Diamond Reef Estate, British Virgin Islands
Diamond Reef Estate, British Virgin Islands

OPENING OF THE CARIBBEAN YACHT CHARTER WINTER SEASON

Kamau Georges saxophonist playing in Nova, Virgin Gorda, BVI

The beginning of the Caribbean yacht charter winter season is marked by two important yacht charter shows – the first in Tortola, British Virgin Islands and the second in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Both are excellent shows that allow industry players to network, exchange experiences, ideas and future plans. The yachts that participate get plenty of attention and the crews are generous in showing what it takes to execute a successful and memorable charter. Together, we confidently create experiences that will live on forever.

USVI Yacht Charter Show 2021

The Covid-19 restrictions have eased in both areas. Currently there are a range of restrictions on boats operating yacht charters in the British Virgin Islands so there are limited boats available in this territory. However, within the next couple of months, we expect these restrictions to be relaxed.

The BVI have made a lot of progress in returning to business as usual after the disruption of the 2017 hurricanes. This was particularly noticeable in Virgin Gorda with reopening of the wonderful SABA ROCK restaurant and resort. Everyone was delighted to be back there. The new resort is stylish, modern and has a great feel to it. Around the corner from there, there is the Oil Nut Bay Marina Village and an outdoor restaurant NOVA, which hosts the fantastic saxophonist Kamau Georges a few times a week. We could not recommend this experience more highly! 

Saba Rock Restaurant and Resort, Virgin Gorda

Whether you are chartering in the British Virgin Islands or the US Virgin Islands, you’ll be sailing around some of the most beautiful tropical islands, most of which are uninhabited and completely unspoiled. Expect warm trade winds, the most incredible turquoise seas, beautiful sandy beaches, cocktails and palm trees. The itineraries are tailor-made to guests’ requirements and wishes and can include: hiking, snorkelling and scuba diving, the ultimate SPA experience, visits to rum distilleries and sugar mills, and eating some of the finest lobster (the Island of Anegada is particularly popular for this!).

Island Anegada, British Virgin Islands

Below is a list of this year’s winners at both shows, as well as some of our favourites. But I have to say, there is a lot more out there that is exciting and well worth exploring.

 

CATAMARAN ‘AEOLUS’

Catamaran Lagoon sixty five AEOLUS

Beautiful and stylish Catamaran Lagoon Sixty 5, 19.80m, 8 guests in 4 en suite cabins, 3 crew

Weekly charter rate from $56,000 (all-inclusive).

St Thomas Yacht Charter Show 2021:

– Winner for the Best Yacht in Show in category 56ft – 65ft

– Runner up for the Best Crew in Show

– Runner up for the Culinary Competition – Dessert: Chocolate Truffle Cake with Bruléed Pineapple, Passion fruit Caramel, Macadamia Praline, and Lemongrass Ice cream

 

CATAMARAN ‘JUSTIFIED HORIZONS’

Catamaran Lagoon Sixty five Justified Horizons

Modern and luxurious Catamaran Lagoon Sixty 5, 19.80m, 10 guests in 5 en suite cabins, 3 crew

Weekly charter rate from $52,000 (all-inclusive).

St Thomas Yacht Charter Show 2021:

– Winner for the Best Crew in Show

– Runner up for the Cocktail Mixology Competition ‘Captain Morgan’

– Runner up for the Culinary Competition – Main: Coconut Poached Mahi with Recao, Lemongrass, Lemon Bay Leaf, Ribboned Yellow Squash and Zucchini

 

CATAMARAN ‘LE REVE’

Catamaran Le Reve

Catamaran Lagoon 62 Essence, 18.90m, 6 guests in 3 en suite cabins, 2 crew

Weekly charter rate from $36,000 (all-inclusive).

St Thomas Yacht Charter Show 2021:

– Runner up for the Best Yacht in Show in category 56ft – 65ft

 

CATAMARAN ‘SOUTHERN COMFORT’

Catamaran Lagoon 52 Southern Comfort

Catamaran Lagoon 52, 15.85m, 8 guests in 4 en suite cabins, 2 crew

Weekly charter rate from $24,000 (all-inclusive).

St Thomas Yacht Charter Show 2021:

– The Best Yacht in Show in the category up to 55ft

– 1st Place in Cocktail Mixology Competition ‘Captain Morgan’

 

From our own show notes:

– Excellent crew!

– Well maintained catamaran

– Sustainability conscious crew (Julia is the environmental scientist)

– Ish is keen fisherman and diver

 

MOTOR YACHT ‘LADY SHARON GALE’

Motor Yacht Lady Sharon Gale

Broward Superyacht, 34m, 10 guests in 4 en suite cabins, 4 crew

Weekly charter rate from $52,000 (all-inclusive).

St Thomas Yacht Charter Show 2021:

– Runner up in Cocktail Mixologist Competition ‘Grey Goose’

– 1st Place in Culinary Competition Main – Red Hind Grouper, Pickled Baby Beetroot and Radish, Parsnip Crisps, Butternut Squash and White Sweet Potato Puree, Roasted Okra, and Micros

– 1st Place in Culinary Competition Desert – Panna Cotta

 

CATAMARAN ‘ALLENDE’

Catamaran Fountaine Pajot Helia Evolution ALLENDE

Catamaran Fountaine Pajot Helia Evolution, 13.40m, 6 guests in 3 cabins, 2 crew

Weekly charter rate from $17,900 (all-inclusive).

Graham and Kristiann are one of the best crews we have ever met in over 20 years of our yacht charter experience! It is about their dedication, demeanour, the wealth of knowledge, talent and love for the BVI and all that it has to offer guests. Charters with ALLENDE are always a great success!

BVI Yacht Charter Show 2021:

– 1st Place in Cocktail Competition

– Winner of the Addison Share World Award

– Runner up in Best in Show 2021

 

CATAMARAN ‘SEGUNDO VIENTO’

Catamaran Privilege 640 segundo viento

Catamaran 640 Privilege, 19.50m, 6 guests in 3 cabins, 2 crew

Weekly charter rate from $40,000 (all-inclusive).

The crew of catamaran SEGUNDO VIENTO took the Best in Show award at the 2021 Fall Charter Show in the British Virgin Islands. SEGUNDO VIENTO is a brand new Privilege 64. Her crew, Lee and Tyler, worked together on SV Zingara where they discovered their captain-chef teamwork was a winning combination.

 

CATAMARAN ‘MOON BLOSSOM’

Catamaran Leopard 50 MOON BLOSSOM

Catamaran Leopard 50, 15.24m, 6 guests in 3 cabins, 2 crew

Weekly charter rate from $18,500 (all-inclusive).

Catamaran MOON BLOSSOM is well appointed, spacious, colourful and fun. But it’s the crew of MOON BLOSSOM that really captivated us. We have known Thea and Jamie for many years. They are kind, warm people, always happy and always enthusiastic.

They are also well known in the yacht charter industry for their great levels of service and for their efforts in sustainability:

In their words: ‘We strive to be the most environmentally friendly yacht in the Virgin Islands.’

 

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Talk to us about the British Virgin Islands hidden gems – we know extraordinary places! For any snorkelling enthusiasts, in love with art, history, beautiful destinations, we recommend staying in this incredible property before or after the yacht charter:

Diamond Reef Estate, British Virgin Islands