Many yacht owners are content to offer their yachts for hire in popular areas. For instance, the tried-and-true winter cruising ground of the Caribbean. Owner Jan Verkerk is always looking for new destinations. Particularly to entice potential charter customers to explore. In specific, land and sea far from the beaten path.
This year, Jan does it again. He has committed his spectacular yacht, SHERAKHAN, to Antarctica.
The yacht’s manager tells us that “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.”
ABOUT THE YACHT
The vessel is 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. Additionally, Panama, or even the ever-popular islands of St Barts and St Martin and Caribbean yacht charter booking.
Her rates begin at €350,000 EUROS per week, plus expenses.
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).
SAN JUAN ANSWER
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.”
Why is Lemon Used in Fish Dishes?
Wow…I had no idea…
Since I no longer feel as compelled to serve lemon with fish dishes, I’ll share with you Chef Bruna’s brunch-time recipe for spicy salmon cakes topped with a mango tartar sauce. Lime is her choice for tartness…
[Note: Thank you, Chef Bruna for the wonderful recipe and thank you,Captain Jan Robinson for the photo of the salmon cakes, from your Ship to Shore Cookbook.]
Spicy Salmon Cakes with Mango Tartar
· 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
To make tartar sauce, whisk together the mango, mayonnaise, capers, and salt and pepper, to taste, in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
Heat 1/4-inch of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Put the salmon in a medium bowl and break it up with a fork, watch for bones. Add the panko, eggs, parsley, shallots, cayenne and salt. Season with black pepper, to taste, and mix well. Form the mixture into 12 cakes and coat them with the cornmeal. Carefully put the cakes in the oil, 5 or 6 at a time, and cook until golden brown; about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate to drain. Arrange them on a serving platter and serve immediately with tartar sauce.
The cost to rent a private yacht in the fabled south of France is about to go up. The impact on the economy has some in the charter industry concerned.
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.”
COMPANY PRESIDENT COMMENTS
Yachts in Cannes France
Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters explains how clients have escaped the VAT in France, until now.
“The rules for chartering yachts in the European Union changed back in 2010. Basically, chartering a yacht for less than 90 days requires VAT to be paid in the country where the chartered trip departs. France was able to avoid this ruling for many yachts by claiming that vessels registered as ‘commercial’ yachts could remain VAT exempt. To save thousands of Euros in tax-related expenses, we would only promote commercial yachts to our clients considering a cruise in France. Unfortunately, that option appears to be ending.”
For the moment, France does not have a system in place to check and enforce the new rules. French tax experts believe the new charter tax will be up and running by summer 2013. Consequences for non-compliance may go from large penalties to even seizing the yacht.
WAIT FOR SUMMER
Sheeder is less certain the new rules will be in effect by the summer.
“The process might be delayed by political lobbyists who represent the interests of the vast French yachting sector, ” says Sheeder. “The French government will be pressured to find a way to prevent a massive exodus of yachts from French ports to other destinations with more favorable tax environments.”
Whether or not the new tax rule is delayed, Sheeder and her team are taking a proactive approach. “We will begin notifying our clients in the coming weeks to prepare for a potential increase in the total cost of their yachting vacations in French waters. Additionally, we are investigating other countries in the European Union as alternative Mediterranean yacht charter destinations. Gibraltar, for example, has no import duty for yachts over 18 meters – and no VAT.”
Sheeder concludes, “If there is a way to save our clients money – we will find it.”
Fresh from an extensive refit and just in time to entertain inquiries for luxury yacht charters in the Bahamas, Captain Dale Parker of motor yacht TUSCAN SUN is eager to share images of his yacht’s amazing upgrades.
Dale put together a slide show of the all-new interior and exterior design. As you will see, the theme is contemporary and WHITE! WHITE! WHITE! She’s officially a member of “the white boats!”
Tuscan Sun’s ultra-pricey refit includes:
-All new exterior furniture
-All new main salon and dining salon décor & furniture
Based in Nassau, Bahamas year round, the 45 meter Motoryacht TUSCAN SUN was launched in 2006 and offers accommodations for 12 guests in 6 staterooms. All staterooms feature ensuite bathrooms, and each stateroom is ensuite with full entertainment systems with flat screen TV/DVD/CD player combination.
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:
It’sWATERPROOF, which makes it the perfect companion for a Virgin Islands yacht charter vacation, AND it combines a pair of earbuds with the MP3 player in a single unit – with no external device required to play tunes!
Yes, it does look like a pair of large earbuds, but the two boxes on the sides actually house the entire MP3 player.
Designed with fitness in mind, it should prove to be more comfortable to wear while working out or jogging. With its waterproof construction, charterers can wear it while swimming and snorkeling (imagine moving through the boulders at the Baths on Virgin Gorda, perhaps listening to Enya’s, Orinoco Flow???). SailAway, SailAway, SailAway…
The two earbuds are also held together with a tension band that wraps around the back of the wearer’s head. Controls on the bottom of each side adjust the volume, plus skip/pause/play songs. You can download up to 4GB of your favorite tunes, and enjoy up to 8 hours of playtime on a full charge.
Sony claims the earbuds will produce exceptional audio – even while underwater!
Anyone familiar with the luxury yacht charter market knows the term, “head.” In specific, the reference is made to an onboard bathroom.
Whether a small bareboat sailboat or one of the largest yachts in the world does not matter. 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.
VISUAL – SUPERYACHT HIGH POWER III
Take a peek at the bathroom on Mediterranean yacht charter motor yachtHIGH POWER III (ex-Numptia)
The curved tub is solid marble. The privacy wall hides two suspended rainforest showers.
Hoping to take advantage of the growing popularity of non-traditional cruising grounds for Mediterranean yacht charters, the €350 million Euro Cyprus Limassol Marina is nearing completion and will be fully-operational in the first half of 2014.
The first yachts set to arrive in March. The commercial area will open its doors to the public in June, 2014.
This is special because a superyacht marina is desperately needed in this area. Both owners and charter guests benefit from the marina.
“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.”
ABOUT THE MARINA
The marina will have 650 berths. In specific, 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.
I stumbled across a wonderful blog the other day. 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 is 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 AUTHOR
Credit to Monique Minahan (intentblog.com/author/moniqueminahan/) for the special blog that makes us all think. In addition, it reminds us to be grateful.
GRATITUDE YOGA BLOG POST
<< 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”
How to Cultivate Gratitude Through Yoga
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. >>
THE BLOG CONTINUES
<< 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. >>
PEACE AND JOY
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 >>
A large load of supplies and hurricane relief supplies were delivered by motor yacht BIG FISH and her crew on New Year’s eve, in Fiji, to help victims of Cyclone Evan. The luxury mega yacht charter vessel left Auckland on Boxing Day, bound for Viti Levu and carrying with aid provided by the New Zealand superyacht industry and local residents.
HELPING OTHERS THROUGH YACHTS AND AID
The effort was organized by YachtAid Global, in partnership with Superyacht Support New Zealand and Yacht Partners Fiji.
Tied up at the main pier at Lautoka, Captain Winston Joyce-Clarke and his crew unloaded 24 boxes of medical supplies, along with portable generators, mattresses, and 129 bags filled with clothing, books, toys, tools, kitchen utensils, stationary, food and so much more. The supplies totaled over NZ $50,000 and weighed more than two tons.
TROPICAL CYCLONE EVAN
The immense tropical Cyclone Evan caused widespread destruction in the Pacific. In specific, in Fiji when it made landfall on December 17. Over 11,000 people sought refuge in evacuation shelters, and many homes were damaged by flooding and high winds. Aid distributors such as the Fiji Red Cross will work to ensure the supplies delivered by yacht BIG FISH will reach those people in need.
Superyacht Support of New Zealand coordinated the effort to collect the supplies. They employed a high school student, James Cackett. His social media talents get the word out via Twitter and Facebook. Specifically, to contact people both in and outside the Kiwi marine industry.
BOXING DAY DEPARTURE
Cackett worked tirelessly up to the Boxing Day departure. In specific, to ensure every piece of donated aid was collected and safely stored on M/Y BIG FISH. Along with a team of volunteers, he collected aid from multiple sources. For instance MedAire, Leisure Industries, Plunket, and Westpac Bank Ponsonby. In addition, Events Clothing, Just Water, Medical Aid Abroad, Hygiene Systems, and Westmere Primary School. Moreover, Pakuranga Rotary Club, Quinovic Property, Blue Star Print Group, and Rotary Club Newmarket. Additionally, McCollums Print, BJ Ball, The Peace Foundation, The Pollard Family, and Auckland Engineering Supplies. Lastly, the friends and family of the Viaduct Harbour Marine staff.
Jeanette Tobin of Superyacht Support explains the close ties between New Zealand and Fiji. The Kiwis are so eager to help others.
“Fiji is a major destination for superyachts heading through the Pacific. It is quite often the last stop before the vessel arrives in New Zealand. As well, it is sometimes the first stop after it leaves. We have a very close affiliation with the country. Subsequently, for New Zealand to continue to grow as a superyacht destination. We need to help our neighbors when and where we can.
PLEASE CARE ABOUT OTHERS
As we kick off a new year, let this wonderful story of friendship and the spirit of giving inspire you. Pay it forward in your own community.
Move over Al, Leo, and the rest of the politicos and A-listers working to “save the planet.” The next great
green enviro hero might just be a tiny sea creature from the ocean.
As scientists scramble to find cost-effective ways to reduce atmospheric CO2 levels, a group of researchers from the U.K.’s Newcastle University may have stumbled across a way to achieve this – thanks to the humble sea urchin.
Here’s the connection between science and the spiny “brillo pad of the sea.”
The most effective way to eliminate CO2 from entering the atmosphere is to convert it into harmless calcium carbonate. By chance, Dr Lidija Šiller, a physicist at Newcastle University, was looking at the way in which organisms absorb CO2 into their skeletons. She discovered the sea urchin converts CO2 into calcium carbonate to form its endoskeleton.
NICKEL IN EXOSKELETONS
It turns out urchins have a high concentration of nickel on their armor-coated exoskeletons (their outer skin). The nickel acts as a catalyst to create a reaction between water and CO2 – known as the carbonic acid reaction. This reaction results in the complete removal of CO2 – and the creation of calcium carbonate necessary for the urchins healthy internal skeletal system.
NICKEL AS CATALYST
It’s this nickel catalyst that has researchers absolutely giddy. Gaurav Bhaduri, a PhD student in Newcastle University’s School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials states,
“…a Nickel catalyst…because of its magnetic properties can be recaptured and reused time and time again. It’s also very cheap…and the by-product, the carbonate, is useful and not damaging to the environment.”
THANK SEA URCHINS ON YOUR CHARTER
So, the next time you are lounging on the sundeck of your Caribbean yacht charter vessel and you spot a tiny little urchin slipping along under the waves, give him a quick wink of the eye, and remember – so much of what makes our world great comes from the sea…
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