Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
|Off to the BBQ|
- Seafood Salad of Clams, Shrimp and Tuna
- Platter of King Crab and Crevettes
For the main courses there were plates of:
- Mahi Mahi served in a Creole Sauce
- Chicken Curry with Coconut and Spinach Rice.
On the Grill there were
- Pork Spare Ribs
- Lamb Racks
- Fillet Steak
- Shrimp Kebabs
- Local Lobster
Sunday, December 19, 2010
I love a massage but for total indulgence it has to be a proper facial.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
|A view from our suite in the early morning|
|SuperYacht Exuma at anchor off Hermitage Bay|
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
|Necker Belle approaching Carlisle Bay|
|Phocea departing Carlisle Bay and raising her sails|
Monday, December 13, 2010
It is time for us to move from our rented apartment on Horsfield Hill to the wonderfully all-inclusive resort at Hermitage Bay.
This five star resort is in the north east of the island. It is best visited by SuperYacht or a four wheel drive vehicle as the approach road is “unadopted”.
At anchor off the hotel’s beautiful golden beach, illuminated like a fairy castle, was St Ekaterina, the 60 metre Benetti built as Xanadu. She is still available for charter through Camper & Nicholsons International.
The resort consists of luxury chalets on the beach and the hill side. It is definitely amongst the top hotel on the island and of special note is the food.
Far too many Caribbean hotels and restaurants ignore island cuisine, fearing that visitors might not like Callaloo or Salt Fish and Aki. Here at Hermitage they show no such reluctance, fusing Caribbean flavours, cultures and ingredients into meals fit for five star restaurants around the world.
Add to that the well trained attentive staff, whose discreet service is a model for others to follow and you have a recipe for a perfect all-inclusive hotel
Sunday, December 12, 2010
|Silver Cloud at the Antigua Charter Yacht Show|
Friday, December 10, 2010
The day begins well with an invitation from Fraser Yachts for breakfast aboard the 75 metre Phocea, the long skinny sailing yacht with 4 masts.
It is only when you get on board do you realise quite how wrong you have been to classify this beautiful yacht in such a nonchalant way.
Her interior is so well done it is almost timeless in design and execution. Light and airy with limed oak bulkheads she is a delight with all accommodation on the main deck.
The Master cabin is enormous and forward of it a walk in wardrobe with enough shelves for shoes to satisfy Imelda Marcus.
On deck the crew were fighting a loosing battle with those trying to sit down to a sumptuous looking breakfast. It was a case of first there stayed there leaving others to walk away somewhat enviously.
Lunch for Frances was deliciously, served by the attentive crew aboard 66 metre Natita (ex Dilbar) where she was the guest of Burgess. The 72 metre Kogo another yacht managed by the same agent was the subject of an afternoon tour. The crew of this boat really know and understand the meaning of service. They have taken it to a whole new level.
On display with Peter Insull Yacht Marketing, the 58 metre Islander became famous as a motor sailer. She is likely to become an equally famous motor yacht now that she has had her mast removed. Her Captain and crew hosted a delightful cocktail party for guests in Falmouth Marina. After leaving her we walked down to English Harbour for that marina’s Yacht Hop.
Stars of the evening included the 55 metre Feadship Illusion from Edmiston and Solemates from the Luxury Yacht Group. The upper deck of this brand new 60 metre Lurssen superyacht converts from a gymnasium by day into a disco at night and it was put to very good use. Be sure to see our feature on the beautiful yacht in the next issue of SuperYacht World
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Walking the docks today we make another very special find. Diamond A is the new name for a new 57 metre yacht.
Except she is not new at all and was in fact built as Ultima III by Abeking Rasmussen in 1998 for the US investor Ron Perelman the very, very secretive superyacht owner who became renowned for not allowing access to his yacht to any but his very close friends.
Well now brokers can board her and walk her newly refitted interior, because the yacht is for charter through Hill Robinson.
We get many invitations to take lunch aboard superyachts at shows. Most come from brokers, but it was a special honour to learn that we had been invited to lunch aboard Exuma by her Owner. He loved our article about the yacht in a recent edition of SuperYacht World. Over lunch he told us of his plans to take the yacht far and wide and throughout her two year plus circumnavigation. She will be available for charter through Fraser Yachts. As the owner said “Travel, travel, travel” especially off the beaten track.
Wednesday was Yacht Hop night at Antigua Yacht Club Marina and many of the yachts have decorated in a special theme to make their yacht special.
Highlights included: Sweet Escape and Lazy J from Northrop and Johnson, Teleost and Tiara from Edmiston with Silver Cloud and Panthalasa from Camper and Nicholson. Time for Us a beautiful classic lined sailing yacht from Ocean Independence was very busy but we simply did not have time to visit them all.
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
With the morning dampened there was a slow start to broker activity on the docks. But we braved the rain and started to explore the many yachts berthed on the Falmouth Marina Docks.
Necker Belle the catamaran now owned by Richard Branson and marketed for charter through Burgess Yachts was our first port of call. Her crew taking pity on two somewhat drenched journalists, showed us around this newly refitted yacht. Her permanent, year round, base will be Necker Island in the BVI.
Maltese Falcon is on the same dock and is as splendid as ever. Today Islander the former motor sailing catamaran made her appearance sans masts. She now boasts the distinction of being one of the very few yachts to have had the gender change from sailing yacht to motor yacht.
Lunch was aboard the magnificent ketch Marie hosted by Fraser Yachts with an all-star cast of top brokers. Ten of us sat around for a spectacular lunch that only goes to prove how many talented chefs there are in the Super Yacht World.
Afternoon visits included our boarding Eros. Built in 1937 she has an amazing history including a long restoration with many years in pieces on the floor of a Californian shipyard. Now fully restored to her former glory this yacht once owned by Stavros Niachos is available through Camper& Nicholson.
Andreas L the former Amnesia was named after the famous charter yacht owner Andreas Livereas. His equally charismatic son Dion was our host for a wonderful cocktail hour.
Frances was privileged to enjoy a wonderful 5 course dinner served aboard Solemates the newest charter launching from Lurssen. The crew, led by Captain Glynn Smith, perfectly demonstrated the top level of service found on a charter of this calibre.
Michael meanwhile was in Falmouth Harbour particicpating in their Yacht Hop hosted by IYC and Nicholson Yachts. Among the more popular yachts there was the famous Casino Royale and Atalantica both managed by IYC and the Cari Ali from Nicholson Yachts. Maltese Falcon put on a head turning show by turning a lower sail into a huge movie screen showing Avatar at a mind boggling size.
Monday, December 06, 2010
- Mirabella III
- Natita II
- Stop the Press
- Blind Date
- El Jefe
- Lady Joy
- Ocean Emerald
- Perseverance II
- Sun Ark
- Silver Cloud
Flying to Antigua with British Airways from Gatwick Airport at those times when major boat shows are taking place around the world is never an easy task.
The plane is always full, spare seats are few if not unavailable. But the up side is that on getting to the departure lounge you discover you know about 30% of the rest of the passengers. Networking begins early!
Landing in Antigua we joined the impossibly long immigration queue. It zig-zaged its way lazily towards the desk giving us the perfect opportunity to meet and greet old friends - brokers, managers and other superyacht professionals from around the world.
Yes in the usual airport mess up the international flights from USA and UK all landed at exactly the same time. The airport handling facilities were completely overwhelmed, lucky everyone was cheerful.
One hour later we were clear of the airport having collected rental car. We made our way to Horsefield Hill where we have rented an apartment with stunning views over the Falmouth Harbour and part of the Show.
We went to sleep listening to the delightful sounds of the Caribbean fauna night. We woke with the dawn light to a glorious sunrise ready to enjoy the Antigua Charter Yacht Show.