|Guest cabin configuration:|
|4 Queen (1 can be twin) en-suite guest cabins with A/C|
|Home port||Red Hook, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands|
|Available for USVI pickups with more than 6 passengers|
Island Hoppin is a 2017 launched Lagoon 520 available for crewed charter vacations sailing the Virgin Islands. Island Hoppin accommodates up to 8 passengers in four Queen en-suite cabins (1 Queen can be switched for a bunk cabin). Great layout for families or couples.
Home port: Red Hook, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Winter cruising area: Caribbean Virgin Islands
Summer cruising area: Caribbean Virgin Islands
5 Cabin Version:
4 Queen Staterooms and 5th Bunk bed Stateroom. Normally Crew will take a Queen cabin, unless requested at booking contract.
20' Aqua Lily Pad
Jamie & Susannah
Jamie and Susannah are a team forged through their shared passion for the environment, adventure and a love for life. They were both travelling the world when their paths crossed in the Caribbean and they have been inseparable ever since. As a couple, they set their sights on the charter industry from the beginning and their accomplishments are a testament to their abilities. Their unmistakable passion for what they do creates an unforgettable experience where an atmosphere of safety and professionalism allows their guests to immerse themselves in the care free and fun-loving Caribbean vibe they themselves fell in love with. They thrive on creating an environment where no task seems to be a chore, no effort too great in creating the perfect experience for their guests.
Captain Jamie grew up on the shores of South Africa. His parents being avid SCUBA divers, he was taught from an early age to understand the ocean and all that goes on above and below its surface, to protect it, to love it and most of all, to respect it. Growing up the Indian Ocean was his natural playground and at a young age he was already an accomplished surfer, free diver and spearfisherman he became a qualified SCUBA diver at the age of 12 and spent much of his free time in his early teens racing 30ft monohulls up and down the coast.
He began his professional life as a SCUBA instructor at the age of 18, working for a company specializing in the conservation and research of aquatic life. He then used his natural affinity to share his love and knowledge of the underwater world to travel the eastern coast of Africa from the vast shores of south Africa, up through Mozambique, into Tanzania and Zanzibar. All the while honing his skills captaining dive boats and sailing yachts in some of the most challenging environments on earth...read more
His adventures ultimately landed him in the British Virgin Islands in 2013, working initially for shore based companies he ran SCUBA diving excursions throughout the BVI as well as working for a commercial diving operation specializing in yacht maintenance, repair and salvage. No longer able to be confined to land he joined a dive liveaboard as a dive instructor but his knowledge and natural ability saw him promoted through the ranks of engineer and up to Captain of the 105ft vessel all in the space of a year. Mentored by a true legend in the BVI charter industry Jamie was gifted with knowledge of the area that took his employer forty years to accumulate, combined with years of experience in the area, you can safely say Jamie is an expert on the area and can truly show you “Natures Little Secrets”.
Chef Susannah hails from Northern Ireland and is no stranger to the water, with her family being very active members of the Royal Yacht Club, she was taught to sail on Lasers from a young age in waters where the consequences of a mistake could mean a dunk in the Atlantics dangerously could waters. She was also taught to handle the large rescue Ribs and was present on many safety and rescue operations coordinated by her father.
Her thirst for adventure soon had her travelling the world. Her travels and her outgoing nature has allowed her to immerse herself in a variety of cultures which ignited her passion for people and of course food. Drawn to the water she was soon a qualified diver and keen surfer. Her travels brought her to the BVI in 2015 and she fell in love with the Caribbean way of life. The beauty of the Virgin Islands combined with the endless possibilities for adventure and exploration both above and below the water meant she knew she had found a place she could call home.
After many months working as a stewardess Susannah found the galley calling her name and so her professional culinary journey began. Not one to do things halfheartedly Susannah went on to complete not one but two professional chef courses. Under the guidance of many excellent teachers at Ashburtons Chef Academy (Devon, England) she completed the level 2 course in culinary skills and food safety in catering. Just a few months later motivated and ready to learn more she attended the prestigious Ballymaloe cookery school (Cork Ireland) and graduated from their intensive 3-month course. Susannah’s cooking reflects seasonal local produce and contemporary plating whilst always considering guests preferences.
Having sailed over two thousand miles together in the last two years throughout the Caribbean, Jamie and Susannah are excited to embark on their next adventure aboard Island Hoppin. Trading bigger yachts and larger guest numbers for the luxury, comfort and performance of a 2018 Lagoon 52. They cannot wait to show their guests the beauty of the Virgin Islands and share their love for the water and all the amazing activities available. Why not come Island Hoppin with a crew that’s made for it and a vessel named for it!
|Winter 2017 to 2018||$21,000||$21,750||$22,500||$23,250||$24,000||$24,750||$25,500|
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.
Hours required between charters: preferably 48hr.
Contact us for rates and current availability or to book a charter aboard Island Hoppin!
They were fantastic. Jamie loves to sail, and we spent more time actually sailing from location to location than we did on any previous charter. He and Susannah worked well together managing the boat - setting sail, anchoring, etc. Susannah is a good chef - very thoughtful and conscientious about following our preference sheet. From an interpersonal perspective, they were really great. We enjoyed all of our time together – us, and our boys who are close in age to Jamie and Sue. Jamie is super adventurous – he was a good dive guide, took the boys surfing, wakeboarding, etc. He was up for anything! Sue spent more time on the boat, but was also a lot of fun (lots of laughs playing Uno with us at night). We would definitely sail with them again.
All the main cabins were great. I loved that there was a dedicated shower in each room. The master suite was especially spacious. The boat was clean and in perfect condition.
Sue did a great job matching our meals to the preference sheet. It was all tasty and professionally presented. Lots of style and flare!
For the itinerary, we were given options every night and decided based on what we wanted to do and what the conditions were expected to be like.
Sailing Directions make it really easy to find a boat, and your knowledge of the boats/crews helps make a good decision after narrowing down the choices.
Stephen S, aboard Catamaran Island Hoppin sailing the Virgin Islands