Every year, the Annapolis Sailboat Show checks the pulse of the charter industry, gauging what’s remaining, what’s changing and what’s making heads turn. This year, the charter docks were abuzz with sailors booking their annual vacations in their favorite sailing destinations.
Horizon Yacht Charters www.horizonyachtcharters.com (HYC) has been voted the Best Caribbean Yacht Charter Company of 2009 by the Caribbean World International Travel Awards, a British publication.
"It was a big surprise," said Nicola Massey of HYC. "We didn't want to just
Horizon Yacht Charters, which has long maintained a network of bases in the Caribbean, is expanding into the United States. This May, the company will open its first North American base in Yacht Haven Marina near Annapolis, Maryland, where it will offer boats from the 2011 Bavaria Cruiser line for bareboat and crewed charter.
“We selected Annapolis because it is far and away the
From my vantage point aboard a Cal 31 sloop sailing out of Southwest Harbor, the cottages look more like castles, with immaculate grounds atop pink granite cliffs that drop into the chilly Maine waters below. The day couldn’t be more perfect for sailing
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