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43 Meter Charter Sailboat to Circle the Globe

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The odyssey of a lifetime is about to unfold, and luxury sailing charter clients are invited along for the ride.

The 43 meter sail yacht CLEAR EYES is ready to embark upon a 19-month journey, and sail around the world.  Charter reservations are being accepted for all legs of the journey, from 7 night traditional Virgin Islands yacht charter holidays, to multi-week open ocean passages.

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Starting and ending in Bodrum, Turkey, the voyage will take passengers and crew to the Canary Islands, Curacao, Aruba, San Blas, Panama, Galapagos, Gambier, Tahiti, Niue, Tonga, Fiji, Darwin, Bali, Mauritius, South Africa, St. Helena, Ascension Island, Cabo Verde and Malta. See beautiful islands, experience vibrant local culture and interact with people from around the world in their own environment.

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Launched in 2010, sail yacht CLEAR EYES offers a spacious interior, and comfortably accommodates up to 10 guests in five cabins.  Rates from €65,000 per week, plus all expenses.


Looking for a greener vacation?  Learn 3 simple ways to enjoy a earth-friendly sailboat vacation HERE.

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Adult Fun Awaits on Fantasy Fest Yacht Charter

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For one wild week each October, Key West plays host to parades, street parties, and thousands of adult revelers in zany costumes during the city’s annual Fantasy Fest.  This year’s event takes place October 21 through 30, 2011.

Ready to join the celebration, Sail catamaran SURPRISE  is offering a unique Florida yacht charter opportunity to sail to Key West from Miami, and enjoy the Fantasy Fest festivities from the comfort of a 48′ luxury sailing charter catamaran.

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Similar to the Mardi Gras-themed events in New Orleans, Fantasy Fest  is an adult-oriented Halloween festival. This year’s theme is "Aquatic Afrolic" and offers a sea of opportunities to create a one-of-a-kind costume extravaganza, ranging from marvelous mermaids to outlandish ocean-faring sea creatures.

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While full nudity is not permitted, many scantily-clad party goers wear outrageous, brightly-colored costumes, or simply opt for strategically drawn body paint and glitter in lieu of shirts and bikini tops. 
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There are parades and costume contest each evening, the largest being the "Pretenders in Paradise" Costume Party hosted by the Pier House Resort and Caribbean Spa.  Major event sponsors include Captain Morgan Rum and the Florida Keys Tourism Association.

Sailing yacht SURPRISE  is a 48′ catamaran with accommodations for 2 couples.  Her crew of two, Corky and Sue Clark have sailed for years throughout South Florida and the Caribbean.  During Fantasy Fest, charter guests can spend the days sailing and exploring the beaches and shallow reefs of the lower Florida Keys, and at night hit the streets for the endless parties and festivities.

Standard charter rates apply:  $8,500/wk for 2 passengers and $9,950/wk for 4 guests.  Rates are all-inclusive (include meals and ship’s bar).  Local taxes apply.


Get a little silly this Halloween, and come aboard catamaran SURPRISE for a week of sun, surf, and zaniness at the Florida Keys Fantasy Fest.  Contact our event specialists
HERE to reserve your spot for Fantasy Fest.

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Catamaran sailing yacht SURPRISE – amazing…

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We just had a remarkable time on catamaran SURPRISE for three weeks…! Crossing the Gulf Stream, going to the ‘Stranded Naked Party’ and then winning three races at Regatta-Time-in-Abaco. Amazing! High adventure, good fishing, idyllic ports-of-call, delicious food, superb hosts, and a gorgeous yacht – a total escape into the unique joys of the crewed catamaran charters cruising life! Thank You.

John Hennessee

Editor’s note – sail catamaran SURPRISE is a 48′ yacht with accommodations for 4 to 6 guests. Currently accepting Florida yacht charters and Bahama yacht charters for the summer and Fall of 2011, her weekly rates are:

Rates are all inclusive with standard ships bar, and good for Bahamas or South Florida charters. Children 10 and under sail free, limit 2 per charter!

Please add appropriate tax as follows:
Miami pick-up – add 7.0%
Key West pick-up – add 7.5%
Bahamas pick-up – add 4%

Come explore the Florida Keys, the Everglades, the Dry Tortugas, or the Bahamas aboard sail catamaran SURPRISE.

Contact our destination experts HERE to reserve your private luxury yacht.

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Charter Chef Passionate about Cooking and Travel

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While affordable catamaran sailing yachts under 50 feet still dominate the charter industry, advances in shipbuilding technology have lead to a dramatic increase of ultra-luxury catamarans larger than 60 feet in length.  Indeed, yachts like the 62′ catamaran IN THE WIND, and the Fountaine Pajot Galathea 65 model catamaran WORLD’S END have helped redefine multihull luxury and comfort.

Yet with so much emphasis placed on the size and amenities of the newest and largest yachts, it’s easy to overlook a key component to successful crewed catamaran charters – the crew!

Without the talents of an experienced skipper and a well-trained chef, a catamaran vacation, no matter how new and large the boat, would be nothing more than a predictable, ho-hum affair.   

In an appreciative nod to the talents of these fine crews, we shine a spotlight today on Caro Uy, the culinary lioness aboard sail catamaran MUSE.

Caro grew up in a family where the pleasures of the table were a habit. She has more than ten years of experience in the catering and gastronomic food industry.  Originally a graphic designer, Caro now prefers to express her creative energy in the preparation of meals with seasonally fresh products.

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While her cooking is based on classic techniques, the variations of flavors are a reflection of her travels throughout the Middle East (Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Iran) ) as well as Mexico and Southeast Asia (Thailand and Vietnam).

Having grown up along Australia’s coast, Caro has always loved the sea and the romance of sailing.   She is also intrigued by what lies below the sea’s surface and is a PADI Open Water Dive Instructor, as well as a TDI Extended Range Diver.  Her ocean adventures have taken her to diverse ports of call such as the Canary Islands, Costa Brava, and the British Virgin Islands.

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Her recent industry recognition includes top culinary honors at the November 2010 British Virgin Islands Boat Show where she won: 

– 1st prize – Entrée Division
– 1st prize – Dessert Division
– 2nd prize – Salad/Appetizer Division
– 2nd prize – Coffee course

Congratulations, Caro! Your talents and passion are at the very heart of the joys of a memorable yachting vacation.


Come spend a week with Caro aboard MUSE this winter in the Caribbean.  Rates begin at $37,000 per week for 10 passengers.  Contact the SailAway yacht charter team
HERE today, to reserve your favorite travel dates. HURRY!  Holiday vacation dates fill up quickly – don’t miss out on your Caribbean yacht charter vacation this year! 

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Charter Yachts Dominate Design Awards Nominations

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The finalists for an international design awards program have been announced and several mega yacht charter vessels lead the pack. 

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The International Superyacht Society has released its lists of finalists for the 2011 International Design Awards.  Four of the five nominees in the Best Power category for yachts 40 to 60 meters in length are charter vessels:

●  McMullen & Wing motor yacht BIG FISH 

●  Holland Jachtbouw motor yacht CALLIOPE

●  Perini Navi motor yacht EXUMA 

●  Lürssen motor yacht SOLEMATES 

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Based solely on peer review, the International Superyacht Society Design Awards celebrate the finest naval architecture, design, interiors, and engineering in the newest yachts in the large yacht industry.

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Winners will be announced at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at ISS’s annual International Design Awards Gala at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale.


Explore some of the newest yachts available for hire through SailAway Yacht Charter Consultants at and book yours TODAY

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Crew of Motoryacht Cocktails Serve Up Warm Memories

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Last month, we reported on a mishap in New England where the 85-foot yacht, Cocktails, ran aground in Woods Hole, Mass, after hitting a rock. According to the Coast uard, the quick actions of the skipper to ground the vessel prevented it from sinking. There were no luxury yacht charter guests onboard at the time of the incident.

The yacht is currently in the boat yard, undergoing repairs in preparations for the upcoming winter Florida yacht charter season.

Anxious to see this crew put the summer incident behind them, here’s an upbeat comment from a recent, highly-satisfied charter guest:

"It gives me great pleasure to recommend the fabulous crew and motoryacht Cocktails for your consideration. We booked a week’s New England yacht charter for my precious mom’s 80th birthday celebration…and the cruise far exceeded our expectations. The ship easily accommodated seven family members with several lounging spaces such that we never felt as if we were "on top of each other." I loved the open-air upper deck with bar and jacuzzi!

What’s best of all, however, is the crew! Captain Todd was anxious to ensure the itinerary was exactly to our liking, and he was very receptive to any requests. Brandon, our Cordon Bleu trained chef, provided appetizers and meals that were so delicious that we always preferred to dine on board. My only complaint is that I probably gained five or more pounds on this trip! It was all too good to pass up (and I usually say no to desserts!). Mary, our sweet and attractive steward/bartender, took good care of us and worked non-stop to ensure our rooms were clean and fresh (she also mixes the best martinis ever).

In short, all of the Cocktails’ crew members were kind, considerate, and helpful. They made our experience great fun — a trip of a lifetime, which I hope you have the opportunity to experience as well!"

Name: Kathi R

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Destination Caribbean: Where is St Barts?

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Want to experience a Caribbean yacht charter like a celebrity?  Then look no further than the exclusive island of Saint Barthélemy, better known as St Barts.

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Always sunny with very little rain, the tiny island has become famous for celebrity sightings, especially during the year-end holidays where all-night New Year’s Eve yacht hops and parties capture the attention of the global newswires.  

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A playground for billionaire superyacht owners and pop culture icons, the scene in St Barts between Christmas and New Years is unlike anywhere else in the world.  From Mariah Carey and Sean "P Diddy" Combs, to Beyonce , Jay Z and Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore – all have spent time lounging on the sundeck of a multi-million dollar luxury mega yacht charter vessel dockside in the island’s Gustavia marina.

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Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore seen leaving motor yacht A, to go ashore in St Barts

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So just where is St Barts, the island paradise dubbed, "Hollywood South?"

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St. Barts is a tiny island situated in the French West Indies.  Located 17°55’ north and 62°50’ west, just below the Tropic of Cancer, and north of the chain of the Lesser Antilles.  Puerto Rico is 240 km (about 160 miles) to the west. 

St. Barts lies 35 km southeast of Saint Martin, separated by the Saint-Barthélemy Channel. It lies northeast of Saba and St Eustatius, and north of St Kitts. Some small satellite islets belong to St. Barts including Île Chevreau, Île Frégate, Île Toc Vers, and Île Tortue. A much bigger islet, Île Fourchue, lies to the north of the island, in the Saint-Barthélemy Channel. Other nearby islets include Coco, the Roques (or little Turtle rocks), and Sugarloaf.  

Seven thousand kilometers separate St Barts from Paris, but it is just 2500 from New York (about a 4 hour flight).


Why not rent a private yacht and join your favorite celebrities this winter for a week in a tropical paradise?  Contact the SailAway destination professionals at for more information.

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Destination Italy: Where is Sardinia?

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Sardinia has been on everyone’s radar for the past few weeks.  First, we heard how Steven Spielberg, with Gwyneth Paltrow in tow, ran afoul of the local authorities as the tender to his superyacht, motoryacht SEVEN SEAS cruised too close to island beachgoers.

Then, we reported on the Perini Navi yacht charter fleet preparing for early September’s sailing regatta against the beautiful backdrop of Porto Cervo, Sardinia.

So exactly where is Sardinia and what is the allure that draws so many sailors and visitors?

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Sardinia is Italy’s second largest island as well as the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is famed for its beautiful beaches and fascinating history. The nearest land masses are (clockwise from north) the French island of Corsica, the Spanish Balearic Islands, and the Italian Peninsula, Sicily, and Tunisia.

For Atlas lovers, the island of Sardinia is situated between 38° 51′ and 41° 15′ latitude north and 8° 8′ and 9° 50′ east longitude. To the west of Sardinia is the Balearic Sea; to Sardinia’s east is the Tyrrhenian Sea.

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Over many centuries the island has survived countless invasions by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, and Arabs.  Local festivals on the island still reflect the long-lasting impact of those cultures.

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Numerous castles, villages, temples and tombs cover the countryside, and with its perfect summer weather, tourists arrive in droves, some via
Mediterranean yacht charter vessels, but many more via ferry service from the Italian mainland.


Have you been to Sardinia?  Please tell us about your experiences!

For a sample yachting itinerary of the Italian Riviera, including Sardinia, contact our destination specialists.

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European Prince Encourages Superyacht Industry to Go Green

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The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation has introduced a program to encourage the builders of the world’s largest yachts to use timber from sustainably managed forests.

Entitled the, "Wood Forever" program, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco unveiled the project to the media during this week’s Monaco Yacht Show, a gathering of luxury sailing charter vessels, new builds and glamorous motoryachts from the Mediterranean yacht charter market.

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Membership in the Wood Forever program represents a conscious step towards environmental and social responsibility.

During a brief press conference and ceremony on September 23rd, the Prince recognized Burger Boat as the first official Wood Forever member. Burger signed an agreement to analyze their wood supply chain, and committed to develop a sustainable wood purchasing policy to fight deforestation.

His Serene Highness is hopeful other yacht builders will follow Burger’s example in order to drive the yachting industry towards environmental excellence. 


Related Articles – read about other efforts underway to bring about greater sustainability on the yachting industry:

Company Hopes Yacht Designers Will Turn to Sustainable Bamboo

●  Designer Touts New Generation of Green Megayachts

●  New Eco-Friendly Yacht Decor Does Not Smell Fishy

Contact SailAway at to plan your yacht charter on a green yacht TODAY.

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Fort Lauderdale Show to Highlight Luxury Yacht Charter Vessels in October

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Fort Lauderdale will once again play host to the biggest boat show in the world – the 52nd annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on October 27-31, 2011.

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While exhibits range from yacht builders and designers to exotic cars, the real stars of the show are the megayachts.  Some of the newest yachts for hire will be available for viewing and in some cases, personal inspection (by prior-arranged appointment).

Luxury sailing charter vessels and motoryachts will cover over 3 million square feet of space in six locations.

Show dates and operating hours for October 27-31, 2011 are as follows:

Prime Time Preview:
Thurs. Oct 27, 10am – 7pm

General Admission:
Fri. Oct 28, 10am – 7pm
Sat. Oct 29, 10am – 7pm
Sun. Oct 30, 10am – 7pm
Mon. Oct 31, 10am – 5pm


Planning a Caribbean yacht charter vacation this winter?   Join us at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show (our treat) and personally inspect some of the yachts available for your consideration.

To schedule your in-person yacht inspection in Ft. Lauderdale, contact YOUR yacht charter brokers by CLICKING HERE.

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