My Char­ter Year

Our se­lec­tion of cap­tains let us share some of the amaz­ing char­ter ad­ven­tures of last sea­son

SuperYacht World - - Contents - In­ter­views | Mike Ed­ward­son

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: bar­bara@ocy­achts.com 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: char­ter@ata­lan­tagold­eny­achts.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: mario@ocy­achts.com 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: char­ter@hill­robin­son.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”

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