tune with the aura of relaxation, open space and the simple feeling of a gorgeous deck under one’s feet.”

Carol notes that her charter clients are looking for a varied experience and run the gamut from fast motor yachts, sail catamarans to classic motor sailors and she adds that “sometimes its really the crew who make your charter which is why we vet every yacht and help you choose accordingly.”

“Additional highpoints of the tour,” Carol continues, “included a fantastic breakfast on board the 28m/92ft Sunseeker M/Y ‘AQUA LIBRA’, which has a top deck that offers a sleek area for dining and lounging.  She is a 2012 delivery from UK yard, and is a beauty.”

Motor Yacht Barents SeaThe 42m/137ft M/Y ‘BARENTS SEA‘ was also a favorite “with its complete refit that felt more like a new build,” said Carol. The vessel has all teak-flooring interior, mood lighting in the master cabin, and all six staterooms having red and blue water fall sinks. With a projector on the top deck for movie viewing under the stars and a karaoke for all singers and ages, it is great family yacht, Carol notes. “The crew are totally together to make wishes come true,” she adds.

Perfectly-priced for families wanting to see many of the Greek islands, the 21m/68ftRiva M/Y ‘SPACE’ was also high on Carol’s list. With three cabins for six guests, the crew is dedicated to service.  (Please see our interview with Ioanna your chef and photos of the yacht SPACE)

Also, the 17m/55ft S/Y Catamaran ‘HIGHJINKS’ II debuted as a first charter yacht this season.  Once for private use only, the crew has come together with great backgrounds making for interesting conversations.  Captain Miltos Skouras is a reputable artist in the off season (his acrylic artwork is displayed onboard).  His crewmate, Eugene, is an archeologist and schooled chef in Mediterranean-style cooking.

“This is another great family charter yacht complete with four equal cabins plus a children’s cabin,” Carol says.

The 23m/75ft M/Sailor ‘ALTHEA’ is beautifully maintained and had been in private use for 10 years by her 82-year old owner. This high quality vessel was built in 1993, but she had a major refit and is annually taken care of.  It’s an easy yacht to move about, and has great aft deck sun pads. She sails with three crew and accommodates 10 guests in five cabins.

The yacht show is also an important time to showcase premier global yacht charter companies such as Camper & Nicholson, Edmiston & Company, Fraser Yachts, Yachting Partners International, Northrop & Johnson and more.

Now in its fourth year, the MEDYS was previously held on the island of Poros, another lovely port just two hours by ferry or chartered yacht (of course).  Due to the rapid increase in professionally-staffed Greek and international flagged vessels, the show was moved to Nafplion, providing much-needed marina berths for motor, sail, motor sailors and catamarans.

Carol Kent is a member of the worldwide yachting associations as well as the PR Chairperson for the AYCA (American Yacht Charter Association). Please contact Carol Kent Yacht Charters for more information.

Apr 262017
 
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Hola from Barcelona!

BowShotBarcelonaFor the first time in 27 years, One Ocean Port Vell Marina in Barcelona will host the most prestigious yachts, charter brokers, press and vendors from around the world at the renowned Mediterranean Yacht Brokers Association (MYBA).

This important European show had been located in Genoa and San Remo, Italy. Now in 2017, this premiere event in the superyacht calendar changed locations to beautiful Barcelona, a world-class city, legendary for its history and culture.

The Balearics are only a 45 minute flight to ideal island-hopping. Many of the yachts now have their Spanish Cruising Flags to charter in this “new hot destination” in the Mediterranean. This means Carol Kent Yacht Charters is pounding the pavement – well, the decks – to stay current with yacht trends.

Renowned as a key showcase of super yachts and ancillary services for the yachting industry, the MYBA Charter Show is a “trade-only” event (for brokers and charter agencies only).

The event offers yacht brokers like Carol Kent a chance to familiarize herself with captains and crews, and get beyond the brochures of the luxury yachts on display. Such an informative experience is invaluable when it comes to advising clients on the kinds of luxury yachts and ever-expanding services and toys that will be ideal for their next yacht charter vacation.

Uniting captains of industry with the very best superyachts available for private charter vacations, the show is, in many ways, a celebration of the beauty and opportunities for cruising in the Mediterranean.

The largest charter yet attending the MYBA Charter Show 2017 is the 90m/312ft motor yacht INDIAN EMPRESS from Oceanco. Having enjoyed an extensive refit less than two years ago, she is now an ultra-modern super yacht.

Another icon currently berthed in Barcelona ahead of the show is the 90m/296ft luxury yacht NERO. Designed by Neil Taylor, both the classic interior and exterior of the superyacht have dazzled onlookers ever since her delivery from Corsair Yachts in 2007.

The award-winning 70m/230ft luxury yacht JOY also generates much intrigue in the marina, with her Bannenberg & Rowell-styled exterior enjoying an abundance of praise in the press following her delivery from Feadship last year.

As our magnifico time in Barcelona winds down we will have had an exclusive look at nearly 100 of the world’s most luxurious superyachts. Carol Kent can answer all of your charter yacht needs and she will be on-site and available via email to answer any of your questions.

vacation@carolkent.com

 

Apr 132017
 
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46' Catamaran 35th America’s Cup – May 26 through June 27 2017

Charter yachts for the America’s Cup are updated continually.   Here is the Schedule of Events (link)

Come join Captain Ken on board and become a part of the action in Bermuda as the United States defends their trophy against five challenging countries on 50 foot foiling catamarans capable of sailing almost three times faster than the wind.

This modern 46′ Sailing Catamaran is now being offered for the America’s Cup in Bermuda during these critical and exciting weeks.  She is a comfortable cruising design accommodating up to 6 guests in private ensuite staterooms.

Captain Ken offers a “Captain Only” experience vs. a fully crewed yacht.  Why? “Peace of mind – I offer a no stress solution for groups that would like to charter their own bareboat (skipper your own) but are apprehensive about sailing a catamaran for the first time or sailing in unfamiliar waters. I am responsible for the boat and you get to decide each day whether you would like to lend a hand with the sailing or not. In an effort to help make this a truly stress free and enjoyable vacation, if requested, I will gladly meet you at the airport or assist with transfers or even assist you to provision the boat.”

First time charterer:   “Fantastic” I am a flight attendant and this was one my most memorable vacations.  If you have never considered sleeping in a cabin on a boat and the beautiful ocean as a vacation place, it’s time!; “add this adventure to your bucket list”, I would highly recommend this amazing experience with  Captain Ken for your sailing experience.”

This is why you want to charter this well equipped charter yacht for the America’s Cup weeks (Pick your week)

  • Underwater camera to record your trip

    46'Catamaran for charter in Bermuda

    3 Spacious Cabins for up to 6 Guests

  • Music library, movie library, books,
  • Wi-Fi internet
  • Custom blue tooth stereo system with CD, DVD and a large flat screen TV
  • Bow speakers
  • Microwave oven, 4 burner stove
  • Blender, coffee maker
  • Fresh water outside shower
  • Large  outside propane grill
  • Hammock
  • Floating mats
  • Tubes with cup holders
  • Snorkel gear
  • Noodles
  • Fishing gear
  • Single Person/Two Person Kayaks
  • 12′ inflatable dingy with 30 HP outboard
  • SUP’s and scuba diving available upon request

Charter yachts for America’s Cup are continually being updated.  We have the ear to what’s happening in Bermuda so please contact us anytime for further information.  Our service is always complimentary!