flushlife.com flush: adj. having an abundant supply of money; affluent


Virgin Limited Edition Necker Belle Sailing Charter


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.


  • 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


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.