July 14, 2018

Chartering a Yacht in St Martin

With bags packed and our passports in hand, we were ready to set off for our winter escape to more sunnier climes. Heading across the Atlantic, our chosen destination was the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. Well, that’s if you’re on the French side, or Sint Maarten if you’re on the Dutch. Positioned in the northeast of the Caribbean Sea, is the smallest inhabited island that is divided between two nations.

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It can be difficult to get a direct flight from the US, UK or Canada to St Martin, so spend a bit of time researching your flights to avoid long stopovers. You should be able to achieve a flight plan with only one short stop. If flying from the UK, you do have the option of taking a flight to Paris and then getting a direct flight from there. Alternatively, if you were chartering a yacht like we were, you could start your itinerary from a more convenient island.

We started our yacht charter from Marina Fort Louis, which is in Marigot Bay, on the French side. This is a well-positioned marina with plenty of amenities and we were able to clear customs at the marina office computer. We decided to explore our surroundings and found there to be plenty of shops, restaurants, and bars within walking distance.

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When picking up our croissants in the morning, we couldn’t resist visiting the gaily coloured market stalls that line the marina. It was a great place to buy gifts to take home to friends and family, and found that our negotiating skills made our money go much further! After a delicious lunch at one of the many marina restaurants, we wandered up to Fort St Louis. The views across the island are stunning, with Simpson Bay Lagoon on one side and the striking coastline continuing round to the north on the other. On your return to the marina, be prepared to be amazed at the beautiful iguanas that you will find sunning themselves on the rocks at the entrance to the marina, they are truly exquisite. An early evening walk of less than ten minutes led us to entrance of Port Royale, with further bars, and restaurants to choose from. We ate at the French restaurant, Le Galion, where they serve the most amazing thin crust pizzas, and the Creme Brulee’ to follow is a must. Delivered to our table, with compliments of the house, was a bottle of the locally produced banana rum, which was delicious. A fantastic ending to a delightful meal.

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Untying the following morning, with surprisingly clear heads, we headed to Grand Case. This is a protected bay and made a perfect spot for anchoring overnight. We prefer being at anchor, as it affords the opportunity of going for a swim whenever we want to, which is essential when trying to keep cool in this tropical climate. Ashore, is a bustling hub of shops, bars, and restaurants. There are several delightful art galleries and craft shops which sell locally produced talent. Choosing a restaurant that overlooked the bay, we enjoyed watching the sun set over the boat filled bay.


Snorkeling before breakfast is a great way to start the day and an excellent time to discover colourful marine life. After our refreshing start, we headed further north and anchored in the next bay, Anse Marcel. Enjoying a leisurely lunch ashore at one of the beach restaurant, we snoozed the afternoon off on one of their comfortable sunbeds before heading back to the boat to enjoy the sunset with a deliciously mixed cocktail.

Read my next blog to see where we travel to next…

By Laura Barber

June 26, 2018

Crewed Sailing Yachts For Charter Continued…

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.

Eros Cabin

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.

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Outside dining

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Indoor dining

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!

eros dingy

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


June 14, 2018

Crewed Sailing Yachts For Charter Continued….

Stepping aboard Twilight, the largest Oyster in the world, you cannot fail to be impressed. At 125 feet she is awe-inspiring. With a new paint job, soft furnishings, sun canopies, and walnut cupboard finishing throughout, no expense has been spared by the new owner in putting their own stamp on it. This enthusiastic owner is keen to keep this yacht up-to-date, and relishes feedback from guests on how he can further improve their charter experience.


Given a personal guided tour by the captain, Cathy, the sheer beauty of this yacht captivated us. The styling and attention to detail is second to none, simply stunning. Twilight can accommodate up to eight guests in her four luxurious en-suite cabins. The master cabin is impressive, spanning the full width of the yacht, and with a superb en-suite that has a large shower, toilet and his and her sinks, it seeps luxury. There are two double cabins, with queen beds which can be made into twins if requested, and a fourth cabin which offers two full singles. With each affording its own private bathroom you can be reassured that there won’t be a queue for the bathroom!

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The spectacular master suite

There are three choices of dining areas on Twilight, each that can accommodate up to 10 guests. From the more formal option of the air-conditioned saloon, to the more relaxed alfresco option on the aft cockpit. Or, why not enjoy the views from the flybridge while feasting on the delights from the galley, a feature which is unique to this yacht.

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Plenty of comfortable seating options available on the aft deck

We found all the crew to be friendly and welcoming, important attributes in the hospitality industry. Taking a sneak peek down into the galley, we were introduced to the chef, who was busy preparing lunch.

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The galley

Twilight has a 5.7 metre RIB with a 150HP inboard engine for getting ashore. It also provides the power for having fun, with water skis, a wake board, 3-person tow able doughnut available. For a more calmer water experience they have paddle boards, snorkel equipment and fishing gear

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T/T  Twilight

Twilight is an amazing sailing yacht, with a fantastic layout and luxurious finish, you can not help but feel overwhelmed. She is available for charter in the Mediterranean for the summer and the Caribbean in the winter.

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Twilight’s swim platform

Our final sailing yacht that we take a look at is Eros, a 1939 classic schooner. Catch up on my next blog where you’ll be captivated by this beautiful piece of history.

By Laura Barber


May 25, 2018

Crewed Sailing Yachts for Charter

There is a range of crewed sailing yachts on the charter market to suit all budgets, and I chose three very different ones to give you a personal insight into.

The Moody 54 DS, Mojeka, which was built in 2014, is the entry level of sailing boats to charter with crew.  This new design incorporates the saloon and galley being on the same level as the cockpit.


With skylights and windows allowing light to flood into the salon, and expansive side windows which create a 360-degree panoramic views, they have managed to combine the advantages of the catamaran design, into a monohull, but without compromising on the beauty and style of a sailing boat. With the saloon and galley now light and airy, the living space on this sailing yacht has been reinvented. Moody have created something truly unique. The cockpit area on a sailing boat, often the main socialising area, can often be cramped and uncomfortable, but I found this area on Mojeka to be spacious and comfortable. The yacht also benefits from having a large sun pad on the foredeck, with sunshade, to deliver an additional space to relax. The raised bulwark delivers a protected walkway around the boat, which also has the added benefit of both high and low-level hand rails, providing an extra level of safety and comfort when moving around the boat. This can be especially useful when travelling with children, or those less steady on their feet.


Daniel testing out the sun beds on the foredeck. Note the high bulwarks.

Stepping down below, Mojeka can accommodate 6 guests in 3 cabins. The master is spacious, has an en-suite, and has great views afforded by a delightful skylight that is positioned above the king size bed. The VIP cabin is roomy, also benefiting from an en-suite, and a further third double which shares the day head/shower. Crew quarters are located to the left as you come through the saloon doors. ensuring as much privacy as possible for guests on a boat this size.

So, has this new design compromised the sailing performance of this yacht? This is the question I posed to Tristan, Captain of Mojeka. He reassured me that the Moody 54 DS has lost none of its sailing performance. Whether you have the genoa out to power you along, or the gennaker to give you some speed in the lighter wind conditions, you are sure to not be disappointed by its sailing performance.


Mojeka cockpit

Large and comfortable cockpit area, leading into the saloon and galley which are on the same level.

Tristan and Logan seem to make a great team, complimenting each other with their skills and talent. I found them both to be friendly, enthusiastic, and welcoming, showing a real passion for the boat. I’m have every confidence that they would make every charter special. Logan is the chef, and will be sure to have your taste buds going with her culinary talents, creating menus to suit everyone’s taste and requirements. Those that are qualified to dive can burn off excess calories with her, as she has completed her Dive Master Qualification. There 6 scuba tanks, 3 regulators, 3 buoyancy compensators, and a compressor on board, as well as snorkeling equipment, so there really is no excuse for not exploring the beautiful seas of the Caribbean. With fishing equipment, a kayak, as well as paddle boards, there is enough to keep everyone entertained.

Discussing some of their past charters aboard, it was reassuring to hear the diversity of clients that they have catered for. They recently accommodated a family of three generations. Keeping such a diverse age group happy can sometimes be challenging, but Tristan and Logan said everyone had a brilliant time. With grandparents retiring to the fore deck for siesta, and the children finding a passion for sailing, everyone had a fantastic time. A great testament to Tristan and Logan, and their hospitality skills.

With Mojeka basing herself all year round in the Caribbean, she charters from between $13000-$18000, all in, she is great value for money.

By Laura Barber









May 15, 2018

Yacht Charter Itinerary for the French Riviera and Monaco

Nothing quite beats chartering your own luxury yacht especially when you are on the French Riviera. It is hardly surprising that it is still one of the top destinations when chartering, having lost none of its sophistication and charm over the years. With stunning coastline, picturesque fishing villages, chic boutiques, grand casinos, and of course the very best in gourmet cuisine, it has something to offer everyone. Chartering a private yacht provides the perfect base to explore this spectacular location, whilst avoiding the stress of the crowds.

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Just imagine lying back and relaxing on your own luxury yacht whilst enjoying the stunning scenery as you cruising along. When chartering a private yacht, you get to create your own personal itinerary. Maybe there are some special places that you would like to revisit, new locations that you have read of, or destinations that you have only dreamed about. With the help of your experienced yacht broker, you can be assured that you will have the perfect itinerary to make your yacht charter special.

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Cannes beach at sunset

As well as creating the ideal itinerary, it can become overwhelming when choosing a yachts that meets your  requirements. With budget, location, specified dates, as well as the number of guests to consider, you can leave it in the capable hands of your knowledgeable yacht broker to ensure that your charter arrangements are as seamless as possible.

I have created a sample itinerary of the French Riviera, and Monaco that has proven to be especially popular over the years.

Day 1- Nice to the Iles de Lerins

Embark on your luxury private yacht in Nice, and take a leisurely cruise to the IIes de Lerins. These two unspoiled islands off Cannes make the perfect place to start your charter, allowing you to unwind and relax in a wonderful and tranquil setting. Take a stroll across the picturesque islands, and sample some of the wines produced by the resident Cistercian monks. Whilst dining under the stars, enjoy a sumptuous meal prepared by your own personal chef, and the realisation that you have finally got away from it all will become abundantly clear.

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Embark at the port in Nice


Explore the beautiful island of Saint-Honorat

Day 2- Cannes to St Tropez Port

Cruise down to St Tropez and enjoy the breath-taking scenery of the French Riviera at its best. St Tropez manages to blend the charms of rustic Provence with the style of the Cote d’Azur. The town itself is enchanting, with winding medieval streets of traditional pastel-painted fishermen’s cottages, boutiques and restaurants, and a charming port with its old-fashioned fishing boats. Indulge in a day of shopping in the chic boutiques that line the quaint streets, before relaxing at one of the many cafes dotted about.

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St Tropez’s charming old port

Being in St Tropez is about seeing and being seen, as people flock to view the impressive yachts that line the quayside. With a vast selection of fantastic restaurants serving the finest cuisine, you’ll be spoilt for choice when dining out. A visit to the renowned Caves du Roy nightclub, will ensure that you will have a night to remember!


The famous Caves du Roy nightclub in St Tropez

Day 3-St Tropez Port to Pampelone Beach

After a night of glitz and glamour, anchor off at the nearby Pampelonne beach and enjoy a relaxing morning bathing contently beneath the summer-long sun. Alternatively, cool off and have some fun by indulging in the many water sports that your luxury yacht has on offer.

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The stunning Pampelonne beach

Either option will leave you ready to go ashore for a long lunch at the famous Club Cinquante Cinq. Frequented by the rich and famous, this is the place to be. With a reputation of serving delicious haute cuisine, you can be assured of not being disappointed. Or, for the ultimate party destination, walk further along to Nikki Beach, where you’ll find trendy music, fashionable cocktails and stylishly bronzed bodies

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The stylish Nikki Beach

Day 4-Pampelonne Beach to the Porquerolles

Continuing west, delight in the gorgeous  island of the Porquerolles, and enjoy the sparkling azure water. This island is one of three that is collectively known as the Iles d’Hyeres, and boosts beautiful unspoiled beaches that have been protected from over development by its national park status.


One of the spectacular beaches at the Porquerolles

Leisurely meander around as you explore the island, as cars are few and far between, whilst inhaling the fresh scent of eucalyptus and pine. Visit the vineyards to sample some of their famous light Rose, or relax in one of the many restaurants and cafes. Take the opportunity to absorb this magical atmosphere of a by-gone era.

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Cycling is a popular means of exploring the Porquerolles

Day 5- Porquerolles to Cannes

After savouring in the charm and delights of the Porquerolles, it’s time to head back towards the glamorous Cannes, where the red carpet awaits your arrival! Galas, regattas, and not forgetting the renowned Film Festival, Cannes lives up to its motto, “Life is a festival.” People-watching is a popular past-time, and the hotel -lined, La Croisette, provides a fine promenade. With gorgeous stretches of golden beaches, Cannes has much to offer.

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La Croisette, Cannes

Cannes has some of the chicest shops on the Riviera, so it’s the perfect place to indulge in a day of shopping at some of the worlds swankiest boutiques. Then dress to impress with one of your newly acquired outfits and hit the town to mingle with the stars


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Designer shops and cars are plentiful in this stretch of the Riviera

Day 6- Cannes to Antibes to Cap Ferrat

After the glitz and glamour of Cannes, head towards Antibes which boosts an impressive but charming port.

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Port of Antibes

Spend the morning assaulting your senses with the colours and scents of Provence at Antibes market. Dazzling floral bouquets, glorious fresh fruit and vegetables, and locally produce delicacies. You will be overwhelmed by the choice which is laid out like a banquet fit for a king. The fragrance alone from the local meats and cheeses are enough to make your mouth water.

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An olive stand at Antibes Provence Market

Picasso once lived and worked in Antibes, and his magnificent ceramics collection can be viewed at his former home, Chateau Grimaldi. When looking around, you can only begin to imagine how inspired he found his stunning surroundings.


Museum of Picasso

After a busy morning exploring the delights of Provence, cruise on down to the magnificent Hotel du Cap-Eden- Rock for a fabulous lunch and views over the Cap D’Antibes. This legendary hotel has a illustrious past, and is a favourite for the more discerning of guests. Reminiscent of a country cub and boosting all the facilities, this is certainly somewhere you could while away the afternoon.

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Cool down with a dip in the sparkling azure sea, or the stunning infinity pool at the Hotel du Cap

On the return to your yacht, take an early evening cruise to the delightful Villefranch-sur-mer, to spend the night at anchor.


A view overlooking the delightful Villefranche

 Day 7  Villefrance to Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat to Eze

Admire the amazing scenery while enjoying a leisurely breakfast aboard your yacht, before hopping ashore to explore Villefranche,  a picturesque Medieval beach village. Previously a fishing village, it has retained its charm, with pastel coloured buildings and narrow streets, along with gorgeous stretches of sandy beaches. With terrace cafes and restaurants lining the streets, it is a popular stop off for passing yachts.

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The picturesque Villefranche

After enjoying a tasty lunch ashore, cruise down to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. The quiet peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat remains what locals call the last gem of the Côte d’Azur. The peninsula is part of the Pelagos Sanctuary for Mediterranean Marine Mammals, a protected area jointly managed by France, Monaco and Italy, making it a prime spot for diving and whale and dolphin watching. On land, strict architectural guidelines have spared this pristine maritime village from overdevelopment common on the French Riviera.

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The gorgeous Saint- Jean-Cap-Ferrat

After an relaxing afternoon aboard your yacht, take a short cruise onto Eze, and indulge in a sumptuous dinner at the well-known Chateau de la Chevre. This two Michelin starred gourmet restaurant,  has the renowed Arnaud Faye at the helm, and has a remarkable reputation. With stunning views, beautiful flowers and characterful winding streets, this place has a real sense of history and charm.



Day 8 -Eze to Monaco

Cruising on to the stylish Monaco, to take in the glitz and glamour. This small principality has been ruled by the Grimaldi family since 1297, when Francois Grimaldi seized the fortress in the dead of night disguised as a monk.


Stunning views down to Monaco

Anchor off the famous Monte-Carlo Beach for a day of water sports under the sun, and indulge in one of the excellent restaurants this luxury resort has to offer.

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The stylish Monte-Carlo Beach

After spending the day unwinding on your yacht, try your luck at the world renowned Monte-Carlo Casino. The idea of developing a gambling casino in Monaco dates back to the 18th century, and it was hoped that the revenue from the venture would save the House of Grimaldi from bankruptcy. Over the years the it has grown into the successful casino that we now know as the Monte-Carlo Casino. Over the years Monaco has established itself a firm economy based on high end gambling and first class tourism, and is one of the primary sources of income for the House of Grimaldi, as well as the Monaco economy.

You can’t think of Monaco without the thought of the Grand Prix springing to mind. If this is something that you have always dreamed of spectating from the sidelines, then time your yacht charter for the month of May, and enjoy viewing the race from the comfort of your own luxury yacht. The sights, sounds and electric atmosphere created at this event is incredible.

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Fantastic viewing point from your yacht as the cars race past

Day 9- Monaco

Monaco has more to offer than just gambling and the Grand Prix. Enjoy the spectacular views as you explore this small principality . Visit the Palace and be wowed by the stunning architecture, or stroll around the exotic gardens and take pleasure in the spectacular and fragrant blooms. The Oceanographic Museum is also well worth a visit.

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Enjoy the exotic gardens as well as the stunning views

With all the glamour that Monaco has to offer, make time to indulge in the various stylish designer boutiques that line the pavements. And with time for a final lunch at one of its many trendy restaurants overlooking the port, before taking a helicopter to the airport for your return trip home.

The French Riviera and Monaco. are just two of the many places were you can charter your own luxury motor yacht. If you are restricted by specific dates, make sure  that you book early to guarantee the perfect yacht for your holiday. Remember, you can create you own personal itinerary, so make sure that you stop and see all the destinations that you have ever dreamed of visiting.

By Laura Barber


May 5, 2018

Chartering A Motor Yacht In The Mediterranean

With cruising becoming increasingly popular, the concept of exploring ‘unspoilt and hidden gems’ has changed. The ships that now resemble small skyscrapers, line the ports alongside half a dozen other similar sized ships, and passengers now find themselves disembarking alongside the population of a small town.

By chartering your own private yacht, you can return to the days where cruising was about discovering new destinations and getting away from it all. You get to create your own personal itinerary, as well as having the flexibility to amend the route if a specific place takes your fancy. If you happen to pass by an idyllic beach, a picturesque bay, or charming port, then ask the captain to drop the anchor. The captain and crew are there to ensure that you have the perfect charter experience.

There are an abundant of yachts that are available for charter, and as yacht brokers it is our job to find the one that meets your exact requirements. The newly launched Willow, a 42metre Benetti superyacht, is certain to be a popular choice, and is based in the Mediterranean this summer. With a range of 1,250nm, a cruising speed of 17 knots, and a top speed of 22 knots, she offers an opportunity to cover a wide cruising area for your charter.


Willow under way

Willow can accommodate up to ten guests in her five luxurious cabins. With a master suite, a VIP stateroom, one double cabin, as well as two twin cabins, you can reassured that there will plenty of room for everyone. With her impressive accommodation, leisure, and entertainment facilities, she makes the ideal charter yacht for socialising and entertaining with family and friends. With the capacity to have twelve guests during the day, it’s a great chance to invite a couple of friends to enjoy a day of fun out on the sea.

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One of Willows light and airy cabins

The décor on Willow is bright and modern, and she oozes luxury. There are plenty of places to choose from when relaxing, as well as enjoying the delicious meals that the chef will be busy preparing for you and your guests. With a crew of eight, you can rest assured that your every need will be taken care of.

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Relax in the bright and contemporary saloon  

Willow has an impressive deck space, so there is plenty of space to lie back and enjoy the stunning scenery as you cruise by. There is even an on-deck jacuzzi and bar, ensuring that your favourite cocktail is always at hand!

With all this luxury onboard, it would be a shame not to enjoy the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea. Willow boosts a fantastic beach club which offers a large array of water toys to keep everyone entertained. So you can indulge in your favourite water sport, or take the opportunity to try something new. As a registered RYA training centre, all guests can be issued with temporary PWC jet ski permits to use the jet skis during charter.

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Some of the many water toys that Willow has to offer.

Rates for chartering Willow start at €154,000 per a week, so contact us to begin creating your perfect itinerary.

By Laura Barber


April 24, 2018

Antigua Sailing Week 28th April- 4th May 2018

Antigua Sailing Week is an eagerly anticipated event by yachting enthusiasts all over the Caribbean. It celebrated its 50th anniversary only last year, and its popularity remains consistent, with over 100 yachts competing each year. Antigua Sailing Week became established when captains and crews from charter boats challenged one another to a race from Antigua down to Guadeloupe in the 60s. With extra races and events added over a series of days, Antigua Sailing Week was founded, and helped to extend the tourist season for the island. Based in the scenic Falmouth, and English Harbour, it is a lively and popular regatta for avid sailors, and shore-based enthusiasts alike. There are many yachts that are available for charter, so don’t miss out, charter a yacht and make some fabulous memories.

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The week begins with the Peters & May Round Antigua Race, on Saturday 28th April. Re-introduced in 2012, this race is open to all yachts whether they are participating in the Sailing Week, or not. It is a popular conclusion to the Caribbean racing season for those having just taken part in the Classics Regatta, and with results not impacting on the weeks scoring, it is a great warm up for those that are competing in the Antigua Sailing Week.

The race record at present is held by Phaedo 3, a MOD 70 trimaran, who in 2015 completed the race in an astonishing time of 3 hours 26 minutes and 9 seconds.


Phaedo 3, current record holder

The Farr-designed 115-foot Sojana, holds the current monohull record. In 2009, she completed the race in an impressive 4 hours, 37 minutes and 43 seconds. We eagerly anticipate her attempt this year to see whether she will be able to break her own long-standing record, missing by only one second last year!


Monohull record holder, Sojana

Prize giving for the Peters & May Round Antigua Race will take place that evening, alongside the official Antigua Sailing Week Opening Party.

For those who would like to take part in the Peters & May Round Antigua Race there are privately crewed yachts to charter for such events. You can experience the fun and exhilaration of taking part in a fantastic race, with the support and expertise of an experienced crew behind you.  Just imagine the stunning scenery as you circumnavigate around the island of Antigua, cutting through the turquoise warm waters, the sails billowing and the sun beating down, it doesn’t get much better than that. Charter a yacht today and live the dream.

By Laura Barber

April 23, 2018

Enjoying the 2018 Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta

It has been such a fantastic experience to be able to spectate, and enjoy this incredible regatta. Billowing sails framed by azure skies. Timeless beauties cutting their way through turquoise seas. You can’t get a more idyllic setting. There are many opportunities to charter your own classic yacht, so instead of spectating from the sideline, make your dreams come true, and get out on the water and be part of the action.



Two classics completing Race 2, The Butterfly

It was great to have the opportunity of meandering around the Antigua Yacht Club Marina to view some of the spectacular yachts. The variety of classic yachts is astonishing, and it was fantastic to be able to appreciate and see the exquisite workmanship up close. The amount of work involved in maintaining and cleaning these yachts is simply mind-boggling.


The classic yachts make a stunning sight

With sails carefully packed in their assigned bags, and ropes tidied away, it is hard to believe that these yachts were battling it out on the sea earlier in the day. I don’t think I’ve used the term, ‘ship-shape and Bristol fashion’, in a more fitting way! Ticonderoga of Greenwich, and Jonathan, are two stunning examples of the passion and attention that goes into keeping these historic yachts in such pristine condition.

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The morning of Sunday 22nd saw the start of Race 4, The Kenny Coombs Memorial Cannon Race. Kenny Coombs was one of the founders of the  Antigua Classic Regatta, as well as helping to develop the Spirit of Tradition class, which is now embraced all over the world.


Yachts jostling for space at the start of the race


Impressive and eye-catching sails

The competitors make a impressive sight as they race around the marker at the entrance to Falmouth Harbour

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The Classic Yacht Parade is the ideal opportunity to find out more about the individual yachts, as there is a running commentary . The commentator certainly keeps things entertaining, not that you would have a chance to get bored as the yachts parade into English Harbour.



Petrana, measures 50 feet, and was built in 1968. Her patriotic owner, Paul Deeth, flies the flag for Antigua! Petrana, has remarkably remained in ownership with the same family since built, and celebrates her 50th birthday this year. She remains in first place for the Classic GRP, with one more race to go tomorrow.


Free in St Barth, is a Alwyn Enoe Carriacou Sloop and is 42 feet. She was built in 2015, in the traditional Carriacou way, and can achieve impressive speeds.



Columbia, still impressive, even with the sails down! Despite her classic look, she is only nine years old, and was completed in 2009, taking only three years to build. She is the childhood dream come true, for owner Brian D’Isenia, of the USA. She is as close a replica as possible to a Gloucester Fishing Schooner, and at 141 feet, she is certainly impressive.

With many classic yachts available to charter, whatever your experience, there is no excuse not to get out on the water and start making your own memories , and maybe even win a few races yourself!

For those of you who get swept away with the romance of being on a classic yacht, there are lots of classics that are also ideal to charter for the more relaxing holiday experience. With luxurious interiors, plenty of toys to keep you busy, as well as crew to meet your every need, you can pretend you are living out your own real-life fantasy aboard your yacht.

By Laura Barber


April 18, 2018

Classic Yachts for Charter

With the long- awaited Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta now upon us, it is easy to get swept away with the beauty and elegance of a bygone era. Approaching Falmouth Harbour, the skyline is awash with majestic masts towering above buildings, drawing vertical lines in the striking azure sky. Gleaming varnish, impressive rigging, and glorious lines, everything that makes a classic yacht so extraordinary. There is certainly something magical and romantic associated with classic yachts, and it is hard not to let the imagination run wild, with images of swashbuckling pirates, and barrels full of rum!  Private owners, as well as those that have chartered one of these magnificent vessels, will enjoy six days of scheduled races and fun during this popular regatta.


Nelson’s Dockyard

Fortunately, Falmouth Harbour has moved on from its blood-thirsty and violent past, and is now a popular  harbour that is bustling with activity during the yacht charter season. Huge superyachts, and timeless classics line the dockside, where Nelson once commanded his ships. It is a sight to behold. The picturesque English Harbour makes a fitting backdrop for the Classic Yacht Regatta Parade which takes place on Sunday 22nd at 1.30pm. Over the years English Harbour has managed to maintain its charm and beauty, and as the only working Georgian dockyard in the world, it was recently awarded the UNESCO title, to preserve and protect the remarkable site.

There are several classic yachts that are available for private charter, and you certainly don’t have to commit to a race, or regatta if you do! These timeless classics have been restored to their former glory, with all the comfort and luxury that you’d expect when chartering a yacht.


Eros, available for charter

The Blue Peter, is a stunning example of one of the classic yachts that is available for private charter. Launched in 1930, she is renowned worldwide on the classic yacht circuit, and has a worthy reputation not only for her race successes, but also for her exquisite styling, and flawless appearance. She was designed by Alfred Mylne and built by W. King & Sons of Burnham-on-Crouch.

blue peter

The current owner, Mathew Barker, took ownership in 1999, while he was traveling. He spotted her in Elba, and realised her potential. Having been neglected, and altered from her original form, Mat spent 3 years restoring her to her former glory, and when the coffers ran dry, made the decision to try his hand at chartering, having decided not to return to his previous career in banking.

Mat has enjoyed a successful career in chartering The Blue Peter in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and now the States. She is a popular choice for both racing regattas, and for those that just want to escape for some relaxation on a timeless classic. I caught up with Mat on his return to Antigua for the 2018 Classics Regatta. Having had the misfortune of losing his mast during the 2013 regatta, I wondered if this race also held more fonder memories of late.

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Captain Mat Barker

With The Blue Peter tied up outside the Galley Bar at Nelson Dockyard, a convenient location(!),  Mat was waiting for the imminent arrival of his charter guests. Mat has been taking part in the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta for many years now, and has found it to be a well run and organised event. In fact, it was the late Kenny Coombs, one of the founders of the Classic Regatta, that encouraged Mat to venture over from the Med to give the Caribbean a go. Mat explained how privileged he was to have raced alongside Kenny on The Blue Peter, finding him to be a truly inspirational character.

When asked why he thought that The Blue Peter had been such a successful charter boat, the answer was simple. She is the perfect size for racing and regattas, she can accommodate 10 guests and 2 crew, and can achieve an impressive 11 knots. When people enter races they want to win, and The Blue Peter has an impressive success record. As well as races and regattas, she is a popular choice to charter for corporate events and groups of friends. Mat explained that the boat can be set up ready to go for when the guests arrive, or for those that like to fiddle and tinker, they can be more involved in the setting up. The range of sailing experience that guests possess can range from complete novices, to American Cup Sailors. Mat is happy to help teach the basics to enthusiastic novices, as well as step back for the more competent sailors.

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Immaculately presented, The Blue Peter

With the  arrival of his charter guests, a group of experienced sailors, I wished them the best of luck in the upcoming regatta. With the plan to spend Wednesday and Thursday practicing, their official racing will start on Friday, as they have chosen to forego the Single-Handed Race on Thursday. With four days of intense racing, we hope for the perfect weather racing conditions for them.

To find out more about chartering The Blue Peter, visit the website

By Laura Barber

April 11, 2018

One week to go until the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 2018

This year’s Antigua Classic Sailing Regatta schedule is jam-packed over six days, with the opening ceremony kicking off on Wednesday 18th April. If you haven’t chartered yourself one of these amazing yachts yet, don’t leave it too late, or you’ll miss out on taking part in an amazing regatta. The first out on the water is the single-handed race, which starts on Thursday at 2pm. Race 1, the ‘Old Road’, is on Friday, with race 2, ‘The Butterfly’ on Saturday. ‘The Kenny Coombs Memorial Cannon’, begins on Sunday, with the regatta concluding on Monday with the ‘Windward Race’. All four races are due to start at 10am, with prize giving at Nelson’s Dockyard on Monday at 8pm. Don’t miss the spectacular Classic Yacht parade at 1.30pm on Sunday at Nelsons Dockyard. Tuesday afternoon will see the traditional cream tea party being held at the Admiral’s Inn at 2pm.

classic regatta '18 map

There are certain criteria that a yacht must meet to be able to enter the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. Apart from stating the obvious, that they must have a traditional rig and style, they should also have a full keel, be of moderate to heavy displacement, and built of wood or steel. Concessions have been made regarding the restoration of older yachts that have used modern materials, and new boats built from old designs.  To ensure that all entrants are abiding by the Spirit of Tradition, yachts that are entering for the first time will be required to provide drawings and photographs for approval by the committee, who will make the final decision.



Alternatively, there are classic yachts that meet all the criteria that are ready to charter. Eros, is a 115 feet classic schooner, and is a perfect example of a yacht that is available to charter for such a regatta. Launched in 1939, she was recommissioned as a luxury sailing yacht in 2010 after a colossal renovation and benefitted from a complete interior redecoration in 2016. She has managed to maintain her timeless splendour, without forgoing the comfort and pleasure necessary for the most discerning of guests. If you were to charter Eros, you could combine the excitement of participating in such a prestigious regatta, with the luxury and comfort expected on a superyacht. Eros is more than capable of keeping pace, and can reach speeds of up to 12 knots, making her a popular choice to charter for regattas and races.

Eros outside dining

Eros has a comfortable outdoor dining area, perfect for watching the stunning scenery as you cruise past 

By Laura Barber