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July 15, 2010

"The entire AYCA seminar was great and Captain Virginia Wagner's talk was just excellent.  It is so helpful to have a captain's input on simple things like how to fly to the Grenadines to make the most of the client's charter.  This kind of information really helps me to do a better job for my clients."   - Attending Charter Broker


Captain Virginia Wagner of the 75' luxury catamaran MATAU  was the featured destination speaker at the AYCA seminar during the Newport Charter Show.  Entitled “Destination The Grenadines” Virginia began her talk by inviting listeners to "discover or rediscover the Grenadines – as a wonderful year round charter destination."  Using a Power Point presentation punctuated by maps and charter itinerary suggestions, Virginia's expertise on this beautiful charter destination was clear.  From her guidance on the unique 'not to be missed' offerings of the Grenadines, to her knowledge of where to find the best produce, fresh fish or specialty items to expert tour guides, to her suggestions for the the best spas, restaurants or night life. Virginia's knowledge and insight has been gained during her nearly 25 years of Caribbean charter experience. She shared information on, airports, airlines, ideas for specialized charter itineraries and land excursions -- complete with beautiful photographs of the Grenadines courtesy of Billy Black.  Virginia shared some fascinating insight into why the Grenadines remain her favorite cruising ground to share with charter guests.   

  MATAU Grenadines Itinerary

Chef Ingrid Weiss of s/v
 placed 2nd in Concourse de Chef Premier Class (yachts under 100')  

BLUE WHALE For the Concourse de Chef Ingrid created a colorful summer pasta seafood salad with caramelized vegetables -- 'Garden by the Sea.'  The judge's comments included “veggies - good crisp” Captain Logan Rowell & chef Ingrid Weise did an excellent job during the entire show and in particular during the evening yacht hop.  In addition to placing 2nd in the Chef Competition, Ingrid "cooked her socks off" at the yacht hop.  Logan and Ingrid had an assortment of fresh fruit on board and invited brokers to participate in a fruit sculpture competition with the winners receiving a prize of a freshly baked Blue Whale coconut cake -- it was great fun and all were surprised and pleased to learn of our colleagues imagination and hidden talent!  BLUE WHALE is excellent family yacht and offers both captain only and captain & chef charter options.

Broker's shared the following comments during & after the show:
  “BLUE WHALE looked great... the yacht was in great condition and set up for charter ... she was VERY clean...  I liked the removable glass and the separate cockpit for guests … I am happy to know she’s “kid-friendly” …  she’s pretty and in nice condition…  Comments shared crew:   I love that captain!  Logan is such a wonderful guy - perfect for the boat … talented and quietly capable…"


-- Chef Gisele takes 1st place in the
Chowder Competition !

GADGET – Chef extraordinaire Gisele Lannamann received 1st place in the Chowder Competition for her exquisite scallop chowder with cream shrimp reduction broth & hit of cognac. A stop by GADGET for Gisele's perfectly medium rare tenderloin bites with plum compote was a highlight of the Wednesday evening yacht hop for yachts up to 80’, as was listening to Captain Ken Lannamann talk of his passion for celestial navigation which he enjoys sharing with charter guests. 

GADGET hosted brokers on board for lunch on Thursday & breakfast on Friday -- the response was overwhelmingly favorable!  Attending brokers emailed the following comments about the lunch:  "Lunch on board was as always outstanding.  ...multi course tasting menu ... gives a great over view of what she can serve and provide on board ... with all of the various plates and presentations.  She is an outstanding Chef and both she and Ken are always great to spend time with."  ... “Gisele’s cuisine is just outstanding …mega yacht dining on a beautiful Hinckley 64’!” ... "In a word -- outstanding!"  ...and  “Breakfast was phenomenal” ...

More comments about GADGET from brokers:  “… yacht was nice and clean … looked excellent ... love the colors … crew are experienced and professional … Ken and Giselle are so great … wouldn’t hesitate to put my best clients with them… with GADGET it’s all about this fabulous crew… No one better …  very impressed with the crew … Ken and Giselle are a fantastic team and her cooking is out of this world.  I never hesitate to send them out to clients … clam chowder was amazing …"

Chef on GALILEO placed 2nd in the
Concourse de Chef Grande Class (yachts 100' +)  

GALILEO showed very well throughout the charter show and was the only sailboat to participate in the Grande class of the Concourse de Chef.  Chef Mary Sarah placed 2nd & dazzled the judges who's comments included:  “vegetables cooked perfectly ... very creative -- great use of ingredients.”

During the yacht hop for yachts 80' + GALILEO had a happy crowd on board throughout the evening.   Her crew did a great job welcoming brokers on board, offering beverages, passing delicious hors d'oeuvres, keeping the yacht tidy and the plates of freshly baked chocolate chunk and white chocolate chip macadamia cookies accessible at all times!  For this fun evening the crew had adapted a “bad shirt day” theme with co-captain / engineer Jared's polyester blue number with orange & yellow sunflowers voted as our personal favorite!

During & after the charter show brokers shared the f
ollowing on GALILEO“What a great crew -- so attentive. The yacht looked fantastic -- a classic beauty and what an incredible value!   Wow… she’s beautiful.  Good shape overall …  the boat also makes your head spin … lovely boat … good party. She was my biggest surprise of the show -- really liked her … gave her a '10' on my rating system ...  the crew -- all those good looking guys – what woman would not love to sail with them ……   crew was super ... stands out – captain quiet but nice and one has the sense that clients will be in very capable hands. … the captain gave me an excellent tour .. very informative,  stew was so friendly … looked excellent and was very impressed with all the crew."


QUASART:  "She is one fun yacht !"

QUASART – received great reviews on her newly varnished and updated interior.  Chef Nicola dazzled brokers with his charisma as he served up a delicious and unique beet root chowder with a hint of sake – amazing!  QUASART always had a crowd during the yacht hop but with her expansive deck areas never felt crowded.  Her charming (and handsome!) crew worked very hard to make the yacht hop fun for all. 

Broker comments on QUASART & her crew:  "She is one fun yacht …  her style is unique and interesting … great decks for partying … roomy master … great interiors / colors …  the crew are really nice and handsome!  … very accommodating and gracious."

QUASART can accommodate up to 12 guests in 6 ensuite cabins including the aft master and forward VIP. She is available for summer charters from New York to Maine at the excellent price of $29,500 plus expenses and delivery fee to cover the cost of fuel.

 QUASART SUMMER SPECIAL!                                                                                                                   Captain Egbert Lucassen

WANDERER looked fabulous ...Tom
will do a great job..."

WANDERER – Captain Tom Hampson (x-Ashlana) and chef Tina showed well on this classic Little Harbor 62’with Tom’s expert first hand knowledge of New England especially beautiful “off the beaten path” coves in Maine. Said Captain Hampson: “Camden is a great place to start and finish a charter as it is easy to get to and is very beautiful. I think a very nice trip is Camden Harbor to North Haven Pulpit Harbor, then Dear Isle, Eggemoggen Reach, sail up to Castine, and back to Camden -- these areas are my favorite. The Eggemoggen Reach area is just beautiful with lots of quiet anchorages, one could spend several days just there. Depending on the length of the charter we could also include Rockport …”

Brokers shared the following comments on WANDERER & her crew:   “Wanderer looked fabulous and I think Tom will do a great job... the yacht is well maintained … very pretty, excellent condition ... her fabrics are very nice … the boat was kept very clean ... "crew are delightful for sure … captain seems very nice, quiet."

Attention brokers: We invite you to copy & send a "broker friendly" version of this eNews to your own clients.  Broker friendly link: 'Seen & Heard' at the Newport Spring Charter Yacht Show
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