You can’t help but be captivated by the beauty and history of a yacht such as Eros. Launched in 1939, she is a 115 feet classic schooner. Recommissioned as a luxury sailing yacht in 2010 after a colossal renovation, and benefitting from a complete interior redecoration in 2016, Eros has managed to maintain her timeless splendour, without forgoing the comfort and pleasure necessary for the most discerning of guests.
Eros has a fascinating history, having been commandeered by the Royal British Navy during WW11, and then later sold to a Greek billionaire as his own private yacht. She was renamed Eros in honour of the Greek goddess of love and passion, and became a well-known fixture within the prestigious Mediterranean yachting scene. From celebrity guests to royalty, Eros has a captivating history.
Embarking, via the gangplank, you feel a frisson of excitement, as if you’re stepped aboard something truly special. Eros has been maintained to a high standard, and has a surprisingly spacious deck area, with plenty of comfortable areas to choose from when relaxing.
Guests are welcome to take a turn at the wheel, help hoist the sails, or just to lie back and watch the scenery pass by. Despite her age, Eros is more than capable of keeping pace with the lighter and newer yachts, reaching speeds of up to 12 knots, and is a popular choice for chartering during regattas and races.
We were given a tour of Eros by Erica, one of her crew, and were impressed by the space and luxury aboard. With original teak paneling in each air-conditioned room, they have managed to compliment and maintain her timeless style, without compromising on comfort. Eros comfortable sleeps up to nine guests in its four cabins.
Master Queen State Room
There are plenty of communal areas to enjoy, from the deck house to the dining salon, to the outdoor dining area and living salon, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The outdoor dining area is a particularly popular choice when eating, or enjoying a cocktail. With uninterrupted views, up to eight people can keep cool under the awning, while enjoying the delights created in the galley by the resident chef.
Although a classic sailing schooner, Eros is kited out with plenty of toys to keep everyone entertained. With a 90HP dingy, those who enjoy water ski -ing, wakeboarding, or being towed at high speed can indulge. Whereas, those that enjoy the more sedate water activities can make use of the kayak and paddleboards to explore the beautiful coastline. Alternatively, dive down and disappear into the beautiful sea for a snorkel, there really is something for everyone. Intimidated by the rigging and number of sails on Eros? Get the basics of sailing down to a tee and have a lesson on the optimist sailing dingy, before releasing your new-found skills on Eros!
Chartering a private yacht gives you the freedom to stop wherever takes your fancy but be reassured that the crew aboard Eros will be on hand to give their personal recommendations. If you want to explore ashore, then guests are given handheld VHF radios, so they can stay in contact with the crew for when they want to be picked up.
Based in Newport, Rhode Island in the summer and the British Virgin Islands in the winter, Eros offers an abundance of itineraries to suit everyone. With suggested charters to choose from, or customise your own, the knowledgeable crew will be on hand to offer you advice. Whether it be a romantic getaway, family fun, or thrill-seeking adventure, you can be sure that the crew aboard Eros will be with you every step of the way.
Eros is an impressive yacht, with style, history, and luxury. She caters for all generations and interests, and will certainly be one yacht that will be turning the heads in marinas and bays while on charter.
By Laura Barber