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Silent Wings at the Antigua Charter Yacht Show!

December 21, 2014

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Horizon recently enjoyed the 53rd Antigua Charter Yacht Show at Falmouth & English Harbours, Antigua – from  5 –  10 December 2014.  Featuring 100 registered yachts, there was a wide selection of stunning catamarans and monohull sail boats ranging in size from 50 feet and up, all in the historic Dockyard at English Harbour. Visitors to the show also got to see super yachts, both power and sail, which was great fun!

The Welcome Party was held at the Copper & Lumber Store Hotel in the historic English Harbour, with a theme of “Caribbean Evening Under the Stars”.   Starting with a cocktail Reception with buffet supper, followed by live entertainment by a dancing troupe and DJ music.  Everybody enjoyed this fantastic opportunity to catch up with industry colleagues in wonderful setting!

 

Our crewed yacht Silent Wings was located in the Nelsons Dockyard in English Harbour and had prime position amongst the larger fleet.  Sally and Steve were ready to welcome brokers onboard, and to show off this lovely sailing yacht that is based in the Grenadines.

On Tuesday evening the dockyard boat hop brought the place alive with yachts open for visiting brokers to enjoy drinks and canapés.  Silent Wings hosted a Grenada themed cocktail party with rum, spices and chocolate to offer to the brokers.  Goodie bags to take home included local Grenadian flavours & spices.

A fun evening was had by those who stopped by to nibble on Sally’s delightful dips and sample Steve’s strong rum punch!  Jacqui Pascall, co-owner of Horizon Grenada had a great time answering questions about Grenada and the Grenadines, and it certainly didn’t take much encouragement for everyone to sample the fantastic Grenada chocolate displayed!

Learn more about booking a luxury crewed yacht charter on Silent Wings, and let us help you plan a perfect bespoke holiday – see our dedicated web page here:  http://horizonyachtcharters.com/stvincent/crewedboats/jeanneau-54ds-silent-wings/

 

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World Arc Visits Grenada!

March 23, 2013

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World Arc comes to Grenada! Horizon Yacht Charters were thrilled to welcome the crews from World Arc to Grenada this week!  Starting from Saint Lucia (or Australia, for a half-rally), World ARC is an incredibly well-organised event – travelling a total of 26,000 Nautical Miles on a tradewind circumnavigation with a team in every port to ensure a warm welcome.  Participants in World ARC enjoy a mix of cruising in company and free time to explore – the fleet keeps up a regular pace together and join in the shore-side activities as a group, while staying with the best weather as they travel.  The group is made up of families with children, retirees or those on a ‘grown up gap year’ – all are welcome and accommodated for. With a dedicated rally team ensuring everyone makes the most of their time ashore, while providing peace of mind at sea – truly the voyage of a lifetime!

While in Grenada there are a series of events, including a Prize giving Function at the Victory Bar & Grill, Port Louis and an Island Tour, arranged by the Grenada Tourist Board.  The yachts and their crews will be staying about 10 days in Grenada before cruising up the coast and through the stunning Grenadines before meeting up again in St Lucia in mid-April.

James Pascall speaks to the World Arc group at Port Louis Marina, Grenada

James & Jacqui of Horizon Yacht Charters Grenada spent some time with the crews, providing itinerary assistance, mooring advice and an information pack with details on fun things to try in Grenada, like joining the Hash House Harriers (known as drinkers with a running problem!), sharing Horizon’s Wikiloc page for hikers and explorers,  Prickly Bay on a Friday night, De Big Fish on a Saturday, and Hog Island on a Sunday. There were also detailed suggestions for some of the fabulous places to stop, shop and dine along the final leg of their circumnavigation, including Carriacou, Mayreau, Union, Mopion…   If you click on the photo a larger resolution will pop up…do take note of the text on James’ presentation – you can see why they are all listening so intently! Ahh, yes – there is truly no better way to explore the beautiful Southern Caribbean and Grenadines than on a yacht!

James Pascall Presenting to World Arc Crews

"...one gas station and 200 rum shops!"

 

All yachts in all WCC events are fitted with a remote tracking device and each event has a dedicated website with a ‘Fleet Viewer’ where family and friends ashore can follow the fleet’s progress and obtain information on individual yachts. After being away for so long they will be exhilarated with their adventures and ready to share some stories!  Read about their recent tour of Grenada on their blog

You can learn more about the World Arc and other World Cruising Club events on their website!

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New Yachts Join the Grenada Fleet!

October 31, 2011

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Horizon Grenada is very pleased to announce some of the new yachts joining our fleet!

Chez Nous is an award-winning Leopard 4000 Catamaran, for comfortable cruising for up to 4 couples. The yacht is great fun either under sail or power with a fully battened mainsail, 120% roller furling genoa and powerful Volvo engines. The cockpit is well designed with 360 degree visibility from the helm and a hard top bimini for added protection.  A fully opening salon door creates a very large living space combining the galley and the saloon. The spacious galley is well-equipped with fridge and freezer, 2 burner stove and oven.  Accommodation includes 2 double cabins in each hull sharing a full head with a separate shower. Having a crew join you? A small forepeak berth is located in front of each of the forward cabins. This elegant Catamaran provides loads of storage, plenty of ventilation and light. Click to see photos:  Chez Nous

 

The Mucho Gusto is an owner’s version of the  Lagoon 410 Catamaran,  with 2 double cabins sharing a head in the port hull and a wonderfully spacious owner’s cabin & en suite head on the starboard side. In addition, there is a small captain’s cabin at the front of the port hull should you decide to travel with a skipper! Fantastic ventilation in the cabins provided by the large hatches, and ample saloon and cockpit space with seating outside for the whole crew shows why this is such a popular Catamaran.  Under   power or sail the 410 really performs! Click to see photos: Mucho Gusto

Onde Calor, a Beneteau 373,  is an economical option  for up to 3 couples travelling together in three double cabins with large shared head & stall shower, and an ideal design for sailing in the Caribbean! With its bright, airy interior &  great ventilation, it has a generous cockpit and seating area. The boat is fantastically easy to sail as all control lines lead back to the cockpit it has a self-stacking mainsail with lazy jacks and roller furling genoa.  This yacht has an L-shaped galley below decks, with a double sink, cooker with oven and loads of storage space. Click to see photos: Onde Calor

Pandora, a fabulous Hanse 470, is a stunning luxury yacht with an almost Bauhaus design by Judel/Vrolijk, a very rare charter boat, that we are very proud to add to our fleet.  Surprisingly easy to sail – even shorthanded – this stunning craft combines a modern extra stiff epoxy hull with a low deck profile and a powerful fractional rig with a self-tacking jib, which is more commonly seen on super-yachts. Her light hull and deep keel means she points into the wind better than most.  With twin wheels in the spacious cockpit, all control lines lead under deck to the cockpit winches. Retractable cleats and flush hatches keep the decks clutter free. Inside, the interior is a very modern living space with 3 double cabins and 2 heads that is with sleek, contemporary fittings throughout the glamorous living space.  Click to see photos: Pandora

La Vida – a Beneteau 51-  has loads of space, with genset for additional power if needed and Air Conditioning. A very popular charter boat design, both  easy to sail and with  fantastic performance.  For safety, all lines lead back to the huge cockpit where the dual helm positions provide great  visibility, and the chart plotter, autopilot and instruments  are all closeby.   The large table with drop leaves in the spacious cockpit are great for socializing!  Below deck is the galley with  2 refrigerators and loads of counter top and storage in this roomy space.  Sleeping up to 4 couples plus a single,  each of the 4 well-ventilated cabins has head and shower en suite, as well as the single bunk cabin up forward with its own head. It’s no wonder this yacht is already in such demand! Click to see photos: La Vida

For more information on booking a Caribbean holiday to remember in Grenada & the Grenadines, contact us on info@horizongrenada.com

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Brand new Bavaria 40 2010 arrives Antigua December 2010 for charter

July 12, 2010

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Brand new Bavaria 40 2010 arrives Antigua December 2010 for charter

We are excited to announce a brand new Bavaria 40 joining the Horizon Yacht Charters Antigua fleet this December 2010.  Arriving just in time for the busy high season, this 3 cabin/2 head yacht is perfect for a sailing couple or couples, or a family.

Contact Jackie at the base to check availability for charter in Antigua.

Email info@antiguahorizon.com

Toll free:  1 866 439 1089

Telephone:  +1 268 562 4725

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Ask Pandora – How to Win Friends and Influence People!

February 5, 2010

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Continuing our theme of Ask Pandora – our mystery guide to yachting in the Windward Islands. The islands really are that idyllic for great sailing, but in between the sailing times here’s some pointers to getting on with the local residents of Bequia, Union, Carriacou and other islands in the Grenadines chain. Follow this and you’ll be popular with everyone!

1. Be polite
People in the Caribbean are unfailingly polite. Try it and you’ll find it works here better than anywhere! Very old fashioned but you’ll get the hang of it and realize how charming it is. Use “good morning/ afternoon/ evening” and keep away from the straight “hello” or “hi” as they’re just not effective. A word of warning – you may get confused as the locals will tend to say “good evening” to you anytime after midday and “good night” even though you don’t feel like going to bed yet! If you think you catch on and say “good afternoon” in the morning I’m afraid this will not work at all. Local rules.

2. Take your time and have a chat
It may be your first beer ashore since a long upwind sail and you’re parched, or you really need a part in a local chandlery urgently, but the locals work on “island time”, a unique blip in the time space continuum, that has the effect of slowing down even further if you try to rush it. So regardless of your need, start with point 1, then progress that to a polite chat which usually means enquiring after someone’s health and/or day so far. A minute or two of that before getting down to asking for whatever it is you want from that person and you’ll be amazed at the big smile you’ll receive in return along with that beer etc that you really need. Try to make it happen without what the locals consider to be simple good manners and you’ll be wondering why the other bloke at the bar who got there after you is already sipping his cold Carib.

3. Buying your fruit & veg
Most stores have tinned and frozen stuff leaving you to buy your fresh fruit and veg from market stalls often run by the island Rasta’s who by virtue of their religion are vegetarian so know a thing or two about what they are selling, or the venerable market ladies. Both these groups of fruit and veg vendors are canny sales people, so be prepared to haggle but do it in a friendly non-aggressive way. You’ll be amazed at the amount you walk out of the Rasta market with having only popped in for a pineapple or couple of mangoes. The Rasta market in Bequia is probably the best known. And don’t forget to ‘spread the love’, that is, be prepared to buy a little something from everyone rather than all your stuff from one vendor. Then everyone is happy.

4. Dealing with the ‘boat boys’
Especially prevalent in the southern part of the Caribbean chain of islands these enterprising guys in their colourful motor boats will approach you regularly offering anything from a mooring ball to tie up to, to fresh lobster, ice, or a T-shirt. Some people see them as an irritation but remember these islands are poor by many standards and these guys are simply trying to make a living. So treat them with respect and good manners and you’ll find they can be very helpful and not a hassle at all. Look them in the eye, ask them their name, (it’ll help you both next time you see them) and be firm but polite about accepting or declining what they have to offer. They’re the only way to buy that freshly baked warm loaf of bread in the morning as you swing at anchor in the Tobago Cays!

5. Be considerate of other yachties
It’s the simple stuff really that makes a big difference. Keep the music down, not everybody enjoys your 80’s classics played full volume. Go slowly past other yachts and never too close to their bow, your keel and their anchor chain are never good friends. Take your time anchoring, drop 5 times the depth of chain and wait at least half an hour before leaving the boat (and even better, dive on the anchor), to make sure it has held fully. The wind can change direction and be gusty in squalls and some anchorages are subject to strong currents, so leave plenty of room to swing safely.

So, smile and be nice and the Caribbean will smile on you.

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