|Guest cabin configuration:|
|3 Queen en-suite cabins with A/C|
|Children Allowed||Yes (Min. age: water safe)|
|Home port||Red Hook, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands|
Allende is a private luxury yacht charter for bespoke, all-inclusive vacations for up to six guests in three en-suite, air conditioned cabins.
The yacht reflects her owner-operator’s elegant design aesthetic accentuated with the best of their travels to date. They specifically chose the Fountaine Pajot Helia Evolution for the yacht’s light-filled interior and thoughtfully designed floor plan.
Allende offers a balanced mix of private living and social spaces for couples, families, and groups of friends. The salon doors slide away to connect the outdoor dining area and the interior salon. Seamless windows provide 360-degree views of the islands around.
The crew love to raise the sails for a true sailing experience and the yacht is equipped with a spinnaker for beautiful down wind runs on the Caribbean trade wind.
Home port: Red Hook, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Winter cruising area: Caribbean Virgin Islands
Summer cruising area: Caribbean Virgin Islands
The common areas aboard Allende are inviting and uncluttered. The outdoor deck areas offer a mix of sunny and shady spots for relaxing, and guests love the panoramic views from the fully cushioned rooftop lounge. Meals are served al fresco at a teak dining table on the aft deck.
The floor plan boasts three beautifully appointed, private staterooms for guests. Each cabin features a queen-size bed and an en-suite bathroom with electric flush head, separate shower, sink and vanity cabinet with mirror. The Helia Evolution showcases redesigned portholes in the cabins which increase natural light while maintaining privacy.
Guests fall asleep on 400 thread-count Egyptian cotton linens topped with a cotton coverlet. Fluffy white towels for bathing and quick-drying Turkish towels for the beach are provided. Additionally, each cabin is fitted with individual A/C controls, an 110V power outlet, two reading lights, a fan and ample closet space and storage.
WiFi Internet: Available on board
Air Conditioning: Full
Kosher menu available
Other entertainment: Professional espresso machine
Big Green Egg BBQ
Adult Water Skis
Fishing Type: Trolling
Fishing Rods: 2
Dinghy Outboard HP: 20
Other equipment includes:
2 Stand Up Paddleboard, 1 two-person kayak, waterskis, towable tube, swim noodles, couples hammock, snorkel equipment, glow -in-the-dark boules , Has their MCA Blue Code certificate
Allende provides locally-made 100% natural and ocean-friendly toiletries from the Eastern Caribbean Soap Co.
Graham & Kristiann
Graham & Kristiann Gips
Captain & Chef
Graham is an engineer by training who spent a successful 10-year career in the oil and gas industry. He learned to sail on a 20ft racing dinghy with Kristiann as crew. They raced weekly for several years, topped the local podium and earned the chance to compete internationally.
If you are new to sailing, Graham would love to teach you how much fun it can be to helm and tune the sails. He knows the islands well and can craft an itinerary that suits everyone aboard. When the anchor is set each evening, Graham turns his attention to crafting cocktails to your taste.
From 2011-2015, Kristiann ran a successful catering company. She honed her culinary skills by accommodating a wide variety of preferences and dietary needs each day. She loves to combine gourmet ingredients with local delicacies for new twists on classic dishes.
Avid travelers, Kristiann and Graham have lived on four continents and visited over 40 countries. Their experiences have taught them that great vacations are made up of many small details. Kristiann delights in tailoring the menu and creating special moments for each group of guests aboard.
In 2015, Graham and Kristiann reached a point where they could focus on what they love to do most: travel, host guests, and sail. They have sailed Allende since her launch in France, cruising the Bay of Biscay, Mediterranean Sea and crossing the Atlantic to meet you in the British Virgin Islands. Both Graham and Kristiann hold a Masters 50-ton license from the United States Coast Guard and are CPR/First Aid certified. ..read more
Graham and Kristiann welcome you to share in the luxurious life aboard Allende.
Friday is a seven-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer with his sea legs. He's well-mannered and loves the water. He leaps off the front of the boat when at anchor and seduces other cruisers paddleboarding by to take him for rides. Friday can climb the swim ladder on his own. For guests who are pet-lovers, he is a much-loved addition to their charter. With advance notice, the crew is also happy to confirm Friday's home ashore.
|Winter 2017 to 2018||$13,900||$14,500||$14,900||$15,500||$15,900|
|Winter 2018 to 2019||$13,900||$14,500||$14,900||$15,500||$15,900|
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: 24 Hours
Contact us for rates and current availability or to book a charter aboard Allende!
This vacation was outstanding. It ranks in my top 3 trips of all time. Thanks for helping us book the adventure and ensuring our success.
Graham and Kristiann were as good as it gets. Their attention to detail, knowledge of the area and sailing, plus constant focus on our safety and entertainment made this vacation spectacular.
Allende was extremely comfortable, clean and well ventilated. While I have very limited sailing experience, I do have extensive inland water boating experience. The layout of Allende was extremely comfortable. I never felt confined or cramped.
My favorite aspect of the yacht becomes difficult to answer, because it really depended on the time of day. In the mornings, I found it extremely relaxing to be up top on the sun pad to stretch and enjoy a cappuccino (they had a professional cappuccino machine - I mean come-on!). In the evenings, the outdoor aft lounge was perfect to relax with a drink and watch the sunset. Plus on several nights, they used a green egg grill to cook dinner. So it does not get much better than watching a Caribbean sunset while smelling a grill cooking up dinner. And lastly, sleeping; the cabins can be turned down to a low temp while the gentle rocking puts you to sleep. I had some of the best sleeping that I can remember while onboard Allende. So my favorite aspect of the yacht is difficult to choose.
The menu was certainly customized to our preferences. Kristiann even made separate meals a few times when she knew one of our guests would not enjoy the dish everyone else was eating. The food was extremely well prepared and almost all of it was prepared from scratch. It was the quality of high end restaurant. Very impressed!
The itinerary was just what we were seeking. Each night we discussed the next day’s route and agenda. And if desired, we could change things up to do more or less of an activity.
I am extremely happy with Sailing Directions. John was certain to be sure our desires and budget matched perfectly with the yacht and crew. Sailing Directions' website made my selection much easier.
I must say that vacations usually take about three days for me to finally relax and enjoy the trip. This vacation on the Allende with Graham and Kristiann was different. I was completely relaxed by the first morning. It was perfect!
David K, aboard Catamaran Allende July 2018 sailing the British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands are noted for their phenomenal physical beauty, its safe cruising waters and protected anchorages and its wonderful island people. The BVI have provided yachts with safe harbors since the days of Sir Francis Drake. To the day the same harbors are providing endless days of sailing, scuba-diving, kite-boarding and windsurfing. With the abundance of untouched green space, flamingos and iguanas sailing around the British Virgin Islands is a holiday never to forget.
Sample itinerary overview:
Day 1: Leave Tortola and head to White Bay, Peter Island, for stunning beaches and plenty of snorkeling. You can also explore the rest of the island, which is home to the luxurious and exclusive Peter Island Resort.
Day 2: Sail to Salt Island for more snorkeling on the wreck of the Rhone. If you'd prefer you can take the dinghy to shore and explore the island. After lunch sail up to Long Bay, Virgin Gorda, for a late afternoon cocktail or if you are still feeling active some more water sports in the clear blue sea.
Day 3: Take a hike on a nature trail to Savannah Bay, one of the most stunning beaches in the BVI. After lunch, sail to Eustatia Sound where you can explore the yachters paradise around Bitter End Yacht Club and Saba Rock. Possibly dine at Biras Creek Restaurant.
Day 4: A short motor or sail up the North Sound takes you past Necker Island. Then sail to Muskmellon Bay on Guana Island, where you can hike up a cliff path for a spectacular sunset view.
Day 5: Sail to the famous and unspoiled island of Jost Van Dyke. Start the day at Great Harbor or White Bay with a visit to the world famous "Soggy Dollar Bar" and then head down to Great Harbor to explore the many bars and restaurants including the world-renowned Foxy's bar.
Day 6:Early morning sail to Virgin Gorda. Arrive in time for lunch and spend the afternoon exploring the boulders and rocks that form this natural wonder.
Day 7: Short sail back to Tortola.