Grand Bleu Vintage is an exercise in elegance, comfort and impeccable hospitality. Designed by the renowned Philippe Briand and built by CNB Bordeaux, she exudes quality and performance in every situation. Whether under sail or at anchor guests will find Grand Bleu Vintage comfortable and luxurious. The deck salon offers guests the opportunity to relax and unwind in the warm breezes of the Mediterranean while sipping an aperitif before dinner or simply reading a great book. Guests have the choice to dine on deck or below in the light and airy salon. The crew of 4 members is gracious and dedicated to the enjoyment of their guests. Captain Pascal has an incredible knowledge of the Mediterranean and can guide you to the best sailing and beautiful anchorages where you can enjoy a swim in crystal waters or star-gazing unimpeded by artificial light. Furthermore, in the team, there is a professional chef who takes great care in catering to guests' preferences. (New pictures taken by Nicolas Claris, from September 2015)
2 cabins with double bed
1 cabin double bed convertible into a twin bed
1 cabin with two single beds
DINGHY WITH 40 HP - WAKE BOARD - BUOYS - 2 PADDLE - 1 KAYAK
The Captain (right on the picture): Pascal Miniaou, 49 yrs. French. English fluent.
Qualifications: Captain Class 4, MCA, Stcw95
Pascal worked as a sport shop manager for three years before deciding to crew on sail boats such as the 80' Umatalu, the 75' Serenité and the Swan 651 See Flo. During his five years of training, he sailed in the Mediterranean, the West Indies, Brazil and took part in several Atlantic crossings. He is now perfectly at home in the charter world on board large sailing yachts.
He also monitored the building of a 75' sail boat, 'Kermor' and stepped on board as Captain for a round the world cruise which took him to all the seas and oceans of the world between 1993 and 2002.
Since then, he has sailed on various boats, such as the Swan 72' Elysion Blue, the 130' Globana M, the motor yacht Pegasus, the 82' Falcon, and Sirius of Man, a Predateur 100, before embarking on Grand Bleu Vintage in February 2007.
In addition to his excellent seamanship and technical skills, Pascal loves water skiing and downhill skiing, he plays golf and enjoys natural history, astronomy and photography.
Quiet and cheerful, Pascal is an attentive and welcoming host. His extensive experience allows him to deal confidently with any situation.
Cook: Hippolyte Achard de La Vente, 31 years old - Spoken English;
Training: 2001 Diploma in Hostelry - 3rd Prize in the Regional Best Apprentice in France (2001)- Training with Bocuse (Nov 2011- Jan 2013 - October 2017...read more
Since getting his diploma, Hippolyte has worked as a cook and chef, mainly in Verbier (recently in the restaurant "L'Atelier"), where he was able to capitalize on and enjoy his love of mountain sports. He is now delighted to have found a way to combine his love of the sea with his work. He strives to please each guest by providing varied and sophisticated dishes. His sound experience, based on French gastronomy, enables him to manage his galley at a highly professional level. He respects both hygiene and nutritional rules without compromising his creativity and imagination. He is calm and reserved. He knows how to listen and is open to suggestions. He embarked on Grand Bleu Vintage in May 2010, and except for the summer 2015, he has been aboard.
The hostess: TBA
Listed below are any confirmed reservations or unavailability, as well as current holds / options. Note: this calendar is not always 100% current. Please contact us for more information about available dates aboard this yacht.
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Un grand merci pour cette semaine remplie de bonheur culinaire, de la voile vitesse grand V avec un quipage si sympathique. A trs bientt.
This is the email which I just sent to Hippolyte. I forward it to you so that you know Dave and I say "Bravo" to you for making excellent choice in your selection of crew. Julien and Anne Sophie also are excellent at what they do. All 8 of us on board the Grand Bleu Vintage felt so very well taken of last week. You run a wonderful ship! Merci Beaucoup pour nos jours splendids!
Cher Chef Hippolyte,
Dave and I have visited Portofino and Cinque Terre. We are now en route to the Amalfi coast. We have eaten at some very fine restaurants in our long lives. But few compare to the fantastic meals which you served to us aboard Grand Bleu Vintage -- day after day after day! It was truly amazing: we never expected to eat so well aboard a sailboat with a little galley! Bravo, et Merci Beaucoup!!
The crew were excellent and so was the yacht.
We were a party of seven. We would all like to thank you for allowing us onboard your beautiful yacht which is clearly your pride and joy. We also thank you for having such a wonderful Captain and crew which made up a perfect team. They were extremely courteous and very professional. Nothing was too much trouble for them. We had a fabulous time. Great sailing and great food !
Thank you so much for giving us this privilege.
I am back in my office in So Paulo and wanted to thank you again for a wonderful week. We were very impressed by the professionalism of the whole crew (in particular Hypolites cooking!), the quality of the boat and your enthusiasm in meeting our wishes. We wish you a successful season in the forthcoming months. Regards to all,
"Captain Pascal was flexible in the itinerary and Julien was unfailingly helpful and skilled at teaching the boys to wakeboard, Hypolite cooked up countless different and delicious meals, and Indira did a great job keeping everything clean and tidy. It is a good team and they all get on well".
Before coming, I was worried being 4 of us with a crew of 4 but they have been so discreet that it has been a real pleasure at all times. When we wished for company and discussion they were there and when we wished to stay as a family they disappeared.
As you understand, we are very motivated to reexperience a charter with your boat and with this crew next year, because this will give us the garanty of having a very good time and a unique experience......
It's been on my mind to write you for over a month now, to let you know about the fantastic charter we had aboard Grand Bleu Vintage this summer. My wife Terry and I along with our good friends were aboard her for a week as we cruised from Antibe to Corsica.
I have chartered large power and sailing yachts over 3 dozen times in locations from Tonga to Canada, all over the Caribbean and the Med. This crew and boat were in our top 5 of all time. As you probably know, the key to a really great charter is always the crew. And this was no exception. Pascal has put together a great team. The fact that this group worked together as well last summer shows as they are really a nice team.
I have to say a special word about Hyppolite, the chef. The quality of the food, the presentation, the selection of the menus, the way he listened to his guests were all absolutely perfect. In fact, my wife and I felt this was consistently the finest food we had ever had on a yacht. We particularly loved how he got all that taste and variety into our meals and we didn't gain any weight. Maybe it is true that "French women don't get fat", which was the name of a popular little book here in the USA a couple years ago.
Well, I know you must get lots of note of commendation, but I didn't want our wonderful experience to go without comment. I wouldn't have changed a thing (except for perhaps a bit more wind!)
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