May 2019 Chartering Update

Monthly news and notes from the charter and vacation sailing industry.

Sir Francis Drake Channel
Savor the splendors of sailing the Sir Francis Drake Channel of the British Virgin Islands aboard the Dream Yacht Charter fleet, now situated at Scrub Island.Courtesy of Dream Yacht Charter

Scrub Island Welcomes Dream

Dream Yacht Charter has relocated its base in the British Virgin Islands from the east end of Tortola to Scrub Island. The move makes it possible for the company and its clients to gain access to the five-star facilities of Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina.

Clients arriving via the airport at nearby Beef Island can take the Scrub Island ferry, a 10-minute ride to the charter base. Customers coming from St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, take the ferry to Road Town, Tortola, then a 45-minute taxi ride to the ferry.

The move is part of an ongoing global expansion of Dream Yacht bareboat and crewed fleets. The company has opened bases near cruising grounds in the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Bali, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Sweden and Montenegro. Most recently Dream has opened in Madagascar, as well as in Malta, a small Mediterranean archipelago between Sicily and North Africa.

For details about Scrub Island, consult the company website. For details about Dream Yacht fleets, locations and rates, log on to the company website.

Round Up for a Good Cause

Offshore Sailing School has launched a “Round-Up” campaign to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) annual regatta.

Th school’s “Round-Up for LLS” campaign runs to November 30, 2019. Every student enrolling in an Offshore Sailing School course at one of the company’s six resort locations on Florida’s Gulf Coast or in the British Virgin Islands will be asked if they would like to “round up” their enrollment fee, with the additional amount donated on behalf of the student to LLS.

The total contribution raised in 2019 will be presented to LLS at the Leukemia Cup Regatta’s annual “Fantasy Sail” weekend which Offshore Sailing School sponsors at the Pink Shell Beach Resort on Fort Myers Beach, Florida, in December.

This celebration recognizes the nation's top Leukemia Cup Regatta fundraisers, each raising more than $15,000 for research and services administered by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Over the years, Offshore Sailing School has donated more than $140,000 to the society and has supported hundreds of Leukemia Cup auction events by donating course tuitions to raise additional funds. For information on supporting Leukemia Cup Regattas, visit the website.

Instructional App Adds Viewing Platforms

Sailing Challenge, the American Sailing Association’s virtual reality instructional app in gaming format, is available for laptop and desktop computers. Previously available on the mobile platforms of iOS and Android, the app, with its interactive format, has been used by more than 50,000 sailors since it was launched in 2016.

Sailing Challenge combines digital education with the ASA sailing instructional curriculum.

It was originally designed as a teaching tool for ASA instructors. Select version 2.0 of Sailing Challenge at the Microsoft and the Mac app stores.

Navigare hires florida broker

Navigare Yachting has hired South Africa-born sailor Keith McVeigh to focus on catamaran brokerage from Florida. The company offers multihull buyers charter placement in the British Virgin Islands, among other destinations. Headquartered in Malmö, Sweden, Navigare offers more than 300 charter yachts worldwide. For details contact the company.