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Horizon Yacht Charters British Virgin Islands New Fleet Additions!

March 27, 2013

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Cruise the beautiful islands of the BVI in the Caribbean!

We’re delighted to announce the addition of the following yachts to our fleet in the BVI:

  • Beneteau 43 (3C/2H) 2009: “‘Buff’ is extremely well equipped with many added features including dockside air conditioning.


  • Beneteau 51.5 (4C/4H/AC) 2008: With four spacious double cabins “Knot Guilty” is ideal for families and couples alike.

  • Jeanneau 57 (4C/4H/AC) 2014: “Nanuk” is a large, elegant offshore cruiser offering uncompromised sailing performance from renowned designer Philippe Briand and an exceptional interior and deck plan designed by Vittorio Garroni. “Nanuk” offers highly flexible accommodation arrangements.

Contact us today for more information on these yachts or visit us here to view our complete fleet.

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New Luxury Crewed Yacht Available to Charter in the BVI

November 6, 2012

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Embark on a vacation that is completely stress-free and experience a sailing vacation that will have you stepping into a world of luxury.  Enjoy having your very own professional Captain to cater to your every need so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the view.

Whether you want to take the helm occasionally, or not at all, or your goal for the week is to learn as much as possible, the choice is yours. Perfect for those who enjoy sailing around the beautiful British Virgin Islands or for those purely looking to spend their vacation relaxing with a good book or cocktail while underway. For the ultimate in luxury, ask us about having a Chef as well.

‘YOLO’ (You Only Live Once) is a new (2012 model) bright and spacious Lagoon 450 catamaran that sleeps six passengers in comfort and style. Two cabins have the luxury of a large en-suite with shower and electric head each, whilst the outsized “owner’s quarters” runs from stern to bow in the other hull. The modern galley and saloon, is tastefully designed and equipped with state-of-the art electronics, as well as additional luxuries such as a water-maker, ice-maker, microwave, washing machine/dryer and flat-screen televisions. YOLO has wrap around saloon windows, giving you uninterrupted views and the saloon opens onto the cockpit to give a very open plan living space. YOLO has a plethora of opening hatches for cooling au naturel, but when needed, she also benefits from Air Conditioning powered by a well soundproofed generator, centrally located – making for a peaceful nights sleep.

On deck, the yacht boasts extensive seating both forward and aft, as well as a large swimming platform, ideal to enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean. The raised fly bridge gives a panoramic birdseye view at anchor, or under sail. With a beam of nearly 26 feet, she is very stable, never heeling more than 5 degrees, with wide decks and recessed hatches, to make moving around the yacht a breeze and with enough space for everyone aboard to find their own favourite place to read, sunbathe or simply watch the ever changing seascapes go by. The huge cockpit comfortably sits 8 guests around an ample table to make dining al fresco a pleasure. There is a ventilation hatch on the bridge deck, that funnels a cooling breeze into the cockpit area. For such a spacious yacht, she is surprisingly nimble, and the gullwing shaped bridge deck makes her very comfortable underway – no slapping or slamming aboard this beauty, and you can hop between islands in under an hour, or choose to spend longer under sail – the choice is entirely yours.

This Lagoon 450 also comes equipped with an array of different water toys for you and the family to enjoy; whether you prefer water skiing or wake boarding, or Stand Up Paddle Boarding, all the equipment, as well as snorkel gear, will be waiting for you on your arrival. The dinghy is an AB 12’ with steering consol and bench seat. Powered by 30 hp, it is good for watersports and for getting you ashore in the evening.

Your professional Captain will not only ensure a stress-free vacation as he navigates you through the islands and runs all the considerable technical systems aboard, but also offers the added benefit of being a personal guide who knows all the best snorkel spots, beaches, anchorages, bars and restaurants across the BVI.

If you wish to have gourmet meals aboard, YOLO is also available with a personal chef who will prepare all your meals based on your preferences, allowing you the complete rest and luxury you deserve. The Captain and chef (if required) are accommodated in two single berths forward of the main living areas, accessed separately from the main yacht. YOLO is truly a spectacular yacht offering five star accommodation and service, where the idyllic scenery, changes with every blink of the eye, as you sail through “nature’s little secret” – the beautiful island chain of the British Virgin Islands.

What are you waiting for, you only live once!  Click here to view prices and to book

For information about crewed charters in Antigua & Barbuda, click here

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Dream of an Unspoilt Paradise?

October 31, 2012

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Enter our competition to win a 7 night vacation cruising Antigua & Barbuda in the Leeward Islands. 

Antigua & Barbuda sit in the heart of the Caribbean like a pair of gems sparkling in the blue ocean.  For sailors who enjoy their own corner of paradise, this cruising area offers a heady mix of history, sailing, exploring and relaxing. 

The island of Antigua offers a mix of coves and bays from the deserted offshore islands in the North Sound to the bustling harbours of English and Falmouth to the south.    From casual lobster lunches on white sand beaches to some of the finest International cuisine; there’s something for everyone. 

Barbuda is just a 4 hour sail from Antigua and offers an unrivalled Robinson Crusoe experience; frigate birds, whale watching and snorkeling combine with 11 miles of unbroken pink sand beach to deliver a breathtaking memory for years to come. 

For those blue water sailors amongst you, head further south to the island of Guadeloupe and Iles des Saintes, or sail west across to Nevis and St Kitts.  All just a day sail away.

Competition rules:

  • One entry per person
  • The 7 night/8 day charter will be aboard a Bavaria 40*
  • Block out dates include; Christmas, New Year, Thanksgiving, Presidents Week, Antigua Sailing Week or Easter
  • Prize does not include; flights, transfers to and from the airport, provisioning, mooring fees, cruising permits, national park permits, fuel/water, Hull damage waiver.

*Subject to availability – model and size may vary. If you require a skipper, the fee is extra and is $150 per day for the duration of your charter, (not including food/beverages/optional gratuity).   Please remember that the skipper needs his/her own cabin. Alternatively an instructor is US$165 per day.

The winner will picked at random on December 31, 2012.

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The Vision of the Future

October 1, 2012

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The highly anticipated Vision Series from Bavaria has finally hit the US shores and will proudly be on display at this year’s Annapolis Sail Boat Show, taking place later this week (October 4-8).

The latest from Farr for Bavaria is the new design for the Vision Series. The Vision 46, is an owners layout with 2 double cabins and 2 heads and showers. Other layouts are available. An asymmetric cockpit layout allows the port side to be a generous sun lounger at anchor, and in keeping with what you would expect from Farr, and what we have witnessed already in the Cruiser range, the new Vision 46 promises to be a capable shorthanded passage maker with a good turn of speed and close winded.  For the full spec, please click here.

Recently nominated by SAIL magazine in their prestigious annual ‘Best Boat’s competition, The Vision 46 is a worthy contender and a hot favourite to take home the coveted prize.

Already available to charter for day sails, weekends or week long charters on the Chesapeake, we are also taking bookings for the Vision 46 from our BVI base.  Available from November 1, 2012, early charter bookings are looking strong and we anticipate a busy season ahead.  Check out our rates here for further information and to book!

And if you are attending the Annapolis Boat Show and would like to book an appointment to meet with our Sales Team, to discuss purchasing a yacht for either private use or to put into our charter fleet,  please email info@horizonyachtcharters.com and we will ensure to schedule in some time for you.

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Spoil yourself with a crewed yacht vacation from our Antigua base – it sure beats weaving!

September 1, 2011

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Chatting to a friend of mine during Legs, Bums and Tums today I suddenly realised that I am not a camping kind of girl. Strangely, my friend was so excited to have found a family to stay with in some exotic place for US$5 per night and was looking forward to helping the matriarch of the family with her weaving. Admittedly, it is not sleeping under the stars or under canvas, but I bet it’s not going to be far off. All kudos to her! As a famous, sea-faring relative once said “All experiences do not have to be pleasant, just make sure you are having an experience”. Now, I enjoy a bit of weaving with the best of them, but the idea of sitting in a very hot and humid climate, covered in hairy wool, just does not do it for me.

So, my mind turned to our fully crewed yachting vacation that we offer from Antigua. How different is this to your run of the mill weaving holiday. It’s perfect because you get all of the benefits of a sailing vacation without having to know anything at all about sailing; stunning scenery, a different anchorage each night, more beach time than you can handle and you get looked after. I am constantly amazed at the bonding that takes place on board our yachts from when guests first arrive, hot and bothered and still stressed from City life, to the day they return with our crew as their new best friends, exchanging emails and promising to keep in touch.

What a great way to spend a lazy week or 10 days in the tropics? Our Catamarans tend to book quickly for our crewed charters; plenty of space, a stable platform for non-sailors and ideal for serious sunbathers. For example, we have a stunning Orana 44 called “Sara” (affectionately known as George by the dock team). Here she is in all her glory:

The great thing about this yacht is that there are three double cabins and 2 extra cabins for your Captain and Chef. That way, if you want to sing Abba songs until the sun rises, you go ahead, as your crew are tucked away.

Speaking of cabins, here is a flavour of the type of cabin you would retire to at the end of a busy day sunbathing, snorkelling, kayaking….

With one of our Chefs, you just have to sit back and relax whilst they prepare a healthy dinner for you after you’ve enjoyed your sundowners:

Speaking of sundowners, Antigua & Barbuda offers the perfect spot for sunsets… I am never without my camera each evening; ready to snap that most gorgeous sunset from our deck – every night is different and every night is perfect.

Are you ready to experience something new? Email me at info@antiguahorizon.com and let’s put that weaving vacation on the back-burner for another year.

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12,000 miles, 10 happy years – the story of Auntie Jane’s inspirational sailing life.

March 24, 2011

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When you cruise – for one week, one month or even one year (for those lucky enough), you will always meet interesting people – some you will like and some you will be indifferent to. But ultimately, cruisers have always got a tale to tell, a word of advice and an easy invitation on board to sample the local rum/beer/other home brew!


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Ciao Italia – Lagoon 440 – embarks on their Antigua adventure!

January 22, 2011

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Having made a long hike up a steep hill to catch the Round the Island yachts passing by Jolly Harbour, I discovered that I was either too early or too late! But what I did discover was The Erdmans aboard our Lagoon 440 “Ciao Italia” leaving the harbour for the start of their Antiguan sailing adventure.

Quite often I am asked about the differences between sailing Antigua and Barbuda and other islands such as BVI – many cruisers have only ever sailed BVI and have less understanding of what it is like to cruise other areas. I would say that these photographs graphically show some differences… it is very peaceful here and typically you will meet other ‘yachties’ who own their own yachts or possibly live aboards who are realising their own dreams to cruise the islands (before they head back to normal world!). Everyone has an interesting story.

I also managed to snap a pair of pelicans out fishing for their lunch – it really is the simple things here that make it special.

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The perfect accompaniment to your Antigua sailing charter

October 12, 2010

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The perfect accompaniment to your Antigua sailing charter

Sailing, kite surfing and more sailing!

Horizon Yacht Charters Antigua is delighted to be partnering with Nonsuch Bay Resort to bring you an all-round sailing experience as part of your charter trip.  Enjoy dinghy and keelboat sailing and racing on their fleet of RS Dinghies, RS Elite fleet and Hobies.  For those with more energy, learn to kite surf, enjoy a sailing clinic and more.

Based in glorious Nonsuch Bay on the east coast of Antigua, Nonsuch Bay Resort offers perfect small boat sailing conditions, great sailing kit and two square miles of protected water.

Nonsuch Bay is an overnight anchorage and a great spot to enjoy the beauty of Green Island; and just a dinghy ride away from the Resort.

Nonsuch Bay Resort is offering Horizon Antigua guests a special DAY PASS to enjoy some fantastic sailing.  Pay just US$100 per person, per day, and enjoy use of all dinghies and keelboats subject to availability and agility*

*please note, individuals who book a day pass and enjoy a great lunch at the Resort pay just US$50 for their day pass.

Horizon Antigua is delighted to offer one complimentary Dinghy Technique Clinic* per charter for all new charters booked between now and the end of November and taken before April 30 2011.

*Technique clinics last 1 hour for between 1 and 3 persons per session and are subject to availability at time of booking.

For further information, please contact Jackie Ashford, Horizon Yacht Charters Antigua.


Toll free:  1-866-439-1089

+1 (286) 562 4725

Skype:  jackieashford1





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De-stress in de Caribbean with Horizon Antigua yoga promotion!

January 28, 2010

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Where better to de-stress than on the tropical island paradise that is Antigua. Nestled in the middle of the island chain, Antigua makes the perfect start point for any Caribbean sailing cruise – north, west or south. Now, to make it even more tempting and stress-free, we have teamed with Ashtanga yoga specialist Leilani to offer a complementary, one-on-one yoga session or a relaxing neck, back and shoulder massage. What better way to relax after an exhilarating sail, cruising the glorious waters of Antigua? This promotion is for new charter bookings taken between now and the end of May 2010. One massage or yoga session per new charter. The great thing is that Leilani – Californian born – can teach from the earliest beginner, up to advanced level.

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