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Fun in the Sun Yacht Charters (www.funinthesunyachts.com) has expanded its fleet of catamarans. Besides its monohulls, the company now has two Lagoon 440s, a Lagoon 420, a Lagoon 410, and an Admiral 40. Charter these cats out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Yachting Vacations (www.yachtingvacations.com), in southwest Florida, now has five cats in its fleet: a Gemini 105MC, a Tomcat 9.7, a Seawind 1000XL, an Island Spirit 401, and a Leopard 42. The company’s American Sailing Association-affiliated sailing school, Gulfcoast Sailing and Cruising School (www.gulfcoastsailingschool.com), teaches beginner to advanced multihull coastal navigation.
Horizon Yacht Charters (www.horizonyachtcharters.com) offers 10 nights for the price of seven aboard its cats between July 1 and October 31, 2010, for trips departing from Caribbean bases in the British Virgin Islands, St. Martin, and Grenada. The company will also throw in free water toys, like kayaks, snorkel gear, inflatables, and noodles, up to the value of $100. Restrictions apply; the booking deadline is July 15, 2010.
TMM Yacht Charters (www.sailtmm.com) offers 10 days for the price of seven on all cats at all its Caribbean bases-the B.V.I., Belize, and St. Vincent-from August 1 to October 31, 2010. A Knysna 480 joins the fleet in the B.V.I. in the fall of 2010. The South African-built 48-foot cat has a four-cabin/four-head layout.
Dean Barnes **| |Special diet chartering is possible on Semper Fi**|
Crewed Charters for Special Diets
If you thought that crewed charters offering spa packages and painting and photography and stargazing lessons were the latest trend, think again.
In a bid to make vacation sailing easier for those on gluten-free diets, Michele Wallick, who is gluten intolerant herself, and her husband, Greg, offer gluten-free crewed charters out of the U.S. Virgin Islands aboard their 2008 Robertson and Caine-built Leopard 46, Semper Fi.
Gluten, a protein in wheat, is found in breads, pasta, cereals, many processed foods, and even beer. Cross-contamination via a toaster, a pasta colander, or even a grill top can spark a severe reaction and ruin a vacation.
“We’re a home away from home for those who are gluten intolerant and their families,” says Wallick. “I have separate work areas in the galley for gluten-containing and gluten-free foods, and I have a number of high-quality gluten-free ingredients shipped to the island to ensure gourmet dining.”
Sample menus include eggs to order, fresh fruit, and a selection of cereals, muffins, and pancakes for breakfast; grilled lemon pepper mahimahi with side salad for lunch; grilled lobster with garlic butter, green beans almondine, and honey carrots for dinner; and a flourless chocolate brownie with coconut sorbet for dessert.
For more details about gluten-free offerings, visit the Semper Fi website (www.gfadventures.com).
Carol M. Bareuther