The clear, shallow waters of the Caribbean are simply made for island hopping on a luxurious sailing yacht. Even if you’ve never sailed before, experience comes with the yacht. These gorgeous sailing ships all have fabulous crews on board, prepared to indulge every request, whether you wish to learn the ropes, so to speak, or simply want a quiet, relaxing cruise under the power of wind. The Best of Yachting offers a 360° luxury lifestyle review of the best picks over 60 meters for sailing the Caribbean this winter. A challenging choice with wonderful options, which one is your preference?
This gorgeous Italian from Perini Navi was delivered in 2006, but she is still one of the most technologically advanced sailing yachts around. The three unique sails operated by the revolutionary Falcon Rig computer operated sail system immediately identify her distinctive profile, while providing impressive sail power. Her 88m/288ft hull offers every luxury one could request at sea, including a new outdoor cinema boasting the largest on water screen, and an extraordinary list of delightful toys and powerful tenders. She hosts 12 guests in 6 double cabins served by 17 crew. Outfitted with an RYA training center for personal watercraft, Jacuzzi, gym, and state of the art audio/visuals, Maltese Falcon is designed to deliver luxury and comfort on a most iconic sailing yacht. Winter Caribbean charter rates begin at $440,000 USD per week.
If sleek lines and clean decks hold appeal, Alloy Yachts’ Vertigo is the perfect choice with beautiful Philippe Briand architecture and posh, timeless interiors by Christian Liaigre. This 67.2m/220.47ft ketch accommodates 12 guests in 5 cabins including a master suite, 3 doubles, 1 twin, 1 convertible, and 3 Pullman beds, served by 11 crew. Sailing away with a clutch of awards, Vertigo is designed with form and function in equal measure, ready to share her long list of features and fun. A custom limo tender, RIB tender, and Jet tender lead the way with scuba, equipment, wake boards, water skis, ocean kayaks, Topaz sailboats, Trek bikes, paddleboards, a BBQ set up that easily moves to the beach, floating pool, gym, Jacuzzi, oversized swim platform, and outdoor cinema. Charter rates for this sumptuous sailing yacht begin at $268,500 per week for the winter Caribbean season.
Built in 2016, the 86m/282.15ft Oceanco Aquijo is the world’s largest ketch sailing yacht, designed to perform as well as please. A Tripp design embellished with Dölker + Voges interiors, Aquijo puts 12 guests in 7 posh cabins, from the master suite and 3 VIP staterooms, to 1 double, one double/twin, one twin, and one convertible cabin, served by 17 crew. Equipped with a Power Plate, upright bike, dumbbells, weights, and yoga mats, she accommodates fitness, offering water fun with kayaks, paddleboards, sailboats, scuba and snorkel equipment, wakeboards, water skis, and lots of towables for the tender. An outdoor TV, iPad controlled Lantic AV system, deck Jacuzzi, and WiFi in all cabins, in addition to luxurious textures and colors, make Aquijo a very attractive charter. Winter Caribbean rates begin at $435,500 per week.
A romantic at heart, the three-masted, gaff-rigged schooner superyacht Athena combines classic sailing with modern technology. Launched in 2004 and refitted in 2011, this Oceanco Aquijo with Rebecca Bradley interiors is everything a refined sailing yacht should be. Accommodating 10 guests in 5 cabins served by 19 crew, Athena is 90m/295ft of elegance and beauty, executed in traditional style with lots of highly polished mahogany, a large book library, elegant deeply-upholstered seating spaces, a large, well-equipped galley, and the feeling throughout of another era. Also equipped with all the electronic bells and whistles and a bevy of water toys and sports equipment, Athena offers the largest sailing yacht available for charter beginning at $329,000 per week for the winter Caribbean season.
Running on Waves
A custom build by Segel Masten Yachten in 2011, and refitted in 2013, Running on Waves pays homage to the grand days of sailing with lots of gleaming wood, warm lighting, upholstered seating areas, and plenty of social space. Equipped with a movie theatre, conference room, on deck Jacuzzi, gym, and spa, along with a good selection of water toys and two tenders, Running on Waves is geared toward larger groups, accommodating 42 guests in 18 rooms served by 21 crew. Several bar, lounge, and salon spaces offer cushy conversation digs, adorned by brass rimmed clocks, lamps, and hardware harking back to the grand days of sailing. Elegant and majestic, the Running on Waves charter rate begins at $99,000 per week for the winter Caribbean season.
An elegant schooner built by Holland Jachtbouw in 2010, Athos presents a graceful profile with luxurious interior spaces crafted by Hoek Design. Accommodating 10 guests in a master suite, 3 doubles, 2 twins, and 2 Pullman beds, 10 crew stand at the ready to serve every request. Automated push-button booms, spars, and winches are constructed of high tech materials. A 62m/203ft sweep of graceful naval architecture, Athos is one of the largest schooners built to date. Formal dining for 12, well-equipped galley, king master suite with private office, desk, lounge area, steam shower and dual sinks, excellent electronics, saloon with theatre, and tons of water toys assisted by two tenders make Athos an engaging charter with lots of diversions. Athos charters during the winter season starting at $203,000 per week.
Fast and fabulous, Perseus3 displays innovation in all respects. This 60m/196ft Perini Navi sloop designed by the experienced and respected hand of Ron Holland was launched in 2015, delivering a clean, mean sailing machine with state of the art technology, outstanding performance, and chic style. Perseus3 accommodates 12 guests in 5 flexible cabins served by 11 crew, and is outfitted with an on deck Jacuzzi, gym, BBQ, and an abundance of watersports equipment and toys assisted by two tenders. While she is fitted with an automated sail handling system and other astonishing sailing technology, she is a true sailor’s yacht, finished in sumptuous textures and colors, with great social spaces. If posh performance is a factor, Perseus3 should be on your list, chartering for the Caribbean winter season beginning at $271,500 per week.
A traditional Indonesian two-masted Indonesian trading ship built by Haji Baso and Haji Saka in Sulawesi, the stunning 65m/213ft phinisi yacht, Lamima, offers worldly elegance with the warmth and comfort of Indonesian hospitality. A 2012 Marcelo Pena design, the charm and simplicity of the traditional teak joinery, authentically embellished textiles, impressive sail wardrobe, and native crew provide a truly elegant experience unlike that on board any other sailing yacht. Accommodating 14 guests in seven sumptuous staterooms, Lamima carries 19 crew experienced in a range of Indonesian services and skills, from cuisine to massage. Open and airy, she is luxuriously appointed both inside and out, and may well be the only yacht offering Indonesian Jukung canoes alongside pijit masseuses, yoga teachers, a PADI certified training center, scuba and snorkel equipment, Nitrox compressor, jet skis, and paddleboards, with WiFi and all the modern conveniences. Lamima charters for the Caribbean winter season beginning at $160,000 per week, plus expenses.
Spirit of the C’s
The world’s largest aluminum sailing yacht, Spirit of the C’s, is a 2003 Perini Navi/Ron Holland yacht boasting Nuvolari & Lenard exterior and a 2010 refit by the in-house Perini Navi team. Measuring 64m/209.97ft, she carries 12 guests in 5 cabins surrounded by elegant materials and textiles, served by 12 crew. A custom superyacht, features include a hydraulic crow’s nest elevator, aft deck sportfishing chairs, and large swim platform. All the regular toys apply, and of course, WiFi is on board. Available to pamper and please, she charters beginning at $165,000 per week for the winter Caribbean season.
Saving the best for last some might say, Seahawk is an award-winning, fast, comfortable yacht that both entertains and performs equally well. A 58.6m/192.26ft Perini Navi designed by Christian Liaigre, Seahawk tucks 12 guests into five exquisite cabins, served by 11 crew. Streamlined outside and chic inside, Seahawk is built for speed as well as comfort, delivering toys, tenders, and modern convenience in a beautiful package with a fabulous crew. Seahawk charter rates begin at $247,000 per week for the 2016 Caribbean winter season.