Sunreef Yachts Cocktail Party at the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show On Board DAMRAK II: A Stellar Event

Sunreef Yachts hosted a marvelous cocktail reception on board the exquisite power catamaran DAMRAK II at the 2012 Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show. More than 75 prominent Sunreef yacht owners, industry journalists, sales and charter brokers and friends attended the successful event, which provided a precious opportunity to welcome new faces and reunite with many long term colleagues and friends. The party, which was held on the evening of Friday, February 17, featured a selection of especially selected Polish beer, in honor of the shipyard headquartered in Gdansk, Poland, in addition to fine wines and champagne. Hughes Catering, a company with extensive yachting industry experience, expertly catered the affair.

The Sunreef Yachts team from both the US and Gdansk offices staffing the Sunreef display at the show were delighted with the opportunity to entertain esteemed guests. The highly skilled and endearing crew of DAMRAK II was also available to answer all questions regarding the yacht and share their exciting experiences yachting in the world’s most popular destinations from the Caribbean and the Mediterranean to the South Pacific.

While many guests enjoyed lounging on the spacious flybridge of DAMRAK II under a blanket of stars on a perfect Miami evening, others enjoyed the plush cushions and seating arrangement on the aft deck. DAMRAK II, with an LOA of 70 feet and a beam of 30.5 feet, easily accommodated the welcome number of attendees wishing to relax on board, with room to spare.

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Virgin Islands Adventure: Spending 7 Nights Aboard a Private Luxury Yacht Charter

The Virgin Islands, named by Christopher Columbus for the legend of St. Ursula and her 11,000 virgins, are a spectacularly beautiful group of islands. Breathtaking scenery, ideal climate and comfortable cruising conditions equal paradise for Luxury Crewed Yacht Charter clients who have the opportunity to explore living reefs, white sand beaches and charming towns, all within close proximity to one another. Presented here is a sample seven night itinerary designed with something for everyone.

Day 1: St. Thomas to St. John

Board your luxury charter yacht in St. Thomas, USVI and enjoy a delightful lunch on the aft deck and a leisurely sail to Francis Bay on St. John. It is nearly always possible to find a lovely secluded spot on this vast, white sand beach. Launch the yacht toys and spend the afternoon playing and swimming in crystal clear, turquoise waters. Snorkelers head for the deeper waters just beyond the shallow fringing reef along Francis Bay’s rocky north shore to view an amazing and rich variety of marine life. Stroll along beach or follow the Francis Bay Trail that runs along the salt pond behind the beach and is an excellent place for bird watching, especially early in the morning. Return to the the yacht to enjoy signature sunset cocktails followed by a delicious dinner under the stars.

Day 2: St. John to Jost Van Dyke

Leinster Bay, St John, offers a morning of spectacular snorkeling or hiking. Most agree that Waterlemon Cay, just offshore from the east end of Leinster Bay, is the best snorkeling on St. John. Explorers and hiking enthusiasts can walk along the many island trails where visitors are likely to spot feral donkeys and small herds of goats that roam freely through the bush. History buffs should take the Brown Bay Trail that leads to some of the most extensive ruins on the island of St. John.

In the afternoon set sail for the Jost Van Dyke, first stop in the British Virgin Islands. Foxy’s is one of the world famous beach bars where visitors can divulge in authentic Calypso island revelry. Join a “jump up” party and mix with visitors and locals, sample island cuisine, microbrews, and potent tropical rum drinks.

Day 3: Jost Van Dyke to Tortola

Sail around Sandy Cay, Sandy Spit and Green Cay for a morning of exploring, beach combing and spectacular snorkeling in the beautiful British Virgin Islands. Sandy Spit is a picture perfect “deserted island” and the marine life surrounding the island is breathtaking. Next cruise to Cane Garden Bay, Tortola, a magnificent stretch of beach with charming local bars, a couple of excellent restaurants and a small rum factory.
 Overnight in Cane Garden Bay or head to West End, Tortola and a shore excursion to Pusser’s Landing for a “Painkiller” and some island shopping.

Day 4: Tortola to Norman Island

The Bight at Norman Island is renowned for legends of hidden pirate treasure yet to be found. Norman Island, rumored to be the basis for the Robert Louis Stevenson novel, Treasure Island, is a popular snorkeling destination where deep, dark caves provide a magical experience. The island is privately owned and the only permanent inhabitants are wild goats. However, an old barge named the “Willie T” operates as a risque bar and restaurant known for seriously wild partying, mostly after dark.

Day 5: Norman Island to Virgin Gorda

Virgin Gorda is world famous for its geologically mysterious Baths, where huge boulders descend into pools and grottoes that are fascinating for visitors of all ages to explore. Board your yacht for lunch and a picturesque cruise to North Sound, Virgin Gorda, to visit the Bitter End Yacht Club, a premiere luxury water sports resort with a variety of activities available including kitesurfing, boardsailing, diving and hiking. The Bitter End Spa is rated “A World’s Best” by Conde Nast Traveler.

Day 6: Virgin Gorda to Peter Island

Enjoy a morning swim then cruise to a serene beach on Deadman’s Bay and a colorful coral reef at Great Harbor. Spend the afternoon and/or evening at Peter Island Marina, Resort and Spa for an upscale island experience. This is a beautiful setting in which to meet fellow yachtsmen and elite travelers, enjoy five star formal dining and world class facilities.

Day 7: Peter Island to St. John

Launch the yacht’s water toys and have some water sports fun either above or below the water line. Divers will thrill to the 1867 wreck of the British mail steamer R.M.S. Rhone, laying on the ocean floor encrusted in coral. In the afternoon, sail to Cruz Bay, the main town on St John, to clear U.S. Customs. For guests who enjoy shopping and shore excursions, this charming city features island architecture, quaint boutiques and restaurants and historical points of interest. Guests who prefer the surf, head to nearby Christmas Cove on Great St James Island for afternoon snorkeling and other watersports fun. The final dinner on the aft deck of the yacht, bathed in the balmy Caribbean breeze, is a moment to savor.

Day 8: St. John to St. Thomas

Enjoy an excellent breakfast on deck and go for a final swim before setting sail for St. Thomas. Say a fond farewell to the crew as the dream of returning to the spectacular Virgin Islands begins to take shape. Guests that have an extended stay of a day or two will find St. Thomas an enchanting island with excellent attractions, restaurants and duty free shopping.  

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These and many other Luxury Charter Yachts are available for charter in the Virgin Islands.

OLGA

PARADISE

BIG CITY

INSPIRATION

DAMRAK II

Our Charter Experts On Board Luxury Charter Superyacht TOP FIVE: An Exquisite Christensen 157 with a Superb Crew

Our charter experts were invited to go aboard and experience the magnificent luxury charter yacht TOP FIVE, a 157′ Christensen available for charter in the Caribbean and the Bahamas. We were extremely impressed with everything about TOP FIVE, from her meticulous craftsmanship to her delightful crew. This is a superyacht with a stately, understated elegance that will enchant her charter guests while easily meeting all of the requirements of a discriminating clientele.

TOP FIVE (ex: Nice ‘N Easy, Liquidity) was built in 2005 by US builder Christensen Shipyards and was originally designed for the shipyard owner himself. Thus, although Christensen is renowned for launching magnificent yachts, TOP FIVE has design elements that launch her cleanly over the top.

Exterior design and naval architecture by the Christensen in-house team endowed TOP FIVE with the powerful and imposing profile that distinguishes the brand in any port of call. Recently the yacht has had an extensive soft goods refit to update interiors that are sophisticated, soothing and subtle. The broad appeal of understated elegance is perfectly suited to the diversity of charter clientele. Regardless of whether charter guests prefer Mozart or Madonna, they will feel comfortable and at home aboard TOP FIVE.

Superb joinery and intricate stonework are distinguishing features of luxury yacht TOP FIVE. Meticulous attention to detail is evident in the raised-panel joinery of American walnut with high gloss finish and perfectly matched wood panels and veneers. Deep earthen tones create a stunning balance against creamy white carpeting with a delicately undulating pattern. Exotic stone materials, including malachite and Juparana persa granite, are beautifully inlaid throughout the foyers, bathrooms and hallways. Contemporary furnishings in a light color palette derive sophistication from a simplicity of form.

Luxury yacht TOP FIVE accommodates 12 guests in six staterooms. The full beam master compartment is located on the main deck and includes stunning his and her facilities with Jacuzzi tub and large shower. A walk-in cedar closet provides ample storage for longer charters. At the entrance, a private study with comfortable sofa and desk allow guests to stay in touch with the office if necessary. On the lower level amidships
is the full beam VIP king suite that has an exquisite bathroom with Jacuzzi and separate shower. The 50 inch TV opposite the bed is cleverly concealed behind a pleasant painting. Also on this level are two queen guest staterooms and two guest staterooms each with double, twin and Pullman beds.

We met Chef Bradley David in his spotless galley on our visit. He surprised us with servings of delicately flavored tomato gazpacho, and what he described as “a sandwich”, (far to common a description of this remarkable crab delicacy), and a signature chocolate mousse creation. He is charming, talented, and a very experienced yacht chef quite capable of pleasing any palate. He said his favorite recipes to prepare are new ones, both his own creative dishes as well as those of other chefs.

Captain Johannes, despite expecting a new group of charter guests within the hour, graciously spent quite a bit of time chatting with us about TOP FIVE and some of his favorite Caribbean itineraries. Not only is he extremely knowledgable about the region, he is also enthusiastic about creating custom itineraries suited to repeat charter clients who are seeking alternative Caribbean ports of call. The Chief Stew and Second Stew were continually smiling, gracious and extremely attentive. This highly professional crew works together harmoniously and seems flawlessly adept at pleasing charter clients.

It was a great pleasure to be on board luxury superyacht TOP FIVE, and to have the opportunity to experience firsthand the elegant interiors, expansive deck spaces and first rate crew. TOP FIVE will undoubtedly be an exceedingly popular charter yacht in the Caribbean and the Bahamas this season.

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PUMPKIN FRITTERS: A Taste of the Virgin Islands

PUMPKIN FRITTERS: A Taste of the Virgin Islands

 On a visit to one of the local restaurants in St. Thomas, where recipes are handed down through generations, we managed to obtain this delicious recipe for  pumpkin fritters. This dish can be sweetened with maple syrup or cinnamon sugar for breakfast or dessert, or served as an excellent compliment to meats and spicy main courses.
Pumpkin Fritters

1 ½ cups mashed pumpkin
¼ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 ¼ cup milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
Oil for deep frying
Remove seeds and stringy fibers from center of pumpkin. Cut the pumpkin to smaller pieces for quicker boiling. Place in a pot and cover with water. Boil until pumpkin is fork tender. Drain water and scoop out pumpkin from outer shell. Mash with a fork. In a mixing bowl, combine pumpkin, sugar, salt, vanilla, baking powder, milk and flour and stir until ingredients are combined. An electric mixer is not recommended. Drop by the teaspoonfuls into hot oil and fry 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Makes 12 fritters. Per fritter: 115 calories, 6 grams fat, 3 milligrams cholesterol and 86 milligrams sodium. Bon Apetite!

Marine Conservation Organization REEF Partners with Paradise Watersports, Peter Island, BVI

Yacht charterers who plan to cruise in the Virgin Islands this season should make a point of stopping in at Paradise Watersports, at Peter Island Resort and Spa in the British Virgin Islands. Paradise Watersports is an important partner and supporter of REEF, the nonprofit organization dedicated to marine conservation. Divers, snorkelers, and marine life enthusiasts will find this Reef Field Station interesting and educational. 

REEF surveyor Randy Keil heads up the Reef Advanced Assessment Team. Randy was first introduced to REEF over 10 years ago by Lad Akins. Since then, he has built a great program at Paradise Watersports. All of their instructors dive with slates and pencils, and fish and creature identification is done on every dive. Randy notes that “it has been our experience that our divers and snorkelers enjoy the experience of looking at marine life and immediately having it identified. It also gives them a basis on which we can talk about the dive when we’re back on the boat. Instead of ‘what was that big fish with all the colors?’ we get ‘now you called that fish a grasby, I thought it was a grouper?’ It serves as a springboard for discussion and an understanding of the relationships of the reef community.”

Lionfish

Paradise Watersports is also involved in helping track the invasive lionfish. Randy sees this as just one advantage of having the REEF survey program in place locally. With over 1500 surveys in the BVI and over 100,000 in the Caribbean region, the REEF database is a valuable tool in tracking the lionfish invasion and better understanding the impact the lionfish is having on the various areas. In the BVI, the dive operators, including Paradise Watersports, are making a determined effort to keep lionfish off of the moored reefs. Conservation and Fisheries has issued exemptions to the strict no spearfishing laws that allow each dive operation and several of the crewed charter yachts to capture lionfish.

Reef aims to conserve marine ecosystems for their recreational, commercial, and intrinsic value by educating, enlisting and enabling divers and other marine enthusiasts to become active stewards and citizen scientists. REEF links the diving community with scientists, resource managers and conservationists through marine-life data collection and related activities.

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Charter Racing Schooner ELENA: A Thoroughly Modern Classic Yacht

The Classic Era of Yachting refers to a period when newly rich industrialists in a pre-WWII world, ripe with potential, commissioned naval architects to create what have become legendary sailing and motor yachts.

Luxury sailing yacht ELENA is based on just such a vessel, Elena, the Trans-Atlantic Race record holder from 1928. While ELENA has been meticulously recreated using the original drawings by Nathaniel G. Herreshoff, this classic sailing yacht features state-of-the-art engineering and equipment. Aboard ELENA, charter guests will delight in an exhilarating, romantic and luxurious experience discovering the wonders of Caribbean Destinations.

Superyacht ELENA delivers a thrilling experience for sailors enthusiastic about taking part in the famous Classic Yacht Regattas of the Caribbean, yet is equally desirable for a gentler island cruise with family and friends. ELENA is equipped with an extensive sail plan for maximum power racing or cruising. Uncluttered deck space offers plenty of room for an active race crew or an afternoon of relaxation.

Nautical interiors on board crewed charter yacht ELENA reflect the elegance of the yacht’s flowing lines and pay tribute to the Herreshoff designs of the early 20th Century.  Below deck, guests will have access to all the modern day luxuries and amenities expected on a world class charter yacht including the latest navigation, communication and entertainment systems. The full beam salon offers a spacious dining area with seating for ten guests. To starboard, plush settees and a large television are conducive to relaxing indoors. Overhead skylights and portholes offer an abundance of natural light flow throughout.

Accommodations on board luxury charter yacht ELENA have been designed with as much historical accuracy as possible without sacrifice to luxury and comfort. Thoughtful yet discreet modern touches ensure the complete satisfaction of charter guests.  All five cabins are exquisitely finished with mahogany paneling, built in cabinetry, fine linens and first class amenities. Interior ornamental details are strictly patterned after original Herreshoff designs. The ensuite bathrooms have separate showers and toilets and feature elegant period fittings. Cabins have privately controlled air conditioning systems and fully loaded iPads.

This inspirational racing yacht has an expansive deck space with area suitable for the 50 race crew necessary during a serious regatta or for as many as 80 guests for a cocktail party or corporate event.  In addition, a spacious sun pad area with plush lounge chairs lures sun worshippers, while guests who prefer cooling shade can relax under a large bimini, erected over the boom, to elude the heat of the day. A custom designed teak table is easily set up on the deck for al fresco dining. The gourmet chef on board ELENA creates superb cuisine, pared with the perfect wine; the lovely repast is even more sumptuous against the beautiful backdrop of Caribbean islands.

ELENA, a truly winning charter schooner, comprises a remarkable blend of classic beauty and contemporary speed. After following the designs of the original ELENA so meticulously, there is no doubt that this spectacular yacht, nearly one hundred years later, is as successful as her original namesake and one of the most outstanding charter yachts available today.

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Trinity 157ft. Luxury Charter Yacht COCKTAILS: An Intoxicating Superyacht from Bow to Stern

Sunreef Charter Experts were delighted to have the opportunity to tour COCKTAILS, a magnificent Trinity 157, while she was docked at Bahia Mar in Fort Lauderdale. COCKTAILS (EX Janie, Chevy Toy) launched from Trinity Shipyard in 2004, underwent an extensive refit in 2011, and emerges with a very stylish new look.

While the aesthetic is contemporary, the liberal use of white leather, fabrics, paneling and marble impart a classical Greek tone. The contrast of this alabaster palette with the liberal use of rich, dark woods makes a striking presentation.

Entering from the aft deck, the length of the main deck stretches forward in an uninterrupted majesty of space. Somewhere far forward in this open architectural layout is the formal dining arrangement. Although there is no physical separation between these two areas, the eye is pleasantly fooled.

Accommodations for 10 guests include a sumptuous king size master suite, two king size guest suites, one queen guest suite and a guest with two single beds and a Pullman. The master features a handsome dual bathroom with Jacuzzi tub designed with a Victorian traditionalism that extends throughout the suite.

The sky lounge on COCKTAILS is a casual social space with game table, state-of-the-art entertainment system, fully equipped bar and spectacular views through oversize windows. However, it is the alluring sundeck where guests will likely spend as much time as possible.

Forward, an arc of plush sun pads with some 40 throw pillows for back support surrounds the Jacuzzi, while aft lounge chairs near the marble top bar each have a side table perfectly positioned to hold a signature tropical cocktail with fresh fruit supporting a miniature paper umbrella, or a vodka martini.

On our visit, COCKTAILS highly acclaimed chef prepared a tantalizing array of seafood appetizers including shrimp, lobster, clams and oysters, prepared in various indescribably delicious ways, and so apropos for an evening on the water.

COCKTAILS promises to be an extremely popular charter yacht that will delight the most discriminating charter clients. The professional crew of nine is superbly skilled in the art of service and know how to cater to the individual needs of their esteemed guests. With elegant surroundings, the renowned sea keeping abilities of Trinity yachts, and  styling that will turn heads in any port of call, COCKTAILS is an unparalleled charter option.

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Destination Spotlight – British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands- Roughly 50 islands and cays to explore-Check out our top picks!

Enjoy a Caribbean experience like no other with Sunreef Yachts Charter and the British Virgin Islands. Guests have the option of a luxury catamaran, sail, or motor yacht to charter. Your customized travel needs will be met with our professional charter services. We provide crewed charters offering top quality service to fully enjoy your holiday. Cruising the beautiful, tranquil islands of the BVIs you will encounter picturesque views of lush green mountain tops and powdery white sand beaches. The BVI’s are the ultimate sailor’s paradise with ideal wind speeds and subtropical climates lasting throughout the year. There are several destinations not to miss on your BVI charter with roughly fifty islands and cays.

Tortola
Your luxury catamaran will draw you close to the island shores of Tortola, the largest and liveliest island of the BVIs. Filled with a variety of outdoor adventures such as horseback riding on deserted beaches and hiking through rustic nature trails you will soon discover the beauty of Tortola. Strolling through bustling Main Street in Road Town, you will find local spices, rums, hand crafted jewelry and local art work. Filled with a variety of restaurants and cafes, on this island you will be introduced to West Indie flavors with a local island flare. On your BVI charter you can taste one of the local favorites of Tortola such as a delicious West Indies roti. If you are interested in the nightlife of the BVIs Tortola is the place to be, featuring local and traveling bands preforming nightly. Full moon parties at the Bomba Shack have put this local surfer’s hangout on the map.

Jost Van Dyke
Jost van Dyke may be small stretching only 4 miles long, but it is one of the top BVIs charter destinations on the map. Venture here on your BVIs charter to see why guests keep coming back. The island is often referred to as the “Barefoot Island” because of the casual life style embraced here. Enjoy a perfect island sunset, with a beach BBQ on the white sandy shores. While you are here experience the excitement that has made Foxy’s beach front restaurant and bar famous. A little further down is the Soggy Dollar Bar, where you can enjoy a signature Rum Punch cocktail.

Anegada
For a memorable aquatic adventure, sail your luxury catamaran to the angelic island of Anegada, home to the 18-mile long Horseshoe Reef, the largest in the Caribbean. For centuries ships had become lost in this treacherous reef, now these wrecks lure in an abundance of tropical sea life. This is the ideal spot for snorkeling and diving. With several deserted beaches to make your own, relax on the shore while watching the calm, clear blue seas stretch into the distance admiring your super yacht awaiting your return. If you enjoy lobster Anegada is home to the most delicious in the Caribbean.

Virgin Gorda
Escape with your BVIs charter to Virgin Gorda. “The Bath’s” of the island are definitely a unique sighting. This unusual geologic formation of granite boulders has water flowing over the scenic grottoes and out into the open sea. Covered with bright tropical flowers this island is something to marvel. See why snorkeling is at its best off the shores of Virgin Gorda.

Peter Island
Treat yourself to the breathtaking views and tranquility of Peter Island. On this island you can pamper yourself to one of the most exclusive SPA escapes the Caribbean has to offer. Peter Island is privately owned, but BVI charter guests have full access granted if choosing to indulge in one of the fabulous spa treatments available at the island’s elite resort. After you unwind, roam through the luxurious island on your own private golf cart. Your crewed charter will be anticipating your return, as there are still more tropical paradises to visit on your holiday.

US Virgin Islands- St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix
The US Virgin Islands are comprised of St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix. Three very different islands, yet all are top charter destinations. Within minutes continue your luxury charter getaway from the BVIs to the USVIs with your professional crewed charter
guiding you safely along to your next paradise.

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