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!

Apr 112017
 
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Our new destination this year is the exhilarating summer adventure in Sweden’s Archipelago.   Boarding in Stockholm, I will be sailing on 80′ Swan S/Y ICHIBAN this upcoming May 8-14, 2017.  I can hardly wait since so many of my sailor clients are counting on my reporting of this Scandinavian cruising treat.  We have more detailed information on the cruising area – please inquire and do follow my journeys on Facebook and Twitter!

Yacht:  The ICHIBAN is appropriately named-in Japanese the word means “#1”.  According to Captain Janne, “To sail a SWAN, the Rolls Royce among sailing yachts, is the dream of many and it will be an unforgettable experience.”

Captain:  Janne likes challenges, whether it’s sailing in stormy weather or running comprehensive IT projects for the government.  After 30 of sharing his experiences on the sea, he conveys both rough seamanship warm welcoming.  With Janne, you never feel uncomfortable or unfamiliar onboard.  He and his crew take the time to explain everything you need to know.

Chef:  Jens is a truly professional chef. His experiences serving the Swedish government and their international guests, have given him a quite confidence beyond any doubt. The dishes he creates will fulfill your wildest expectations and they will all be served with a big smile. Jens is full of energy which he splits between his two young daughters, being a chef and running marathons.

With its 33,000 islands, Stockholm’s Archipelago is a treasure-trove of adventure for visitors. Glide into a natural coves, anchor up and explore an unpopulated islands.  Immerse your senses in the splendor of the protected Archipelago. Commune with nature in one of the many natural preserves, unlike any you’ve ever experienced.

“The archipelagos in Sweden, Finland and Denmark, the fjords in Norway and last but not least our trip to the very north of Norway. All different, but equally beautiful and exciting. Complete comfort and every meal is a culinary experience. The trips are beautifully planned and organized into the smallest detail, but there is room for individual wishes.
A journey on board Ichiban is all you can possibly wish for on a holiday.”

~ INGELA EVANS, LONDON, ENGLAND

 

HERE IS OUR ITINERARY – so make sure you follow us May 8-14th!  I will fill in the blanks!

80' Swan ICHIBANDay 1:  May 8th  Arrival day

5.00 pm We set out into the archipelago

Dinner in a natural harbor

 

Day 2:  May 9th   Sailing Day 1

Learning about the yacht and sailing until lunch

Continue to the end of the archipelago

Anchoring in a lagoon

 

Day 3:  May 10th   Sailing Day 2

To Sandhamn, center of sailing on the Swedish east coast

stockholm_archipelagoNight anchorage with wood-fired sauna

 

Day 4:  May 11th  Sailing Day 3

Today’s goal is the huge area called Nassa Night harbor at Stora Nassa, one of 20 small archipelagos in Nassa area

 

Day 5:   May 12th  Sailing Day 4

Sailing through the archipelago toward Stockholm City

Night harbor in an amazing natural harbor

 

Day 6:  May 13th  Departure Day

Entering the center of Stockholm by 10 am

Apr 042017
 
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91' Schooner_TreeofLifeSail with the Tall Ships on your own 91′ Schooner during the Boston Tall Ship Festival running from June 17-June 22, 2017.  The last time we saw a full fleet of Tall Ships was in 2000, and the show attracted 7 million people.

Day Trippers looking for ticket sales – Click here!

Do not miss this special experience and “celebrate the Age of Sail” by chartering your own Tall Ship and sailing in the Parade of Sails!

The 91′ TREE OF LIFE  is offering a unique opportunity for corporate and or family private charter, sailing from Newport, RI to Boston.  Two cabins will be available for sailing June 14th – leaving Newport and arriving in Boston on the 16th.  You will be able to sail in the Parade of Sail 0n June 17th (inviting up to 12 day charter guests).

No need to stand on the banks with thousands or be on a cramped, full to capacity harbor cruise vessel, when you can have your very own Tall Ship.

Chartering this classic Tall Ship is a spectacular way to see the many ships sailing into Boston Harbor.  Currently there will be over 46 participates sailing in the parade.  TREE OF LIFE and her 10 crew will be perfectly positioned all week at the accessible Fan Pier, downtown Boston.    You will be able to entertain your guests dockside (up to 30 guests dockside) and invite folks for breakfast, lunch and dinner sails (up to 12 guests sailing).  Do not miss out on this great opportunity.   Consider being a corporate sponsor or creating a generational family experience.   This is a exceptional deal for $30,000 for the week (June 14-22nd).  For 8 nights and 9 days it includes:  Dockage and 10 Crew at your service.    Additional expenses are food, beverages and crew gratuity.   We will coordinate all the details to suit your exciting week.

Tall Ship Schooner

91′ TREE OF LIFE photos by Captain Paul Morse

The advantage of chartering your own Sail with the Tall Ships during this week for four guests overnight and 12 Guests sailing during the day.

The Master Cabin offers a queen bed, two closets, plenty of custom-built drawer space, as well as a private entry hatch from on deck. Like all of our cabins, it is air-conditioned. Custom fit and plush linens and pillows adorn the custom built mahogany bed. A head (bathroom) is en-suite with a commode, vanity, sink and shower. Plush and thirsty towels and fine toiletries are included.

Each of the two French Double cabins offers French double beds, closets, a writing desk, a vanity with hot and cold running water, opening ports and a large deck hatch for ventilation. Beautiful custom cut linens adorn the cabins which all are air-conditioned.
Tree of Life has a water making system, which allows passengers to refresh in our two showers. Toiletries and linens are provided for all guests.
The crew has its own cabin forward with a separate entrance to the deck.TALLSHIP TreeofLife

FRONT ROW ACCESS TO ALL EVENTS:

 *Maximum 12 Guests Sailing

*Option for Dockside Parties available up to 30 Guests

PARADE OF SAIL

Saturday, June 17

7:30am-3:30pm

FIREWORKS CRUISE

Saturday, June 17 & Wednesday, June 21

7:30-10:30pm

Call us today for more yachts you can charter for more than one day only.  It is smart to have your own yacht for the 4 glorious days these magnificent Sailing Tall Ships will be in Boston.