In this Issue
Introduction by Captain Andrew Buys.
Passionate Traveler and friends,
This month we are highlighting the sailing yachts of our industry,
which are the yachts that appeal to the sportsmen of yachting.
These guys and gals love to have their yacht cut through the
water in front of them, while enjoying the soft feel of wind
and salt on their faces. We can say they are the formula 1 drivers
of our sport, but it is the location to sail which is all important.
Many of these locations can be calm at times with the soft trade
winds coming through. So select your location wisely, talk to
our staff and ask questions. We do business the good old fashioned
way where you are number one. Our guests will be in a position
to call me 24/7 so have fun out there, the world is your oyster
and you are the pearl, so take advantage of this.
Endless Summer II
Endless Summer yacht with the crew's True Stories.
Endless summer is offering a bargain rate at
this time so get in touch with Captain Andrew for more details.
Better than her bargain rates is the yacht and her top captain
and chef team. Your chef Susanna Rice first took to the wheel
of Endless Summer when she was 1 year old (assisted by her dad
Barry). In July 2010 Susanna was up the mast freeing a halyard
(a line) when she spotted a large manta ray gliding around Endless
Summer and they were in deep water, charter guests on board. So
plucky Susanna picked up the under water camera and shot this
picture of the giant manta ray. What a lady, what a picture.
|Endless Summer II is a classic monohull
and a legend amongst Caribbean crewed charter yachts. She was conceived
to charter in the British Virgin Islands long considered the sailing
capital of the world with their constant breeze, calm seas and amazing
View the entire yacht Endless Summer here: www.esbrochure.com
Call for hard cover color brochures.
Sailing Yacht Paradise
Crew of SY Paradise like to present little true stories which
happened on charters. On one charter a whale and several dolphins
had been involved. We just got our guests aboard Paradise and
we left Road Town to our next destination, which was Norman Island.
We had a nice wind and the sky was deep blue and our guests were
sitting along the railing enjoying their feet hanging over the
All of a sudden a huge fountain of spray came up on our port
side of yacht Paradise. It was a totally exiting moment for
all of us; Captain Bernie was able to manoeuvre the yacht right
towards the fountain. Then the enormous body of an Orca Whale
came up showing his white belly. Our guests were really excited
we were just behind this gorgeous creature. We followed this
black and white whale for 15 minutes.
The Orca must have noticed the water becoming shallower and
with a loud call dived down and disappeared. Because that experience
was so unusual we decided to cut our trip shorter and went into
Great harbour Peter Island for the evening. Excitedly drinks
were handed out and our chatter continued, it was sooooo close
to us, wow. Then out of the blue dolphins appeared, Ruthie jumped
over board flippers and mask, Ruthie swam with a mother and
baby dolphin, what an unusual scene Ruthie, baby dolphin and
Mother dolphin swimming together.
Captain Bernd lowered the guests on Paradises platform so they
too could touch the water. Everyone could hear the little dolphin
making noises to Ruthie who tried to answer through the mouthpiece
of the snorkel. Our four guests then were able to see the little
dolphin swimming back and forth between dolphin mom and Ruthie.
After a lot more talking the little dolphin then turned away
leaving a big white splash to be closer to Mother dolphin, they
were gone. Mom and Pup dolphin was later seen amongst a large
heard of dolphin which were mixing with 30 cruise ship guests
in the water.
On another charter a young
boy seemed to be a little bit bored while his parents were snorkelling
all day long enjoying the tremendous amount of fish around Norman
Island. Captain Bernie started to tell this young man Pirate
tales of treasure on Norman Island and doubloons in the water.
The young lad agreed to snorkel with captain Bernd close to
where the yacht Paradise was anchored. The young lad was diving
down looking everywhere for money and out of the blue this shriek
of triumph came the young lads hollering voice, I found 20 dollars,
I found 20 dollars, this crumpled 20 dollar bill firmly in hand
and a grin that stretched way across the bay. Now the serious
hunt was on, the entire bay was scoured by the young man in
his quest to find more.
A note from Captain Andrew, I too found a 20 dollar note on
the seabed next to the first cave on Peter Island so well done
with this true tale of doubloons at the pirate caves.
Picture form tropical drinks (provided by charter chefs).
Captain Bernd and Ruthie.
Charter Yacht "Paradise."
2010 Copyright Barrington-Hall
These illustrations are a tribute to natures tropical secrets.
These exotic flavors of nature are put together as if my wife
were a gorgeous humming bird and it was her I wished to attract.
Enjoy these carefully selected Caribbean favorites, they are dedicated
to the art of service and a lot of fun. I believe that natures
handyman would be proud of them, dry or sweet. Thank you for your
selection, enjoy your party no matter how big or small.
Captain Gordon Monsen and Lizane Heine
The trusty sailing yacht Liberte.
British Virgin Island Carnival Day
|The First Monday in August.
|Monday 1 August 2011 is carnival which
normally runs for the week.
True Stories in picture form
famous GREEN FLASH
can be viewed on a clear day when the yellow sun slowly drops
behind the blue Caribbean horizon. It is the last quarter-section
of the sun which turns to a lime green. When you are having fun
onboard your luxury catamaran, keep your eyes on the sun setting;
try not to miss the GREEN FLASH. I have seen the green flash more
times from Pomato Point at Wilfred’s restaurant than anywhere
else. No clouds on the horizon and the 2 colors blue and yellow
turns the sun into lime green just for a few seconds.
Another true family story
A private yacht vacation is one of the best
adventures guests can ever experience in their lives. Here is
an example of a little boy who went with his partents 14 years
before and that wonderful seed remained with him for 14 years
until he could afford to take his wife on the same adventure all
those years alter, see the pictures.
Click here: www.yachtsbhc.com/guestletters.html
Captain Gordon Momsen’s Adventures.
|Captain Gordon Monsen & Chef Lizane Heine
Charter yacht Liberte
I sit here in Liberte`s comfortable salon, connected to the local
Internet provider CCT (which is getting better each year),I reflect
on what changes are taking place here and in the US and Europe
and where we are going....
There is no doubt that the
Industry is much quieter than it has been and, although some folks
see an imminent upturn I must be wearing different spectacles.
In fact, I liken this slow-down to the last big one in the 80`s
which affected the BVI so strongly. I believe that we have a ways
to go yet. This does not, of course, signal doom and gloom everywhere.
In fact, it makes for a much more efficient machine, fat trimmed
away, much keener prices and efficiency for our clients both Guests
and Brokers. And leading from that, Operators and Owners who have
all that massive investment to try to offset. I have written about
this before and shall probably do so again---we spare absolutely
no effort or expense to make it 'all come together right' for
you all. Liberte` is a well found and well run Yacht which conforms.....and
that brings me to the next uppermost thought------BVI or 'Virgin
Islands Small Ships Registry' requirements. In the past, Operators
have been left largely to their own devices, to decide themselves
what their own Yachts need in terms of safety standards which
change according to operating area. These were often determined
by a 'flag of convenience' and sometimes fell well short of what
they should have been. This has all changed. No small commercial
vessel (ie. a 'charter boat') will be permitted to operate in
BVI waters unless she has a Certificate of Compliance issued by
the relevant government department in the BVI. Yachts are to be
given a short period to get their affairs in order and, if not
compliant safety-wise, will be asked to cease operations in BVI
waters, an interesting new chapter and challenge therefore unfolds.
Needless to say, Libby is compliant
as she is a world-class Ocean Cruiser--- apart from a couple of
minor items which will be rectified within 14 days when the safety
items arrive in the now-depleted stores. These added costs are
going to be very hard to swallow for an already embattled industry,
but the final outcome will be enhanced safety for all.
Liberte is running some very special offers for the month of November
only---so come on down to the warm and comfortable breezes of
the Leeward Islands, leave those gloves and coats and boots in
the frozen car at JFK, BWI, Chicago and Boston and other points
north and let us relax you as only the Islands (and our excellent
rum), can......Read on for some interesting info on our fishy
Do not eat the fish.
Here in the
British Virgin Islands, its widely known and understood that the
local reef fish should not be eaten. Consuming a reef fish may
result in poisoning and illness...The question often asked on
charter is how these fish could cause us to become so sick and
why specifically does it occur here in the British Virgin islands?
We do a little research to find out exactly what is going on.
and Diving is magnificent, the fishes and reefs are colorful,
beautiful and radiant, you become speechless and amazed at the
hundreds of fish swimming around you, the shades of color from
light to dark, its hard to believe these spectacular fish could
cause so much harm if eaten.
of the problem lies on the reefs, the coral, the algae and the
sea weed. Toxins (dino-flagellates) adhere to the coral, algae
and sea weed which the smaller herbivorous fish eat, the larger
carnivorous fish in turn eat the smaller fish and the toxins bio
accumulate which increases the severity of the toxin... There
are number of certain toxins that together produce "Ciguatera"
poisoning, a contamination of the fishes flesh that makes the
fish unsafe to eat...Predator species near the top of the food
chain in tropical and sub-tropical waters, such as Barracudas,
snapper, moray eels, parrot fishes, Groupers, trigger fishes and
amberjacks are most likely to cause ciguatera poisoning, although
many other species have been found to cause occasional outbreaks
of toxicity. Cigua toxin is very heat-resistant, so cigua toxin-laden
fish cannot be detoxified by conventional cooking...
cigua toxin was linked to Poison passed to tropical fish through
consumption. However, the exact source of the toxin was unknown,
and many sources were identified as the culprit. these included
fruit, berries, compounds containing copper, as well as Pololo
is a generally held theory that ciguatera, as a poisonous substance,
was named and identified in Cuba, circa the early 1800s. Local
folklore has identified that the etymology stems from a story
of an Englishman who caught a barracuda on the Isla de Pinos.
After consuming the barracuda, the Englishman became terribly
ill. When queried about the origins of his illness, the Englishman
claimed to have caught and eaten "a fish, from the seawater".
This gave rise to the name of the ailment as ciguatera, a transliteration
into Spanish of the English word seawater.. A more commonly encountered
explanation is that ciguatera comes from the word 'Cigua', a Cuban
name for a gastropod that caused similar symptoms. Captain Cook
during his voyages in the Endeavor (1700s) when off New Caledonia
describes eating a fish 'with a large ugly head' and goes on to
describe symptoms consistent with ciguatera poisoning.
Due to the
localized nature of the cigua toxin-producing microorganisms,
ciguatera illness is common in only Tropical waters, particularly
the Pacific and Caribbean and usually is associated with fish
caught in tropical reef waters. Cigua toxin is found in over 400
species of reef fish, and therefore avoidance of consumption of
all reef fish (any fish living in warm tropical waters) is the
only sure way to avoid exposure to the toxin.
Australia where ciguatera is a common problem, two different methods
are widely believed to be available for determining that fish
harbors significant levels of cigua toxin. The first method is
that if a piece of fish is contaminated with the toxin, flies
will not land on it. The second is that the toxin can be detected
by feeding a piece of fish to a cat, as cats are allegedly highly
sensitive to cigua oxin and will display symptoms. There is a
third, less common method for ciguatera testing that involves
putting a silver coin under the scales of the suspect fish. If
the coin turns black, reportedly, the fish is contaminated; but
if it does not turn black then it should be safe. It is not known
whether any of these tests produce results that are actually accurate.
Gastrointestinal symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
usually followed by neurological symptoms such as headaches, muscle
aches, parenthesis, numbness, and hallucinations Severe cases
of ciguatera can also result in cold allodynia, which is a burning
sensation on contact with cold (commonly incorrectly referred
to as reversal of hot/cold temperature sensation)
can last from weeks to years, and in extreme cases as long as
20 years, often leading to long term disability. Most people do
recover slowly over time. Often patients recover but redevelop
symptoms in the future. Such relapses can be triggered by consumption
of nuts, alcohol, fish or fish-containing products, chicken or
eggs, or by exposure to fumes such as those of bleach and other
chemicals. Exercise is also a possible trigger.
So there you
have it, although these fish are harmless to snorkel with as well
as dive with they are not to be eaten... All the fish that is
served on board is imported from the US... What is interesting
is that the locals on the islands here seem to have some immunity
to the toxins and are able to eat the reef fish. What is also
interesting is that Lobsters do not seem to be effected by the
toxins are safe to eat here in the British Virgin Islands....
We hope you
all enjoyed this month’s news letter! Kindly touch base
with Captain Andrew if you wish to charter with us. Guests and
friends please do keep in contact, we are looking for a charter
or two in February here in the British Virgin Islands and have
some great specials running to make your visit to the Sunny Caribbean
Gordon, Jacques and Chef
2012 Olympics in England
OLYMPIC GAMES 2012
July 26-August 13, 2012
$3 million is the approximate cost for 112
guests to live on board SEADREAMS for this entire period
Imagine having your private room stewardess make
up your double bed on the top deck under the stars for the night?
Your own private Bali Bed, Big double beds, down
duvet pillow, down Belgium linens, all made for you under the
Seadreams is the one and the only yacht which
can do this so be the first to book it or someone else will.
hope you have enjoyed our monthly news letter. The next few months
sees Captains, crews and yachts take a break from chartering,
this is the only period of a busy season when vacations can be
taken by crew and yachts set up for the next season so there maybe
a slight gap between the next news letter.