Nov 112016

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


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.



Nov 092016
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!

Jul 112016

101′ Hargrave MAR AZUL luxury motor yacht hit the Newport Charter Show with a splash!  Walking on board and into the main salon, you feel at home in comfort and luxury.  101' MAR AZUL makes a splash in Newport Her four crew are experienced, enthusiastic and ready for the New England summer months ahead.  She accommodates up to 8 guests in 4 private cabins with ensuite bathrooms.

She is currently chartering out of  Newport and the surrounding islands of (click onto suggested itinerariesNantucket, the Vineyard and Block Island.

Her capable crew are eager to take guests along the coast of Maine as well – so do inquire about her charter activities.  Carol Kent welcomes guests

I was delighted to host my SKAL BOSTON colleagues the Motor Yacht MAR AZUL (means Blue Sea in Spanish)  the first day of the Newport Charter Show.  I know you can count on one of them to comment on this special yacht and the crew.

The day was outstanding weather wise and I must say we all made ourselves at home for the afternoon, while being looked after by the attentive crew.  Chef Berty is a gem and our Farrah delighted in looking after us.

(Left to Right) Our LIDO TRAVEL & DUXBURY TRAVEL ladies Bonnie and Betsy
Katy Kennedy New England Rep for (ARUBA)
Judith Akerman (US Virgin Islands) Rep

SKAL BOSTON colleagues

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

Ideal times to cruise in New England:  May to October




Newport Charter Yacht Show

 Posted by on June 9, 2016  Boat Shows, CK News
Jun 092016

Newport Charter Yacht Show held June 21-24 in Newport, RI, an ideal port to  embark on a yacht charter vacation in New England.

Thanks to the American Yacht Charter Association (AYCA), over 30 sail and motor yachts will be open for viewing at the Newport Shipyard so that we and other select charter industry colleagues may inspect, meet the crews and taste the cuisine – all for you, our valued clients, of course.

Newport Yacht Charter Show


161′ Motor Yacht ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM will be the largest Superyacht in the show this year.

Ideal for up to 10 guests in 5 cabins, her 9 professional crew are available in New England waters this summer. Contact our complimentary planning service today to discuss your ideas and budget.

All of these quality and fully crewed yachts will be coming from the Caribbean, Florida and the Bahamas to ply the waters from Long Island to Maine.

An annual Culinary Competition will be held during the show, and the results will be covered here. You can search our blog for more “Top Yacht Chefs” competitions around the world. Yacht charter clients tend to favor healthy eating, so it is always exciting to see the judging criteria and to cheer on the winners of the Top Yacht Chefs in New England.  Follow this blog for updates.

Newport Charter Yacht Show

Castle Hill in Newport features fine statuary and spectacular views.



Jun 082016

Mediterannean Yacht Show Nafplion Top Yacht Chefs Competition was held at the Mediterranean Yacht Show in Nafplion, Greece.  A charming,  historic seaside port located South of Athens is the ideal backdrop showcasing these luxury yachts just waiting for charter guests to ply the Greek Island waters this summer.

Top yacht chefs are competing on all levels for the judges.  This also includes the presentation category of “Tablescaping”.

And here are the winners for 2016 summer charter season.  Click here for Our Complete list straight from Naflion, Greece

Category A – Top Yacht Chefs 1st Place DOUBLE TIE!

100′ AURORA Motor Yacht  10 guests in 5 Cabins | 6 Crew

100′ PROJECT STEEL Motor Yacht 12 guests in 5 Cabins | 6 Crew

Category A – Top Yacht Chefs 2nd Place

120′ OBSESION Motor Yacht  10 guests in 5 Cabins | 6 Crew

Category A – Top Yacht Chefs 3rd Place

80′ KENTAVROS II Motor Yacht  8 guests in 4 Cabins | 4 Crew

Category A – Top Tablescaping

79′ VALCO Motor Yacht  12 guests in 5 Cabins | 4 Crew

Category A PLATINUM – Top Yacht Chefs 1st Place

Ancallia Motor Yacht

150′ Feadship M/Y ANCALLIA Motor Yacht

150′ ANCALLIA Motor Yacht   12 guests in 7 Cabins | 9 Crew

Category A PLATINUM – Top Yacht Chefs 2nd Place TRIPLE TIE!

103′ DUKE Motor Yacht   10 guests in 4 Cabins | 6 Crew

108′ ELISA Motor Yacht   10 guests in 4 Cabins | 6 Crew

138′ JAAN Motor Yacht  12 guests in 6 Cabins | 9 Crew

Category A PLATINUM – Top Yacht Chefs 3rd Place TIE!

121′ DRAGON Motor Yacht   12 guests in 6 Cabins | 8 Crew

139′ IDEFIX Motor Yacht   12 guests in 6 Cabins | 7 Crew

Category A PLATINUM – Top Tablescaping

115′ HELIOS Motor Yacht  12 guests in 5 Cabins | 6 Crew

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

Please see our sample Greek Island yacht charter itineraries link.

Sailing in Greece aboard a Motor Sailor Live the Myth!