20-28 March, 2017 - A Great Time!
Note from broker:
Hi Wayne - thanks for the message and thanks for doing a great job with (my clients); Seth dropped me a line this morning saying they had a great time.
Thanks again for your efforts and I will certainly keep in touch with them in case they'd like to book a return trip at some point.
What a wonderful way to spend Christmas! It was more than we would have imagined and you both made it very special! Thank you,
Thank you for a fabulous birthday week! We had a great time sailing, snorkeling and relaxing, and we thoroughly enjoyed the food! Thank you for the best time we have ever had in the BVI's.
Jeremy and Sue
This voyage was a game changer for us, especially for me. One of the best times of our lives.
Phil and Patty
Our 3rd BVI charter and the best by far!! Food was fabulous, anchorages were unbelievable and Anegada flamingos were really fun to chase! Hope to be here and cook for you on our boat next year!
Deni and Mike
Thank you Wayne and Barbara for such an amazing vacation-a true slice of paradise. Such a treat to experience Victoria with both of you and Jacob (the cat). You took such great care of us from the best snorkeling to great food and conch blowing lessons (resulting in 2 kid wins in the contest :).
Dear Wayne Barbara and Jacob,
For the grat (sic) trip. I will never firget about this trip. and thank you for teching me how to water sky. It was so much fun and I wish we can di it again.
Anastasia (age 10).
The crew of the Victoria yacht
Took us to every glorious spot
With food so sublime
And rivers of wine
Everything was just tip-top!!
Carol and Jeff
Pete and Bev
Pierre and Charlotte
Thank you both for the BEST vacation we have had! Getting to see the BVI via Victoria is an experience we will treasure(ARRRR) and never forget. You two are the best and we hope to see you again real soon and play pigs and cards against humanity.
Fawn, Jason and Cooper
What a marvelous experience we have had this 2nd visit to the BVI's with you. Your hospitality is terrific and Victoria is luxurious. Our snorkeling and meals were suberb!
Christine and Bill
Thank you for your attention to details, advice on the best snorkeling and the incredible meals. The painkillers helped us let go of our real lives and live a fantasy sail cruise for a week.
Mark and Michelle
Thank you for our third fantastic voyage with you and Jacob. We love Victoria and enjoyed your hospitality. The unique and private snorkeling spots, the fabulous food and your good company! It was the best.
Judy and Aare
Thank you for all that you do! All the laughs, the stories and THE FOOD! So many wonderful memories were made on this trip. We don't want to leave. Take care, Shannon
New Years 2014
Thank you for making this week a very special one. It has been nothing but great food for every meal and fantastic adventures on the boat and in the water with Wayne. Thank you for teaching Jen and Cait to wakeboard and for making us scream our lungs out on the tube. Thank you for entertaining us with all the fun games we played after dinner: playing 31 and pass the pigs. We will treasure all these memories. Thank you for making us feel so welcome and at home, teaching us skills in the kitchen and out on deck.
Finally, to Jake, the cat. thank you for letting us pet and cuddle you so we wouldn't miss our cats at home!
Lots of love,
Peter, Debbie, Jen, Cait and Haydn
No works to describe what an amazing week we had! The snorkeling was incredible-I even saw a nurse shark :). The food was the best I've ever had; Barb makes it look so easy. Wayne and Barb are first class hosts, gracious and generous. We will be back!
Madeline and Bob
Thank you for a fantastic week! The food was incredible1 We so appreciate all the hard work it takes to pamper us for a whole week. Loved the snorkeling, sailing and beach time.
Cheryl and Dave
Thank you for an amazing week! We had a great time and the food was incredible. Lots of great memories with great friends.
Stacy and Mark
What a fun week for us! Thanks for making this such a memorable trip for us-a great birthday and anniversary celebration for all of us! The food was outstanding and you picked wonderful snorkeling and hiking spots for us. We'll always remember our week with you two on Victoria!
In a word, "FANTASTICO!! What a way to get away from it all!! We all enjoyed ourselves immensely -from the wonderful facilities to the perfect captaining to position us for the best scenery and snorkeling and to the 5 star cooking. What could one ask for that would be better? We enjoyed learning a LOT about the history, the geology and the fish, including looking for 'trails' to see which conch were inhabited. FUN FUN FUN. Thanks for making it a most memorable time for all of us and a great birthday for me.
xxoo Nancy, Frank, Bob, Bill and Liz
Wayne and Barbara are phenomenal!! Always found us a beautiful island and fun things to do. Great games & stories. Barbara is amazing! We think she used magic to create such wonderful meals out of such a small galley!! She is a fabulous cook.The yacht was impeccably clean and beautifully maintained. It was a perfect vacation with our kids.
Your family (charter) was just "over the moon" happy. They loved everything - the food, the two of you, the yacht, the activities. Thanks so much for just being the incredible people that you are and showing such care for people.
What a fabulous week! Our meals were amazing, the stories were so entertaining and the Victoria is beautiful! We loved all of the snorkeling spots. Thanks you so much for such a wonderful vacation. We hope to return some day. Susan and John
I think the expression is "third times the charm!", but honestly,I think we were charmed the first time :). Each trip has been better than the last-food, stories, activities-fantastic! This trip (#4) was special because we convinced Suzi and John to come. And you did not disappoint!
I had the best time ever!! My favorite part was tubing and swimming with the turtles! I enjoyed the happy-ARR happy hour. Barbara is the best cook ever and Wayne tells the best stories. Best vacation EVER!!
I had an AMAZING time! This was definatley, by far, the best vacation ever! My favorite part was probably tubing! Hope we can come again!
Thank you for this good vacation. My favorite was tubing and going to different islands.
You guys are so fun and genuine and sweet to ous and our children. All of us are already talking about our next trip with you, even our child who is afraid of the water!! (Okay, afraid of the fish!). PIG OUT!! You introduced us to a very fun game and you discovered how loud Alex really can get. ARRRRR! vacation has been wonderful and we are sad to see it end!! We loved being pirates for a day, too. Brendan has learned to love RUM!
Brad, Michelle, Alex, Brendan and Celia
March 2, 2014
Dear Barbara and Wayne,
Thank you for sharing with us your beautiful maritime home and extending to us your warm and gracious hospitality. Just as Barbara nourishes our bodies with her consummate culinary skills, so did the sailing, snorkeling and swimming nourish our souls. We also appreciated the many entertaining stories that Wayne told. Together the two of you created for us a relaxing and memorable vacation. With gratitude! Ray and Jerry
It is with hearts full of gratitude (and stomachs still full of wonderful food) that we leave this wonderful playground. Your desire and willingness to please is so much appreciated and we will fondly remember this week of escaping our "polar vortex" reality. Thank you! Dawn and Eric
Each trip surpasses the previous-your hospitality, knowledge of the area and cuisine will have us coming back for years to come. Terri and Greg
This was our first trip with Barb, Wayne and Jacob. We chartered with food friends and will come back again with our two girls. Wayne's stories were very entertaining and Barn's food was fantastic! Many thanks to you both!
Tim and Karen
February 5, 2014
Wayne and Barbara,
Another FAB week. We loved every moment. You both know how to make guests so happy-especially avoiding the arctic vortex! Home to -40-Ugh! We'll send you great photos of Jacob-what a cool cat. Great food, drinks (too many)- just a perfect week. Thanks for all you do! Mary and Keith
January 19-26, 2014
Dear Wayne and Barbara,
Thank you for helping us celebrate our "milestone" birthday vacation in style! From the daily views and water sports, to Barbara's cuisine, to the attentiveness to all details, we enjoyed ourselves tremendously and will treasure the vacation forever! Thanks, Karen
Thank you for an epic journey! It was all i hoped fpr and more. You two are a great team. Thanks for all the memories. David
You made our first voyage an absolutely wonderful experience. The pampering from moment one was beyond our expectation. Wayne's fresh catch and Barb's culinary skills were scrumptious! Thanks again, Mark
New Years 2014
We cannot begin to thank you enough for making our 11 year dream a reality that exceeded our expectations in every way. Your warm hospitality, the beautiful boat , the meals extraordinaire and the TLC you provided all of us. Thanks to both our 50th Anniversary celebration will be one of our fondest memories.
Gene and Jack
Thanks for a great week! We loved exploring new islands and braving the unknown. This bio luminescence was once in a lifetime! Constantly improving weather and wonderful food and scenery, what more could anyone want? Thanks again for your gracious hospitality.
Ruth, Gregg, Jake and Ethan
April 6, 2013
Barb and Wayne,
As usual, we had a glorious week! You guys treat us so well! It is always my favorite vacation week. I wish i could do it more. I am happy to have shared it with my family. Thanks for having us. Love, Bill and Dale
Lion fish, sea turtles, sting rays and more! What a great way to spend the Easter Holiday and week with family! Thanks so much! Rob and Robin
Barbara and Wayne,
We have taken many vacations but never anything this fabulous or unique. The boat is gorgeous, the food was fabulous (meal after meal) but your company was the best part. We had a blast with you all in this Caribbean playground.
The undeniable highlight of the week was swimming with dolphin (Splash) for over an hour. She clearly wanted to be around us!
Thanks for the awesome experience,
Kate, Pat, Jessica, Oscar and Leah
Thanks for another great week` we had an amazing time! Hope to see you again soon!
This place is awesome!! Thank you so much!!
Recommendation for Jacob, the cat (feline)
I am writing to give you a recommendation for "Victoria" and Jacob. We booked last year over NY's and it was such a wonderful trip. Barbara and Wayne were the most gracious hosts and we could not have asked for a memorable trip.
We too were surprised to find out there was a cat on board. We had one person who is allergic to cats, and one person who really does not care for cats. We were a last minute booking and decided if we wanted to go to Jost for NY's then this was our only option at that time. Jacob won the non cat people over. He is NOT your normally kitty. He does not rub against you, meow all the time, get on the furniture tables, beds etc. He does sometimes sit above Wayne's Nav station - I guess he wants to make sure Wayne knows where he is going :)
He would occasionally walk about the edge of the boat and perch above the cockpit cover. He truly was not a nuisance in any way. We really did not see much of him as he stayed the majority of the time in their cabin or in Wayne's office. We didn't get a glimpse of him until day 2 or our trip. When the engines start (or any loud noise for that matter) he is no where to be found (except for the shaking lump under their blanket in their cabin!)
Another good note is there is no "cat or liter smell" at all. There is no cat hair anywhere to be found. Barbara keeps the yacht spotless.
Your clients really should not let Jacob deter them. "Victoria" is a very fine yacht and Wayne and Barbara are the most gracious of hosts. They take pride in their yacht and it truly shows. Barb's cooking is OUTSTANDING!!! Wayne's sailing skills are FABULOUS and SAFE!!! They are attentive and have the very best equipment, dinghy, linens, food, and drinks. Not to mention that they are simply a great couple with wonderful stories and knowledge of the BVI. Had they been able to fit 10 of us on their yacht this year we would be with them!
Please let me know if you have any questions at all or need pics. I have plenty!
Christmas 2012- reflections on the feline
June---we were very happy with the entire experience, once we got past the cat issue, which was a problem until it wasn't. Wayne and Barbara were extremely flexible, service oriented and anxious to please. Food was very good and we loved waking up each morning to the aroma of fresh baking muffins.
November 19, 2012
What a wonderful way to celebrate my 50th!! Thanks for an AMAZING adventure!
Ken and Lorrie
What a wonderful spot in the world. Thank you for being our tour guide. Wayne, an ole seaman is classic for his stories, his underwater tours, and his handyman capabilities. Barbara, the phyician's daughter, the seaman's wife makes her name as a wonderful cook...the chocolate bread pudding was the final closer on our last evening. Thank you for inviting us into your world. Its an experience my wife and children will take with them the rest of their lives and mine as well.
June 20, 2012
We had a great week on Victoria. Couldn't have celebrated our 40th anniversary any better-Carrie and Grant say "ditto" for their 6th anniversary. Meg loved the scuba diving and her many adventures with Wayne under water. We hope to return again-what a great week and, oh thanks, for the additional 5lbs each we all gained! Barb, your meals were incredible.
Tuttles, Jules, Meggers, Choppers and Tran the Outlaw!
Delray Beach, FL
April 13, 2012
Thank you Wayne and Barbara and Jacob for an amazing week of sailing, swimming, scuba diving and much more. It was so fund and the food was great. I'll never forget this trip :). Your friend,
16 yrs old
April 13, 2012
Dear Barbara and Wayne,
This has been such an amazing vacation. The food was BOMB!! and no one is as good of a captain than Wayne. I had so much fun, guys! Hopefully we'll be back soon. oxo.
16 yrs old
Dear Barbara and Wayne,
I can not believe that we have been home a week and a half and I have not written to thank you for the incredible week we had! It has taken me this long to recover from the shock of coming home (the cold and rain did not help) and trying to get back into our hectic life. As Katherine told you, we ALL cried on and off for 24 hours. The resort we stayed at was quite lovely..but we hated it..there were people there, we had to eat in a restaurant, and it did not sway gently back and forth (although it felt like it did). You really treated us to a vacation of a lifetime. As I told a friend of mine, I felt like I had a love affair and it was over! However, I am now starting to recover from the shock of re-entry, but my friends are getting tired of me walking around smiling as I hold the fond memories of a week aboard Flame in my hard. I really do not know how to thank you for giving us such a perfect time.
Barbara, I had told you I would send you some recipes, as well as the name of a cookbook. They are following. We have made muffins out of your cookbook (I really like the fact that they can be started the night before and just put together the next morning). Katherine made your sausage and tomatoes pasta for my birthday on Sunday. The children frequently request "Barbara Food"
Dear Wayne and Barbara,
We couldn't have had a better vacation or a better boat and crew! You always seemed to know just what we wanted or else made us feel totally comfortable to ask. We really appreciated all your hard work and extra effort to treat us to a great time and make the kids squeal. The meals were fabulous, the stories fascinating and the sights fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing your boat and your expertise with us this week. We hope to have the opportunity to come back!
Betsey and Gerry
April 13, 2012
Barbara and Wayne,
The perfect vacation! Just what we hoped for and more! Love the adventure, snorkeling, scuba amazing food, hospitality. Hope to be back soon and do it all again! Until that day, be well, enjoy abd keep in touch.
Dear Barbara and Wayne,
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for making our vacation so perfect. Katherine, Isabel and I will be talking about the trip for the next year (until we can get back aboard Flame).
Flame is beautiful, comfortable, classic and everything we could have wanted in a charter boat. The beds were comfortable, the covered aft deck was perfect for getting out of the afternoon sun while still being able to be outside, and the size was just right for mixing comfort with a true boating experience.
Wayne, your knowledge of 'just where to go' to get that perfect secluded beach with great digging sand (what more could a three year old want) was amazing. Your ability to steer us to destinations without pressuring us to move faster than we needed to gave us the perfect mix of change without any sense of needing to rush- just what we wanted.And Barbara...we're still recovering from all of the amazing food. Three amazing gourmet meals, plus afternoon snacks. We were spoiled beyond belief!
Anyway-what it all comes down to, is a huge "THANK YOU" from the three of us. You took our family into your home and made all of us (especially three year old Isabel) feel welcome, relaxed and exceedingly well cared for.
Needless to say..."We'll be back!"
March 22, 2012
Thank you so much for a fabulous week! Not sure who was in charge of the weather but they did a perfect job! We loved Flame but have started a new love affair with Victoria! Your marmth and hospitality has no equal.
Richard and June
March 2, 2012
Wayne, Barbara and Jacob (the kat)
Thank you again for such a wonderful vacation on the new boat Victoria. The second time around was even better! Can't wait to plan the next one with you- your knowledge of the island is incredible , making the journey with you priceless!
Jerod and Marnie
March 2, 2012
Your hospitality is beyond words! We loved Flame and Victoria is equally fabulous. What a perfect vacation! You are both amazing hosts, tour guides and of course, chefs! See you again soon, sooner rather than later,
Erik and Jenny
February 4, 2012
Barbara and Wayne,
What a delight to have our sixth trip with you-this time on the Victoria! The new catamaran is wonderful. We look forward to good times with you again.
Cindy and Kurt
New Year 2011
This has been the best vacation of my life, and I have been on a bunch. Barb & Wayne treate us like Royalty and became our friends all at the same time. We ate like kings; Barb made all the food from scratch. What a concept! Wayne was there shuttling us around, throwing us life rafs and floaties at the perfect time making our vacation like a dream come true. He would just know what we would need before we would, anticipating our every wish! Thank you for a wonderful experience and new found friendship.
Julie and Vince
New Years 2012
Monday January 9, 2012
Hi Barbara & Wayne!!!
We still cannot quit talking about our trip. It was the most memorable trip of a lifetime for us. I do have some news to tell you...On our last day on the island Buz proposed!!!!! It was the perfect ending to the perfect trip. Of course I said YES!
We all want to thank you for such an amazing piece of paradise and memories that we will truly cherish for a lifetime to come. Wayne your captain skills were excellent and it was the first time all of us "boaters" could comfortably sit back and let you do your thing when needed. Don't think for a second when some of the boats got very close we didn't want to get up with you and make sure they didn't hit your beautiful Victoria. We loved hearing about all of the islands and your insight on life there.
Barbara - Your food was amazing!!!!! I never thought we would have every meal on the yacht but none of us wanted to miss a morsel it was so great!!! I couldn't believe you made every single thing from scratch. What a job and what a treat it was for us. The lobster of course was our best meal (if we had to choose one), the pizza was excellent, salads, breads (oh the breads!!)....I could go on and on and on over the food. Thank you for everything.
To Jacob - the cat who has my ultimate life... my little four legged friend you were great! My dogs do not even behave as well as you did my friend. I can;t wait to send your parents some of the wonderful pictures I have of you in all your splendor. You even won over a "non" cat person. Vince said if he would ever own a cat he would want one just like you!
Lastly to the two of you when I say our trip was amazing I truly mean it. Buz and I will have a very hard time justifying ever taking another "land" vacation again. We want to come back and explore more and stay longer! Even though we had to do the NY at Jost Van Dyke for once, our next trip we want to experience some of the special places you both described.
Thanks Again for a memory of a lifetime!!!
Nina & Buz
Dear Mr. Dori,
Enclosed is the evaluation sheet that you sent regarding my husband and my trip on FLAME. I have filled it out, but wanted to tell you in a separate letter that Captain Wayne and Barbara seem to have found the keys to making a motor yacht vacation an experience of a lifetime. They welcomed us warmly and continued to treat us as friends and guests simultaneously during the entire voyage.
They have equipped FLAME in the most thoughtful way. One of the little things is a big basket on the aft deck into which everyone's incidental items are placed
when they have been mis-placed. Looking for your sunglasses? Look in the basket. Can't find your paperback? Look in the basket. It may seem like a little thing, but we loved it. I'm stealing the idea for our summer house.
We have been on the water for a week with Captain/Chef couples who had difficulty managing the Owner/Guest relationship. Barbara and Wayne got it exactly right. They were friendly and happy to visit with us and share our experiences, but they also gave our group just the right amount of "alone" time. We really enjoyed the early morning coffee time on deck.
FLAME is gracious boat and Barbara, Wayne and Jacob do her proud.
1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating?
Yes, very friendly and accommodating
2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean?
3. Was the yacht well ventilated?
4. Was the food good and well presented?
5. Did you like the area you sailed?
Sailing was terrific. BVI outstanding
6. Could we have helped you further in any way?
7. May we post this review on our website?
8. Additional comments on your charter?
Barbara and Wayne were very good hosts. Pleasant, quiet and nice. Service was outstanding...
Fort Worth TX
Dear Barbara and Wayne,
The airplane food was not up to Barbara's standards. We missed the bagpipe serenade last night. I had to wear flannel pajamas to bed. My bed did not rock me to sleep last night. I tried to get David to do it, but it just wasn't the same-no, not that kind of rocking!! I had to stumble into the kitchen this morning and assemble the coffee pot all by myself!! I don't know who my cat is anymore-I said to her this morning, "Come here sweet boy"-Midnight is a gird. AND, I guess my family will expect me to cook tonight! ARRRRRR!!! It's a cold, cruel world!!
Just wanted to drop you a note and try to tell you how much we enjoyed our week with you guys and the Flame. We got home last night about 10:00pm and stayed up until 12:00 telling the boys about the week. David and I talked about whether or not it would be a vacation the boys would enjoy, but after talking to them about you guys (or shall I say "y'all") and what we did, they're fired up to come. We will synchronize our calendars for next year and let you know as soon as possible.
David and I travel a great deal and we enjoy everywhere we go, but last week was something really special to us. We live a very blessed life in Fort Worth. Our boys are terrific (I'm not bragging, just being honest) and we have wonderful friends here. David loves his job, so it's not as if we have to 'get away' to have fun. We think it's the change in just how simple you can make life. Plus, getting to observe God's beauty in the air, on the land , and under the sea all at the same time is pretty neat. I'm not sure, but the food and you two might have something to do with it too! Without sounding too corny, you two provide a wonderful service for people and you do your job very well!!
Thanks again for all the trouble in setting up the bagpipe rendezvous. If that guy is not available next year when we come I might just bring my own-no kidding, they had bagpipes for sale in the Skyway magazine for $500!!. If you run into the piper again, please tell him how much we enjoyed his performance.
Well, guess I better sign off. Give Josh a kiss from all of us.
Melinda and David
Fort Worth, TX