VI Sailing Insider July 2022

VI Sailing Insider News

COVID-19 Updates:

Eased Travel Restrictions!

 

Have you heard the exciting news... the CDC is no longer requiring a Covid test to fly into the United States. This means you can now enjoy your yacht charter without the hassle of taking a test during your vacation! 

 Additionally, many destinations are no longer requiring that vaccinated visitors have any Covid tests! 

Travel to paradise and travel home with zero testing required... Easy-Travel Destinations!

It's time to enjoy these beautiful destinations once again, and we can help!

Complete the form below and a Charter Expert will be in touch with you soon:

 

Any questions? Feel free to contact us at (941) 966-9387

Bareboat Insider: 

New BVI Catering Service

A new catering service is now being offered by Chef Kenetha Ashton, owner of Elite Culinaire, providing chef-prepared meals for bareboat charters.  Chef Kenetha was born in the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Vincent and later planted in the beautiful soil of Tortola, BVI. She is well known for her years onboard BVI crewed yachts and has completed extensive professional chef training.

A perfect option for special meals onboard or enjoying gourmet picnics while admiring the endless stretches of pristine beaches and breathtaking views.

You can expect expert culinary cuisine that is elegantly presented and combines innovation and a passion for using fresh herbs and spices. She prepares delectable dishes from all over the world, including the Caribbean, America, France, and Italy, to mention a few.

For any number of guests. Select your desired meals and you'll be contacted with a price quote.

Groups of 10 Guests can also order from two packages with set prices:

If you don't have your charter booked yet, let's start planning!

Crewed Insider: 

 
Crewed Yacht Of The Month
 
ISLAND HOPPIN'
 

Island Hoppin' is the perfect yacht to get your all-inclusive Virgin Islands sailing vacation started!

A luxurious 2018 52’ Lagoon catamaran that offers accommodations for up to 8 guests in 3 queen cabins and one twin cabin. All cabins have individually controlled air conditioning and spacious bathrooms with separate showers. She is a beautiful and stylish catamaran that offers plenty of areas to relax, a fly-bridge deck, terrific headroom and a lot of natural light throughout the yacht. A great layout for families or couples.

Island Hoppin’ takes the charter experience in the Virgin Islands to a whole new level and comes with your own personal Chef and a Captain to attend to your every desire. She features on-board diving, a large dinghy capable of providing watersports to all, a swim up tender-lift platform, sea bobs and much more!

Water toys offered include tubes, kayaks, floats, standup paddleboards, beach games, snorkeling gear and water skis.

Paired with a 5-star crew, Captain Jack and Chef Kaycee, your expectations will be exceeded time and time again! If you are searching for an amazing island-hopping sailing vacation, Island Hoppin' is the perfect catamaran!

 

Island Hoppin' is the complete package for a dream sailing vacation in the Virgin Islands!

Your All-Inclusive Charter on Island Hoppin' Includes:

8 Guests in 4 Cabins
4 Ensuite Bathrooms
Full Air Conditioning
Ice Maker
Onboard WIFI
14' Dinghy 40HP Outboard
Snorkeling Gear
Water Skis
Wake Board
Knee Board
Tubes and Stand-Up Paddle Boards
Kayak
20' Aqua Lily Pad
Fishing Gear
Beach Games
 
 

 

Captain Jack and Chef Kaycee are extraordinary hosts, whose passion for sailing and their love of the islands come across every day of your trip.

Born and raised in Clearwater, Florida, Captain Jack grew up on the water fishing and sailing with his family every chance he had. He always had a passion for the water and wanted to explore its beauty. He began working on tour boats in Clearwater and since then discovered the path towards his career.

A few years ago, he moved to bigger yachts and traveled around the world through the Mediterranean. One of his most recent trips being from Seattle to Florida through the Panama Canal. Later Jack began his journey to become a dive instructor to be able to show just how much beauty the ocean had, above and below.

Born and raised in Seminole, Florida, Chef Kaycee always felt close to the water as a kid.

Spending many days with her family boating out to spoil islands in Clearwater to camp, she frequently remembers long nights around a fire and stargazing on the beach. Once in high school, she started participating in local beach clean ups to help bring awareness to the constant pollution.

After graduating, she spent most of her days working in a small marina discovering just how big her passion for the water was and decided to start learning all she could about the boating industry. Recently Kaycee has taken up a love for cooking and is always looking for new ways to spice up her meals. She often picks up a recipe and makes it her own by adding her own personal touch.

Captain Jack and Chef Kaycee met while working in the Clearwater Beach Marina. Having just returned from his first season of yachting, he introduced her to the industry and they quickly started working to gain experience. They were joined together on a 50ft boat as Captain and Mate and began their journey towards enjoying and sharing their passions as a team.

Because of their history of working well together, Jack and Kaycee create a fun and playful environment while remaining professional. Having spent years in the customer service industry they love to take care of each guest’s needs in their own exciting way.

Together they share the same passion for scuba diving, boating, and adventuring and they look forward to being able to share their experiences with you!

 Fun Names On The Water! 

Every month we share with you our favorite, witty or fun boat names in the charter fleet!

This month, we have three luxurious catamarans that will make for an excellent sailing Odyssea. And who knows… maybe after enjoying a Pain Killer (or two) you might even be able to Touch the Sky.

Sail in the pristine waters of the Virgin Islands on an all-inclusive yacht charter aboard Odyssea, a 59' Fountaine Pajot catamaran. You won't be lacking for space with 4 queen cabins with walk around beds and en suite bathrooms. Odyssea can comfortably accommodate up to 8 guests.

With a well-stocked wet bar, a cold beverage is never too far away; whether you are floating on the inflatable island, going for a sundowner cruise in the 15' tender or merely lying on the nets under the stars. A large sky lounge on the salon roof is a favorite spot for sun bathing while enjoying 360° views and a soft sea breeze. Plenty of lounge space, a variety of water activities and a welcoming crew will make this vacation one to remember.

 
 

Pain Killer is a Lagoon 450 that hits the sweet spot in terms of size. This bareboat charter is perfect for a family, a couple with guests or a large group of friends, but is still small enough to sail and maintain without a professional captain making for an ideal bareboat charter. Pain Killer is a 4-cabin catamaran that can accommodate up to 12 guests in 4 double cabins, 2 fore peaks, and a salon table converts to a double bed.

Boat equipment features classical mainsail, electric winches, generator, bimini and outside GPS plotter. It also boasts air conditioning, an audio system, outside speakers and a flybridge. The fully-equipped galley includes a microwave, freezer, oven, cooker and sink.

Touch the Sky is an extraordinary example of a Leopard 58 that offers the best in large, open decks and spaces for lounging, including a comfortable indoor salon, a breeze-filled fly-bridge with seating for 10, and the fun forward netted space to experience sailing firsthand. The split-level style interior offers five guest staterooms, two of which are on the main deck level and include a semi-private walk out "patio". All guest staterooms include en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning.

For those looking for adventure off of the boat, there are plenty of water sports and activities available using the 50HP dinghy. Sail crystal clear blue waters, snorkel coral reefs, explore uninhabited islands, or just relax to another beautiful sunset. A Touch the Sky all-inclusive charter has everything you need to create sailing memories with families and friends.

News & Events: 

USVI Sunscreen Requirement

Please Use Only Mineral Sunscreen. It’s the Law in the U.S. Virgin Islands!

Please help preserve the glorious beaches and stunning underwater world that lure you to the shores of the USVI so that you and your loved ones can enjoy them for years to come!

Avoid sunscreens that contain the “Toxic 3 Os” of oxybenzone, octinoxate and octocrylene – they are prohibited in the United States Virgin Islands.

Wear rashguards, hats and use only non-nano mineral sunscreen containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, the only sunscreen ingredients deemed safe and effective by the FDA.

Always read the ingredient label to avoid sunscreen containing oxybenzone, octinoxate and octocrylene. There are so many options to choose from.

To see a selection of recommended non-nano mineral-based sunscreen lines, click here,

or scan the QR Code:

Cabin Only Insider:

Want to explore the British Virgin Islands on a luxury yacht without the expense of renting an entire yacht? With our shared catamaran charters, you split the cost with other couples and singles without compromising your vacation experience. No sailing experience is needed, just a love of travel and exploring, and a social mindset. This is the crewed yacht experience you've been looking for!

There are options galore on this unique charter – island-hopping, hiking, island tours, and plenty of snorkeling and relaxing. Your premium cabin offers a luxurious retreat after you spend your days exploring beach bars like Soggy Dollar and Foxy's on Jost Van Dyke.

This crewed, catered, fully-planned sailing vacation provides an affordable vacation in the BVI that you don’t want to miss!

 

Cocktail Recipe Of The Month

~ PLANTER'S PUNCH ~

An ice-cold glass of delicious punch is the perfect companion to a beautiful day on the water!

Although the Planter's Punch has long been a staple of beach-themed menus, there are several striking variations that exist.

It's common to see a variety of fruit juices and flamboyant garnishes being used, so if you see someone cheering over a giant Tiki head glass with a towering fruit salad as a garnish, you may be looking at the house's version of the traditional cocktail.

This version is the bedrock recipe from the International Bartenders Association. Feel free to try different combinations to create your ideal Planter's Punch.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces dark rum
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 2/3 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/3 ounce Grenadine
  • 1/3 ounce simple syrup
  • 3 to 4 dashes Angostura bitters


Instructions:

1. Add all the ingredients, except the bitters and garnish, into a shaker with ice.

2. Shake vigorously, then strain into a Collins glass over crushed ice.

3. Top with the bitters.

4. Garnish with a cocktail cherry and a lime wedge.

Optional garnish: cocktail cherry and pineapple on a toothpick and a sprig of mint.

Destination Spotlight

St. Croix - USVI

You might think that at only 84 square miles, St. Croix would go completely unnoticed. However, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, those miles add up to make the island the largest in the archipelago and there is something special for every visitor to experience.

The island's culture is a rich fusion of its original Carib and Taino, African, European, Caribbean, and American heritages. It's a location where music and storytelling can be heard on every street corner and town square, so make sure to pause, discover, and enjoy what makes this region and its inhabitants so unique.

A wide variety of adventurous and curious tourists are drawn to St. Croix. The twin cities of the island, Christiansted in the east and Frederiksted in the west, each include a variety of shops, great restaurants, art galleries, and historical sites. You will find unique cafes, restaurants, and boutiques situated in old-fashioned buildings straight from the past that offer thrilling culinary adventures and one-of-a-kind purchases.

Away from the twin towns, St. Croix's beaches, hiking trails, championship golf courses, snorkeling, and scuba diving opportunities will pack your days with excitement.

Trek up Goat Hill for a breathtaking vista, where you can take in the entire island extending westward, and the easternmost point of the U.S., Point Udall, to the east.

Partake on a pleasant journey that combines hiking and beachcombing at the Jack and Isaac Bay Preserve, which is located beneath Goat Hill. Low-impact routes take you to secluded, pristine beaches with sugar-white sand and beautiful foliage.

The small, deserted island of Buck Island, which is located off the northeastern coast of St. Croix, also has additional hiking paths. Buck Island Reef National Monument is a protected natural area that includes Buck Island and the reef and waterways around it. Birdwatchers and anyone looking for a peaceful, serene environment to connect with nature will find hiking trips here to be quite rewarding. You can also, easily get to know the coral and marine life that live in these protected waters thanks to an underwater snorkeling route that runs along the Buck Island Reef.

And then we have one of St. Croix’s most popular beaches. Nothing less than perfection describes Sandy Point beach. Imagine a broad expanse of sparkling white sand, dense vegetation separating it from the rest of the island, and clear waves lapping at the edge. 

The excitement of The Wall at Cane Bay is unmatched for scuba divers. The Wall, one of the most well-known diving destinations in the world, is over 13,000 feet deep. At these depths the sea is home to some unusual marine life and coral structures.

A sailing vacation that includes St. Croix will be packed with fun, excitement and adventure!


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