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15Sep/090

Liveras Yachts

liverasLiveras Yachts is one of the most expensive, prestigious and luxurious yacht companies in the world. Its founder, Greek entrepreneur Andreas Liveras, had passed away in December 2008, and it is now directed by Simon Groom and John Pickles. Liveras features two top-of the line yachts, Alaysia (85.3 m) and Lauren L (90 m). They perform custom itineraries, which can include the Mediterranean, Caribbean or South Pacific.

Alaysia was built in 2006 and accommodates up to 36 guests. Features include a health and beauty center, marble faced Roman baths, saunas, steam rooms, Jacuzzis (one is on a sun deck!), cold plunge pools, a beauty salon and massage parlors. You can work out at the gym, which has a treadmill, rowing machine, cycling machine and many weights. You can also relax in the cinema or library. There is even a helicopter landing pad. It has a 24 hour hot buffet, and all types of cuisine are available.

Its rates are €99,500 per day, or €696,500 per week, which is inclusive of food, fuel and all other expenses.

Lauren L was built in 2002 and accommodates up to 40 guests. Features include a health and beauty center, relaxation room with an aquarium, steam room, beauty salon, and full gym. There is also a conference room that has a mahogany table, and a 50” plasma flat screen television set up for internet communication. You can relax in the library, outside dining areas, open bars or sun deck Jacuzzi. Every suite comes with a computer and internet access. It also has a helicopter landing pad. Delicious food can be served wherever you please!

Its rates are €110,000 per day, or €770,000 per week, which is inclusive of all expenses.

3Sep/090

Royal Falcon Fleet 135 Catamaran by Porsche Design

When an ordinary 135 foot yacht isn't enough, it's time to look to Royal Falcon Yachts' "Porshce of the Seas" the Royal Falcon Fleet 135. At a maximum speed of 35 knots (that's 40mph for you landlubbers) courtesy of twin V-16 turbodiesel powerlants you'll not only get to your destination in style, but in record time.

The trip will cost you however, as fuel consumption while cruising at 30 knots swallows 750 liters or 198 gallons per hour. Not to worry though, with 50,000 liters of fuel capacity cruising range is 2000 nautical miles which should be enough for most trips and you probably don't want to be aboard the boring transit from Caribbean to Mediterranean anyway.

How much does the RFF 135 cost? We don't know yet but if the cost of a fill up, expected to be nearing $67,000 makes you tuck tail and run it's too rich for your blood.

Details:

  • Length: 135 feet
  • Beam: 41 feet
  • Draft: 5.6 feet
  • Engine: Twin MTU 16V 4000 M93L
  • Power output: 2 x 3,440 kW (4,600 HP)
  • Speed: 35 knots
  • Range: 2,000 nautical miles at 30 knots
  • Fuel consumption: 750 litres per hour
  • Fuel capacity: 50,000 litres in 2 tanks
  • Interior deck area: 5080 sq. feet
  • Exterior deck area: 2238 sq. feet
  • Passenger capacity: 10 guests and 10 crew

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2Sep/090

Virgin Limited Edition Necker Belle Sailing Charter

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Necker Belle Rendering

Virgin Limited Edition, Sir Richard Branson's brand for his "privately owned collection" of luxury resorts (read: a great way to write off an incredibly alluring lifestyle, but we won't blame him - and are only slightly jealous) a few months ago announced the upcoming launch of their 2-year refit of their 2003 Lady Barbaretta, pictured below) and concurrent renaming to Necker Belle.

Lady Barbaretta at Sail

Lady Barbaretta at Sail

Projected completion and sailing to the first port of call, Virgin's own Necker Island should be early November 2009. Once Necker Belle reaches the BVI's, the planned rotation for her will be winters in the Caribbean and summers in the Med.

Details:

  • Weekly Charter: $88,000 USD
  • Maximum Sailing Speed: 20 knots plus
  • Capacity: 8 guest in 4 double staterooms
  • Length: 105 feet
  • Beam: 45.9 feet
  • To Charter, call +0800-716-919 (toll free) or +44(0)208-600-0430

As with any Virgin brand experience, one can expect over the top service and amenities. While details are yet to be released fully, one would hazard a guess similar, yet more modern equipment and amenities as previously equipped, plus other additions yet to be disclosed.

For those desiring a more private and exclusive experience over small ship cruises, charters such as Necker Belle may be a significantly more appealing option.

For those interested in following the refit and other related information, you may do so at the Virgin Limited Edition Vlog

1Apr/090

Small Ship Cruise Companies

Sail in STYLE and CLASS.

If you have acquired your sea legs, long for a cruise and prefer an intimate voyage in one of the gorgeous oceans of the world, a small luxurious yacht cruise is just for you.

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For those who can afford it, you don't want to be on a huge cruise liner with families and children.  People with serious cash don't want to be herded like cattle mixed in with people who paid $499 for their bottom-deck cruise.  There are many small ship cruise companies that cater to the wealthy.

A small luxury cruise will provide a romantic get away for you and your honey, or provide a personal escape from the stresses of the rushed day to day life.  They provide highly trained staff, top of the line cuisines, and the best of everything you can imagine.  You will be treated as royalty.

It's also the perfect time of year to make that trip.  The most perfect yacht cruise is best done from the months of November to July.  Steer clear of the water during the summer months from July to October, as this is hurricane season.

So, where can you find some great companies to luxuriously sail you wherever your heart desires?

The Yachts of Seabourn provide some of the best!  Their cruise liners include the Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Spirit, Seabourn Legend or the new Seabourn Odyssey.  One of these will take you almost anywhere on the globe.

Luxury Yacht Charters can sail you to the Bahamas, Caribbean, France, Italy, Greece, Mediterranean, Alaska, or New England.  They take pride in customizing the trip to your interests, pleasures and tastes.  You can take a Catamaran Yacht, Monohull Yacht or Motor Yacht.

In the Wild is a Yacht Charter company that offers world wide sailing vacations and motor yacht cruise packages on crewed or bare boat yacht charters.  Their attention to detail will provide an amazing nautical vacation.

If you are looking for a more personalized and smaller voyage, consider a privately owned yacht company like Virgin Island Sailing, Ltd These are mush smaller and more personal.  You will have your own captain and chef as they provide expert advice and exceptional, friendly service.

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Imagine propping up your feet on deck while in the middle of the sea.  Kick back and enjoy the motion of the ocean and refreshing ocean air on one of these luxurious yachts.

6Mar/090

Sailing off into the sunset–for a paycheck!

Welcome

 Ever dream of sailing off into the sunset--and getting paid for it? The Schooner Welcome, based in Hilton Head in South Carolina, is looking for a mate. If you're able-bodied (can lift 15-20 lbs) and boat savvy you may be interested in the job description below.

The basics:

The Schooner Welcome, a 62’ Gaff Rig Schooner, is seeking a qualified person for the position of MATE. The Schooner Welcome sails from Shelter Cove Marina on narrated 3 hour sailing charters.

The requirements:

Mate candidates must have knowledge of boating and local waters, be energetic, able to follow instructions well, and hardworking. Requirements include having a neat appearance, great customer service skills and a professional/positive attitude. Must be able to lift 15-20 lbs and willing to complete first aid/cpr certification. Drug free work place.

The duties:

Duties include: assisting the captain aboard the boat, raising and lowering sails, boat clean up and maintenance and working with customers. Sailing experience and/or a business/tourism background a plus.

The perks:

Great opportunity for someone interested in obtaining their captain’s license. Pay: $10/hour + tips.

The contact:

Please email resume to [email protected]

Position begins immediately.

31Jan/090

BEAT THE WINTER BLUES

Join a Caribbean Regatta

Is your boat in storage and you find yourself pining for the next racing season? Perhaps you've had enough of the damp cold of winter and you need a vacation to a tropical destination. Maybe you're the type to spend a few weeks hanging out in the Caribbean just because you can. Whatever your reason, it could be worth taking advantage of the several regattas happening in the Caribbean over the winter months. Whether you have a whole crew ready to go or just yourself there are a few ways to join in the festivities. One of the easiest ways to participate in one of the many Caribbean regattas is to register with Ondeck Ocean Racing. Ondeck offers packages for individuals to crew in various regattas aboard skippered yachts. They also provide a fleet of boats for those who wish to charter. Their fleet is made up of Farr 65s,  Beneteau 40.7s,  Dehler 39s, and  Farr 40s.

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Tobago Carnival Regatta February 10-14, 2009

Four days of racing, clinics, entertainment, BBQs and bonfires, and "air shows" could be worth showing up for. If you dare swing by neighboring Trinidad to partake in world famous Carnival celebrations.

Royal Ocean Racing Club Caribbean 600 Feb. 20-27, 2009

This is a new event and the first regatta course to circumnavigate the Caribbean Islands. The race begins at Fort Charlotte in Antigua, goes north to St. Maarten and then south to Guadeloupe before returning to Antigua.

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St Maarten Heineken Regatta March 2-9, 2009

Several races will be held throughout the week on three different courses. One course zigzags between Simpson Bay and Great Bay. Two courses circumnavigate the island, one starting in Simpson Bay and the other starting in Cole Bay; each finish in Great Bay.

St Thomas International Rolex Regatta March 27-29, 2009

Now in its 36th year the Rolex Regatta will host three days of world class racing on the waters surrounding the U.S. Virgin Islands. Lively entertainment is promised each night at the St Thomas Yacht Club.

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BVI Spring Regatta March 30-April 5, 2009

The seven-day festival can be enjoyed in its entirety or attended in a three or four day stint. The Bitter End cup is March 31, the Lay Day and the Nation's Challenge Cup is April 1st, the Nanny Cay Cup is April 2, and the BVI Spring Regatta is April 3-5th.

The Stanford Antigua Sailing Week April 26-May 2, 2009

This week of racing promises to keep things interesting and challenging with short and long courses for each division. The Antigua Ocean Seriese is a new addition to the week. It is comprised of three distance races it offers larger yachts the opportunity to compete for trophies without entering inshore races.


7Jan/090

2009 Racing Rules of Sailing

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Read up

 The International Sailing Federation revised and  published the Racing Rules of Sailing for 2009-  2012 and as of January 1, 2009 they are in effect.  Whether you race or want to begin racing you’ll  need to familiarize yourself with the changes and  be sure you have them handy. Here are a few  ways you can get your hands on the latest edition:

15Dec/080

Getting Started Sailing

Sailing may not be as common a sport as bowling or football but if you live near water it can be just as accessible. You don't have a boat? You've never sailed? You don't know any sailors? You don't have the funds for lessons? It doesn't matter. There’s a wonderful symbiotic relationship for any would-be sailor to take advantage of: you need a boat and the skipper needs crew.

Crewing on a sailboat usually does not require any special skills, background or ability except for the desire to learn and a good attitude (offering to bring along snacks is never discouraged). If you don’t have a boat of your own or much sailing experience it can be a fantastic way to get out on the water, learn new skills, meet new people, and enjoy the sport. Here are a few tips and hints for finding a boat, having fun, and getting invited back.

1Dec/080

Sailing Schools in Kentucky

Lighthouse Landing Sailing School
502-362-8201
P.O. Box 129, 320 W Commerce Ave.
Grand Rivers, KY 42045

1Dec/080

Sailing Schools in Idaho

The Sail Loft
208-683-7245
P.O. Box 383
Bayview, ID 83803

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