Skip to main content

Charter Chat: 2012 Annapolis Sailboat Show

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.

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. Much of the core trends remain the same, but we did get the word on a few new and interesting charter tidbits. Here’s the skinny on the 2012-2013 charter season. 

It was impossible to miss the all-new Moorings 5800 crewed charter catamaran, as it soared three stories tall, gleaming above its neighbors. This Robertson-Caine designed yacht is the 1000th R-C build for TUI Marine and it is truly impressive. The first story looks like a shiny version of your typical charter cat: four cabins, four heads, plenty of headroom and usable stowage. The second story includes a massive swim step, an expansive main saloon and—in a clever design move—two sleeping cabins on the bridgedeck, each with its own head. These cabins open to a forward cockpit where guests can enjoy private meals cooked by the professional onboard crew. Climb up yet another flight of stairs to the impressive helm station where the professional captain will control all sails and lines from a single point. With a wet bar and open-air BBQ, lounge chairs and a dining area, this deck is the place to be. You could spend an entire charter chilling up here, enjoying the scenery and the company of your crew.

The 5800 will be available for crewed charter in the BVI this season, with the all-star team of captain Garreth Donaldson, first mate Jenna Newcomb and a stewardess to create a truly deluxe experience. A second 5800 will soon also be available as a 12-person bareboat soon. The crewed 5800 is ideal for charter sailors looking for a great crew, a comfortable boat and a head-turning photo album. Book at moorings.com

Speaking of head-turners, CYOA Yacht Charters in St. Thomas is about to introduce a gorgeous new catamaran into its fleet, the all-new Helia 44 from Fountaine-Pajot. This comfy cat oozes class and has a very sailable elevated helm station, where a captain can operate the boat while the crew lounge on the nearby deck cushions. The galley has several innovative features, including a drawer-configured refrigerator and a raised oven, and the sleeping quarters all look perfectly comfortable. The boat will be in St. Thomas in November and available for charters with CYOA in the 2012-2013 season. Check out an album of the happy new owners here and a video of the boat here.


Just when you thought you’d sail them all, several charter companies are announcing new charter bases. Set sail in:

-Mystic, CT with Horizon Yacht Charters

-Newport, RI with Dream Yacht Charters

-San Francisco, CA and Vancouver, BC with Sunsail

-Corfu, Greece; Annapolis, MD; and Miami, FL with The Moorings

One of this year’s proudest charter companies was Conch Charters, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. This family-owned and operated business has been selling “The Best Deals on Keels” out of Road Harbour since 1986, and they’ve developed a solid following. As part of the anniversary festivities, Conch will be sending Jack Connolly, their very first charter guest, out on a free charter. Jack chartered with Conch on December 7, 1986.

Meanwhile, all other charter guests can enter to win 25 percent off their charter fee for the winter season. The contest will begin online in November with a draw at the end of the month. 

Check out Conch’s new website, and a full profile on the sailors who made it happen. 

The BVI Charter Yacht Society is once again gearing up for the annual BVI Charter Yacht Show to be held November 6 to 9 in Nanny Cay Marina on Tortola. Like speed-dating for crewed yachts, the show provides crews the opportunity to get to know charter brokers by putting their boats and world-class cooking on display. During the show, brokers get to know the crews better so they can masterfully match them to charter clients.

Last year, the Charter Yacht Society published Dining on Deck, its first-ever recipe book, filled with recipes from the most beloved sailing chefs. Learn more about the show or order a copy of the cookbook.

If all this talk of chartering has you running to Orbitz to check flights, you’re the perfect candidate to enter SAIL’s Great Escape contest. For the second year running, SAIL is offering a free charter on board a TMM sailboat in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. All you have to do is submit your “Top 5 Reasons to Escape to St. Vincent” before October 31. Enter here

Related

Screen-Shot-2022-01-13-at-9.26.59-AM2048x

Video: Celestial Navigation Pt3

. In episode three of the Practical Celestial Navigation course, Andy Howe examines the theory behind celestial navigation, the celestial triangle and the celestial sphere, and why it is important to have a basic understanding of each. Topics introduced include zenith position, ...read more

01-LEAD-6.-After-2-years-ashore,-Nada-headsto-the-water-(3)

Sailing in the Time of Covid

In mid-August 2019, my wife, Terrie, and I laid up our Malö 46, Nada, in Falmouth, England, and flew home to Maine. We booked flights back to the UK for May 2020, anticipating a summer of cruising the Atlantic coasts of France and Spain. Then Covid struck. Remember that first ...read more

Ulysse Nardin promo photo

The Ocean Race Names Official Timekeeper

With just under one year before the start of The 2022-23 Ocean Race, Swiss watch manufacturer Ulysse Nardin has been named the official timekeeper of the race. The Ocean Race, formerly known as the Volvo Ocean Race and before that the Whitbread Round the World Race, announced ...read more

Arthur Daniel_RORC Maserati - RORC Transatlantic 2022 - Jan 15th -Social Media-4

Fast Finishes for the RORC Leaders

Over the weekend, the first finishers of the 2022 RORC Transat made landfall in Grenada, led by Giovanni Soldini’s Multi70 Maserati, which was awarded line honors with a corrected time of six days, 18 hours and 51 minutes. Maserati finished ahead of Peter Cunningham’s MOD70 ...read more

Background-02

Notice to Mariners: A Blog from the SAIL Editors

As a teenager, I stumbled across a copy of Derek Lundy’s Godforsaken Sea in the back room of a used bookshop. I had never heard of the Vendée Globe and frankly found all the boat-speak in the first 50 pages a little difficult to get through. But Lundy’s storytelling and the draw ...read more

Screen-Shot-2022-01-13-at-9.26.59-AM2048x

VIDEO: Celestial Navigation Episode 2

Celestial navigation is an invaluable tool for all kinds of sailors. In episode two of the celestial navigation series, learn the basic elements of navigation and the sight reduction process using declination and GHA to determine the Geographic Position and navigate using a ...read more

Film-poster-EP-2048

Cruising: Year of the Sea Shanty

Along with other timeless pursuits, like baking sourdough and gardening, singing sea shanties surged back into popularity during the recent lockdown, thanks, in part, to the app TikTok and its “duet” feature, which allows singers from around the world create music together. By ...read more

Book-Cover-9780712353700

Book Review: Sailor Song

Sailor Song is the ultimate guide to the music of working sailors during the 18th and 19th centuries. The book includes lyrics and sheet music for 50 of the most beloved sea songs with fascinating historical background on the adjoining page. Chapter introductions provide ...read more