TRAVELOGUE

Life from the Water

A Sea Captain’s Life

As we move into prime charter season in the islands, Virgin Islands marinas are a bustle with preparations for arriving guests. So much hard work underway begs us to ask the question—where would the charter industry be without our fearless captains managing, maintaining, and navigating the majestic mega-yachts that grace our Caribbean waters?Captains have come a long way from peg-legs and hook-hands to epaulets and neatly trimmed moustaches, so this month, we decided to get to know a few local captains, learning a little more about their daily lives, sans...

Lobster Love

This season the Virgin Islands are teeming with sea life, including the noble lobster.Contemporary culinary enthusiasts know that when it comes to seafood, lobster is king. The pugnacious crustacean has enjoyed varied reputations throughout history. Now prized the world over for its tender, succulent meat, the humble lobster hasn’t always been so beloved. Historical records tell us that the American colonists viewed the creature, which washed up on the beach in piles, as garbage food, suitable only for prisoners and indentured servants.Thankfully, we’ve since reformed...

What’s New for the High Season?

As the high charter yacht season approaches the Virgin Islands, green vegetation reigns supreme, once again inviting tourists and locals to relish the sand between their toes, fresh air in their lungs, and sunshine on their faces. Here’s what’s in store for the Virgin Islands this upcoming season…Bucket List This SeasonOne fresh activity to look forward to this season is visiting Richard Branson’s Necker Island Nature Preserve, where conservation is the raison d’être. Accessible only by boat, visitors can see vibrant flamingos, hold a baby...

Antigua Boat Show 2018

The 57th Annual Charter Yacht Meeting (AYCM) took place on the beautiful island of Antigua in December, so we at Caribbean Yacht International packed our bags, hopped on a flight, and arrived on the island to learn about the nearly 100 mega-yachts on display in three different luxury marinas.

The AYCM’s focus was on allowing yacht charter agents the opportunity to perform onboard viewings of many of the luxury vessels that are currently available for chartering in the Caribbean. Agents were also invited to sample gourmet...

St. Thomas Boat Show 2018

St. Thomas Boat Show 
 
Charter yachts from all over the Caribbean recently sailed into St. Thomas’s premier marina, Yacht Haven Grande, for the 2018 Charter Yacht Show. The show, hosted by the Virgin Islands Charter Yacht Association (VIPCA), showcased dozens of yachts and their crews that are available for charter in the 2019 season.Charter agents were invited to step aboard luxurious vessels to tour interiors, meet crew members, and sample unique food and drinks prepared by professional yacht chefs. Blue Pepper’s delightfully creative chef,...

Tortola Boat Show 2018

At this year’s 37th BVI Charter Yacht Show held at Nanny Cay Resort and Marina, CYI had the pleasure of spending some time aboard Foxy Lady, the 62-foot Lagoon sailing catamaran that won this year’s Best in Show award! Known for her exceptional crew and modern, warm interior, this family-friendly yacht is crewed by folks who go above and beyond in encouraging guests to embrace “the art of living.” Focused on creating Caribbean fun, gourmet cuisine, and on crafting one-of-a-kind guest experiences, Foxy Lady imbues...

The Yacht Storage Regatta

Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the Virgin Islands in September 2017, leaving islanders reeling from the catastrophically powerful storms. Happily, the islands are well on their way to recovery, but the destruction caused by the historic storms left many yacht owners wondering what they could have done differently.The boating industry experienced a shift in perspective on hurricane storage following the storms. Those boats suffering the most damage during the storms were those with tall masts that got caught in the fierce winds, causing vessels to...

Modern Luxury Meets the Sea

The word catamaran originates from the Tamil word kattumaram, meaning “tied wood.” The first catamarans were little more than simple rafts made of widely separated logs, sometimes employing a sail. These primitive vessels allowed the ancient Polynesian people to sail, explore, and trade in the Pacific. It isn’t hard to envision an ancient sailor’s reaction could he catch a glimpse of modern nautical advancement.   Enter the Lagoon Seventy 7 - the 76.4 foot luxury sailing cat that was officially launched at the 2016 Cannes Yachting Festival. With the same dimensions...

Seas the Fun

A yacht is the ultimate luxury toy. But sometimes even the most impressive bells and whistles on a custom build can become mundane. When boredom sets in, it’s time to look to the marketplace for novel ideas to revitalize the fun! Take a look at our list of trending yacht toys of 2018!The Hula-Hoop - The original hula-hooping craze swept the world in the 1950’s. The famous plastic toy became so popular, in fact, that it was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame...

Spring Boat Show 2018

The annual spring boat show at Village Cay Marina was in full swing May 11th and 12th on Tortola.  The BVI Charter Yacht Society put on a lovely display with over 22 crewed charter yachts ready for the upcoming season.  I stayed at the hotel at Village Cay and had a nice room, undamaged by the storms.  Renovations were still ongoing all around as the BVI community continues the clean up efforts after the storms of 2017. On Friday, the highlight for me was Jan's Felion,...