Grenada Base Welcomes Lesley Hayes

James & Jacqui Pascall, owners of Horizon Yacht Charters Grenada, are pleased to welcome Lesley Hayes to their team. Lesley joins the Reservations Department based in Port Louis Marina in Grenada.

Horizon Yacht Charters Grenada Welcomes Lesley HayesLesley is originally from the north west of England, and the only boat she had been on before the age of 29 was a cross channel ferry. That all changed when she met a Sailing Instructor and soon found herself on a 37 foot yacht, sailing across the Bay of Biscay. After four years of cruising the Mediterranean during the summer and working as a probation officer back home in the winter, she left England behind her and settled in Greece where she quickly found a job working for a yacht charter company. Here Lesley gained several years of valuable experience in all things ‘yachting’ and particularly handling reservations. Then the man in her life planted the seed of buying an ocean-going boat and crossing the Atlantic. The seed grew into a ‘Plan’ and in November 2015, they took part in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC). Since then they have stayed in the Caribbean, basing themselves in St. Vincent and getting to know and love the island, The Grenadines and Grenada. Recently Lesley had to acknowledge that even though she loved the cruising life, she actually missed going to work. The timing proved good, as the position at Horizon was being advertised, and now she is back where she is happiest, helping people find the best sailing holiday to suit them. When not working, Lesley loves swimming, cooking and watching bad TV.

Horizon Yacht Charters is a small, privately owned and managed yacht charter company with bases in Grenada and St.Vincent dedicated to tailor made vacations into the Grenadine Islands onboard a growing fleet of modern charter yachts. James Pascall commented: “As the company has recently opened a new charter base in Blue Lagoon, St. Vincent, we are ideally placed to offer our charters from either end of The Grenadines chain. Lesley has tremendous character and energy and will be a great asset to us in developing our business – Welcome aboard!”

There’s a New Way to Fly to Tortola

Turks and Caicos-based InterCaribbean Airways is significantly expanding its service to Tortola.

The carrier will be launching two daily flights between San Juan and Tortola’s Beef Island International Airport beginning Dec. 19.

Four days per week, the carrier will operate triple flight service, for a total of 18 flights each week.

You can read the full article here.

BVI Airways Acquires First Jet

BVI Airways has acquired its first aircraft ahead of its planned launch of nonstop flights from Miami, the carrier announced.

The company has completed the purchase and taken delivery of its first AVRO Regional Jet 100, which has a seating capacity of 86 (that includes 12 in Premier Class).

The four-engine plane has a cruising altitude of 31,000 feet and a speed of around 500 miles per hour, meaning the planned route from Miami to Tortola should take around 2.5 hours.

“This plane marks a major milestone in preparing BVIA for the commencement of this entirely unprecedented service between the United States and the BVI,” said Jerry Willoughby, CEO of BVI Airways. “The AVRO RJ is the perfect answer to the shorter runway at EIS. The plane was designed to land on shorter runways such the London City Airport where the runway length is also constrained by the geography. It’s well-known as being a quiet plane and has a proven track record of safety and reliability.”

BVI Airways said it intended to built out its fleet with another two aircraft.

Read the full article here.

Booking Flights to the BVI Just Got Easier

Booking trips to some of the Caribbean’s most sought-after destinations just got a lot easier.

In a big boost for Caribbean air travel, JetBlue has announced the signing of a codeshare agreement with regional carrier Cape Air.

That means travelers can buy a single ticket for itineraries that include flights by both carriers, and check their bags through to their final destination.

The move will give travelers a host of Caribbean options from JetBlue’s San Juan hub, where Cape Air flies to Caribbean destinations.

That means ease of booking for flights to Vieques, Culebra, Puerto Rico; St. Croix; St. Thomas, Tortola and Virgin Gorda, along with the Puerto Rican destination of Mayaguez.

Read the full article here.

United Airlines Expanding Flights to Puerto Rico

United Airlines is significantly ramping up its service to Puerto Rico, the carrier announced this week.

The airline said it would be increasing its flights from Newark Liberty International Airport to San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport to six times a week, up from just one flight per week.

More crucially, the route will operate with Boeing 777 aircraft offering 344 seats.

The expanded service will begin Dec. 18, according to United.

“For the last 25 years, United Airlines has been a proud member of the San Juan business community and has played a vital role in connecting Puerto Rico to the world,” said Millie Uriarte, United’s regional director of Sales for Puerto Rico. “Today’s announcement is just the beginning and we look forward to continuing to do business with customers throughout the island.”

Read the full article here. Puerto Rico is an ideal hub for accessing the British Virgin Islands – it’s just a short hop from Puerto Rico.

BAVARIA C57 – SOMETHING BIG IS COMING

BAVARIA YACHTS announces a new revolutionary sailing yacht, in the form of the new BAVARIA Cruiser 57, at the Yachting Festival in Cannes.

The innovative design, the smart layout, the high-quality equipment and build, and the impressive performance set new standards – and not only for BAVARIA YACHTS.

…..Something big is coming.

Watch this space for more announcements…

Stop press: Nautitech 46 Fly sailed at 16 knots on delivery from factory!

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Stop press!

46 Fly sailed at 16 knots on delivery from factory and Andrew Thompson, Director of Horizon, who sailed her from La Rochelle to Southampton, commented that she was incredibly well mannered and easy to sail in double digits, and knows there is a a lot more in the tank! “ We averaged 8.75 knots over the final 100 miles. This is a cat with the best bridge deck in class, a beautiful interior, first class construction, that gets up and seriously  goes, with no fuss at all.”

See the delivery pictures here. See video from the crossing here.

Prince Harry Planning Caribbean Visit!

Prince-Harry-950x477The United Kingdom’s Prince Harry will be visiting the Caribbean this fall, Kensington Palace announced Monday.

Prince Harry will be making the official visit in the late autumn on behalf of The Queen, officials said.

The Prince’s visit will include stops in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The visit comes after Prince Harry last visited the Caribbean in 2012 with a trip to Jamaica that included a friendly “race” against Usain Bolt.

The trip is planned to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Barbados and Guyana’s independence, along with the 35th anniversary of Antigua and Barbuda’s independence.

While the Prince last visited Barbados in 2010 on an official trip, this will be his first official visit to all of the other Caribbean countries.

You can read the full story here.

New Nonstop Flights Coming to Puerto Rico

Las Vegas-based air carrier Allegiant is planning an expansion to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The company is launching two new routes to Puerto Rico’s capital out of Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.

The seasonal service from Cincinnati and Pittsburgh to Puerto Rico will launch Dec. 17, with fares starting as low as $79 one way, according to the company.

It’s just a short hop from Puerto Rico to the British Virgin Islands…!

You can read the complete news article here.

Adventures in Small Doses

We were delighted to be featured in Cruising World! You can read their complete article on taking breaks away from your yacht here.