Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, April 19-24, Marvelous Yacht Charter Destination for Racers and Spectators Alike

The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, April 19-24, is one of the worlds premier classic yachting events that brings a fantastic collection of boats and people together in the ideal sailing conditions of the [Caribbean](Location:26). For yacht charter clients, the event provides a unique opportunity to crew on a racing yacht, or luxuriate on a spectator yacht in the midst of all the action.

The race originated back in the 60’s, when classic yachts, gathered in English Harbor Antigua, first began to do charters and the captains and crews challenged each other to a race down to Guadeloupe and back to celebrate the end of the charter season.

By 1987, new yachts largely replaced classic yacht competitors in the Regatta. However, participation was revitalized in 1991 when Elizabeth Meyer brought her newly refitted Endeavour, and Baron Edmond Rothschild brought his 6-meter “Spirit of St Kitts”, and the sponsored Concours d’ Elegance was inaugurated. After a few years, Boat International Magazine took over sponsorship of the Concours d’ Elegance publishing features that brought worldwide recognition to the event. In 1996 the “Spirit of Tradition Class” was introduced, giving new yachts built along classic lines the chance to sail with their original sisterships.

Today the event attracts between 50 and 60 yachts including traditional island craft, classic ketches, sloops, schooners, and yawls, along with the spectacular Spirit of Tradition yachts, J Class yachts, and Tall Ships, resulting in a sensational spectacle of sail, in the ideal trade wind sailing conditions of the Caribbean.

Antigua is a very popular yacht charter destination for the magnificent sailing, legendary Antiguan hospitality, plenty of rum, sunshine, and great camaraderie, in a friendly relaxed atmosphere. All of this places the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta in a destination class of it’s own.

Sunreef Yachts Charter has a wide range of charter yachts based in Antigua, in the Caribbean Leewards. Please contact a Sunreef Yachts Charter expert for detailed information, rates and availability.

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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.  

Please contact Sunreef Yachts Charter professionals to explore the many exciting possibilities of Luxury Yacht Charter in the Caribbean and Destinations worldwide.

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

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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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