|Guest cabin configuration:|
|1 Master, 4 King/Twin en-suite cabins with A/C|
|Home port||Falmouth Harbor, Antigua, Caribbean Leeward Islands|
Ree, formerly named Parsifal II, is a luxury sailing yacht that offers the comfort and facilities comparable to a motor yacht in excess of 40 meters. Built in 1996 by Valdettaro Shipyard, Italy and designed specifically for luxury charters, the yacht is equipped with all the very latest technology, from state-of-the-art sail handling to worldwide communications. She is the perfect combination of power under sail and luxury, able to sail at 10-12 knots with ease. A superb sailing yacht that offers the ultimate experience for the most discerning sailors.
Ree features copious amounts of deck space and the very large covered cockpit seats 12 for al fresco dining in addition to lovely seating areas. Ree offers a myriad of water sports options from skiing, wakeboarding and other towable toys behind the 20ft Zodiac tender with 70hp. Or enjoy sailing on Ree’s Lasers, windsurf, snorkel, fish or rendezvous diving. The yacht has a great layout for both couples and families.
Home port: Falmouth Harbor, Antigua, Caribbean Leeward Islands
Winter cruising area: Caribbean Virgin Islands, Caribbean Leewards, Caribbean Windwards
Summer cruising area: W. Med -Naples/Sicily, W. Med -Riviera/Cors/Sard., W. Med - Spain/Balearics, Northern Europe
The full-width owners stateroom aft has King-size walk-around bed and settee to both port and starboard. A very large ensuite with twin sinks and a walk-in shower. Large flat screen TV with surround sound system.
The four additional staterooms offer great flexibility as they can be configured with either a king-sized bed or 2 twin beds. Each stateroom has ensuite facilities and personal entertainment systems
Tenders & Toys, 20' Zodiac tender with 70hp outboard , 2 x Lasers, 2 x Kayaks , 2 x Paddleboard, Wakeboards, Tube , Waterskis , Snorkel Gear (Various) ,
Captain Laurance Ottley started sailing in his early teens,some would say a bit late for a Brit, progressing from dinghies to off shore cruising and racing in both modern and traditional vessels. After a career int he decorating trade he took up sailing professionally in 1996. For the next 6 years he was employed first as mate, then as captain, aboard the 30 meter traditional wooden sailing ship IRENE in the Caribbean charter trade.
From 2004 to 2006 Laurance was full-time captain aboard another period wooden sailing ship, Thames Sailing Barge Kitty, doing corporate charters with up to 46 passengers before moving into the superyacht sector. In 2008 he took command of the Hoek-designed 30 meter ketch APHRODITE cruising extensively in the Med and Caribbean with the owner and guests over a period of three years. 2012 presented the opportunity for Captain Ottley to return to IRENE on a voyage around the Atlantic with sail trainees and cargo as part of a sustainable transport initiative.
On land Laurance loves to be 'let loose in the galley'practicing skills he has learned from working with great charter chefs over the years. Cycling is another passion. He rides road, cyclo cross and mountain bikes and tours on two wheels. He once completed a 1,500km six week ride through Europe including the Swiss Alps and Pyrenees mountain ranges.
Having been on board SY REE since May 2013, Captain Ottley takes pride in his excellent crew management skills and maintaining the vessel she commands to the highest possible standards to ensure owners and guests experience the fullest enjoyment wherever they cruise. ..read more
First Mate Keaton Johnson (Cape Town, South Africa), our athletic second in command comes to us from sailing large classic yachts.Growing up in the rugged countryside of his homeland on the family's saw mill taught him all about hard work and self-reliance. But with a mother as a university lecturer Keaton was more than just brawn, or so it seemed until sailing interrupted his plans for higher education. After High School Keaton left home ostensibly on a gap year, only to be beguiled while travelling on the Cote d'Azur into getting paid to do what he loved most, being on the sea and sailing. Keaton rose rapidly in professional sailing and has now swapped out a university degree for studying for a Master's ticket. His taciturn and humble nature belie a thorough grasp of his job, he's a man on a mission for sure.
South African Engineer Anthon Muller's working life started early on when as a school leaver he was recruited by his local bank. Here his aptitude for accuracy and arithmetic were put to good use as a teller for the bank's commercial customers. After the confines of the backroom but still only 18 years of age, Anthon bought himself a plane ticket to the UK and quickly found work in the tough world of the door to door salesman. His essentially honest and sincere nature evidently won him many good customers and after two years away from home he had made enough money to be able to return to SA and put himself into training as an electrical/mechanical engineer. After three and half years of academic and on the job training Anthon quickly rose through the ranks of his state's electrical company, becoming regional supervisor quality controlling the work of hundreds of other electricians, all by the tender age of 26. The qualities that brought Anthon to that point are great self reliance and an acceptance that if a job is worth doing, it is worth doing well. Just the qualities needed of an on board Engineer where no two days are the same and quick and sometimes imaginative action is required to keep a yacht's services and equipment running smoothly whatever the circumstances.
When not working Anthon is a keen wake boarder and regular participant in triathlons. At home he keeps and maintains his own speedboat to facilitate his wake boarding so whilst his small craft seamanship is already very good, we are currently putting him through his paces in learning the ways of sailing a large yacht. He has a great way of assimilating all the important in formation very quickly so we have high hopes of making a sailor out of him in no time at all!
Chief Stewardess Gaelle Andries is a Belgian who really knows her chocolates. She worked in high quality hotels and restaurants in London, Barcelona and Tenerife progressing through different departments including waitressing and reception desk,finishing as the senior butler of a luxury boutique hotel. Seven years of experience gives Gaelle a very rounded and in-depth knowledge of the hospitality industry.
In May 2012 Gaelle joined her first yacht, the classic S/YZACA A TE MOANA, and traveled the Caribbean islands of St Lucia, Antigua and Guadeloupe. She started aboard SY REE as a deck/stew in May 2013 and quickly got promoted to Chief Stew, a position she has held for over two and a half years.
In her free time Gaelle enjoys reading cooking books and practising her cocktail skills. She makes a mean strawberry caipiroska!
Born into a family restaurant business in her adopted city of Modena, (she's Sicilian by birth) Gabriella has been serving bar and table, and learning first hand the secrets of the Italian kitchen from as early as she can remember. But her home town could not contain her irrepressible enthusiasm for living the fullest life possible and so, armed with her cooking and service skills and the work ethic of a family run business, she set sail to travel and work for extended periods in places as far away from home as Brazil and Australia. Adding another string to her bow in 2005, she qualified as a Kite Surf Instructor and thus began a teaching career in that sport. She is now inseparable from her board and kite and is to be found carving the waves whenever she has play time from her duties on Ree.
Born in South Africa but raised in Paris, Kirsten had originally embarked on the academic life, reading English Literature at University, and then TEFL teaching in the Far East. But after taking some cooking courses for fun while teaching Thailand, she decided on a radical change and embarked on a year's intense Le Cordon Bleu course, gaining 1st prize at the midyear exam and the valued student award for her year. On graduation she spent some years honing her craft at Michelin starred restaurants in France, before transferring to yachting in 2014. Now able to travel and cook, her range has broadened so that now she describes her style as firmly fusion.
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: 48
Contact us for rates and current availability or to book a charter aboard Ree!
Easter Charter 2016 - Caribbean
The Captain exceeded expectations in all respects. Laurances knowledge of the region, the boat and seamanship made for an extraordinary safe, smooth and fun trip. The service onboard will be remembered for its consistency, warmth and thoughtfulness.
One week on this yacht with this crew is the ideal holiday.
10 Guests, 7 Days
New Year's Charter 2015/16 - Caribbean
Laurance has a terrific knowledge of the area and options for anchorage. He exhibits a firm command of the crew and sailing, which put us at ease. He also took the time to teach our children some free diving techniques and was very patient with them. Anthon struck us a highly competent engineer as well. Gaelle is so very talented with table decorations that made our meals feel special and charming. She arranged great fun for the children on NY eve and a treasure hunt on our last day. Marina is a terrific bartender and always pleasant too.
Best of our 7 BVI charters.
9 Guests, 16 Days
Christmas Charter 2014/15 - Caribbean
I have never felt more confident in a captain. Laurance and his crew sail Ree like never before really appreciate the use of wind rather than engine. It was lovely to find such good snorkel masks and other gear this year. Fussy children were brilliantly catered for by the chef.
5 Guests, 9 Days
July Charter 2014 - Mediterrannean
The crew was warm, welcoming and spoiled us in every way. The food was beautifully presented, delicious, healthy and fun! Our food allergies were handled with ease. Cruising was wonderful, all that we had hoped for. It was a trip of a lifetime and we loved every minute.
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This was by far the most pleasant experience Ive ever had. Growing up on boasts I thought I knew what to expect however this exceeded any and all of my expectations. Captain Laurance did a wonderful job in selecting a diverse and adventurous experience. While we loved Ree and the Spanish Isles, it wouldnt have been nearly as special without her WORLD CLASS crew!
5 Guests, 14 Days
June Charter 2014 - Mediterranean
I wanted to take the time to thank you and the crew for what an amazing two weeks. It was the best vacation that we have ever taken as a family (everyone agrees 100%).
The boat was amazing, the islands were amazing but the best thing about our vacation was the crew and the wonderful relationship that we developed with you all.
I have been in the hospitality business for 20+ years and I can say this, you guys are the best. Not only was everyone a consummate pro, you are all wonderful people.
My family is very fortunate to have met you all and we hope someday that our paths cross again!
We would love to keep in touch so if you could send us everyone's email, we would appreciate. Feel free to give mine out too.
Let us know if anyone is ever in our part of the world, we would love to host you at our house.
8 Guests, 7 Days
February 2014 - Caribbean
Laurance was the most hands-on and engaging captain we have had on all 5 Caribbean cruises. We enjoyed the cruising area, especially snorkelling in Pigeon Island. We appreciated the variety of options for lunch and the lovely table arrangements.
9 Guests, 12 Days
Christmas 2013/14 - Caribbean
It has been a truly memorable cruise and we cant thank you enough for all the care and hard work you have put in.
Thank you Nuria for the wonderful food and your endless patience in providing so many different dishes to please everybody.
Thank you Monika for your tireless efforts running up and down those stairs with all the dishes, the attractive table settings and above all the superb cocktails.
Gaelle you are wonderful with the children, and have been so kind to the little ones on top of all your other duties; the immaculate laundry and beautifully serviced cabins.
Andrew & Callum you have worked so hard providing and helping with the watersports, shifting the deck furniture always with a smile and a pleasant word.
As captain Laurance you have done a wonderful job coordinating it all in such a friendly and helpful manner. Please accept a big thank you from all of us.
10 Guests, 7 Days
May Charter 2013 - Mediterranean
Hats off to Capt. Laurance Ottley & S/Y REE's New Crew! (The crew) were sensational. Amazing people who gave themselves to our trip in any way we asked. Food was insanely amazing - some of the best I have ever eaten. Five star, just amazing. Absolutely stunning every day. The presentation was immaculate.
May 15 - 23, 2013
- South of France
'The crew went far beyond their duties to ensure we were all relaxed. They were always happy and friendly. Crew were sensational. Amazing people who gave themselves to our trip in any way we asked. Cannot speak highly enough of these amazing and wonderful people.
Food review: The food was beyond anything I could have imagined. Food was insanely amazing some of the best I have ever eaten. Five star fine gourmet just amazing. Absolutely stunning every day. Words fail me. The presentation was immaculate.
March 23 to March 30, 2013
6 guests, St. Martin St. Martin
We had a great time on REE. The crew were a pleasure to be with, the food excellent, the first mate an absolute rock, the stewardesses incredibly efficient, the engineer keeps the whole complex machinery working and the captain runs a tight ship. All of them could not have been nicer, they were great. And of course in all aspects REE is a very comfortable yacht - comfortable to be on and to sail.
Thanks for setting us up with a great cruise. Until the next one
Report from the broker --
February 23 to March 2, 2013
10 guests, Antigua Antigua
The client's Personal Assistant . . . said that it was a huge success. Everyone had a great time. One of the guests who always has something (critical) to say . . . said that the food and service was better than any 5 star restaurant or resort that they have been to.
The crew took excellent care of them; very concerned and caring.
So, I would like to thank you for taking such good care of my clients, and if you ever need a referral, please give my name and number.
You hit it out of the ballpark!!!
Feedback from the broker --
Two weeks - Christmas 2012/New Year 2013
It was a fantastic charter and Mr G was very impressed with Captain Matt he said that Matt is a real yes guy, meaning that nothing was too much trouble and Matt was keen to do anything to make the guests happy. He also adored Nadines food.
The charter was fantastic!
The boat was beautiful and immaculate.
All party commented that the brochure doesn't do her justice; maybe something that needs looking at!
All crew worked extremely hard to ensure we had a great time and were very sociable.
Looking forward already to the next one.
- Charter Guests, April 2012
"Captain and Crew, Absolutely fabulous sailing every day! Fantastic food, tremendous hospitality, and great fun with all the toys. This was the third year in a row sailing in the Caribbean and the best, with wonderful weather, winds and warmth. We will take back many magic moments. Many thanks!"
- Charter Guests, January 2012