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Far from the crowds; cruising Barbuda in the Caribbean

November 10, 2013

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Far from the crowds in Barbuda; enjoy some well deserved R&R...

There’s nothing better than feeling the soft, cool sand between your toes and hearing the lap of the Caribbean Sea when you need some well deserved R&R.  That’s why Barbuda is such a perfect cruising destination.  On the west coast, you have Low Bay which is literally 11 miles of unbroken white/pink sand.  From time to time the beach looks an amazing pink; this is because it is made up from the tiniest of pink shells.

The pink sand at Low Bay, Barbuda.

So how do you reach this sailor’s paradise?  From the island of Antigua, Barbuda is around a four and a half hour sail – perfect for those charterers who do not want a full day of sailing but enjoy island-hopping.  Most of our guests will sail from Jolly Harbour up to either Deep Bay (where you can jump in and explore the wreck of the Andes) or even the more lively Dickenson Bay where you have such great restaurants as Coconut Grove and Pepperz n Lime.  From these two overnight anchorages, you then lift your anchor early the next morning and sail up to Barbuda.

Deep Bay and the wreck of the Andes for snorkelling

Once in Barbuda, you can visit the Frigate Bird Sanctuary in the Lagoon – a guided boat tour showing you these amazing birds with their bright red colouring on display…

Frigate birds feeding in Barbuda

Majestic frigate birds in Barbuda

Or enjoy some local lobster at Uncle Roddy’s Lobster Shack (another overnight anchorage so do allow two nights in Barbuda to fully appreciate all it has to offer)…

Uncle Roddy's Lobster Shack in Barbuda

Whichever way you decide to explore Barbuda; we know that you won’t be disappointed.  Paradise is waiting for you.

 

Horizon Yacht Charters Antigua

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Toll free:  +1 866 439 1089

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Congratulations to the Winning Bar Wars Team!

May 19, 2013

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Horizon Yacht Charters Grenada was thrilled to be involved with the recent Bar Wars competition in Trinidad! With 24 heats around the country, and 8 one-hour televised Final Play Offs, this highly successful TV series was made by Abovegroup Ogilvy in partnership with Carib Brewery Ltd,  & created by Russ Jarman Price.  The grand prize was a 5-day luxury cruise up the Grenadines, enjoying the treats and treasures of the Southern Caribbean with Horizon Yacht Charters!

After grueling, fun-filled rounds of dance, Q&A trivia, a myriad of crazy physical challenges and some pretty serious karaoke, the lucky winning team was announced… Congratulations to Frankie’s Bar on Ariapita Avenue, in Port of Spain!  We were very happy to welcome the winning team on board and show them a great time!

Here are just a few photos of their trip, as they sailed through the Grenadines from beautiful St Vincent to Grenada.  Their itinerary included Bequia, Mustique, Palm Island and the stunning, unforgettable Tobago Cays Marine Park, which you can only get to by boat!  Remember to contact us to book a sailing holiday to remember with Horizon Yacht Charters Grenada!

 

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Book a front row seat at one of the best shows on earth; welcome to Antigua.

March 2, 2013

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So, you have your Caribbean sailing vacation booked, your crew lined up and already you feel excited about that steady tropical breeze and temperatures that do not drop below 27 degrees, no matter what time of year!  Very different to most people’s normal life that involves the crowded daily commute to the office, the worry of the kids college fees and staying warm during the winter storms.

What do you look forward to most about your sailing vacation?

For many, they say that after the sailing, the greatest pleasure is when you have dropped your anchor and you can simply sit and relax and watch the sunset.  If there’s a refreshing cocktail in your hand and some chips in front of you, then so much the better!  There’s nothing better than good friends, a warm climate and a very special view.

There is something magical about how different each sunset is.  From our base here in Jolly Harbour Marina on the west coast of Antigua, we capture some stunning colours right off the dock.  The feeling of space is liberating; especially after a long flight crammed in with lots of very stressed and overworked people.

Jolly Harbour Marina, Antigua... Horizon sunsets

From our closest, white sand beach… which is just a short walk from our base in Antigua, you can enjoy a sun-downer at Castaways Bar but remember to take your camera… here’s a sunset we captured from south beach just below.  You can must make out the tiny island of Redonda in the distance.  The sea on the west coast of Antigua is this calm… why not paddle your feet or take the plunge and enjoy a sunset swim.

 

From our closest beach in Jolly Harbour

 

One of the great things about a sailing vacation, is spending time on and in the water.  After a hot sail, it’s nice to jump right in and cool off.  It’s also very economical with the water in the tanks, too!

 

Diving into the warm Caribbean sea at sunset

 

One of my favorite sailing guest shots has to be the image below with the crew on the Catamaran enjoying this amazing sunset.  From memory, this was shot in Barbuda – sister isle to Antigua – and just a 25nm sail to the north of Antigua.

 

Sail to Barbuda and enjoy a spectacular light show.

Let us know when you’re ready to book your front row seat at one of the best shows on earth.  See you sailing Antigua & Barbuda very soon.

 

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Enjoy An Extra Day’s Sailing!

November 16, 2012

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Did you know that every time you book a week’s charter with Horizon Yacht Charters, you automatically receive 7 nights and 8 days worth of sailing?  If you compare this to some of the other charter companies, where a weekly rate only gives you 6 nights and 7 days sailing, you’ll realise that just one of the many benefits of chartering with Horizon includes getting a whole extra day out on the water!

Don’t forget that after you have checked in with our friendly front desk, we always aim to board you by midday, ensuring maximum sailing time for you and your friends or family.  And on your return, we don’t expect to disembark your yacht  until midday, allowing plenty of time for a leisurely sail back to base from your last night’s anchorage.

Horizon gives you more – another reason why you’re in the right company!

To book your 7 night/8 day charter with us contact info@horizonyachtcharters.com

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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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Horizon Yacht Charters (Grenada) Ltd hires John Pirovano as Yacht Sales & Service Manager!

February 24, 2012

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Grenada, West Indies – February 2012 – Horizon Yacht Charters Grenada (Horizon Yachts) – has hired John Pirovano as their new Yacht Sales & Service Manager.

John will be responsible for strengthening and developing three key areas of business:

Yacht Sales. Horizon is the Caribbean dealer for Bavaria Yachts and a dealer for Fountaine Pajot Catamarans. In 2011 Horizon Grenada became the dealer for Sea Ray and Meridian motor yachts for the Southern Caribbean, covering St Lucia, Barbados, St Vincent, Grenada and Trinidad & Tobago. John will be responsible for developing sales across the region through a network of sub agents in each country.

Yacht Management. Horizon Grenada opened an office at Port Louis Marina in 2010 with the objective of developing their private yacht management business in this brand new, first class marina facility. John will be the first point of contact for private yachts seeking assistance and management and will continue to develop this growing side of the business. It is hoped that more and more yacht owners will see the benefit of locating their yacht at Port Louis in Grenada: the gateway to the Grenadines.

Yacht Brokerage. There is currently no properly established yacht brokerage company in Grenada. Brokerage will work hand in hand with management where Horizon will take care of a yacht while assisting the owner in its sale.

Originally from New Zealand, John has spent most of his working life in the yachting industry. John’s early sailing career developed from national competition to racing with New Zealand’s best. The early eighties bought John to America where he worked on large mega yachts before being lured into maxi yacht racing. Six years of international competition followed on famous yachts such as Bumblebee 4, Kialoa 4, Condor and Nirvana. This boat broke many blue water records including the Newport – Bermuda and Fastnet race records in ’82 and ’85 respectively.

With marriage in sight, John moved ashore to work initially for Hood Sail makers in Marblehead Mass, before moving into the Marina service and management industry. An opportunity then arose to assist in the establishment of a new mega-yacht service facility for Palmer Johnson in Savannah Georgia, leading to a position of Sales Manager, with global travel in pursuit of service work to the fast growing mega-yacht fleet.

Although never straying to far from his boating routes, John spent several years in the high speed ferry industry developing new business and operations in North America and the Caribbean. In 2010 John was enticed back to the sunshine and trade winds of the Caribbean with an offer of a job in Grenada.

John Pirovano has honed his skills with over 30 years’ experience in the Marina and Yachting Industry with roles varying from yacht sales & service to marina operations & management. His Southern Caribbean role will benefit from his international experience and help him to provide top-notch service to clients with knowledgeable, hands-on advice.  Horizon Grenada is very happy to welcome him on board! John Pirovano can be contacted at john@horizongrenada.com or tel: +1473 536 4956

For more information please contact Jacqui Pascall

Telephone: 1 473 439 1000/2

email info@horizongrenada.com

http://www.horizonyachtcharters.com/grenada/grenada.html

www.horizonmotoryachts.com

 

 

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The Annapolis Sailboat Show!

October 18, 2011

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Annapolis Sailboat Show at Sunset

Annapolis Sailboat Show at Sunset

Jacqui Pascall, co-owner of our Grenada base, recently attended the Annapolis Sailboat Show and had a great time with the team on our Horizon Yacht Charters’ stand!  Jacqui was on the stand with some of the Horizon BVI team: Andrew, Sylvia and Henry, as well as Christalen, Kate and Sally… and Carlijn from our St Maarten base.

The show had a really fantastic crowd, with a great selection of companies and services offered, including BVI Tourism and St. Vincent Tourism Department –  it was fun to meet up with old friends and make new ones, both people attending the show as well as the people manning the other stands! Horizon was lucky to have 4 new Bavaria yachts on display, ranging from 32 to 45 feet… which are for sale or for charter in the Horizon fleet.

Everyone visiting the stand was so friendly, mostly with questions about the differences between the Islands as well as the different yacht charter options available – and with the special boat show offer we had on there were a lot of bookings being made!  Horizon’s goody bags went down a storm, as did the competitions to win a 7 night charter and spend the day with Peter Holmberg, a top USA skipper.

When off the stand exploring the Horizon team was spoilt for choice as the main street is full of bars, cafes & restaurants. Jacqui said some of her favourite treats whilst in Annapolis ranged from Sushi to Thai noodles and chicken satay… and crab cakes with green salad… and an evening spent enjoying a rock/blues band at a pub on West Street was great fun!

Jacqui flew into Annapolis from the Caribbean on American airlines, via Miami… reporting a perfect flight and seamless connections.  Accommodation in Annapolis was in a lovely house right on the river, where she has stayed before – thanks Heather & Chris! Boat shows can be pretty hectic, but Jacqui was lucky to find that the stand was set up by the rest of the Horizon team prior to her arrival to the show, and special thanks goes to Kate, who really pulled out all the stops to get the new stunning back drop, crew shirts, rate sheets, etc. all done in advance.

We will have some photos or video of the show posted soon on our facebook page, join us to keep in touch!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Horizon-Yacht-Charters-Grenada/223007381659?sk=info

 

 

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