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Monthly Archives: September 2012

90 Meter Luxury Motor Yacht To Forego Caribbean Charter Season

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Our charter department just received word the owner of motor yacht NERO has issued a change of winter plans.
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Previously scheduled to participate in the winter 2012 Caribbean yacht charter season, the vessel will now remain in Europe.  All previously advertised winter special charter offers have been withdrawn.
Electing to forego the winter charter season will allow the 90 meter yacht NERO to undertake her 5 year survey and undergo a full winter maintenance program.
Completion of the safety survey and maintenance project will insure the yacht will be in top condition for the summer 2013 Mediterranean yacht charter season.


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Do Curved Glasses Make Luxury Yacht Charter Guests Drink Alcohol Faster?

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Are you getting plastered on beer more often than you should? A group of British researchers think you can blame it on your glass!
According to Dr. Angela Atwood of the University of Bristol’s School of Experimental Psychology, drinking out of a curved glass makes you drink beer faster. She came to this conclusion after testing 160 social drinkers with straight and curved glasses.
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When drinking beer from a curved glass, the participants seemed to drink their beer twice as fast as from a straight one.
Atwood theorized that this is due to drinkers being unable to tell when the glass is half empty when using a curved glass. This causes people to drink faster, became more inebriated, then have more difficulty judging how full the next glass is.  
The cycle goes on, and the drinkers gets hammered faster than folks drinking their favorite brew from a straight glass.
So, the next time you are at anchor during a
Caribbean yacht charter, and your hostess offers you a cold beer in a curved glass, raise a toast to Bristol's Dr. Atwood as you relax, wasting away in Margaritaville…

Most luxury sailing charter vessels in the islands offer complimentary sodas and ship's bar during the charter. For a list of all-inclusive charter sailboats, contact SailAway at

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Luxury 97 foot Motoryacht Offers Fiji Yacht Charters at Half Price

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The 97ft motor yacht AQUARIUS has announced a nearly half-price offer for select dates in September and October in Fiji.
Reduced from $60,000 per week to $35,000 per week (plus running expenses), M/Y AQUARIUS has two openings for charter before the luxury mega yacht charter vessel heads back to New Zealand: between 18 and 29 September, and between 11 and 21 October.

The charter rate is subject to local tax of 12.5%.

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Launched in 2009 and built by Horizon Yachts, motoryacht AQUARIUS accommodates up to eight guests in 4 staterooms.

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Smartphone App Shows Promise For Luxury Yacht Charter Market

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A team of researchers at the University of Missouri is developing a smartphone app that determines location, speed, and direction of distant objects. 

The PositionIt app combines a smartphone’s GPS, compass, and imaging capabilities to calculate the exact location of distant objects and track their speed and direction.

Practical uses might include a single off-the-shelf device to replace various pieces of equipment carried by soldiers on the battlefield, or even by golfers to judge the distance to the green when playing golf.

yacht charter smartphone app luxury yachting droid iphone samsung gps compass smart phone private luxury charteryachtJana Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charters, sees both fun and practical applications in her industry.  "We envision crews using this app to track other vessels during Mediterranean yacht charter regattas, like the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta," says Sheeder. 

"Can you imagine children on crewed catamaran charters in the Caribbean using the app to track a pod of dolphins or whales in the distance?  The advantage of a smartphone is that it provides so many tools in a single, affordable package.”

The researchers say the PositionIt app can calculate the exact location of distant objects, both when the size of the object is known and when it isn’t.  Additionally, the software can also track the direction and calculate the speed of a moving target, like a luxury sailing charter vessel underway, from a short video captured on the smartphone.

A prototype version of the targeting and tracking software is currently undergoing testing. Advances in smartphone hardware are also expected to improve the accuracy of the new app. Improvements in GPS accuracy, battery life, and camera resolution will allow the app to make even more accurate observations.


The next LORO PIANA SUPERYACHT REGATTA is scheduled for June 4-8, 2013 in Porto Cervo,  Sardinia. First launched in 2008, this regatta kicks off the Mediterranean cruising season and attracts an ever-increasing fleet of sailing yachts such as 34 meter sail yacht ANNAGINE and the 57 meter Royal Huisman yacht TWIZZLE.

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