Luxury Yacht Charter Destinations in the U.S. Virgin Islands Offer More Than Spectacular Cruising

St. Croix

The US Virgin Islands are part of a breathtakingly beautiful archipelago located in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, 1,100 miles southeast of Miami. On the three main islands, Saint Thomas, Saint John and Saint Croix, yachtsmen will find unparalleled cruising and more. Discover secluded white sand beaches and lively local beach bars, snorkeling trails and shipwrecks, world class spas and golf courses, tax free designer shops, local art galleries and five star restaurants, all within close range. 

The historic main island towns are characterized by picturesque pastel buildings, charming

Cruz Bay

shops and restaurants flavored by a local cultural with a diverse history. Named by Christopher Columbus in 1493, the islands have been controlled by many European powers over the succeeding centuries including Spain, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, and Denmark-Norway. Each has left a legacy still evident in local customs, culture and cuisine.

The US Virgin Islands is renowned for vast white sand beaches, including Magens Bay, touted by National Geographic Magazine as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Cinnamon Bay, Salt Pond Bay and Trunk Bay. Strategic harbors, including Charlotte Amalie and Christiansted, which have great historical

Megans Bay

importance serving explorers, pirates, settlers and kings. Today, vast protected areas are owned by the National Park Service, including more than half of Saint John, nearly all of Hassel Island and many acres of coral reef, making the USVI a nature lover’s dream destination.

Yacht charter guests will delight in shore excursions that provide unique cultural experiences. Enjoy historical tours, culinary

Christiansted

encounters, artisan fairs, local markets and live music. Visit galleries and shops where artisans and crafters present functional and decorative pieces that masterfully capture the island aesthetic. Restored great houses, reincarnated as museums like the Haagenson House on St. Thomas and Whim Museum on St. Croix, provide a glimpse into the past, displaying skillfully created mahogany pieces, delicate linens and original art.

 

Charlotte Amalie

A land excursion up through winding hills and along mountainous roadways guarantees breathtaking panoramic views, each seemingly more dramatic than the previous. In St. Thomas, Drake’s Seat, is the famous vantage point from where Sir Francis Drake used to observe his fleet. Just below Drake’s Seat is Magens Bay Beach, and to the west is MountainTop, which soars 1,500 feet above sea level. Plan to consume a signature “World Famous” Banana Daiquiri at this high altitude shopping 

Charlotte Amalie

complex. Another well-known attraction on the other side of town is Paradise Point, which has a state-of-the-art tramway that ascends 700 feet for a bird’s eye view over Charlotte Amalie Harbor and beyond.

For history and archeology enthusiasts, each of the three main islands has well preserved sites and museum artifacts. Fort Christian is a Danish-built fort in Charlotte Amalie that houses the St. Thomas museum. Governor Jørgen Iversen Dyppel led thesecond expeditionary force from Denmark to St. Thomas, where he arrived on 25 May 1672 and initiated the construction of the fort. As the oldest standing structure in the U.S. Virgin Islands, this fort has served as a town center, a government building, and a jail. The museum holds artifacts and art of the Danish period

Fort Christian, 1671

On St. Croix, the Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preservecontains the only known site where members of a Columbus expedition set foot on what is now U.S. territory. It also preserves upland watersheds, mangrove forests, and estuarine and marine environments that support threatened and endangered species. The site is marked by Fort Salé, a remaining earthworks fortification from the French period of occupation, about 1617. The park also preserves prehistoric and

Sunreef 62 In The Wind

colonial-era archeological sites including the only existent example of a ball court in the Caribbean. 

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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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80′ PARADISE Makes Her Debut on the Charter Circuit: Elegant, Swift and Family Friendly

PARADISE is a strikingly handsome yacht, a new and exciting option on the Caribbean charter circuit. The Dutch shipyard Wim van der Valk’s largest build to date, PARADISE is a custom designed totally steel, semi-displacement yacht that was delivered in 2010 and has been in private service until today. PARADISE is perfect for charter families with children seeking an active adventure cruise through the islands of the Bahamas.

The Captain on luxury yacht PARADISE, Nic Edmonds, says his favorite cruising grounds are

Captain Nic Edmonds

the Exumas and Abacos. This is likely because he is an avid fisherman who loves all kinds of fishing; from bottom fishing to bone fishing, trolling to spear fishing. Here, world class fishing grounds offer unparalleled excitement to fishing enthusiasts. “I’ve spent a lot of time in the Exumas and Abacos” says Nic. “There it’s all about reading the water, your GPS means nothing. Where the rocks, the water, the seaweed is, knowing when and what time to cross currents, critical things you learn from experience.”

Captain Nic’s ideal itinerary is “pick-up in Nassau and head for the Exumas, make a straight run all the way down and spend each day off one island fishing it out. There are loads of things to do in the Bahamas and some awesome shore excursions, visiting towns and seeing how the people live, their beliefs, the whole cultural feel, you will never ever be bored.”

From the aft deck throughout the yacht the aura of PARADISE is calming. The main salon is soothingly minimal and monochromatic, an excellent choice of décor that compliments the dark wooden sole and pale cabinetry. A custom designed oversized couch extends along the starboard length while to port the sizeable TV conveniently disappears into the cabinet to create a buffet space. Oversize windows wrap around the entire main deck and in the ceiling a retractable roof allows for fragrant sea breezes and the multitude of stars to shine in at night.

On the lower deck of PARADISE, the spacious master aft has lovely large portholes with snap on mosquito screens for balmy weather when fresh air is preferred over air conditioning. The VIP in the bow features a walk around queen bed and ample storage. Two additional guest cabins have twin single berths that are perfect for children. Three of the four guest cabins are ensuite while the fourth has direct access to the day head.

Outside, the aft deck is equipped with a hard bimini that fully extends to protect guests from the sun and is also equipped with side and aft shades in the event of foul weather. The bimini, barbeque, fridge and sink located here are extremely convenient, especially when fishing.

Proceeding to the bow we notice that the wide walk around decks feature hand rails above the meter mark thoughtfully installed so as to protect and assist younger guests as well as adults. Up front the on-deck Jacuzzi has more jets per inch than we’ve ever seen before. This is the prime place for a bit of relaxation and sun worship, equipped with a state-of-the-art stereo system and an enticing expanse of sun pads.

Captain Nic Edmonds is from New Zealand and has been on boats “since he was a whippersnapper”. In addition to long term industry experience as crew and captain on numerous yachts, from day charters to private superyacts, Nic has open water dive certification and enjoys snorkeling and free diving.

Latvian Stewardess Agnes Bolsevica studied and worked in London in the hospitality industry prior to succumbing to the lure of the sea. She was delighted with the opportunity to spend last summer and autumn on board PARADISE cruising the Mediterranean and anticipates an excellent charter season in the Bahamas and the Caribbean this year. Agnes speaks Latvian, Russian, English and French and enjoys surfing and photography.

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