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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The ICHIBAN Sailing Sweden's Archipelago

ICHIBAN means “number one” in Japanese, and while sailing Sweden’s archipelago in the Baltic Sea, we had a #1 crew.

Our sailing adventure began May 8, 2017. If you know New England and realize spring is just around the corner, then you might expect chilly winds.  I would say the same is true sailing Sweden’s archipelago which covers miles of off-shore island-hopping and low waterline rock-dodging.

Only a very skilled and locally-knowledgable skipper would dare to venture into this dramatic environment of Swedish red homesteads, granite moonscapes and kilometers of sailing in calm, flat waters.  Brackish water (a mix of fresh and salt water) creates the calmness that makes Sweden’s archipelago such a fabulous sailing destination.

OUR ICHIBAN ITINERARYCKYC_Ichiban_Itinerary_Map Sailing Sweden's Archipelago

SALTSJOBADEN

We boarding at 5:30PM and were immediately welcomed by the traditional “fika” which means “a gathering of friends over sweets or sandwiches and served with coffee and tea.”

Our yacht was impeccably-equipped for this early spring sailing adventure. Even foul weather attire was aboard which we employed for every one of our exhilarating days at sea!

GroupInRedJackets_CKYC Sailing Sweden's Archipelago

We eight fortunate yacht brokers met our crew, Janne and Kerstin, at the dockage in Stockholm. 

We’d all flown in from different countries – France, England, USA, Canada, Denmark and Vienna – and were all excited to experience Sweden. We weary-but-eager travelers chose our cabins and unloaded our gear.  

CABIN COMFORT  

Since the Ichiban has all single berths, we chose our cabins easily. Forward and aft cabins were the more spacious. The midship upper/lower was perfect for me and my yachtmate, Elisabeth, who is a tad smaller than my 5’9″ frame.  We even had our own private head and wet head bathroom (toilet and shower).  

Our other mates had another midship upper/lower berth.  This cabin, we all agreed, would best suit the under-25 set.  The forward and midships shared a wet head bathroom with the crew.

The aft cabin had a private head and wet head bathroom.  

Since it was a bit like camping out with eight guests, we all concurred that the most comfortable would be 4-6 adults or a family of 8.

Pine-lined Napoleon Bay Sailing Sweden's ArchipelagoMonday, DAY 1 – NAPOLEON BAY

Boarding at 5:30PM, we were immediately welcomed again by a traditional “fika”.

Since the sun sets at 10:00PM, getting underway was not a hurried affair. We dropped anchor in the seclusion of the pine-lined Napoleon Bay.

It was so calm due to the brackish waters, that we were not rocked by any motion and all slept well before beginning our adventure.

Unexpectedly, we found ourselves sailing in snow in Sweden’s Archipelago – how lucky we were!! We laughed and were all secretly amazed at the competence of our Viking Captain Janne.

Tuesday, DAY 2 – STORA NASSA or GREATER ARCHIPELAGODeviledEggs_wShrimp Sailing Sweden's Archipelago

We sailed into this well-protected maze of uninhabited boulders. In summertime, the Ichiban team will create a picnic for guests.  

Temps were chilly and no one put on their t-shirts or shorts. This is not southern Europe (from which many of us arrived, including Greece and Barcelona only a week prior). Oh well, “Let the adventure begin!” I shouted.

MazeOfBoulders_Sweden

SAILING WITH A PRO: That evening, we cruised into a maze of granite up-cropping boulder formations and skillfully tied up to a rock!  Port two, the fenders were lowered, lines were securely fastened around boulders and trees.  Never had we experienced this – but Janne was the coolest and calmest instructor.  Two of our mates leaped off the Ichiban and were guided to tie up for the night!

Another evening of ducking the chilly winds and sleeping motionless under an almost full moon.

In the morning we mingled with the herd of sheep trying to dodge our cameras and just took in the enormous expanse of this far-reaching archipelago. 

FOOD & BEVERAGES:  Every breakfast started out with an array of homemade breads and muffins. There is nothing like smelling baking and cooking in the galley when you are all on deck. Kerstin made magic of her Swedish traditional cheeses, meats, hard and soft boiled eggs, plus strong coffee and assorted teas.  

Raspberry Chia Breakfast on the ICHIBAN Sailing Sweden's ArchipelagoI must mention here that Kerstin customized every meal on the Ichiban since I’m allergic to fish (I had to pass on the Norwegian salmon and pickled herring) and one mate was gluten-free.

You can read our entire week’s customized menu in my blog post New Nordic Cuisine on Board the ICHIBAN: Top Yacht Chef Brings Innovation to Traditional Swedish Food.

After yet another hearty breakfast (raspberries on chia here), we set sail south with a following wind.

Everyone took a turn at the helm, which is a definite plus to us sailors.  A responsive helm, this Swan glides through the water effortlessly.

Nigel (our token male broker and humorist), made one comment: “My god, he turns off the engine then he puts up the sails!”  This says it all about the skilled and competent Captain Janne.

Wednesday, DAY 3 – SANDHAMN 

DiversHelmetBeerTap Sailing Sweden's ArchipelagoThat evening we settled into a dock for the night.  Note: Overnight dockage prices are comparable to St. Bart’s and Nantucket’s in the high season.  

Sandhamn was charming, but very few folks live there at this time of year. The hotel was busy with company groups (ferries run frequently and year-round to many of these islands from Stockholm), so we proceeded to explore and ended up in a pub with beer on tap from a Boston company called Diver Helmet and yes, that helmet on the right is a beer tap!

Every night we chatted about the day we just had and the day ahead.  

When sailing Sweden’s archipelago, itineraries are always based on the winds and comfort level for guests. Hearty sailors are always welcome. Kerstin served plated evening dinners with traditional flare and paired wine with each meal. She is a chef with full command of her galley!

Thursday, DAY 4 – QUIET ANCHORAGE = Fjärdlång

After a few yoga poses on the dock, we set sail under brilliant blue skies, heading to the farthest point of the archipelago where “we imagined to see Russia!”  

ITINERARIES ABOARD ICHIBAN:   Best to mention here that, should you want to visit Estonia or St. Petersburg, Russia, please inquireCaptain Janne and Kerstin have sailed northern Norway, southern Sweden, Gothenburg = Göteborg and all of the archipelago with 50% repeat clientele!  

HelicopterLandingRock Sailing Sweden's ArchipelagoOne seasoned guest in her 80’s flew in by helicopter and met Ichiban to sail for 14 days! (That rock with the “H” on the left is a helicopter pad.) 

It’s note worthy that Captain Janne (pronounced YAHN-neh) is very safety-conscious about transferring people on and off the Ichiban. Also, the boat is equipped with a defibrillator and the capacity to summon medical help and a helicopter for airlifting. Clients range from teens to 85-year olds so the crew is prepared for a broad age range and health circumstances.

DinghyArrival_sailing Swedens Archipelago

Welcome to HUVUDSKAR! Moonwalking on granite and quartz, we arrived by dinghy (maximum 6 guests) and beached up on the smooth shoreline.  A small enclave of traditional red summer homes were waiting for the summer guests to arrive.  Since no one was there, we freely roamed and explored.  The iconic lighthouse gave my Maine mate and me a sense of Pemaquid.

What does Thursday mean to the Swedes?  Our late lunch was “pea soup and pancakes” (really, they were crepes unlike our fat ones in America) and served as a dessert with local Northern berry jams.  If you ask any Swede, they will know the traditional meal before the fasting Catholic Fridays.

While overnight at the dock, once again, Kerstin made magic from the galley for another delicious evening meal. 

Friday, DAY 5 – KORPMAREN, HARSO

IchibanBeerBottle_SalmonPlate Sailing Sweden's ArchipelagoFishLemonsSauceTableAfter breakfast and showering on shore (what a treat), we set sail in the morning with winds picking up for a leisurely sail to our last beautiful anchorage.

Eventually, we arrived in Korpmaren, a popular rendezvous weekender getaway for the sailing crowd. Believe me, there are more sailboats (or so it seemed) in this archipelago than the ubiquitous motor yachts in the Western and Eastern Med.

Since the sunset was so stunning, we sat out on the aft table with our Ichiban beers and appetizers, relishing our unique bond over the Swedish spring weather.

On our last night together, our final meal consisted again of traditional Swedish foods, merriment and toasts to our lovely and amazing Captain Janne and our talented Kerstin and the fair wind gods of Sweden.

StockholmHarbor_wBoatsHotels Sailing Sweden's ArchipelagoSaturday, DAY 6 – Stockholm

Finally, we put the sails and headed back to Stockholm harbor.  It will be a long time before I forget the scene of this historic and colorful harbor.

We can create an adventure for you.

Our time on the Ichiban was fantastic yacht living. I like to say, “Yachting is cool,” and in Sweden, it is super-cool. I can recommend it whole-heartedly for all sorts of sailors and adventurers. So maties, if you want to learn more about the S/Y Ichiban and sailing Sweden’s archipelago with Capt. Janne and Top Yacht Chef Kerstin, just inquire here.

Carol Kent Yacht Charters is happy to plan an adventure for you!

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 on a Tall Ship.  Charter 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 these classic sail training vessels 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 Sailing vessels will be in Boston.

 

 

Mar 242017
 
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EMILY MORGAN

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57′ Sail EMILY MORGAN is NOW available during the 35th America’s Cup this June in Bermuda.

This is a great deal that will go fast, so consider booking your stateroom “per-cabin basis” option!  If you have 4 couples, family or friends that want this whole package, you may charter the entire yacht for one week during the schedule of exciting racing.  Be a “yachtie” and do not miss out on this great offer.

AMERICA’S CUP PACKAGE – Schedule of Events and the Team Players during June 2017 in Bermuda

June 7-12th |  America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs.  Four Teams in a Match Race Elimination Bracket, Best of None (first to five points) Series; Bermuda, Dates are Provisional

June 17-27th | America’s Cup Match, The 35th Defense; Best of 13 (first to seven points) Series; Bermuda, Dates are Provisional

$2100 per person (per week) includes:

-Comfortable twin cabin accommodation with shared en-suite facilities

-Delicious breakfast, lunch & dinner

-Standard bar (includes all soft drinks and moderate alcohol)

-Access to official on-water spectator area + official anchorage close to race village and off-water entertainment

-Sailing around Bermuda on non-race days with stops for swimming, snorkeling, etc.

-Overnight anchorage near race village in Hamilton

Emily Morgan and crew have been part of the America’s Cup World series race team and are stalwarts of the J Class Regattas! Her skipper and crew are both experienced racers, giving you a great commentary and perfect positioning to witness history in the making UP CLOSE!

America’s Cup Package DOES NOT include:

-Travel to/from the yacht

-Travel Insurance

-Meals or drink taken ashore

-Tickets into race village

Catch the Big Party this June – America’s Cup in Bermuda!