Sardinia, an Italian island in the Mediterranean, is almost a dichotomy of itself. With rugged mountainous interiors shaped by centuries of sea and weather, coupled with a pristine coastline of almost 2000 km of soft sandy beaches. The Italian island, that is much more Sardinian than Italian, attracts the celebrity and international elite who want to be seen, but also those that want to unravel the never ending wild natural interior, hiking and climbing the rugged mountains and steep cliffs.
Cruising into calm weather and with our final destination being Monaco, the yacht had to make a quick detour, to the Isle of Man.
Located in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland, the Isle of Man is a self-governing British Crown dependency. A rare destination for superyachts but they were happy to welcome us.
Paperwork was the purpose of our trip to the Island and with that commenced, the majority of the crew took the opportunity to explore. The feeling of stepping on land for the first time in three weeks, is surprisingly amusing, and we were all a little gitty, as we strolled the cobblestone streets in search of a proper British breakfast. We located the most perfect English café, and all dined on hot tea and bacon butties. For those who may not know, a bacon butty is a warm soft white roll, filled with butter, thick Danish bacon and usually tomato ketchup. It is delicious!
While there are certainly those times that one wants “to see and be seen,” there are also times when a little seclusion can feel like paradise. If you travel via Yacht, to the eastern border of the Caribbean Sea, you will find peaceful seclusion right in paradise, in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG).
Chartering a Yacht to explore Saint Vincent, as it is commonly referred, is the perfect way to experience this lush and mountainous series of islands. Your itinerary will take you through the clearest of turquoise waters, zig zagging through miraculous islands of pink, white and black sandy beaches. Drop anchor and spend your days exploring, playing and relaxing.
Today I wanted to share a story of unexpected adventure during one Atlantic Crossing, in which, we explored a touch more of the Atlantic Ocean than originally planned. We were told by weather routers, that we would need to make a stop over in the Azores. Weather routers are professional weather forecasters who prepare route recommendations based on the forecast. Needless to say they are invaluable on the high seas, and while we were not looking forward to finding a rare safe haven along the Archipelago to anchor, we heeded their warning.
The world’s elite yachts will soon begin to assemble off the coast of Saint Barthelemy, or more commonly known as St. Bart’s, in the Gustavia Harbor, to celebrate the advent of another year. The French island will once again play host to the world’s A-list celebrities and powerful international set as they entertain aboard their yachts throwing exclusive celebrations reminiscent of the golden ages.
Since I have traded my deck shoes for flats and the sea for an office, one of my favorite things to do is scroll through pictures of my adventures at sea and recollect on the inspiring sights, places, people and experiences. I thought it might be fun to start a blog series, which is basically me sharing my Adventures Onboard with you.
I have crossed oceans countless of times, literally I cannot recollect just how many times I made the trip across the pond between Florida and the Mediterranean or crossed the Pacific. Setting sail in San Diego or from the Galapagos, crossing the Ocean always brings adventure. The seas can become rough and swells can soar, storms move through, sun rises and sun sets look different mid ocean. We would perform ceremonies as we passed over the equator and maybe just a few times some not advised mid ocean swimming.
In the summer of 2017, the eyes of the world will be on Bermuda as it sets to host the 35th America’s Cup presented by Louis Vuitton. Bermuda is the perfect venue for this iconic sporting event. The renowned Great Sound, a chain of islands in the southwest will be the site for this year’s race. The chain of islands creates a natural harbor, surrounded on all sides by islands, and then opening up to the Atlantic Ocean. This setting will provide breathtaking views for spectators and ideal conditions for racers.
The America’s Cup is the longest running international sporting event, and this year will not disappoint as reigning victors, Oracle Team USA, will attempt to hold on to “oldest trophy in international sport.” Four Time Olympic Gold Medalist, Sir Ben Ainslie, the current lead challenger, has been strategizing the return of the trophy to Britain for the first time since 1851.
Cuba, once an unlikely wish list destination, today is a reality. There is no better way to access the once inaccessible than via an exclusively designed yacht charter. Super Yachts are cutting the red tape so elite travelers can cut through the Caribbean Sea onto Cuban shores. Travelers will experience a contradiction of time, stepping back into the past where time stood still, while embarking on Cuba’s future.
Cuba entices with its culture; stroll through the cobblestone streets of Old Havana, visit 16th century castles and untouched neo classical and art deco architecture, while 1950 American cars cruise past. Experience what is now being referred to as the “new” Cuban revolution, the Cuban food movement. Organic farm to table restaurants are springing up literally on the farmland.
Nightfall in Cuba brings cultured classical ballets and world-class philharmonic orchestras, but one should not end the evening without experiencing the authentic and local sound of Cuban Salsa.
Many may begin to travel to Cuba, but an elite few, will experience the island via yacht, accessing pristine coves, pioneering anchorages and cruising grounds. The marine life and coral reefs are unspoiled providing divers and snorkelers a unique experience. Local environmentalists are available to provide insight to Cuba’s Coral Reef Protection Program.
Explore the Peninsula of Varadero’s caves and nearby chains of virgin cays. Escape tourism 100 miles south of Havana on Cayo Largo, where your only decision will be whether to first lounge on the 17 miles of white sandy beaches or dive the black coral reef.
This yacht adventure will be epic, but maybe even an opportunity to be part of something larger than just travel, but history.
In 2015, Bilgin Yachts unveiled Clarity, a 48.7m super yacht that combines vintage inspiration with modern luxuries. Clarity is now new to the charter market, and we were lucky enough to view her at this year’s Newport Charter Yacht Show.
Immediately upon boarding we were captivated. She is beyond impressive, beautiful throughout and designed for adventure. Her classic charm and lavish comforts create the perfect combination for the discerning traveller.
Some of our favorite features included the master stateroom with 270 degrees of windows. Open up the black out blinds and begin the day with the perfect view. We also loved the sundeck with its open plan and classic ships funnel as well as the expansive bridge deck aft complete with bar seating and a full beam lounge pad. Whether at anchor or underway, either of these locations on deck will not disappoint.
Available this summer in New England and this winter in the Caribbean, Clarity is a unique find in the world of luxury yacht charters.
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With the summer season in full swing, one of my favorite places to be is in the Bahamas. Serenity like no other, quaint local culture and beaches you share with no one, escaping here during the summer will slow you down while lifting you up. After all “It’s Better in the Bahamas”.
Go against the current and have some anchor room. The Bahamas is busiest in the winter.continue reading
The sharks at Compass Cay. Test your nerves and jump in.
Visit those famous swimming pigs and throw them some lunch.
The ultimate fishing and diving destination. Be ready for lobster season opening day in August.