A Skipper’s Perspective on Sailing St Lucia!

The Caribbean island of St. Lucia is one of the jewels of the Windward Islands. With its endless banana plantations, picturesque hamlets and stunning harbours it is a constant reminder of an older Caribbean before tourism really took off.

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One of our guests, Andy, recently returned from a week of idyllic sailing, and could not wait to share his experience!

When we got off the plane in Vieux Fort, St Lucia, I immediately noticed the wind. At first I was a little concerned; it was strong and as most of my sailing takes place on the Great Lakes in Canada, the Ocean seemed a bit daunting. We immediately departed to the boat in Rodney Bay, which meant that we got to see some of St Lucia before we boarded. It is a truly  beautiful Island with high and low winding roads through rolling banana plantations and old volcanic mountains covered with lush plant life.

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Blockbusting Boats! The Best Yachts from Hollywood Films

Yachting has long been considered the pinnacle of decadence, luxury and wealth and Hollywood directors’ perception is no different. Only the most indulgent of characters, be they evil villains, Russian billionaires or eccentric stock brokers are shown on yachts in Hollywood blockbusters. As such, and befitting such characters, some of the world’s most striking and exclusive yachts have featured in cinemas in recent times.

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Nobody does cool quite like James Bond. He always drives the coolest cars with the most beautiful women. It is no surprise therefore that he is regularly seen aboard the most stunning of yachts.  It is no surprise therefore that Sunseeker has become as much a part of the James Bond series as Aston Martin and the Vodka Martini, shaken not stirred.

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With Daniel Craig as the star, outrageous gadgets and obscene vehicles have been replaced with simple and refined luxury. The villain of Casino Royale, Le Chiffre is introduced to us aboard a stunning Predator 108 while in the Quantum of Solace, General Medrano cruises across the Caribbean Sea aboard a Sunseeker Superhawk 43, a classic example of a chic and elegant Sunseeker.

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In Skyfall, Daniel Craig and Berenice Marlohe are seen aboard the beautiful sailing yacht REGINA. This classic sailing yacht, however is not restricted to Hollywood and is available for charter in Turkey.

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In Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla, Russian billionaire Uri Omovich claims that, “There are only 2 days when you enjoy a boat. The day you buy it, and the day you sell it.” The Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort may well disagree. Leonardo di Caprio and co are featured partying hard and living the rock ‘n roll lifestyle aboard his beautiful 44.8m super yacht, LADY M (Naomi as she’s called in the film).

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White Knight, a classic displacement yacht, is a fine example of timeless luxury. Refitted in 2010, 8 years after Matt Damon was shot on her off the coast of Marseille in The Bourne Identity, she is a stunning yacht with a superb fly deck, complete with jacuzzi.

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 With the Cannes Film Festival starting next week, and the summer just around the corner, now is the time to charter a yacht and live like a film star. For any enquiries, please contact the Boatbookings team.

Alex Thomson Mast Walk

Alex Thomson, famed for being a solo round the world yachtsman, performs a daring feat on board his high-speed racing yacht called: HUGO BOSS. As the yacht is at a 90 degree angle, Alex Thomson climbs up the 30 metre high mast of his racing yacht and dives into the Ocean.

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Fancy chartering your own yacht?

Come and check out the Boatbookings site here and look for your charter! Or get in contact with our Boatbookings team here!

NEW DIAMOND – A new generation of eco-friendly luxury yachts!

Check out this awesome video of Avadesign’s luxury concept yacht NEW DIAMOND! She is an astounding 70m which, with her clean-cut exterior and uber high-tech interior, is destined to make her a remarkable vessel on the water. What impresses us here at Boatbookings most is that NEW DIAMOND is a green yacht! A hybrid propulsion system, two diesel engines and two electric engines coupled with gas turbines enables NEW DIAMOND to cruise with respectable energy usage and economic savings.

 

To find out about luxury yacht charters around the world, visit our Luxury Yacht Charter Guide or contact our broker team here to find the charter yacht of your dreams!

Two of the Best Cannes Day Charter Yachts for 2013, Part II

The Monday following Thanksgiving is one of the busiest shopping days of the calendar year, giving retailers a significant boost in the run up to Christmas. Christmas is just around the corner and it will soon be summer once again, so you should definitely start to think about booking your Mediterranean Charter. The French Riviera is one of the leading yachting destinations in the world and we would highly recommend a day out on the water to get a real taste of life on the Côte d’Azur. MISTRAL 55 is one of the most luxurious yachts on the Riviera that is willing to do a day charter. This Pershing 115 combines the very best design with comfort and is a very sociable yacht, making her the ideal choice for a party day on the water.

If you are looking for something a little more intimate but still offers great space and style, ADAM is the perfect luxury day charter yacht for you. This Azimut 62 has a stunning Flybridge, which is the ideal space to sunbathe and enjoy an al fresco lunch whilst viewing the beautiful views of the French Riviera. Charter this Azimut from Antibes or Cannes with close family and enjoy the gorgeous coast near Villefranche and St Jean Cap Ferrat.

To find out more information on how to charter either of these two yachts, please enquire through the yacht page on our website (Links Above) or send an email to charter@boatbookings.com. We would be delighted to help you organise a great day charter on both of these yachts for Summer 2013. Watch this space for the latest yachting news, gossip, destinations and news.

Two of the Best Cannes Luxury Day Charter Yachts for 2013!

It may only be 4 weeks until Christmas but you should really start thinking about your Summer vacations for 2013! The French Riviera and especially Cannes is a popular choice every year for tourists, thanks to its great style, weather and climate. Check out two of our favourite Luxury Day Charter Yachts for Summer 2013 below. RHINO is a stunning Riva Domino 86 and will definitely attract the attention of even the most discerning guests. She would be the perfect yacht to take you to Club 55 St Tropez where you can mingle with the stars at one of the hippest beach clubs in the world.

Alternatively, OUTSIDE EDGE IV is a beautiful, sleek and elegant Mangusta 72 motor yacht available for charter from Antibes and Cannes. This Luxury Crewed Mangusta is one of the finest on the market and appears almost brand new even though it is a little older. She has a great crew and would make the perfect yacht to take you to Villefranche and Monaco.

To find out more information on how to charter either of these two yachts, please enquire through the yacht page on our website (Links Above) or send an email to charter@boatbookings.com. We would be delighted to help you organise a great day charter on both of these yachts for Summer 2013. Watch this space for the latest yachting news, gossip, destinations and news.

Princess Luxury Yacht Charter for the French Riviera 2013!

Have you never chartered before or are a frequent charterer? Chartering a luxury yacht has never been so simple and there is a boat out there for every budget. Check out one of our most exciting prospects for Summer 2013 on the French Riviera. CALYPSO is a luxurious Princess 60 motor yacht with a Flybridge. She is a very sociable yacht and would be the ideal choice for entertaining friends and family.

To find out more information on how to charter CALYPSO, take a look at her on our website or send an email to charter@boatbookings.com. Watch this space for the latest press releases, destination information and yachting gadgets.