|Guest cabin configuration:|
|2 Queen, 1 Double en-suite cabins with A/C|
|Children Min. Age||5|
|Half Board Available||Yes|
|Home port||Red Hook, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands|
Welcome aboard Victoria, your magic carpet to the Caribbean islands! Whether you want to relax in the sun with a book and a pina colada or explore the heights and depths of the Caribbean, we take pride in making your vacation one you will remember forever.
Victoria's owner operator crew has been chartering in the Caribbean and Virgin islands for over 30 years and love showing our guests our playground. Come see what a difference their experience makes!
Home port: Red Hook, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Winter cruising area: Caribbean Virgin Islands, Caribbean Leewards
Summer cruising area: Caribbean Virgin Islands, Caribbean Leewards
10% saving off the charter rate for 3 lunches and 3 dinners off the boat.
Paddleboard, TV and DVD players in all cabins, No fishing in BVI Waters; Fishing in US Waters only
Wayne & Barbara Elsworth
If you ask Barbara or Wayne Elsworth what their earliest memory is, it would certainly involve boating. They both grew up on the shores of the Hudson River, only 150 miles apart. Coincidentally, their families summered at the same Adirondack lake, just on opposite shores! It seemed inevitable that one day they would meet, ironic that it would be on a Caribbean island, 2,000 miles south of their native New York.
Wayne Elsworth attended Fredonia State College until 1973 when he discovered the islands while visiting his parents winter home on Great Exuma. In 1979 he became a US Coast Guard licensed captain and has operated a variety of sail and power yachts ranging from 50 to 95 feet. He has sailed from Nova Scotia to Grenada and now has settled in the Virgin Islands. While in Great Exuma, Wayne's father taught him to spearfish, Bahamian style. He is an avid hunter and can be counted on to bring home fresh fish, conch or lobster during your vacation!
Barbara Elsworth graduated Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude from the University of Vermont in 1983 with a degree in history and a great love of sailing. Pursuing a career in the accounting side of the restaurant business occupied her until a fateful vacation in 1987. She traveled to Antigua for Sailing Race Week, accepted a job delivering a sailboat to England and has never looked back. Barbara met Wayne six months later. She began working with him shortly there after and they have been together ever since. Classical French cuisine was the daily fare as Barbara grew up and she draws on that training to develop a lighter French and Italian inspired style. Naturally, she specializes in seafood, using only the freshest of ingredients that Wayne provides. If desserts make your day, watch out! Barbara has a sweet tooth and can be counted on to go overboard...read more
Wayne and Barbara will, from time to time, unthinkingly claim ownership of Victoria. The true owner is Jacob the cat, heir to the beloved Joshua. Jacob has quickly discovered he loves chartering. Our guests shower him with attention and he is required to do nothing more than sleep and look cute.
Barbara and Wayne have been chartering together in the Virgin Islands for twenty-five years and these islands are their playground. Victoria is their newest adventure! Come aboard and let them show you all their secret spots. Find out what a difference experience makes!!
(Jacob, the 3rd crew member, is the 'Ship's Cat')
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 hrs or TBD
Contact us for rates and current availability or to book a charter aboard Victoria!
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
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).
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
Fawn, Jason and Cooper
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
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
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
xxoo Nancy, Frank, Bob, Bill and Liz
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.
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 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.
Brad, Michelle, Alex, Brendan and Celia
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
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
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
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
Gene and Jack
Ruth, Gregg, Jake and Ethan
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
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
This place is awesome!! Thank you so much!!
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!
Ken and Lorrie
Tuttles, Jules, Meggers, Choppers and Tran the Outlaw!
Delray Beach, FL
16 yrs old
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
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"
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
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.
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!"
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
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
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
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
Julie and Vince
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
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.
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...
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