Sail Away - December 2007 - Sail Magazine

Sail Away - December 2007

Charter News from AnnapolisThe annual Annapolis, Maryland, sailboat show is one of the industry’s great schmoozing grounds, so it’s a good place to pick up the latest chartering information. It looked like a busy show for the charter companies; I saw people waiting in line to discuss boat purchases and charter bookings.With the large amount of new development or expansion
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Charter News from Annapolis

The annual Annapolis, Maryland, sailboat show is one of the industry’s great schmoozing grounds, so it’s a good place to pick up the latest chartering information. It looked like a busy show for the charter companies; I saw people waiting in line to discuss boat purchases and charter bookings.

With the large amount of new development or expansion under discussion or under way in the British Virgin Islands—including (good grief) a cruise-ship dock at White Bay, Jost Van Dyke—The Moorings gets special kudos for its environmentally responsible approach to the $10 million expansion of its Tortola base. The BVI project, along with other facilities changes—renovation of the Marigot Bay, St. Lucia, base and new locations in Mexico (Marina Costa Baja, La Paz), Turkey (Club Marina, Gocek), and Croatia (Kremik)—was the subject of a press conference held at the show.

Planning a family charter? Horizon Yacht Charters’s Cruising with Cats and Kids package includes free water toys (kayaks, noodles, etc.) plus a goodie bag for children under 12. www.horizonyachtcharters.com

There are numerous attractive flotilla programs available in the Mediterranean. For example, Sunsail offers a two-week, two-country flotilla that explores the Bodrum area as well as the Greek islands of Simi, Tilos, and Nisyros. Special rates are available if you book before January 1 for next summer. www.sunsail.com

Poseidon Charters has a two-week Aegean Adventure flotilla that starts in Athens, sails through the Saronic Gulf (Aegina, Poros, and Hydra), and continues on through the Cyclades, including Santorini and Mykonos. www.poseidoncharters.com

Another unusual option is the sail/dive program offered by Albatross Charters in the Saronic Gulf and the Cyclades. PADI certification is available. www.albatrosscharters.com

There are any number of attractive Mediterranean destinations where bareboats are hard to come by. Kiriacoulis Mediterranean offers boats out of Malta, Sicily, Sardinia (both north and south), and the Tuscan islands (Elba). www.kiriacoulis.com

If you’re looking for an especially exotic charter, consider a bareboat in Madagascar from Dream Yacht Charter, which maintains a fleet of (so far) three monohulls and a catamaran on the island of Nosy Be. www.dream-yacht-charter.comAmy Ullrich

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