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Wednesday
Apr112012

Bareboat Racing

"Bareboat" and "Racing" don't seem like terms that go together, but the Spring Regatta is a tradition in the British Virgin Islands, and the most recent edition, which ran March 30-April 1, had a strong turnout in the two Bareboat classes.

These classes are for bareboats from local charter companies, racing without spinnakers, and the only real concession to “performance” is that they all remove or furl the Bimini tops to minimize the windage.  Other than that, these are everyday charter boats.

Which isn’t to say that the racing is weak by any means.  Winning Bareboat 2 was Burt Keenan and Neil Harvey: Keenan is a long-time competitor and Southern Ocean Racing Circuit winner aboard his Acadia, Harvey an equally talented racer employed by Harken.  Pushing them hard was Bill Petersen, a sailmaker and former America’s Cup sailor. 

If you’re considering a bareboat race charter for next year, taking a look at what won this year isn’t a bad idea.  Clearly the highest placing yachts were the two Dufours from MarineMax Vacations, with Keenan’s 433 and Petersen’s 413 easily taking first and second in Bareboat 2.

In Bareboat 1, the first five places went to a Beneteau Oceanis 50 (Moorings), Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 44i (Sunsail), Beneteau Oceanis 50f (Moorings), Beneteau Oceanis 473 (BVI Yacht Charters) and another Beneteau Oceanis 473 (Rob Swain Sailing School).

Finishing behind the Dufours in Bareboat 2 were a Beneteau Oceanis 361 (Rob Swain School), a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409 (Sunsail) and a Beneteau Oceanis 40 (Moorings). 

Now’s the time to start thinking about the BVI Spring Regatta for next year.  Contact the charter companies to see what packages they are offering. 

Wednesday
Mar282012

Greece For A Song

Cosmos Yachting, the London-based bareboat booking agency, just sent a note about some serious discounts they are offering for Greek charters.  Until early May, you can book a Bavaria 50 Cruiser for 2200 Euros (under US$3000 in late March), or a Bavaria 46 Cruiser for 1650 Euros (about US$2200).

These are based in the Athens/Lavrion area, making them perfect for exploring the Saronic Gulf or the Cyclades Islands.  Cosmos is offering deals into June at slightly higher rates, too. 

Cosmos Yachting, www.cosmosyachting.com

Thursday
Mar222012

MarineMax Goes Barging!

MarineMax Vacations has expanded their bareboat offerings from the existing fleet of sailing yachts in the BVIs and soon-to-come power charters at the same destination to include the inland waterways of Europe.

Partnering with Locaboat Holidays, a well-known provider of barge bareboat charters on European canals, MarineMax Vacations adds more than 200 itineraries on the canals of France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Ireland and even Poland.  Their fleet includes the Penichette-style boats based on the original commercial barges that once populated these waterways as well as boats with more modern styling.

We’ve chartered with Locaboat several times, and you’ll find a great feature on a Locaboat cruise through the heart of Burgundy in the premiere issue of CharterSavvy, out shortly.

For information, contact MarineMax Vacations, (888) 461-5497.

Friday
Mar162012

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Monday
Mar122012

Spring Sailing In Greece

Sail Greece Yachts has just added a Bavaria 46 to their fleet of yachts that has been operating out of Alimos Marina in Athens since 1987.  Owned by two passionate sailors, Giannis Makridakis and Vassilis Patiniotis, the company has a fleet of ten sailing yachts comprised of Beneteaus and Bavarias, all owned and maintained by the company and not private owners.

The Bavaria 46 is a popular charter yacht in Europe, not just because it sails well but because it is quite spacious for its size.  With six and a half feet of headroom and a large galley, it has three double staterooms, two heads, and a fourth cabin with two bunks.  This particular Bavaria, named Vasia, also has a bow thruster to simplify Med mooring.

The company website has a very thorough discussion of suggested sailing routes in Greece through the Saronic Gulf, Eastern Peloponnese, and the Cyclades.

Info at www.sailgreeceyachts.com

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