My Charter Year
Our selection of captains let us share some of the amazing charter adventures of last season
Captains share 12 months of charter experiences.
Rhino A Captain Wayne Jones
What have you been up to? We had a very successful season, split between the French Riviera and the Balearics, with some amazing weather – we had many great sightings of wildlife, almost on a daily basis. The winter period has meant taking some well-deserved time with my family, as well as planning and executing a moderate refit to Rhino A in preparation for the forthcoming season. Our repeat clients will notice a few changes on board but most have been upgrades under the hood. Highlight of the year? Seeing my daughter grow over the winter months! Plans for 2016? Rhino A will be relocating to Montenegro for the 2016 summer season. We already have many clients booked who are excited about cruising down the Amalfi coast, followed by an extensive tour of the Croatian coastline heading to Venice. Rhino A is lucky to have the speed and shallow draught to entertain such varied itineraries. We will also be introducing a new eco-friendly watersports package for 2016 to entertain all ages. The crew on board Rhino A always make a great deal of pre-season preparation and training to ensure our guests have a ’50-metre’ service with the intimacy and familiar surroundings of a smaller yacht.
Charter facts 26.0m Riva 2011 8 guests 3 crew Rates From €47,600pw Contact Bluewater Yachting. www.bluewateryachting.com
CAVALLO Captain Jake Reid
What have you been up to? I joined Cavallo (formerly Canica) in April 2015 as a relief captain and was asked by the owners to stay on as rotation captain and manager. I completed the Caribbean season and crossed to Palma, from where we cruised Sardinia, Greece and Turkey. Then back to the Caribbean, where we have attended the St Barths Bucket. Highlight of the year? Crossing from the Azores to Gibraltar, surfing downwind in 45 knots of breeze at 20 knots, with three reefs in the main and full staysail. The Bucket was fun, too. Plans for 2016? Three charters in the Caribbean then off to the Pacific – charters booked in French Polynesia, finishing the year in my old backyard, the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
Charter facts 42.9m Baltic Yachts 2003 10 guests 5 crew Rates From $85,000pw Contact Barbara Muller, Ocean Independence. Tel: +34 971 40 44 12. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.oceanindependence.com
METSUYAN IV Captain Ian Seward
What have you been up to? The winters are always very busy for a yacht that is worked heavily during the season. I recruited three new crew, and then began training all of the crew for the forthcoming season. We started chartering in June, carried out a successful trip with ten brokers, and continued with a busy charter season that ended in October. Since then, we have been extremely busy putting the yacht through her ten-year surveys.
Highlight of the year? The amazing comments from our guests as we cruised Croatia and Montenegro. The yacht and crew winning the All Stars Crew award was a high point. Plans for 2016? To have an even better season! People see the shiny white yacht in the summer but a lot of winter work is required to get the boat to that sort of condition and keep it there.
Charter facts 36.0m CBI Navi 2006 10 guests 7 crew Rates From €98,000pw Contact Camper & Nicholsons Int. www.camperandnicholsons.com
“We visited some GREAT ports. The view from the ‘office’ window is always Amazing”
MILK & HONEY Captain Kenny Tassin
What have you been up to? We visited many beautiful ports between Grenada and New England, hosting 231 guest days. Our guests enjoyed world-class diving in some remote sites in the Bahamas, danced their way through full moons in the Virgin Islands, attended the St Barths Bucket, explored the jungle and waterfalls of St Lucia and St Vincent, and shared the waters of the Grenadines with turtles. Up north, we visited a few favourite haunts of New England, cruised the Long Island Sound, and passed the Statue of Liberty a few times cruising through New York Harbour. The view from the Ôofficeõ window is always amazing. Highlight of the year? It is great to share some of the truly outrageous experiences we get to have with guests. We were diving at a seldom-visited island in the Bahamas with some rather adventurous and experienced divers. When ascending, I thought my ears were just doing a little squeaking as they sometimes do. The noise just got louder until I realised it was dolphin noises: we were then joined by a couple of extremely friendly dolphins who wanted to play. This was not the dolphin experience you get at a resort; we were in the middle of nowhere with no one around. We swam and played with these dolphins for the next ten minutes or so before we bid each other farewell. We have since been back for encore performances with our new friends. Plans for 2016? After having such a great year, I hope it is exactly the same. I love my job!
Charter facts 38.0m Palmer Johnson 10 guests 7 crew Rates $85,000pw (low season); $100,000pw (high season) Contact Merle Wood & Associates. www.merlewood.com
O’NEIRO Captain Evangelos Berdos
What have you been up to? I took over in February 2015 while she was in the yard. The owner was on board at Easter and then we headed to Nafplion for the yacht show. The summer had ten back-to-back charters. Highlight of the year? Apart from the arrival of my second daughter? Well, it was in Polyaigos island in the Cyclades, where we set up a surprise 18th birthday party for the daughter of the main guest. We positioned the yacht in an isolated bay close to a beach. My bo’sun and I slipped out to the beach without being seen and prepared fireworks. When the candles went out on board, the fireworks started and the birthday girl cried with happiness. Plans for 2016? To find more ways to pamper our guests!
Charter facts 52.7m Golden Yachts 2008 14 guests 11 crew Rates €175,000pw (low season); €210,000pw (high season) Contact Atalanta Golden Yachts. Email: email@example.com www.atalantagoldenyachts.com
SCORPION Captain Stefhan Malherbe
What have you been up to? After our launch in time for summer 2015 we cruised the Mediterranean, starting in Malta, before being presented at the Monaco Yacht Show. This winter, we started at the MYBA Antigua Charter Show where our chef was a prize winner. A trip is planned to Cuba in May. Highlight of the year? Taking seasoned charter clients to areas in the Eastern Med where they have not been before.
Plans for 2016? After Cuba we will head to Nassau and then back across to Italy. After a full summer season of charters we will head to the Maldives in November. We will be available for charter in the Maldives in December and Thailand In January.
Charter facts 46.0m Sanlorenzo 2015 12 guests 10 crew Rates Summer: €245,000pw. Winter: $240,000pw-$250,000pw Contact Mario Velonà, Ocean Independence. Tel: +377 97 70 38 80. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.oceanindependence.com
ODESSA Captain Patrick Allman
What have you been up to? We’ve had new owners to yachting, purchasing the boat last May and bringing first-time enthusiasm and energy. We have revamped the interior and added numerous toys. We chartered from the Bahamas to the Caribbean. Highlight of the year? Taking possession of a new 37ft Intrepid. There are so many great fishing grounds, snorkelling spots and hidden beaches in the islands to explore by tender. Plans for 2016? We are headed back to one of my favourite cruising grounds – the Mediterranean. After many successful seasons in France, Italy, Spain and Greece, I look forward to showing the new owners and guests my essential spots. With culturally rich ports, incredible food and world-class wines, we are in for a great season.
Charter facts 48.8m Christensen 2009 12 guests 10 crew Rates Summer: €217,000pw (low season); €238,000pw (high season). Winter: $238,000 (low season); $266,000pw (high season) Contact www.burgessyachts.com
GERMANIA NOVA Captain Justin Holvik
What have you been up to? We have had a repeat charterer for our last two Christmas charters. Both these cruises covered the Islands from St Barths to the Tobago Keys. For Chinese New Year we had a very memorable charter where a lot of Krug champagne was drunk. On our last Atlantic crossing we were a thousand miles from shore when we found an abandoned dismasted yacht. The crew had already been airlifted off. We left it behind as we had a large low-pressure system approaching. In the summer we had two one-month charters that went very well – we had a small dog on board that was very well trained, and with frequent walks by the crew there were no mishaps. We have had three charters this season and had some amazing sails off the Tobago Keys and Martinique. Highlight of the year? Landing a 24kg Wahoo in front of the charter party while they were having breakfast in the lee of Dominica. Plans for 2016? A shipyard period in the spring for our five-year survey. There is quite a bit of interest already so it should be another great summer of sailing.
Charter facts 55.4m Factoria Naval de Marin 2011 10 guests 13 crew Rates Summer: From €70,000pw. Winter: From $90,000pw Contact Hill Robinson. Email: email@example.com www.hillrobinson.com www.germania-nova.com
“We’ve had a lot of INTEREST. It’ll be a GREAT summer”
“It was a fantastic opportunity to let them taste our hospitality”
Mariu Captain Maria Grazia Franco
What have you been up to? In the winter we crossed to the Caribbean – 18 days from Greece to Antigua, including stopovers at Cagliari, Gibraltar and Las Palmas. We had our dose of excitement with a two-day storm on the way to Las Palmas, but made it nicely across in time to participate in the MYBA Antigua Show, a fantastic opportunity to let the brokers taste a little of our hospitality. We then cruised between St Barths and St Martin with owners and family. In the spring, it was back across for a busy charter season covering all of the Mediterranean, from Turkey to France, Italy, Greece, Albania, Montenegro and Croatia. Highlight of the year? A late-october charter, starting right after a storm. The following night we organised the most amazing engagement proposal dinner one will ever wish for – better than a movie! Anchored off the Faraglioni at Marina Piccola in Capri, we were the only yacht in the bay. The sundeck was dressed in all white, with silk curtains, candles and flowers, and the best local guitarist and singer Mario Bindi was on board. Two-star Michelin chef Tonino Mellino from Quattro Passi cooked dinner. The couple were overwhelmed by our arrangements.
Plans for 2016? Another busy summer season of charters in the Med, starting with the Monaco Grand Prix.
Charter facts 49.9m Codecasa 2003 12 guests 12 crew Rates €185,000pw (low season); €225,000pw (high season) Contact Edmiston. www.edmiston.com
AMARULA SUN Captain Albert Rodriquez
What have you been up to? I have really enjoyed cruising with my boss and charter parties in the waters and ports of north-eastern Florida, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. It has been a great year. I’m doing what I love the most, which explains why I enjoy it so much. This really is the best job in the world. Highlight of the year? There have been plenty, but one aspect of chartering has been very cool – having a number of celebrity guests on board. These were a well-known Hollywood agent, a famous PGA golfer, some NBA athletes (basketball is my favourite sport), and a famous Brazillian actor. Plans for 2016? Summer in the Bahamas and Florida. If I can top what I did last year, I’ll know that I really have succeeded.
Charter facts 50.0m Trinity Yachts 2008 12 guests 9 crew Rates From $195,000pw Contact Northrop & Johnson, www.northropandjohnson.com
SOHO Captain Guy Perkins
What have you been up to? Soho had her first charter season last year, and we had a full quota of charter weeks and also some busy cruising with the owner. The yacht has recently undergone a full refit and is in perfect shape for the season ahead. Highlight of the year? The owner enjoying every moment on board. We spent a day off Palmarola in Italy, which is one of the most unspoilt and picturesque locations I know of – we were the only people there. We caught and cooked lobster on board for the owner and it was a magical day. Plans for 2016? We are heading to Barcelona for a few weeks and will do the Balearics from there. Then we are off to Monaco for the charter season. She is such a great boat and I love the accessibility we have – it opens up so many more options in the Med.
Charter facts 30.0m Falcon 2008 8 guests 4 crew Rates From €45,000pw Contact Cecil Wright & Partners. www.cecilwright.com
VICTORY Captain Andrea Aste
What have you been up to? We have been all over the Med – Portofino, the amazing Ligurian coast, including San Fruttuoso bay with the basilica of the Doria family, the Cinque Terre National Park, and down to Elba. We showed our guests exclusive places and islands, including Villa dei Mulini and Villa Napoleonica di San Martino. Highlight of the year? The gorgeous Messina channel, where we had the memorable opportunity to enjoy watching dolphins and tuna fish jumping. Also, the Stromboli volcano at night time with its unforgettable eruption was really spectacular. Plans for 2016? We are excited and looking forward to the upcoming summer season in the Med. I strive to share with our guests my cruising knowledge and let them discover new horizons and new places.
Charter facts 51.9m Golden Yachts 2007 12 guests 12 crew Rates €200,000pw (low season); €230,000pw (high season) Contact Fraser Yachts. fraseryachts.com
ST DAVID Captain Jean-marc Bitouzet
What have you been up to? The yacht had a great charter season during the summer, sailing extensively in Greece, Italy and France. We then enjoyed a great Monaco show and hosted a great party. After that we had a spell in the shipyard, then crossed the Atlantic for the Caribbean season starting with the Antigua show. Over Christmas and New Year, we had a great charter, sailing around Sint Maarten, St Barths and Anguilla. The guests discovered Fryer’s Bay in St Martin, Grand Case and Pinel Island. In St Barths, due to the swell, St Jean was not accessible by sea, but we still did it by land. We enjoyed also Plage des Gallets. After that we, have been preparing some nice itineraries for Cuba. Our agent there is great and helped us get situated. We’re looking forward now to being back to the Med. Highlight of the year? In St Barths, the sunrise on Baie de Gustavia on January 1 and seeing the guests coming back from a party ashore tired but happy and turning their face to see the first sun of the year. They had their light breakfast and went to bed saying it will be a good year as the sun rose clear and warm.
Plans for 2016? Getting ready for a very busy summer in the Med with a first charter beginning of May.
Charter facts 60.0m Benetti 2008 12 guests 15 crew Rates Summer: From €280,000pw. Winter: From €240,000pw Contact West Nautical. www.westnautical.com
“We knew it’d be a GOOD year as the sun rose CLEAR and WARM”
“We’ve had three charters already this season, and had some AMAZING sails”