Chartering News: U.S. Coastal Bases Opened

News and notes on sailing-vacation opportunities from our September 2012 issue.

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Courtesy of MarineMax Vacations

Stretch your sailing opportunities near home well into the fall of 2012. The Moorings has opened a base in Annapolis, Maryland, and Sunsail has opened one in San Francisco.

Sail, power, and skippered charters are offered aboard monohulls and multihulls from The Moorings by Annapolis Landing Marina, near downtown Annapolis. The opening of this Annapolis base is meant both to expand accessible seasonal sailing options for U.S. clients with boats in the company’s worldwide fleet and to attract new owners. A key aspect of the new incentive program includes offering owners unlimited access to their yachts. The Moorings also plans to open a base in Miami.

Sunsail has opened its San Francisco base at Sausalito Yacht Harbor, where it offers a new matched fleet of Sunsail First 40s. Racing, corporate hospitality and events, team-building and incentive programs, bareboat and skippered charters, and a sailing school with courses based on the American Sailing Association curriculum are available.

The opening of the new Sunsail base is timed to events surrounding the 34th America’s Cup. The 2012-2013 America’s Cup World Series runs from August 11 to August 19, 2012, and from August 27 to September 2, 2012. The Louis Vuitton AC Challenger Series runs from July 4 to September 1, 2013; the 34th America’s Cup runs from September 7 to September 22, 2013.

For details about their respective base openings and ownership programs, contact The Moorings and Sunsail.

Choose from Various Mediterranean Itineraries
Boat-brokerage and charter-vacation company 4U Yachting offers a range of boats and travel services—from diving to cultural tours to hotel stays—for sailors with sights set on destinations in Greece, Turkey, and Croatia. Crewed charters aboard luxury catamarans, monohulls, and traditional motorsailers called gulets are available, some with discounts, depending on the time of year. For details, contact the company.

Crewed Yachts Added to Discount Site
LateSail Yacht Charters, a website that lists discounted global bareboat charters, has added a crewed-chartering component: LateSailCrewed is a compilation of special offers on available crewed yachts in destinations including the Caribbean, the Bahamas, the Mediterranean, and French Polynesia.

Caribbean Fleet Is Upgraded
MarineMax Vacations has added new performance gennakers to the Dufour monohulls that make up its fleet in the British Virgin Islands. The Max Furler reaching sail is an easily furled headsail that combines the best features of the code zero and the screacher to maximize the sensational Caribbean trade-wind conditions and ensure fast, fun passages between the islands. The fleet is also equipped with watermakers, electric heads, and Raymarine electronics. For more information and bookings, contact the company.