While many yacht owners are content to offer their yachts for hire in the tried-and-true winter cruising ground of the Caribbean, Jan Verkerk is always looking for new destinations in the hopes of enticing potential charter customers to explore land and sea far from the beaten path.
This year, Jan has committed his 70 meter expedition-style yacht, M/Y SHERAKHAN to Antarctica.
Earlier this week, we received an email from the yacht’s manager: “Motor yacht SHERAKHAN has just crossed the equator on her way to Antarctica! (She) will arrive in the Falkland Islands on the 6th of February to start her Antarctica adventure.”
One of the largest yachts available for rent, the 70 meter SHERAKHAN offers accommodations for up to 26 passengers in thirteen staterooms.
If Antarctica is too remote, Jan is open to accepting trips along the east or west coast of South America, or Panama, or even head back to the ever-popular islands of St Barts and St Martin to accept a traditional Caribbean yacht charter booking.
Her rates begin at €350,000 EUROS per week, plus expenses.
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Recently, Anne, a friendly rival yacht charter broker, was in the islands inspecting yachts and meeting with crews. While there, she had a chance to sample what she described as "mouth watering" salmon cakes, prepared by chef Bruna Tatarow onboard Horizon motor yacht Lady Margaret, a 64 foot Virgin Islands yacht charter vessel.
Anne mentioned Bruna provided lime rather than the standard lemon wedges, and that got me thinkin'…
WHY is lemon almost always served with fish?
I ran the question by the gang in our Puerto Rico yacht charter office (not sure why, but I figured our friends who live in the islands consume more fish than our meat-lovin' team in the states).
The Puerto Rican team seemed to have an answer right away. Maria, our office manager in San Juan, emailed this explanation:
"Originally, the lemon was served, not because it gave flavor to the fish, but because it was believed that the acidic juice of the lemon would dissolve any bones that might be swallowed."
Wow…I had no idea…
· 1 cup peeled, diced ripe mango (1 large)
· 1/2 cup mayonnaise
· 1 tablespoon capers, drained and chopped
· Pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper
· Vegetable oil, for frying
· 1 lb cooked salmon, flaked
· 1 cup panko
· 2 eggs, lightly beaten
· 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
· 3 tablespoons chopped shallots
· 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
· 1/4 teaspoon salt
· Freshly ground black pepper
· 1/3 cup cornmeal
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Tuscan Sun’s extensive watertoy inventory includes:
In the Bahahas, major ports of call include Nassau, Grand Bahama, the Berry Islands, and the spectacular underwater protected sanctuary/national park of the Exuma Islands.
The year-round weekly charter rate for motoryacht TUSCAN SUN is $188,000 plus all running expenses.
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The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the largest consumer technology tradeshow in the world, is underway. Last year, we fell in love with the Kodak PlaySport Video Camera. This year, it’s a new Sony Walkman Sports MP3 Player that has us excited.
You’re probably thinking, “Big deal, another MP3 player…” Well, this one is different:
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Anyone familiar with the luxury yacht charter market has heard the term, “head” when reference is made to an onboard bathroom.
Whether a small bareboat sailboat or one of the largest yachts in the world, rarely are bathrooms referred to as anything other than a head.
Ever wonder why???
Here’s the reason – dating back to the 1400’s, toilets on ships were normally located in the bow or “head” of the vessel. By placing the toilet near the base of the bowsprit, splashing water served to naturally clean the toilet area.
Of course, the bathrooms on today’s superyachts are located throughout the vessel and are anything but utilitarian.
Take a peek at the bathroom on Mediterranean yacht charter motor yacht NUMPTIA:
The curved tub is solid marble and the privacy wall hides two suspended rainforest showers.
Now THAT’S a head!!!
Hoping to take advantage of the growing popularity of non-traditional cruising grounds for Mediterranean yacht charters, the €350 million Euro Limassol Marina is nearing completion and will be fully-operational in the first half of 2014.
The first yachts are planned to arrive in March and the commercial area will open its doors to the public in June, 2014.
Jana Sheeder, President and Owner of SailAway Yacht Charters and 1-800 Yacht Charters is eager to offer a new port of call to her repeat clients.
“This is the first superyacht marina in Cyprus, a country located at the crossroads of three continents,” says Sheeder. “Limassol is a city with international panache, and the marina is located in the heart of this community. The berths are directly attached to adjacent villas, making this an ideal location for a shore-and-sea holiday.”
The marina will have 650 berths for vessels up to 115 meters (377 feet) in length.
“We hope to see some of our more popular Eastern Mediterranean yachts now pass through Cyprus,” says Sheeder. Yachts often seen in this region include 2011 Benetti yacht charter vessel motor yacht DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, and 2010 sail yacht KOKOMO.
Cyprus is located in the eastern Mediterranean, off the southern coast of Turkey. For information about Turkey or Greek yacht charters, contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/book-now-contact-us/
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I stumbled across a wonderful blog the other day, and I wanted to share it with the SailAway Yacht Charter and 1-800 Yacht Charters readers. It’s so important to focus on gratitude in our lives. Even when aboard a magnificent superyacht for the vacation of a lifetime, it’s important to remain grounded (no pun intended) and to be grateful for our privileges. Remember to practice Random Acts of Kindness daily, also. –Jana Sheeder, President, SailAway Yacht Charter Consultants and 1-800 Yacht Charters
Credit to Monique Minahan (intentblog.com/author/moniqueminahan/) for the special blog that makes us all think and reminds us to be grateful…
<< In this busy world that we live in, I think it is very important for our body AND mind, that we practice skills such as Yoga. We need time to decompress, relax and unwind, and for the most part, people would agree that Yoga can do this. When we are able to relax our body, even though it is still working to get into specific poses, it is a great time for us to stop and think of the many things that we are grateful for. Sometimes it is a person, sometimes it is an object that helps us, sometimes it is an emotion that we feel….and the list goes on and on! I think that moving our bodies in different ways, is beneficial to our health, and also taking time to stop and think about all of the things we should be grateful for, by either writing them down, or verbally acknowledging our appreciation, will help us lead more valuable lives. Who knew how powerful two little words could be….”THANK” and “YOU”
Our yoga practice is a multifaceted gem. It’s like a prism that reflects a different color depending on how the light hits it. Our practice can reflect back to us different emotions, feelings, or thoughts depending on how we approach it.
Yoga can draw out parts of ourselves we know exist but have difficulty accessing at times, such as strength, flexibility, balance, trust, love, and gratitude.
These are often physical traits we tap into on our yoga mat. Interestingly, we often find after practicing that we have access to them on a mental and emotional level as well.
I first noticed this transformative quality of yoga while practicing backbends. The steadiness and strength they require revealed to me the power and the past housed in my back body. The more I allowed this opening process physically, the more I was able to allow myself to open more fully to the people in my life. Seeing this natural evolution, I started adding intention to the mix.
I often bring to my backbend practice people or situations I’m having difficulty “loving.” I visualize them through my practice and try to allow myself to soften and open to them mentally as I soften and open physically.
I’ve been able to transform how I relate to many challenging relationships in this way.
Gratitude is a powerful quality we can develop deeply through yoga. This is especially helpful when we experience times in our lives where we don’t feel so grateful. Maybe our lives or loves just fell apart and we don’t feel grateful for anything.
This is when our yoga practice can help.
Great gratitude comes ultimately from a place of great humility. Replacing expectation with awe, we see the world through childlike eyes. Everything is a gift, everything is alive, everything is thrilling.
We let the quality of life fill us up instead of the quantity.
In yoga poses it’s easy to forget the quality aspect sometimes also. The quality of our breath, the quality of our skin, the quality of our heartbeat.
In poses that require strength, when we simultaneously relax our hearts, minds, and bodies into the muscles that are holding us up, it feels vulnerable. It also feels liberating, delicious, and open.
We now have a fertile space for true gratitude. Gratitude for our bodies, for our minds, for our lives, for the floor that supports us and the air that inspires us.
In that space we can plant seeds of gratitude, love, trust – whatever we need in our lives. We can notice where we are taking things for granted and we can connect with the whole part of ourselves that allows us to give freely.
Developing a quality of gratitude can infuse our lives with deep peace and joy. I like making gratitude lists, especially on occasions like birthdays. Try it on your next birthday. Make a list of the 20 or 35 or 45 things you’re grateful for.
Dig deep for gratitude and you will often find gold. It’s always right in front of us, but we can’t always see it through the dust of daily life that makes it look ordinary and unimportant.
I leave you with this gratitude poem and a sweet gratitude practice by Jeanie Manchester
I am grateful for my limits
that teach me patience and pace
I am grateful for challenge, defeat, and loss
They teach me hope is not a light at the end of the dark tunnel
It’s the ember burning within me that I forgot to fan
I am grateful to my teachers
for introducing me to myself
I am grateful for my past
that has delivered me to my present
I am grateful for all I have found and all I have lost
Both remind me I can live with and without
I am grateful for silence and for laughter
And for my ears that can hear both
I am grateful to my heart
that beats and breaks and heals
I am grateful for the fullness of my life
For the brief, heartbreaking, heartwarming fullness of life.
I highly recommend Jeanie Manchester’s Gratitude Flow as a practice for cultivating gratitude. Enjoy!
Monique Minahan is a writer, yogi, and lover of life. She’s inspired by nature’s simplicity and the healing power of love. She finds true liberation in living life fully from the inside out. Her intention is to offer her heart to the world through words that motivate, inspire, and encourage. You can visit her at her blog, mindfulmo.com >>
In late November 2012, a European Union commission stated that the VAT exemption on chartering yachts in France is not compliant with EU VAT rules. France will now be required to take steps to remove the exemption from its tax legislation within two months, a ruling prompting one tax expert to say that France, “…cannot be regarded as a paradise for yachts anymore.”
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