Florida Charters and Caribbean Kiteboarding

The latest news and notes on sailing-vacation opportunities from Pensacola Yacht Charters, the Orange Coast College School of Sailing and Seamanship, MarineMax Vacations, and more. "Chartering Notes" from our May 2012 issue.

April 23, 2012

May 2012 Charter Notes

Courtesy of MarineMax Vacations

Book a charter with Pensacola Yacht Charters, celebrating 10 years in business in 2012, and you’ll earn a 10-percent discount off the full price if you mention that you saw this offer in Cruising World. The company’s Beneteau fleet, which includes a new Beneteau 331, is available to vacation sailors eager to explore the more than 300 miles of cruising grounds that stretch from New Orleans to Apalachicola, Florida, and encompass 150 miles of national seashore and state parks. For details, contact the company.

Head North in Summer
White Raven, a Cavalier 45 offshore cruising cutter designed by renowned New Zealand naval architect Laurie Davidson, is available for guided, women-only, and bareboat charters in the San Juan Islands of the state of Washington.

Weeklong trips with a professional skipper introduce sailors to the delights of these Pacific Northwest islands. With sleeping accommodations for up to five people, the charters are ideal for two couples or a family. Meals are served on board and at local restaurants.


An all-women’s cruise runs from September 16 to 22, 2012, featuring captains Barbara Marrett and Carol Hasse. Marrett is a Cruising World contributing editor with thousands of bluewater miles, and Hasse is a well-known sailmaker and instructor. The boat is also available for bareboat charter to experienced sailors on a weekly basis.

For details, contact the Orange Coast College School of Sailing and Seamanship.

For those who prefer cruising by trawler, NW Explorations offers guided flotillas aboard Grand Banks trawlers through the San Juans, along the British Columbia coastline, and in the waters off Southeastern Alaska. Slots are available for portions of the five-part flotilla called the Mother Goose throughout the summer of 2012 as well as for a flotilla to British Columbia’s Desolation Sound set for September 22 to October 7, 2012. For details, contact the company.


Power Cats Added to Fleet
MarineMax Vacations, which recently opened a charter base with 13 Dufour monohulls in Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands, will add 10 MarineMax 382 powercats to the fleet by June 1, 2012. The powercat is a customized Aquila 38 designed by the renowned naval architect team of Morrelli & Melvin. For details, contact the company.

Kiteboarding Sailors, Take Note
Kite Caribbean Catamaran Expeditions offers kiteboarding aboard Pluto, a 47-foot Nautitech crewed cat, in destinations throughout the Caribbean, including the British Virgin Islands, St. Martin and Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Each expedition is based on a seven-night itinerary for groups of four to eight passengers. For schedules and other details, contact Kite Caribbean.


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