Indulging in a Brokers Lunch
Broker Lunch Aboard Gladius
After a busy morning of looking around yachts I was looking forward to putting my feet up and enjoying the broker lunch we had been invited to aboard Gladius, a 127 feet motor yacht. Built in 2007, by Italian designers Cantieri di Pisa, she is in immaculate condition having just undergone a refit this year. We were given a tour of the boat a member of crew, who was both friendly and informative and was able to answer my many questions. Boosting five cabins, Gladius can comfortable accommodate 10 guests, or 12 when using the additional pullman berths in the twin cabin.
The spacious master cabin
I loved the media room where you could disappear to watch a film. They have a huge array of films to choose from, as well as satellite TV. A great place to keep the kids entertained for an hour or two.
The sundeck was spacious, with a jacuzzi and plenty of comfortable seating and sunbathing areas. There is a large BBQ and bar, making it a great sociable area. With a TV and removable sunshades, this place is versatile for both day and night use.
We took a quick look around the garage and were impressed with the range of water sports on offer. They have two wave runners, four Sea-Doo scooters, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, wakeboard, kneeboard, water skis, fishing equipment and snorkelling gear. With such ‘toys’ expected on these yachts, Gladius certainly ticks this box.
Relaxing in the saloon area with the other invited brokers, we were presented with a delicious cocktail in true Caribbean style!
Daniel enjoying his cocktail!
Our lunch menu
Our beautiful table display.
Sitting at the captain’s table, we were wowed by the creative and diverse menu that was created by chef Renee. Renee can meet any dietary requirements and has recently completed a vegan cooking course.
Our first course was presented beautifully and when the glass lidded dish was raised, smoke was dispersed.
Steven Foster, the yachts captain, was very easy to talk to and it was great learning more about not only him, but also the boat over lunch. Raised on a sheep and wheat farm in Australia, Steven’s love of the water led him to a career in the yachting world and has been captain of Gladius for 18 months. When asked about Gladius’ performance he explained that she had an ideal cruising speed of 14 knots, and a maximum speed of 23 knots, although this would certainly leave a dent in your wallet! Equipped with an ultra-modern stabilisation system, Steven explained it helped to reduce roll motion effect and resulted in a smoother more enjoyable cruising experience. He also explained that she features ‘at anchor stabilisers’ which work at zero speed to increase onboard comfort at anchor and on rough waters.
With our starter plates cleared away, we were wowed by our second course. Sous Vide Loin of Lamb over Caribbean Taro and Asparagus Spears served with Smoked Spanish Paprika Tapioca Cracker. The gravy was poured in an unusual way, via a test tube, by the stewardess and when I cut into it was perfectly cooked, slightly pink and very tender. With a Pinot Noir to accompany this course, it was faultless.
The dessert was presented in the most unique way, in a sardine tin! It was Black Sesame Panna Cotta with Blackberry Crème. The blackberry crème was delicious.
The menu was exceptional, showing not only the chefs imagination and creativity, but also her diversity in using a range of different ingredients. Renee came out to meet us at the end of our meal and explained that the meal was both dairy and gluten free. We wish Renee all the best in the Chefs competition on Wednesday.
Foodies will appreciate the talents that Renee can produce in the gallery, but equally those with a more simpler palate will not have to worry, as sample menus are provided in advance for charter clients to ensure that their preferences and dietary requirements can be catered for. You can be assured that no one will go hungry on this yacht!
By Laura Barber