New Bases, New Faces
Horizon Yacht Charters Welcomes New St. Martin Base Manager
In Simpson Bay on St. Martin, Horizon Yacht Charters is pleased to welcome a new base manager, Elisabetta “Eli” El-Karimy. El-Karimy was born in the Antilles, grew up in Germany and spent much of her life in the Netherlands. She’s crewed on boats in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, and she speaks six languages. El-Karimy is particularly excited about St. Martin because, as she says, “It has it all: challenging sailing between islands like St. Bart and Anguilla, calm water, a Caribbean feel, city life, good airlines and great beaches.” Her favorite spot on the island is a long stretch of beach on the French side called the Baie Rouge. “It’s part deserted, part lively. You can see the mountains overlooking the sea, but it also has a natural feel to it.”
In addition to bareboat charters, Horizon’s St. Maarten base offers several additional activities: jet-skiing, parasailing, one-way charters to the BVI and Antigua, crewed charters with a chef, and even “gourmet weeks,” which combine a sailing charter with a restaurant tour of the island.
Dream Yacht Charter Opens Four New Bases
This fall, Dream Yacht Charter is celebrating the opening of four new charter base locations: Jolly Harbor, Antigua; Port Hamble Marina, England; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; and Marina Port Louis, Grenada. From the Port Hamble Marina on the River Hamble in the UK, charterers will be able to sail one of the fleet’s 35 boats down to the Solent and around the Isle or Wright, or east to explore Portsmouth and Chichester Harbor. Following the November 30 grand opening of the
Ft. Lauderdale base, charterers will have their pick of monohulls from Hunter, Jeanneau and Beneteau and catamarans from Voyage and Fountaine Pajot.
Registration open for 11th Annual MedSail with the Moorings
From January 25 to February 1, the Moorings and the
Wilderness Medical Society will again be partnering to host MedSail, a week-long flotilla and conference for medical professionals with an interest in marine medicine. Participants will attend a two-hour seminar ashore each morning, then sail to a different anchorage each afternoon, stopping for activities along the way.
Southwest Florida Yachts Consolidates Operations
The veteran charterer, brokerage and sailing school Southwest Florida Yachts will soon be completing a relocation to Tarpon Point Marina on the Caloosahatchee River in Cape Coral, Florida. According to Barb Hansen, who co-owns Southwest Florida Yachts with her husband, Vic, the company is making the move to consolidate the multiple operations it currently maintains in the area and help it increase the size of its charter fleet. Hansen adds that the new marina is home to the Westin Cape Coral Hotel—a full service facility that offers lodging for unwinding after a week at sea, shopping, fine and casual dining, tennis and a fitness and aquatic center.
Less than a half hour from Southwest Florida International Airport in nearby Fort Myers, Tarpon Point Marina provides easy access to region’s many sailing destinations, including Charlotte Harbor, Boca Grande, and world-renowned Gulf barrier islands, like Captiva, Sanibel and Gasparilla. The new base is also within striking distance of magnificent Cayo Costa State Park, luxurious Useppa Island, ‘Tween Waters and South Seas Island resorts, and of course, the Gulf of Mexico.
In addition to moving into new digs, the company is currently commemorating its three-decade anniversary with free cruising days on all power and sailing vessel charters. Between December 15 and April 30, 2014, charters of three days or less get an extra, free cruising day; between April 30 and January 2015, they get two extra days.
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