This blog continues the series describing one day, and in my case a rather special one, in the life of an intern at Boatbookings. On 7th May I was lucky enough to be invited, along with Charter Director, Mimi and Charter Broker Cordy, on a day’s viewing of 4 luxury sailing yachts.
The day starting at about 12 o’clock after being picked up from the new port in Cannes in a gorgeous tender. Although both Mimi and Cordy were dropped at ALPINA, a lovely 3 cabin Swan 82, I carried on, and was dropped off at WALLY ONE. WALLY ONE is the original WALLY, the very first to be built and an absolute gem. Constructed in 1991, she was designed well before her time and having been refitted in 2009 she can compete with the best around, as well as having that added class and style as the first in a line of celebrated yachts.
Once on deck she has far more space than it might seem from pictures. The smooth teak deck is perfect for relaxing, with an assortment of comfortable cushions and bean bags. As I was introduced to the Captain, Nounou, an energetic and smiling man who placed a drink in my hand, he promptly whisked me off for a tour of his yacht. Below deck, the dining room and salon with its nice blend of woods has space to relax, watch a film or entertain guests. Further on, the cabin arrangement also stands out; in 4 cabins, there are 11 berths which make WALLY ONE a fantastic yacht for a family holiday.
The early afternoon was spent getting to know the yacht and its Captain while tucking into the delicious meat and cheese platters, the salmon canapés and an assortment of salads, which all went well with a glass of rosé. They were so good in fact that we did not even realise that these would be followed by a main course, which consisted of a fantastic tortellini and feta dish. Soon after, along with the other yachts SHAMLOR, ALPINA and WORLDS END, we set off sailing around les Iles des Lérins for a magical finish to the day.
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