DreamSailing, which in 2002 began offering bareboat and crewed vacations from its base at Fano, on Italys Adriatic coast, has expanded its fleet as well as access to bases and is prepared to broaden the options for sailors who want to spend time on either side of the boot, whether its the Côte dAzur, the Tyrrhenian Sea, or Croatias Dalmatian Coast.
This year, the company will grow from a six-sailboat fleet of monohulls and catamarans, which includes the Oceanis Clipper, Beneteau, and Privilège designs, to 15 boats of 40 to over 50 feet in length, and it will add a powerboat complement.
“Wed like to capture customers who want to have an outstanding holiday and who may want to combine cruising with time on land,” says DreamSailing president Alberto Cazziol. DreamSailing has acquired two tour-operator agencies that can manage all of the details of a vacation, from airline tickets and hotel reservations to car rentals and itineraries that cater to individual taste. A typical vacation, Cazziol says, could include time on land touring Rome, then a sail through the Aeolian or Croatian islands. Clients remain in full control of all aspects of the trip, whether it lasts a week or a month.
In particular, Cazziol says, the company is focused on catering to the demands of vacationing sailors willing to pay more for luxury services, including a captain and a gourmet chef, personalized linens, and sailboats fully equipped with generators, desalinators, GPS/radar, DVD players, flat-screen television sets, water toys, and microwave ovens. Crews are multilingual and well prepared to serve an American clientele, Cazziol says. For details about chartering or placing a yacht in a management program, contact the company (+39-07-21-805629, www.dreamsailing.it and e-mail [email protected]), which will also have a booth at the Miami International Boat Show from February 13 to 18.
Seychelles Is New Moorings Location
Charter bookings are now being accepted for The Moorings’ newest base, which opens in summer 2003 on Mahé Island in the Republic of Seychelles, 1,000 miles east of Africa in the Indian Ocean. Noted for the lush vegetation, rain forests, and low-lying coral atolls, Seychelles offer consistently ideal sailing conditions in winds of from 5 to 20 knots, especially in the peak season of May through October. For additional information, contact The Moorings (800-368-9991, www.moorings.com).
Vancouver Island Yacht Charters
Nick West and Dupree Wood are in the first full year of taking guests sailing aboard Dragonsmoke, their Beneteau Oceanis 510, from Port Hardy, on Vancouver Island, through the archipelagic cruising grounds of Queen Charlotte Strait and the bays and inlets of British Columbia. The husband-and-wife team carry Royal Yachting Association credentials. Contact them at (250) 902-1522 or by e-mail (information @viyc.com). Consult their website (www. viyc.com) for trip details.