|Guest cabin configuration:|
|4 Queen en-suite cabins (one can convert to Twin) with A/C|
|Home port||Village Cay Marina, Tortola, British Virgin Islands|
|Available for USVI pickups with more than 6 passengers|
Every moment on Soterion (renamed from Double Feature) will transport you, your family and friends to a world-class vacation available to a chosen few.
Soterion's interior includes one master and three queen cabins (the master can convert to twin beds), all with en-suite showers and non-polluting LectraSan heads and accommodating up to 8 guests.
Each cabin has its own individual A/C controls and stereo, allowing you to relax at your own pace. The spacious salon boasts a 47" plasma flat screen and surround sound for your enjoyment.
While on charter, relax with a mid-day siesta on the enormous trampolines. Let the cool breeze and aquamarine waters surround and soothe you. Feel the stress and tension of your busy life dissolve as you become renewed, recharged and reinvigorated.
Enjoy a water sports adventure with your very own professional crew of outdoor enthusiasts and a 15ft 60HP dingy.
The crew recommend meeting up with Soterion in Tortola, sail the BVIs including up to Anegada if you wish, before heading back down wind to St Thomas for an airport drop if you are flying out of St Thomas.
Village Cay Marina, Tortola, British Virgin Islands (Home)
Red Hook, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (Additional)
West End, Tortola, British Virgin Islands (Additional)
Trellis Bay, Beef Island, British Virgin Islands (Additional)
Nanny Cay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands (Additional)
Ben & Rachel
Captain Ben and First Mate Rachel are a young, energetic, professional yachting and charter host team. Together they have a passion for the adventures that the Virgin Islands have to offer and enjoy sharing them with others. As a couple they offer a charming graciousness that helps people to feel comfortable and fully relaxed, and will work closely with your group to match your level of interest with the right level of activity, dining, and relaxation.
Ben was born and raised on the Gulf of Maine. At eight, he started sailing aboard a Rhodes 19' and by the age of 18, he made his way from Portsmouth, NH to Hawaii via the Caribbean islands and Panama Canal aboard various sailboats. Eventually settling in Washington State's Puget Sound, Ben taught sailing in a community sailing program during the summer months and apprenticing under a local shipwright in the winters.
Finally aboard his own 32' sailboat, he was able to fulfill a dream of sailing back to New Hampshire. Adventures along the way to fund his dream included, working as a deckhand aboard ocean going tugboats hauling freight through Southeast Alaska, commercial fishing for giant Bluefin tuna, delivering sailboats along the west coast of Central America, and working as mate aboard a luxury charter yacht based in Petersburg, Alaska where he learned the finer points of running top quality charters. ..read more
Tropical seas calling him, Ben focused his efforts on the Virgin Islands and has successfully Captained two charter catamarans based in the BVI. Ben is excited to be aboard Soterion, sailing the crystal clear waters and trade winds of the US & British Virgin Islands.
Rachel was born with an adventurous spirit, and grew up hiking, camping, fishing, and eagerly exploring her love for the outdoors near her childhood home in Boulder, CO. Her fascination with sailboats also started in New England, where she worked with the manufacturing facilities of Hinckley Yachts in Maine and observed the construction process from start to finish of some of the finest yachts in the world.
Rachel has also pursued her passion for food and entertaining, working with the Culinary Institute of Montana where winters included skiing and working in fine dining establishments while the summer months involved rock climbing, rafting, and racing sailboats on the largest natural freshwater lake in the western US.
Missing the salty air & vastness of the big blue, Rachel left the US to live and work aboard a sailboat and deliver the yacht from Florida to Bocas del Toro, Panama. Eventually spending extensive time in Central America, Rachel founded Nicaragua Energetic Flow Yoga, working as a full time traveling instructor at 6 resorts in the southwest corner of Nicaragua. She also managed and cooked at a B&B guesthouse in the jungle outside San Juan del Sur. As an athlete and yogi, Rachel is adamant about using the freshest quality local ingredients to create healthy and delicious meals that feed the body and the soul.
Ben and Rachel look forward to meeting you aboard Soterion and sailing the Caribbean Virgin Islands.
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We loved Ben and Rachel and felt that we hit the jackpot with them. What a great fit for our family. We had an amazing experience and they were a big part of that. We all learned so much and enjoyed the adventure! We would have "family meetings' to plan each day and we usually went with Ben and Rachel's suggested options which were all fabulous. We felt at ease immediately and fell right into our Caribbean adventure. We snorkeled, hiked, yoga, paddle boarded, survived a few intense squalls, relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Yoga with Rachel was amazing; she treated us to yoga several mornings.
Soterion was beautiful and clean. Rachel and Ben take impeccable care of Soterion!
The food was delicious and just the right amount! Rachel's presentations were stunning. She uses fresh and healthy ingredients and just seems to read our minds on when and what we needed! Happy hour was fun with exotic drinks and fun treats!
The itinerary was perfection! Jost Van Dyke was a bit crazy and crowded but we requested to go there. The other moorings were stunning and Ben would find just the right spot! Many times we felt as though we were the only ones there!
It was one of those lifetime dreams come true!! Perfect combo of relaxation, nature, action, amazing meals and fun!
Chuck F, aboard Catamaran Soterion sailing the British Virgin Islands
Ben and Rachel were the best, better than we could have even imagined! They are extremely knowledgeable, fun and engaging and the food that Rachel put out of that tiny kitchen was phenomenal! We were truly spoiled. They made great suggestions for our diverse group and even joined us on several outings! We feel blessed to have had them as our captain/first mate/cook/social directors for the week!
We loved the fact that each bedroom aboard Soterion had a private bath! We also like the big trampoline area and the other cushioned areas which were great for relaxing. The boat was very clean and we loved the fact that we got clean sheets mid-week. The yacht was well stocked with drinks and snacks!
The meals were customized for our group which was very much appreciated. Rachel called us the “clean plate club” for a reason! Every meal was exceptional and it was plated beautifully! The food looked as though it should have been photographed for a high end food magazine! We looked forward to every meal and were always excited for the great reveal.
Suzanne M, aboard Catamaran Soterion sailing the British Virgin Islands
Ben and Rachel were wonderful. A perfect match for our group. Extremely knowledgeable, friendly , accommodating , attentive, responsible , trustworthy , and safety conscious. We loved getting to know them and were very comfortable with them. They were very professional, yet warm and personable. They treat each other with great respect and kindness. We would definitely charter with them in the future. They spoiled us from the first minute.
We loved the Soterion. Very clean. Very comfortable. Well ventilated and loved the air conditioning at night. Ben and Rachel kept the ship well organized and everything had its place and the laundry and towels smelled great!!!! Favorite aspect was every room had at least a queen bed and its own bathroom and I loved that there was sunscreen, shampoo, conditioner and lotion on board. A smooth ride as well.
The food was fabulous ! Like 5 star restaurant ! Rachel is an awesome chef and always kept the kitchen clean and great hygiene. We all were so stuffed with food each day but we couldn't say no to any meal because they were all so yummy! Very impressive. The duck was one of the best entrees I have ever had.
The itinerary was perfect. Enjoyed every place we went. Every stop was different and unique and had something to offer. Ben did a great job. Loved the map, hat and T-shirt we received at the end of the trip.
Sailing directions was very prompt and helpful. Ben and Rachel has nothing but compliments for John Lane and said I chose one of the best services and I completely agreed! Emails were answers immediately, no matter if it was day or night or weekend. I will definitely let my friends and family know of Sailing Directions. We would like to book another charter in the future.
Thanks again for everything. It was a fantastic experience!
Lana S, aboard Catamaran Soterion sailing the Virgin Islands
Ben and Rachel were perfect. They are our new friends and we enjoyed our time with them immensely.
Soterion was perfect for our group. Having never been on a trip like this before, the boat was more spacious than any of us had expected. It was very clean and the A/C and ventilation was great
Rachel is a fantastic chef and nearly everyone said that her cooking was one of the highlights of the trip. She spent time to set up the perfect menu for everyone in our group. I am a picky eater and she managed to put together fantastic meals that I enjoyed as well as the foodies in our group. Each meal was presented as you would find at a high end restaurant, and this is very impressive that she was able to do this from that tiny kitchen on the boat.
We got to do everything that we wanted from hearing of friends previous adventures and also had great fun doing things we would have never expected. Nearly everyone in the group had a different favorite day.
John did a great job handling all of our questions beforehand and getting this all set up.
Dan R, aboard Catamaran Soterion sailing the British Virgin Islands
In a word, our week on Soterion was "spectacular". The weather was just part of the adventure. Ben and Rachel are incredible. Once again you made a perfect match.
Christine M, aboard Catamaran Soterion sailing the British Virgin Islands
We had a fantastic time. The crew were, on a scale of one to ten: 900!!! The food was some of the best meals I ever ate. Will recommend you to our friends.
Gennaro R, aboard Catamaran Soterion sailing the British Virgin Islands
The Perry Family
It has been 5 weeks since we returned from our BVI charter aboard
Soterion but I needed to throw you guys a line.
We have to rave about Ben,
Rachel and Soterion. You will do your clients a great favor
recommending Soterion when she is available. We had eight friends in
our charter including two charter "newbies".
Ben is a capable and engaging captain and Rachel is a phenomenal chef
and first mate. One of our friends requested gluten free foods and
Rachel prepared several options that were shared and enjoyed by all.
Soterion was a beautiful cat well appointed and comfortable.
The trip exceded our expectations despite this being our third (or
fourth) charter in the BVI.
Looking forward to future charters; stay safe
Tom & Sheila
Yacht: SOTERION with Sasha & Tara
Charter Dates: June 17-24, 2012
Area Cruised: Virgin Islands
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This trip was hands down the best summer vacation I've ever had. The food was amazing and the crew was excellent. Sasha and Tara made us feel very welcome and we enjoyed our sailing experience in the BVIs immensely. I wholeheartedly recommend this trip to anyone who would enjoy a five star experience. Cheers, Matt
With so many amazing islands, bays and cays to visit the itinerary for each charter is tailored specifically for each group of guests. If you are keen scuba divers, want to sail all day, or spend lots of time ashore, your crew will make sure that he plans an itinerary to suit you. This is a flexible guide and will be discussed with you when you board Soterion.
Below is just a sample of how your week could look:
It's 12 noon, Welcome Aboard! Once your bags are stowed and you have a cool drink in-hand, your Captain will give you a safety briefing to orientate you with Soterion. Then it's time to hoist the sails for the short trip to exclusive Peter Island. Here you will anchor in the pristine water at Deadman's Bay and take your first swim in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. After a delicious lunch it's time to sail to Salt Island and snorkel the famous Wreck of the Rhone, then on to Cooper Island for dinner.
A revitalizing snorkel at Cisterne Point will build your appetite for breakfast and for the day ahead. Sailing across the channel and up to Trellis Bay where you're sure to see plenty of Sea Turtles. There is a fantastic local craft shop ashore which is well worth a visit. After lunch, it's a short hop to picturesque Marina Cay for some excellent snorkeling and a trip ashore.
Enjoy a bracing sail up to North Sound in Virgin Gorda. Perhaps go for a wakeboard or just relax on the yacht while your personal chef prepares another superb meal. After lunch you can take a taxi over the top of the island, which gives you the most spectacular views of the whole of the BVI, to the famous Baths. Formed millions of years ago as a result of volcanic activity these giant boulders provide a playground amongst which you can snorkel, swim and walk.
After breakfast, enjoy an exhilarating reach to Anegada. This limestone atoll is only 24' high at the highest point and surrounded by reef. A trip to Loblolly Bay for some unforgettable snorkeling is a must. In the afternoon, a visit to Cow Wreck Beach in the north of the island will unveil miles of deserted white sand beaches. Famous for its local lobster, Anegada is the perfect place to enjoy dinner ashore.
A downwind sail today as you head for Monkey Bay, Guana Island. After snorkeling and lunch, sail along the north shore of Tortola to Cane Garden Bay. A lively place ashore, this is a great place to take in some local bars and music.
A short sail this morning to Green Cay and Sandy Spit. Two tiny 'desert islands' that are a must on anyone's itinerary. After lunch, it's off to White Bay on Jost Van Dyke, home to the legendary Soggy Dollar Bar. So put your money in your shorts, dive over the side and make for the bar. Spend the afternoon relaxing in a hammock sipping a relaxing Pain Killer cocktail or if you're feeling more active, head back out on the water and take in some kneeboarding or water skiing.
Enjoy a short sail and brief stop at Soper's Hole, Tortola. A very quaint spot and a good place to purchase souvenirs of your vacation while. Then it's a sail up the Sir Francis Drake Passage to Norman Island and some amazing snorkeling at The Caves. This is rumored to have been the place famous pirates once hid their treasure, so keep your eye out for anything that glitters. After another gourmet dinner, it's time to take you to The Willy T - a famous floating bar.
Get up early and take in a short dinghy trip to The Indians for a final snorkel. Then it's time to up the anchor, hoist the sails and head back to Village Cay Marina. Disembark at 12 noon.