Industry News and Specials

I like to consider myself something of a professional charter sailor. I’ve booked dozens of vacations under sail for myself and for others, and have read and written numerous articles on making chartering better, smarter, cheaper and more fun. So what could a charter broker possibly tell me that I don’t already know?
From November 5 to 8, 70 boats and 113 brokers walked the docks at the 28th annual BVI Charter Yacht Show at Village Cay Marina in the heart of Road Town, Tortola. Unlike other boat shows, the focus was socializing rather than sales. During the day, brokers familiarized themselves with the boats, getting to know their crew and memorizing the intricacies of each boat’s layout. Various activities
This past April, the marina at Nanny Cay on Tortola swelled to capacity as thousands of visiting sailors flocked to participate in the 40th anniversary of the BVI Spring Regatta. As it does every year, the regatta village shone as an unparalleled Caribbean sailor's scene. The docks, which run adjacent to the Peg Leg bar and restaurant, and the village, which stretches along the beach, provided
Each year, SAIL and St. Vincent and the Grenadines offer our readers the trip of a lifetime: a free charter in paradise on board a TMM Yachts charter boat. To win, readers submit their “Top Five Reasons” for chartering in SVG, and we sift through 1,000 essays to pick our winner.
In the colder climes, the leaves have turned and fallen. The boats have been hauled out and stored for the winter. The storm windows are in; the winter sweaters are out. But while we brace ourselves for winter, charter companies are just gearing up. All too aware of the woeful economy, many companies are offering especially good discounts to keep you, the charter guests, coming back for more. 35%
For sailors, summer is many things: the height of racing season, the prime cruising months, and the precious window when days spent playing on the boat outnumber those spent working on it. It's also an excellent time to plan a charter vacation. With the kids out of school and the weather warming up, there are several great discounts to take advantage of. From ASA flotillas in
There was a time, not too long ago, that sailboat chartering meant renting a boat, gathering a crew, learning to captain it (or paying a captain) and taking off for some time in paradise.

Announcing the winners of the Great Escape

by Sail Staff, Posted December 21, 2009
After mulling over and debating hundreds of entries, SAIL, in partnership with The Moorings and Sunsail, is pleased to announce the winners of its Great Escape contest. Each entrant wrote a 400-word essay describing their ideal BVI charter vacation in the hopes of winning a Sunsail flotilla or a Moorings charter trip. Thanks to everyone who participated! Here is a sample from
Star Clippers, which operates three of the world’s largest and tallest sailing vessels, has expanded its itineraries to include trips through the Baltic beginning in summer 2012. The 360ft Star Flyer will lead the charge with sailing trips from Southampton, England; Oslo, Norway;
If you're looking to take your chartering to the next level, try racing a Sunsail 39i in the inaugural IYCC during the BVI Spring Regatta, March 29-April 4. Sunsail will provide the winner with 10% off the yacht and a free sailing charter. If it's vacationing you're after, Sunsail is offering 20% off both one- and two-week flotillas in the BVI
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