by Amy Ullrich
Dive in. If you’re a certified diver (open water) as well as a sailor, Horizon Yacht Charters’s Sail & Dive package out of Jolly Harbour, Antigua, may prove hard to resist. It includes two days of diving with Indigo Divers (accommodations on land), plus five nights aboard a 40-footer. If you need a refresher diving course, it’s complementary. www.horizonyachtcharters.comSail

Your New Best Friend

by Amy Ullrich, Posted August 11, 2008
Over my years as SAIL’s charter editor, I’ve worked with many bareboat-charter companies both as a charterer and as an editor. Truth is, the people you interact with in setting up a charter vacation and dealing with the details are almost invariably as helpful and knowledgeable as you could wish.When a friend who was planning a first-time charter came to me with questions, I seized the

Charting a Charter

by Amy Ullrich, Posted August 8, 2008
If you've done any sailing outside your home waters, you already know how invaluable a cruising guide can be. I suppose it's possible to tough it out with just the chart and the chart checkout, but at the very least this means you'd be reinventing the wheel when it comes to choosing an anchorage, figuring out what time you should arrive there, finding groceries, and much more.Chris

Charter Starter

by Amy Ullrich, Posted August 8, 2008
Most North American sailors choose the Caribbean for a winter sailing vacation. There are good reasons: a well-developed chartering infrastructure; a variety of discrete cruising grounds to choose from; great sailing conditions; numerous flights to Caribbean locations; lots of charterboats.Here are essential considerations when planning your charter.1. The
The Moorings is building a new charter village at the southern end of its Tortola, BVI, base at Wickham’s Cay II Marina in Road Town. Construction began last summer on the $10 million-plus expansion, which includes such amenities as a customer reception and lounge area, boutiques, a restaurant and bar, a spa and bathhouse, a conference facility, a briefing area, and oceanfront hotel suites. In

Shopping List

by Amy Ullrich, Posted August 7, 2008
If you’re in the thinking-about stage of planning a charter vacation, you’re probably in the process of collecting information about the cruising ground(s) on your must-do-sometime list. How do you find out about the weather, the sailing conditions, the best itineraries? Tourist guides won’t be much help, and your local library probably doesn’t stock cruising guides. For me, step one is

Charter Insurance

by Amy Ullrich, Posted August 7, 2008
As Sunsail’s Peter Cook says, “You never know what will happen on a boat.” Enter charter insurance, which is designed to cover you in case of a serious event—major loss or damage.In the well-established charter world of the Caribbean, the pattern is industry wide, though the actual amounts differ by company; the variables are the size and age of the boat and the location of the charter.

One-Way Street

by Amy Ullrich, Posted August 7, 2008
I was recently confronted with the not-unpleasant conundrum of how to make the best use of a one-week charter in a place (a) I’d never sailed before, (b) I am unlikely to return to, and (c) that is too big to sail and see it all in a week. What I consider to be “best use” involves a pleasant amount of sailing (but not dawn to dusk) and a reasonable amount of time to see the sights ashore and

Italian Lessons

by Amy Ullrich, Posted August 7, 2008
A charter in italy means seven days of feasts, for the eyes and the palate.C’ un parcheggio qui vicino?Is there a parking lot nearby?The hazards of being a tourist in the Naples area and along the Amalfi Coast are well known and mostly have to do with the narrow roads, testosterone-saturated drivers, too few places to park, and too many people. We

Where in the World

by Amy Ullrich, Posted August 7, 2008
If I knew whether this winter’s distinctly peculiar weather in much of North America is predictive of a peculiar summer to come, by now I’d be rich, or famous, or both. What I can predict without consulting an oracle is that the extension of daylight savings time in North America (March 11 through November 4, 2007) may well extend the sailing/chartering season—at least in places where short
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