Voyage Offers Summer Deals

Women and children step aboard for these chartering deals. Charter News from our July 2010 issue

Sunsail Vacations

Courtesy Of Sunsail Sailing Vacations

Voyage Charters has added the Voyage 580 catamaran to its bareboat fleet in the Caribbean's British Virgin Islands in time for the summer season of 2010. This is the largest, most luxurious bareboat available from the company, with such amenities as a watermaker, an icemaker, a surround-sound system, and a center-console dinghy. Also, the company offers savings of up to 20 percent off normal weekly rates in selected weeks in summer for first-time clients.Voyage Charters has added the Voyage 580 catamaran to its bareboat fleet in the Caribbean's British Virgin Islands in time for the summer season of 2010. This is the largest, most luxurious bareboat available from the company, with such amenities as a watermaker, an icemaker, a surround-sound system, and a center-console dinghy. Also, the company offers savings of up to 20 percent off normal weekly rates in selected weeks in summer for first-time clients. For details, contact the company (www.voyagecharters.com).

Women's Instructional Barge Trip Offered in Ireland
Sea Sense, which offers sailing and powerboating instruction for women, will present an all-women course aboard a modern, 48-foot canal barge in Ireland along the Shannon River from September 11 to 18, 2010.
The boat for the course can accommodate a total of six students. Captains Patti Moore and Carol Cuddyer, Sea Sense founders, are the instructors for the seven-day adventure.

The trip is an ideal learning opportunity for women to experience boathandling, navigation, and routine boat maintenance. The course will focus on chart reading, helmsmanship, hands-on maneuvering and docking, knot tying and proper linehandling, and basic engine checks. To learn of cost and other details, contact Sea Sense (www.seasenseboating.com).

Club Colonna Makes a Fresh Start
After a yearlong closure and a shift in hotel management, Sunsail Sailing Vacations has reopened Club Colonna (see photo at left) on the Caribbean island of Antigua. Sunsail has made improvements to the infrastructure of this beach-fringed resort, which offers a variety of water-based daytime activities as well as a pool. Amenities include hotel-style services, food, and entertainment.

Choose from among fleets of Hobies, Topazes, Lasers, and windsurfers, with instruction available for all levels from introductory to advanced. Children of all ages are welcome; the Youth Sailing Club offers a structured combination of sailing and fun for those ages 8 to 17. The hotel can also arrange childcare. For details, contact Sunsail (www.sunsail.com).

Trawler Added to Florida Fleet
Southwest Florida Yachts has added a Mainship 43 trawler-style cruiser to its charter fleet. The vessel has accommodations for up to six adults for exploring the area's subtropical barrier island paradise.

The boat includes two large cabins plus a full-size convertible sleeper in the saloon; the galley is fully equipped. Power is supplied by two Yanmar 370-horsepower diesel engines. There are two helms, in the saloon and on the flybridge, and navigation tools include radar, autopilot, and depth sounder.

The 43 has three entrances-port, starboard, and aft-and two showers. Headroom is six feet six inches; floors are teak and holly. The dinghy raises and lowers via hydraulic lift. Amenities include air-conditioning, hot and cold water, a washer/dryer, a 50-amp shore-power system, an AM/FM/CD stereo, and a television. For details, contact the company (www.swfyachts.com).