Kite Surfing Travel Tips

 Posted by on March 18, 2017  Boat Shows, CK News
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Packing your own gear for your yacht vacation can be easy.  Traveling with your kite board can be very costly – here some tips for your next trip from ISS Global Marine Travel.

Use a golf bag design :

These bags are designed to contain and protect your gear and some airlines may check it in for free. Read more about the best kiteboarding travel bags.

Split kite-boards : 

Excellent for traveling, the board splits in half and can fit in your luggage. Among many split kite boards, FLYSPLIT is a good one to consider.

Kite Surfing Travel Tips

Winter: Caribbean | Summer: Sardinia

The other alternative is to charter a yacht that specializes in kite surfing:

You may want to try it out before buying your own equipment.  This yacht offers kite surfing instructions, equipment and the top crew to show you the best surfing in the Caribbean.  Based in the British Virgin Islands during the winter charter season, the 62′ OCEAN VIEW accommodates up to six guests.

The best and most popular kite surfing is off Anegada where strong Trade Winds can carry you off in safety and added excitement.  The OCEAN VIEW catamaran heads across the pond and bases in Oblia, Sardinia.

Captain Pawel Jasica is a qualified IKO instructor as well as being an advanced diver!

Chef, mate and hostess Clare Chapple, compliments the overall program offered on this 2014 built charter yacht.

Here is her sample menu, and as always, yacht charter vacations are customized to the charter guests 100%.

OCEAN VIEW Sample Menu

For best results use our complimentary planning to arrange your private yacht vacation.

 

 

Charter Yachts for Virgin Islands

 Posted by on January 27, 2017  Boat Shows, CK News
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BVI Charter Show 2016Top charter yachts in the Virgin Islands deemed worthy of our Top Yacht picks this season are listed below in categories to help you choose your next vacation!

Attending the yacht charter shows every season in desirable locations provide us the first hand knowledge of the yacht you will be living on board for one week or more; the Captain who will be your guide in the Virgin Islands and the talented Chef preparing your customized meals.  Whether you choose an active vacation with diving options or a more laid back vacation experience, we are here to offer  complimentary planning services.

Here are Sue’s Top Yacht Pick List from the last 2 yacht charter shows she attended in the US & British Virgin Islands. There are lots of excellent options still available for the school weeks, in February and April.  Here are some of her favorites!

BEST NEW YACHTS TO FLEET 2016-2017 Charter Season

61′ Catamaran LUAR
Sleeps 6 Guests in 3 King(s) | Details

58′ Catamaran THE ANNEX
Sleeps 10 Guests in 4 Queen(s), 2 Single(s) | Details

Culinary Competition for Top Yacht Chefs50′ Catamaran NEVERLAND
Sleeps 8 Guests in 4 Queen(s), 2 Single(s) | Details

EXCELLENT VALUE & GREAT FOR FAMILIES

62′ Catamaran CATSY
Sleeps 8 Guests in 4 Queen(s) | Details

57′ Catamaran RAVEN
Sleeps 8 Guests in 3 Queen(s), 1 Twin(s) | Details
SCUBA DIVE: Details

45′ Catamaran LOVEBOAT
Sleeps 7 Guests in 3 Queen(s), 1 Single(s) | Details

Good Vibrations Catamaran44′ Catamaran KATLYN
Sleeps 6 Guests in 2 Queen(s), 1 Double(s) | Details

50′ Catamaran WHITE HOUSE
Sleeps 6 Guests in 3 Queen(s) | Details

BEST HIGH END CATS & GREAT FOR TANDEMS/FLOTILLAS

62′ Catamaran LADY KATLO
Sleeps 6 Guests in 3 Queen(s) | Details

60′ Catamaran AMARA
Sleeps 10 Guests in 5 Queen(s) | Details

Yoga On Deck aboard FLIP FLOP Catamaran65′ Catamaran ALTESSE
Sleeps 8 Guests in 4 Queen(s) | Details

56′ Catamaran AMAZING LADY
Sleeps 8 Guests in 4 Queen(s), 1 Twin(s) | Details

56′ Catamaran PLAYTIME
Sleeps 6 Guests in 3 Queen(s) | Details

56′ Catamaran AZULIA II
Sleeps 8 Guests in 4 Queen(s), 2 Pullman | Details

TOP DIVE YACHTS

Fishing in the Caribbean59′ Catamaran ALIVE
Sleeps 10 Guests in 5 Queen(s) | Details   SCUBA DIVE:  Details

58′ Catamaran PORT TO VINO
Sleeps 8 Guests in 1 King(s), 3 Queen(s) | Details
SCUBA DIVE:   Details

50′ Catamaran SEA ANEMONE
Sleeps 8 Guests in 3 Queen(s), 1 Twin(s) | Details
SCUBA DIVE:  Details

47′ Catamaran PISCES
Sleeps 6 Guests in 3 Queen(s) | Details
SCUBA DIVE:  Details

British Virgin Islands Itineray on your yacht vacation - Click to enlarge!

Click to enlarge!

45′ Catamaran HAPPY TIME
Sleeps 6 Guests in 1 King(s), 2 Queen(s) | Details
SCUBA DIVE:  Details

FOODIE AWARDS

67′ Catamaran BAMARANDI
Sleeps 10 Guests in 1 King(s), 3 Queen(s), 1 Twin(s) | Details

60′ Catamaran OTTERSIDE
Sleeps 12 Guests in 2 King(s), 2 Queen(s), 2 Double(s) | Details

50′ Catamaran XENIA
Sleeps 6 Guests in 3 Queen(s) | Details

BEST SAIL MONOHULL
56′ Sail MOJEKA
Sleeps 6 Guests in 1 King(s), 2 Double(s) | Details

BEST POWERCAT
51′ Power Cat WILDCAT TOO
Sleeps 6 Guests in 3 Queen(s), 1 attached Single(s) | Details

BEST MOTOR YACHT
68′ M/Y SERENE
Sleeps 8 Guests in 2 Double(s), 1 Single(s), 1 Twin(s) | Details

ANTIGUA CHARTER YACHT SHOW 2016

 Posted by on December 7, 2016  Boat Shows, CK News
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We’re off again!  On December 4-9, Sue and I visit Antigua for the annual inspection of the region’s yacht fleet.  Antigua will be visited this week by over 90 Super Yachts of all sizes and designs hailing from Europe, the Caribbean and America.  The three Host marinas include Nelson’s Dockyard Marina in English Harbour, historically significant as a former British Navy Base and now a cultural heritage site; Falmouth Harbour Marina; and the Antigua Yacht Club Marina; the latter two are both located in Falmouth Harbour.

Most major yacht charter shows take place in November and December annually.  These shows help us gain insights and updates on new and improved yachts, crews, itinerary ideas, maritime law and contractual updates, and industry trends, all for the benefit of you, our clients, who rely on us to make yachting a unique, pleasurable vacation experience.   Follow our Facebook postings as we undertake this daunting task.  We’ll be posting videos and photos, doing our best to capture and highlight the most stunning features – spas, pools, toys, food, and more. Join us on Facebook!

Charter brokers, media and press will be filling the docks both day and night.  This is an ideal time to strengthen relationships in the industry while experiencing this British Island jewel nestled among the Leeward Islands.

Culinary Competition for Top Yacht ChefsTop Yacht Chefs Compete

The yachts we select for our clients often feature skilled chefs known for their ability at masterful menu creations amid the unique challenges of a galley kitchen. The Chef Competition is one we look forward to every year.  Captain Jan Robinson, the organizer, does an incredible job of managing schedules and judging.  She also happens to be my roommate for the last 4 years – what fun!

Now, the yachts 

Of course, our Yacht Search feature enables you to find one suitable for your needs, large or small, but we thought it would be fun to think big – in case you are, too.

289' Sail Yacht MALTESE FALCONThe largest yacht to visit the Antigua show this year is Sailing Yacht 289′ MALTESE FALCON . A Perini Navi design, she accommodates 12 guests with 19 Crew, and operates in both the Caribbean and the Eastern Mediterranean.  Use our clickable World Destinations Map to scout for itinerary ideas.  This is an option worth considering for a group getaway, family reunion, or corporate reward program.

 

238' Motor Yacht Coral OceanThe largest Motor Yacht 238′ CORAL OCEAN accommodates 12 Guests in 6 Cabins with 21 Crew.  Click her link above to get a glimpse of her luxurious staterooms and accommodations.   Plenty of sundeck space, water toys, and indoor and outdoor mingling environments ensure a comfortable, exhilarating experience for your group.  If you want to visit a world sporting event, seal an important deal, or just bond with your tribe, M/Y CORAL OCEAN  will easily meet your needs.  She generally operates in the Eastern Mediterranean, so if you are thinking  about Croatia, Greek Easter, Turkey, and the Agean Isles, we can help you select from a variety of itinerary options – or tailor one that suits your plans and ideas.

 

296 Motor Sail Yacht NERO

m/y Nero
Bluewater Yachting Antibes, France

The largest Motor Sail Yacht, 296′ M/Y NERO accommodates up to 12 Guests with 20 Crew, and can be chartered for either the Caribbean or Western Mediterranean.  Whether you prefer the warm tropical Caribbean vibe, or seek the vibrant cultural immersion of the Western Med, such as Spain, France or Italy and their sunny, temperate climes,  M/Y NERO can be the focal point of that singular experience for your group.

Consider signing up to receive news of our travels, our Top Yacht Chefs, and insights on world events and ports of call.  Thanks for reading!

 

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Top Yacht Chef at BVI Charter Show 2016We are excited to present the winning crew and yacht at the British Virgin Islands Charter Show this year.  TOP YACHT Chef Georgia and Captain Robert on 58′ Catamaran SECRET OASIS!  They are the 2016 winners of the culinary competition for BEST OVER-ALL DISH and Best Appetizer with the entry – Chocolate Lobster Mofongo!  You will have to charter her to find out!

This luxury 58′ Sailing Catamaran Secret Oasis can accommodate 10 guests in 5 Cabins and has King Master with 4 Queens.  Each cabin offer plenty of space with ensuite bathrooms and private accommodations for the crew.  She is equipped with Adult and Child waterskis, tow ring, Paddleboards, Kayak, Beach Games and great sound system for IPod Docking.

Catamarans offer great space on deck and below.  Chartering is easy to arrange with our complimentary servicesTop Yacht Chef Georgia and Captain Robert of Secret Oasis crew

SECRET OASIS is based in the British Virgin Islands during the winter months and the Grenadines for July – October.

Her lovely crew welcomes families and couples to experience culinary delights at every meal.  Congratulations to them both!!

From the crew of 50′ Sailing Yacht XENIA – Congratulations Captain Peter and Jade!

It was our pleasure to see you at the 35th annual BVI Charter Yacht Show.

Captain Peter and First mate Jade from Yacht Catamaran XENIA

50' XENIA Top Yacht Chef BVI 2016 Best Dessert ( under 60’) Starfish Sponge Cake, Turmeric Ice-cream, Rum Coconut Foam

Top Yacht Chef 50 Catamaran Runner up for best Appetizer ( under 60’)  Bush-tea Smoked Grouper, Caribbean pumpkin squid ink ravioli, honey lime glaze

Top Yacht Chef 50 XENIA

Honorable mention in the Designer Water Competition: Lemon ginger mint with Bougainvillea Ice

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British Virgin Islands Itineray on your yacht vacation - Click to enlarge!

BVI Itinerary – Click to enlarge!

 

Top Yacht Chef JUDGES COMPETITION for BVI Charter Show 2016

Chefs limited to 2 entries: Appetizer Luncheon entrée Dessert You are encouraged to use as many fresh local ingredients as possible. Additional points for use of any of the following: Breadfruit, plantain, yucca (cassava), yam, pumpkin, eggplant, bok choy, collard greens, raw chocolate, coconut, starfruit, soursop, papaya, passion fruit, local fish, meat or chicken.

JUDGING CRITERIA:Originality • Presentation • Taste/Flavor • Creativity • Use of fresh local ingredients • Execution Craft/Technique • Overall Impression

REQUIREMENTS The competition will be held on board your yacht; the choice is yours of where you serve your entries. Showcase any area of the yacht that you like.

CHEF’S CULINARY CONTEST CRITERIA: • Registrants will be split into 2 categories: Yacht ≥ 60’ Yacht < 60’ • Prepare on your yacht and serve in the location of your choice – aft deck, sun deck, saloon, dining saloon • Prepare 2 plates: One plate of a normal-serving size (as to a charter guest) for the photographer and one plate with extra forks for the judges to share. • Provide 3 copies of your menu, either handwritten or printed. • All the food is to be prepared by the Chef. Chefs will be judged on their yacht Wednesday 9th November 2016. Assigned times will be given to you, the chef, no later than 5 pm on Tuesday 8th November 2016 CONTEST JUDGING: Judges will be at your chosen area at your assigned time. Credit will be given to innovative chefs that are exceptional with their techniques and presentation.

 

 

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Penelope & Nate on AMARA 60' catamaran

Penelope, Sue and Nate on board AMARA

35th Annual BVI Charter Yacht Show is taking place at Nanny Cay Marina, Tortola, BVI this week.  Our broker, Sue Gearan has been busy all day and night visiting yachts and meeting new and seasoned crew for the upcoming Caribbean charter season.  These annual charter shows are essential updates to our knowledge base for recommending the best yacht charter options to your family and friends.

The BVI Charter Yacht Show 2016 has over 75 charter yachts on display for charter professionals to inspect, including interviews with their professional crews.  We look for teams who can customized service, safety and island guidance to everyone one of their charter guests.

How Our Charter Shows Benefit You

You can call or write to us anytime to get the latest updates and newest innovations in vacation yachting for any world region you desire.  We can also help you select a sailboat, a sailing catamaran, or a motor yacht that fits your needs and budget.  Once you’ve added in your own thoughts on what you want to happen on your vacation, then all that remains is to pack your bag and tooth brush, and corral your family or group!  Consider heading to the US and British Virgin Islands this upcoming winter.  You can rely on our local knowledge of the cruising area, charter yachts, local lore and the constantly evolving luxury travel industry.

AMARA CATAMARANWhat’s included on a Caribbean yacht voyage

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, beverages, toys and terrific crew are typically included in the price of a 7-night/8-day Caribbean charter. Meals can be customized to suit your dietary requirements.  It’s like an “all inclusive” resort where your accommodations move with you!

Top Yacht Chefs Awarded

TOP YACHT CHEF at BVI CHARTER SHOW is Chef Georgia and Captain Robert on 58′ Catamaran SECRET OASIS!  They are the 2016 winners of the culinary competition for Best Overall Dish and Best Appetizer with their entry, a Chocolate Lobster Mofongo.  Sorry, no free samples; you will have to charter her to find out!

Activity Ideas

Care to dive? Want to snorkel? How about trying out a paddle board or jet ski?  Many of our yachts include an extensive list of toys for all ages both for on the water fun and on board entertainment games.

For best results, tell your dates and ideas to our complimentary planning service today.

ANNEX catamaran

Captain Shane and Anne from GYPSY PRINCESS are now in command of The ANNEX docked at Yacht Haven Marina, St. Thomas, USVI

BVI Charter Show 2016

Charter yacht crew of 60′ AMARA invite you for a week of sailing!