Sail Green on a Crewed Charter

The latest news and notes on sailing-vacation opportunities from Charter Yacht Brokers Association Internation, Dream Yacht Charter, Southwest Florida Yachts, and more. "Chartering Notes" from our December 2011 issue.

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Dream Yacht Charters

Clients aboard crewed yachts now have the option of reducing plastic-bottle waste and participating in beach cleanups in their vacation destinations. Introduced earlier this year by the Charter Yacht Brokers Association International, the initiatives are part of a Going Green to Save the Blue campaign.

The professional group, whose members arrange crewed-yacht vacations globally, aims to reduce the environmental impact of the charter-yacht industry throughout the world.

Participating yacht crews have met the challenge in a number of ways, from offering guests water made on board in reusable bottles to buying gallon jugs of water to reduce waste. While brokers encourage clients to join the initiative, they also understand that some guests will still request bottled water. For details on these efforts and about boats offering these options, email C.Y.B.A. International Going Green committee member Trish Cronan (trish@oceangetaways.com).

Grenadines Base Added
Dream Yacht Charter is now offering boats in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, in the Caribbean's Windward Islands. The company's fleets of Lagoon catamarans are based at the Grenadines' Union Island and at Blue Lagoon Marina, on the south side of St. Vincent. For details, contact the company.

Florida Charter Company Marks Its 30th Anniversary with Deals
Discounts are offered to sailors as Southwest Florida Yachts celebrates 30 years in the business. In 2012, 2013, and 2014, charter either sail or power for three days or longer in winter and earn one free cruising day. Head out any time during the summer and earn two free days. For exact dates and rates, contact the company.

The Moorings Teams Up with Leukemia Cup Regattas
The Moorings has donated four charters to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's regional regattas to help with fund-raising for cancer research and patient services. The charter company also hosted a national drawing and awarded a British Virgin Islands charter to an individual who raised $500 or more for the Leukemia Cup Regatta Series.

The regattas ran through October 2011; the winner of the B.V.I. charter was chosen in a drawing in mid-October during the Fantasy Sail Weekend in New York hosted by Gary Jobson, the president of US Sailing, a Cruising World and_ Sailing World_ editor at large, and a lymphoma survivor.

TMM Hires Sales Manager
TMM Yacht Charters has hired Don Pietrykowski, formerly with McMachen Marine, located near Detroit, Michigan, as yacht-sales manager. He's based out of TMM's flagship base in Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands. TMM represents Beneteau, Jeanneau, Fountaine Pajot, Privilège, and Hunter yachts.