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March 30, 2018

Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 18-24th April 2018

It is incredible to think that this fantastic regatta has now been running for over 30 years, and is based where it was originally founded, in the picturesque English Harbour. Of course, back in the 60s the sailing yachts were all classics. Don’t miss out on being part of this unique regatta, charter your own classic yacht today!

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View from Shirely Heights across to English Harbour

To signal the end of the chartering season in Antigua, captain and crews would challenge one another to race down to Guadeloupe. This unofficial race led to the birth of Antigua Sailing Week in 1967, which celebrated its 50th anniversary only last year. Inevitably, over the years the classics were steadily being outnumbered, as well as outmanoeuvred,  by the more modern and speedier yachts. So, in 1987, over a few glasses of rum, Captain Uli Pruesse, and Kenny Coombs, along with several other classic skippers, formed what we now know as the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. In 1996, the late Kenny Coombs was also responsible for helping to develop the Spirit of Tradition class, which has now been embraced all over the world. It’s purpose was to celebrate and embrace the beauty and splendour of a past era. Classic lines, glimmering varnish, and exquisite workmanship, all the things that makes a classic yacht what it is today.

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The late Kenny Coombs

With the regatta fast approaching ensure that you don’t miss out. For those wishing to get out on the water there are many classic yachts that are available to charter for such an event. With the warm Caribbean sun, amazing turquoise waters, and incredible scenery, there isn’t much need for convincing. This is certainly one regatta you’ll want to make sure that cross off your bucket list.

By Laura Barber

 


March 22, 2018

Crewed Motor Yachts for Charter Continued…

The yacht Nero is simply breath-taking. Combining the style and lines of a classic steam yacht from the 1920’s, with state-of-the art modern technology and luxury expected of a modern yacht, she is completely unique. Built in 2007, she underwent an intensive interior refit in 2016 by renowned designer, Laura Pomponi. Nero is an impressive 295.6 feet, and can accommodate up to twelve guests in her six cabins.  With a crew of twenty, you can be assured that your every need will be taken care of.

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Nero, at anchor

Walking aboard Nero, you cannot help but be charmed by her elegance and style. She is simply stunning. We were given a tour of the yacht by one of her crew, the sheer luxury and comfort of the boat is amazing. There are plenty of social spaces to discover and enjoy, you certainly won’t find yourself getting cabin fever aboard this yacht!

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One of the many luxurious, yet cosy rooms to relax in

Nero, has an impressive six cabins that can accommodate up to twelve guests. With four double, two twin, and two double/twin, there is plenty of choice to ensure everyone’s comfort.

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One the sumptuous and spacious cabins aboard

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There are a variety of places to choose from when dine, both inside and out, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

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Order your favourite cocktail at this fabulous bar, which leads out onto one of the many decks. Enjoy your drink while enjoying the warm sunshine, at sunset, or while under the stars at night. 

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One of the three tenders aboard Nero

Nero, has an impressive array of water sports on offer. What better way to enjoy your time at sea then to indulge in a favourite hobby, or to try something new for the first time. With three tenders aboard there won’t be any hanging around. There are waterskis, wakeboards, and towable inflatables to keep you entertained.

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For those guests that are looking for more of a thrill, there are Sea-Doos, a Yamah Superjet 700, Seabobs, and a Flyboard. Or, if you prefer to explore the stunning coastlines in a more sedate style, use the paddle boards and canoes, and set your own pace. With the sun beating down and the turquoise warm sea beckoning, you could don some snorkel gear and disappear into the beautiful waters, and be amazed at the multi-coloured fish that teem the reefs. If you prefer to catch your fish, then there is plenty of fishing equipment aboard, and the chef will be only be too happy to cook any successes that you may have. Alternatively, for those that are feeling young at heart, you could whizz down the 8ft inflatable slide straight into the refreshing sea! With so much on offer you can be assured that no one will be getting bored.

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A quick exit into the sea!

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There are of course other ways to enjoy the water without leaving the comfort of the yacht. Nero has a 5.7 metre pool to cool off in which is located at the bow, as well as a jacuzzi to relax in at the stern.

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What better way to appreciate the stunning scenery as you cruise past, then when relaxing from your own private jacuzzi. Surrounded by an abundance of sunbeds and comfortable seating, this social space on the aft deck is simply fantastic.

One of the unique benefits when chartering you own yacht is that you get to choose where you go. If you spot a secluded bay that takes your fancy, then ask the captain to drop the anchor. If you want to go ashore and enjoy a day at your chosen beach, then the crew can set up everything to ensure your every comfort. Sun chairs, parasols, and even the BBQ, if you fancied having lunch ashore. All the toys will be at your disposal, so that you can enjoy an afternoon of water-sports in the beautiful and warm, turquoise sea.

After a busy day, unwind with a film under the stars. Nero has both an interior and exterior cinema projector screens, so not only will you be having to choose which film to watch, but where to watch it!

Nero is available for charter in the Mediterranean in the summer, and in the Caribbean and Bahamas in the winter. There are suggested itineraries available, or we can create a unique one especially for you.

By Laura Barber


March 9, 2018

Crewed Motor Yachts for Charter

There are numerous luxury motor yachts available for charter and our job as yacht brokers is trying to find the one that’s the most suitable for our client. We must consider the number of guests involved, the location that they want to cruise in, and the facilities that they require aboard, to ensure that they are getting exactly what they want. The Antigua Yacht Charter Meeting, which took place in December 2017, was a great opportunity to have personal tours of these vessels, meet the captain and crew, as well as to catalogue all their individual facilities. I’ve chosen three very different motor yachts that are all available to charter to give you an insight as to what’s on offer.

LUCKY LADY

Lucky Lady is a 205.25 feet motor yacht, built in 2002 and refitted in 2012. We were given a warm welcome aboard by stewardess Chloe, who demonstrated her extensive knowledge of the boat throughout the tour, pointing out its many features and drawing our attention to the changes that have taken place under the current owners.

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The current owners are wine lovers and had this magnificent wine cabinet installed.

Despite the luxurious décor, the yacht has a warm and welcoming feeling, and is somewhere that you could easily find yourself relaxing. The rooms are lined with generous windows that will ensure that you won’t miss any of the stunning scenery as you cruise along.

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Enjoy the great views while dining

For some of our clients, privacy is of paramount importance. With a whole deck dedicated to the owner’s suite, patrons favoring their privacy can be assured of plenty of space. The master cabin is substantial, the his and her bathroom spacious, and with a sizable office and private terrace, Lucky Lady is truly unique.

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The magnificent master cabin, with his and he bathrooms either side

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Wake up to panoramic view from your bed in the master cabin

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Meals and drinks can be delivered discretely to the master cabin via this special hatch

Lucky Lady has three additional doubles, plus a twin, accommodating up to 10 guests at a time. Each of the cabins are roomy and comfortable, and there are special additions to ensure that any younger guests are kept entertained. She has a crew of 16.

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The sun deck

Lucky Lady has a substantial sun deck, where you can enjoy alfresco dining, relish the jacuzzi with it’s waterfall, or practice your golf swing with the retractable golf tee. The golf balls are bio-degradable and contained fish food! There are numerous areas for sunbathing, and you can even enjoy watching a film under the stars with the outdoor cinema. This area is somewhere you can truly relax and with its own bar you can be sure that a cocktail is not far away!

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Daniel checking out the jacuzzi

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Spending your time surrounded by beautiful turquoise seas, a great way to cool off is to explore the stunning reefs below, and be amazed by the numerous multi-coloured fish and turtles you are bound to encounter. There is scuba diving gear available, as well as a compressor, and for those who aren’t qualified, there is also snorkeling equipment. For those thrill seekers, there are numerous activities to keep you entertained. Try wake boarding, water skiing, or blast off into the waves on one of the two wave runners available. For a more relaxing water experience try the paddle boards, or assist the chef by catching dinner using the fishing equipment on board.

Chartering your own boat gives you the freedom to stop wherever you wish. Spot a beach that looks inviting, then ask the captain to drop the anchor and the crew will set up all the facilities you want ashore. Table and chairs, sun lounges and parasols, even take the BBQ ashore and have lunch on the beach. The crew will bring ashore all the recreational toys to ensure that everyone has a great time.

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Trying out some of the equipment taken ashore for the beach set ups.

Lucky Lady is a spectacular motor yacht, with a cruising speed of 12 knots, reaching a top speed of 15 knots. She is available to charter in the Mediterranean in the summer and the Caribbean in the winter. With suggested itineraries available, or customise your own, you can be sure that the crew will be on hand to offer you advice and recommendations to ensure your charter is truly memorable.

Follow my next blog where you’ll be amazed at the incredible yacht Nero, at 295 feet, she is something to behold.

By Laura Barber