Carol Kent

Dec 092015
 
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Top Yacht Chef and Crew Awards 

Capt. Jan Robinson

The top 3 reasons people charter a yacht are the itinerary, the yacht, and of course the food.  Savvy yacht owners thus strive for high quality cuisine.  At the 2015 Antigua Yacht Show, the culinary contest was amply impressive.  Here we recap a personal visit to the show’s culinary competition.  Congratulations to all the winners for your spectacular creations.  Enjoy these brief video interviews with Capt. Jan Robinson, herself an award winning author who has coordinated the contest for a number of years, and Chef Michelle Bonetti, voted Top Yacht Chef.   ~Carol.

Culinary and Tablescaping Winners (listed by yacht size)

CULINARY

Up to 125 ft

1st – ZEEPARD – Chef Michelle Bonetti 2nd – ANDIAMO – Chef Eric Davis 3rd – BAMARANDI – Chef Audrey Harper

126 ft to 159 ft

1st – LADY J – Chef Ben Dineen 2nd – HYPERION – Chef Shantala 3rd – SCORPION – Chef Jilies Kuppens

160 ft and over

1st – INCEPTION – Chef Scott Dickson 2nd – SEAWOLF – Chef Diego Andra 3rd – AMARYLLIS – Chef Leishan Van Denberg

TABLESCAPING

Up to 125 ft

1st – ZEEPARD – Stew Jessica De Beer 2nd – BRUNELLO – Stew Teresa

126 ft – 159 ft

1st – MIM – Stew Zanytana 2nd – LADY J – Stew Danielle

160 ft and over

1st – SEAWOLF – Stew Ekaube 2ND – ST DAVID – Stew Nikolina

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Dec 172013
 
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Goat meets Fish_CKYC

 

CRUISING ON 140′ M/Y CAPRICORN

The combination of a”goat and a fish” created the most incredible enjoyment for cruising to Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Bart’s and ending in St. Martin. The figure of these two unlikely creatures transported our group of six guests (6 staterooms) in luxury and comfort.  Cruising during the evening and early in the AM we discovered three outstanding port of calls in an all too short amount of time.

Easy going and competent Captain Eddie and his outstanding crew made our trip memorable in so many ways.   The crew tidied our rooms 2-3 times per day, greeted us with cold towels after our explorations on land, dressed up for Asian themed evening, set creative tablescapes (2012 Winners at the Antigua Charter Show) and looked after our individual requests.  Some of us even tried the two jet skiis.

Service_CKYCAshton and Joanne (JoJo) always had a smile for us.

Now the journey!

English Harbor, Antigua is approximately 52 miles cruising to undiscovered Nevis.

The yacht is equipped with stabilizers for smooth cruising.  This time of year is windy – so I may suggest chartering in the LEEWARDS in late February onward into the summer months.  We arrived at sunrise – with the Nevis Peak greeting us.

LocalMarket_CKYC Walking the streets of Charlestown – the market was open for discovering unique to the island spices and vegetables.

This is a “lizard fruit” – do to the shape and maybe because lizards like it too; cook by boiling then slicing for delicate flavors.  Next time I will stay longer.

OurNevisGuide_CKYCOur guide, Christian was entertaining and historically knowledgeable.   We toured sugar mill plantations turned into luxury boutique hotels, botanical gardens and sulfur springs for healing.

Back on board our home away from home, we enjoyed a swim and delighted in the top deck hot tub.  Dinner was prepared and soon we were eating once again.

Next stop was St. Kitts.  We did not go the full 11 nautical miles to the main Basseterre where those cruise ships land – but to the still undeveloped area of Christophe Harbour planned marina area.   St.Kitts_CKYC Transported again by “Scout”, Capricorn’s comfortable tender, we spent the late morning and afternoon in the company of so many interesting island residents.  We lunched at the private club, swam in the infinity pool before heading back to our yacht.  An incredible day!

Next island that the rich and famous love to stay and visit – St. Barts.  Arriving at the main harbor of  Gustavia, one can take in the wealth just by looking at the luxury stores lined up on the quay and side streets.

Charming and friendly (at least this time of year) we walked the steep narrow roads to get the “money shot” of this popular yachting destination.  ST.Barts_CKYC This harbor is well protected and hosts the wealthy yacht owners Regatta ~ St. Barts Bucket Regatta.

You can charter and see these incredible sailing yachts compete and be amongst the fun activities 27 – 30 March 2014.

The day was now complete having stopped off at Le LeSelect_St.Barts.CKYCSelect for a quick beer and shot of something very delicious!  I did not see Jimmy eating his hamburger in paradise – but it is the place to see and be seen.

My journey is coming to and end.  We left this paradise at 2:30PM and cruised effortlessly into St. Martin, making the opening bridge at 5PM to a safe harbor dock for our last evening.

Our crew surprised us with an Asian Themed evening – yet another meal and decorated table settings.   DiningTable_CKYCAll rise at sunrise for an early morning departure on the flight back to Miami at 9:30AM.   Our chef prepared a hearty breakfast with pumpkin spiced muffins, bacon and sausage, eggs and fruit – to tide us over for our journey home.

Thank you all!  Eddie, Merry (our organized purser and leader), Ashton, JoJo, our fun loving engineer Paul, mates James and Kevin and our Chef.

An added special thank you to Aeneas (former Captain of the 154′  Perini Navi Sailing Yacht) now involved with this exciting venture to create Christophe Harbour, St. Kitts.  You made it possible to discover and now be able to share the beauty of Nevis and St. Kitts!

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Happy Holidays to you all! 

Call for this winter in the Caribbean and the Med this summer.

 

 

 

She just may be back in New England for 2015!

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ANTIGUA CHARTER YACHT SHOW 2013

 Posted by on December 4, 2013  CK News
Dec 042013
 
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December 6 – 12, 2013  |  51 Years Celebration of this Show!

Another yacht charter show begins in one of the friendliest and historically interesting islands in the Caribbean.  British influenced, this island boasts a lovely rain forrest, maritime history, 360 beaches, quaint settlements, sugar mills and the best pineapples in the world.

Nelson's Dockyard at English Harbor

Nelson’s Dockyard at English Harbor

       Sugar Mill at Betty's Hope

Sugar Mill at Betty’s Hope

Yachts will be on display in Nelson’s Dockyard at English Harbor, Falmouth Harbor and the Antigua Yacht Club and Marina.  Expected to attend are over 200 yachts!  My IPAD is ready to take notes and pictures – to remind me of special offerings these incredible yachts offer clients.  It is my job…

I will be joined by my colleagues from around the world – since so many of these yachts charter in the Caribbean in the winter months and the Mediterranean in the summer months.  It is always a thrill to see these mega yachts both sail and motor, lined up just for me.

FYI-this was my very first charter show back in the late 1980’s and definitely one of my very favorites.  I could not believe that this was an industry!

*For more history on the charter show:  read this account of the history by Lisa Nicholson.   Thank you Lisa…see you soon.

Meeting the crew, yacht hopping for lunches and cocktail evenings under the warmth of the Trade Winds – this has to be heaven.

So off I go again in search of the perfect yachts for my perfect clients!   Follow my journeys on www.facebook.com/CarolKentYachtCharters

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Nov 252013
 
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Lucrecia – Thank you for sharing this great photo – just the beginning for our”Flotilla Destination Wedding” celebration this Thanksgiving Week! 

Caribbean Flotilla Yacht Vacations' Sailing on VISION 11.24.13

57′ Sailing on VISION 11.24.13


Great planning and coordination go into the destination celebration by the client, broker and the lead yacht Captain and all Crew.   Choosing a flotilla charter allows guests to enjoy privacy on their own yacht while anchoring in the evening and socializing with fellow family and friends.

The selection process began last year at this time.

Captain Luca and Lucrecia also happen to be one of a selection Going Green Award and are one of 4 Catamarans cruising the British Virgin Islands this week – all in tandem with families and friends of the bride and groom. Lucky people to be on board such a lovely yacht and care taking crew.

57’ VISION is popular Lagoon design and definitely made for comfort.Eight guests on board are just beginning this fun filled charter – all sailing together and island hopping.

Lucrecia and Luca VISION CREW

Jun 112013
 
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Based in Rockland, Maine from July through September – charter your private yacht for a long weekend or week.  Do not miss an opportunity to experience history and charter a Trumpy yacht.

What is a Trumpy yacht?  In the 1920’s & 1930’s this design was the desired yacht to own and cruise along the New England Coast.  John Trumpy, Sr.  (arrived in US  from Berlin, Germany in 1902 as a young navel architect) designed and built over 300  yachts “pleasure crafts” in his lifetime, along with his son, John Jr. of Trumpy & Sons, Inc.  The Presidential USS SEQUOIA was designed by Trumpy ~  hosting President Hoover to George Bush, Sr.

Introducing and featuring this refurbished Classic Trumpy 60′ Motor Yacht SOMERSET  ~ Captain Ryan Jusick and lovely wife Alison will pamper you.  Ideal for two couples & great on fuel.  DISCOVER MAINE