March 2016 - Spanish & US Virgin Islands, repeat guests, two couples:
Trip number 8 on Campai. You will realise that (our) eighth (trip) on Campai means the treatment is +++. We left from Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Viequez, St Croix, St John, Culebra. The Spanish Virgin Islands are as laid back as if they were in the year 2000. The problem is what will we do next year, Barney? Mayra was our Stewardess this year, Dutch-Irish combination, what better can you wish?? Thanks folks. Hope to see you in 2017 (deo volente). Viva sailing, viva Campai, viva Barney, Diane & Mayra!
February 2016 - St. Lucia to Grenada, three couples:
Barney, Diane and Mayra - We have all had a splendid week - you have looked after us, and all our needs, in a lovely, relaxed and cheerful manner with the most delicious feasts. Idyllic sailing, island-hopping, turquoise seas, all from an immaculate Campai, sailed so professionally. So enjoyed our nights at the movies (especially "Around the Horn"). Huge thanks - Margie, Judy, David, Jeremy, Robin & Di
New Year 2015/2016 - British Virgin Islands, family of 6:
Barney, Diane & Scarlett, our family say GRACIAS! What a week of exploration, indulgence, invigoration and relaxation. You balanced our many whims from guacamole to Tarzan swings, to opening coconuts, to water-skiing, to dinghy transport, to the early morning run to the airport and our final white sand beach stroll. Di's food never ceased to amaze us day and night. We will never forget the first lunch - rice, mango, mint & shrimp - LUNCH?! Fancy folded napkins followed at dinner. New Years at Anagada - wow - out there! Thank you crew for getting us there in high winds and bringing us back! Hope to see you in the States - more fog awaits! Thank you - Robinsons
August 2015 - Newport, RI - Block Island, family of 6:
Barney, Diane & Nicola - Absolutely glorious! We loved, loved, loved our brief trip with you from Newport to Block Island and back. The boat is stunning; the food spectacular and you were a lot of fun. Hope to see you next year!
August 2015 - Maine, family of 4:
Barney, Diane & Nicola. Thanks for a great NYYC cruise! Especially thanks for dealing so well with all the flag etiquette and other ceremonial things. We can't thank you enough for everything you did to make our cruise most memorable. We enjoyed every moment aboard Campai. Thank you. Safe journeys - Vice Commodore NYYC, & guests
June 2015 - Newport, RI - Cuttyhunk - Block Island, 6 friends:
Barney, Diane & Nicola, I love the Campai and this fit and finish. You showed us a great time and for my first charter I am hooked. We really enjoyed our getaway. Well Done! - Todd
Thanks for the great 3 days aboard the Campai! It's a beautiful boat and the service and food were outstanding. We will highly recommend the boat and crew and would love to return for another trip. All the best - Rich
Thanks for everything! The accommodation, the sailing, the food and the service exceeded my expectations. I hope our paths can cross again in the future - Bob
April 2015 BVIs, Family of 6:
Dearest Barney, Diane and Sophie: Even a 29 page itinerary could not capture the essence of our family dream vacation. Beyond the spectacular meals, the great drinks and fantastic sails through the BVI, the greatest joy and happiness was sharing the time with you. Thank you for your hospitality and thank you CAMPAI for a safe and luxurious journey. Hugs and thanks ever so much. Edward, Karen, Wills, Kabele, Prescott and Conrad.
Dear Barney, Diane and Sophie, What an amazing week you have provided for our Cook Clan! Bravo! Barney, your optimism and cheerful Captain spirit made the sails so enjoyable no matter what conditions came our way and Diane, one amazing breakfast, lunch and dinner, after another. We were spoiled by your creativity and great healthy cuisine! Sophie, her sweet magical way of keeping Campai spotless and her guests well watered and pampered! J With our heartfelt thanks for every sail, every delicious meal, turned down bed and dinghy ride but more importantly for every laugh and lesson on life and your friendship! You made our first family trip to the Virgin Islands one to remember and I am so grateful to each and every one of you! J xoxo god bless Family Matriarch
Dear Barney, Diane and Sophie, I cant thank you enough for the magnificent journey throughout the amazing BVIs. I had the time of my life and will remember this trip for the rest of my life. Thank you for your hospitality and kindness. Thank you !! Thank you for everything. Son aged 15
Dear Barney, Diane and Sophie, Thank you so much for the amazing journey all over the breathtaking BVIs. It was the most amazing trip of my young life. From the bright blue water, to the choppy tubing, to amazing meals, you three were the nicest, most devoted people I could ever wish for to tour us around the islands! Son aged 12
Dear Barney, Diane and Sophie, Wow! What an amazing week! I feel so blessed to have seen the BVIs from the view off the decks of CAMPAI! You all made the trip so amazing and special that included many laughs, yummy meals, and unending kindness. Thank you so much again for an adventure I cannot forget! daughter, aged 17
Well, you could not have been more right about your recommendation of S/Y Campai, Captain Barney (sorry, everyone loved his first name and so his last name was lost at sea), Chef Diane and Stewardess Sophie. We had the time of our lives from beginning to end. From a flawless pickup and welcome in St. Thomas to our very busy five island tour, we were treated to the most wonderful meals, the kindest touches from creative, hand-folded different linens at every meal, beautiful stateroom turn downs every day, chilled expedition water bottles carefully placed in the cockpit and at the bedside every night and all kinds of fun from tubing to wakeboarding, snorkelling and kayaking. The touches and kindness of this crew are exceptional. Barney is not only a great and fun captain, his cheeky humour and warm demeanour made him part of our family. He made each of our four children laugh and volunteer many times, Captain Barney is hilarious and so nice and funwe love him. Among his many talents, he was a keen wheelman on the speed dingy where he gave A+ tube rides to three boys who could not wipe the grins off their faces.
Chef Diane is simply a lovely person and, in our estimation, an extremely talented chef. She created the most beautiful meals and surprises serving them with style and a keen focus on our family tastes all thoughtfully prepared and beautifully presented. The gathering and feast at Campais dinning cockpit was a three-time-a-day luxury treat that put our family of six near heaven and with smiles abound. The meals were simply fantastic and presented with a sweet spirit that always made you feel extra special and privileged. Lovely Sophie would set a beautiful table with the most ornate folded linens and varied place settings that anyone could dream up. She also became an important fixture at cocktail hour with her fantastic handmade drinks. Captain Barney was also the best matred appearing precisely at the right times to offer more wine or drinks and some light hearted commentary that made everyone laugh. With his keen technology background and organized way, family movie night was not only punctuated by an exceptionally organized movie library and presented on a nice big screen in her beautiful salon with great surround sound, but Barney had great recommendations that were a hit with the family. All of Campais crew were quietly attentive and outright friendly and enthusiastic and interesting to talk to as well.
We went on fun expeditions with Barney and a particularly touching and memorable treasure hunt that somehow found a beautifully colored treasure map in a bottle on Jost Van Dyke which led us to Norman Island (Treasure Island) where after an amazing snorkel through caves, our 8 year old discovered the buried treasure box high above the cave water wrapped in rope and linen. The adventure lasted through two days of anticipation and culminated in a Campai cigar box filled with Gummi Bears and Hersheys Kisses that also magically never were exhausted (on account of evening angels who magically saw to it that the box was filled to the brim as soon as it was depleted). You should have seen the face on 8 year old Conrad who scratched his head as he told Captain Barney about how he had eaten so much candy that he could see the bottom of the box but somehow each day it was filled to the brim again). This was a priceless memory to say the least and executed flawlessly with no prompting. It was the happy, thoughtful and creative initiative of a great crew.
As an experienced yachtsman, I can honestly S/Y Campai is a great yacht and her quality build and design by renowned naval architect Ron Holland was apparent. She cuts a striking line on the water, is a high volume yacht but fairly speedy cruiser and very sound under full sail. She has a very nice sea ride that was especially appreciated by an 8 year old known for getting seasick. She has been well maintained and what shows of her age disappears quickly underway and the longer you spend time on her. But above all, its the crew that makes the difference. My wife and I said many times that we were splendidly happy with our choice of this crew first and the yacht second and each of our four children would second that sentiment.
In the end, the true test of a recommendation is whether one would charter again with this crew or on this yacht. The answer is an emphatic, YES! We would go out of our way to be with Barney, Diane and Sophie again and can unreservedly recommend them and S/Y Campai to your clients. We would follow this crew to almost any yacht. Please feel free to post this recommendation on your website. Barney, Diane and Sophie have earned it and S/Y Campai deserves it.
All the best at the end of a family dream trip. Family Patriarch
March 2015 BVIs, one couple:
Dear Barney, Diane and Sophie, Thank you so much for a wonderful sailing experience. You are sensitive to my idiosyncrasies without making me feel uncomfortable. Our sails, our swims, our island-hopping, and our meals have been truly memorable. Oh and our tutorials have been so delightful we wish you smooth sailing.
New Year\'s 2014/5 in the BVI, one couple:
Barney Diane and Clare, What a way to bring in a New Year. We have thoroughly enjoyed this week on Campai. You are a professional, competent crew, attending to our every need, even before we knew we needed something. Uber-attentive! Wow! The food, the sailing, the adventures, the fun - a perfect vacation. Thank you, thank you!"
September 2014 Chesapeake Bay, Family of 4:
Thank you all for an amazing week sailing the Chesapeake bay. We couldn't have asked for a better crew and beautiful boat. We wish you all the best and look forward to the next time we meet again. - D & K
Best Birthday ever, greatest crew and food in all of our charters. Thanks to all, MW
Thank you for the wonderful memories beautiful sunsets, quiet creeks for docking, fabulous food, Don Julio 42 but especially thank you for your generous hospitality. We treasure the time we spent on board CAMPAI - AW
Thank you all for an amazing week sailing the Chesapeake bay. We couldn't have asked for a better crew and beautiful boat. We wish you all the best and look forward to the next time we meet again. MD
August 2014 Newport to Nantucket, Family of 5:
Dear Captain Barney, Diane and Camille. Thank you all for a fabulous sailing adventure. Ive learned so much about sailing, New England and the boat. The food was terrific and everyone took such great care of us. We will never forget this terrific vacation and the wonderful friends we have made on the CAMPAI, thank you for giving our family a very memorable family vacation!
July 2014 New England:
Barney, we can't thank you, Diane and Camille enough for making our time aboard CAMPAI very comfortable and fun. You have a great team and a beautiful vessel. Who knows, we may join you for some sailing and diving in the Caribbean someday. - Andy
July 2014 charter Sag Harbor, Family of 6:
Melissa and Andy - for our 30th wedding anniversary and Elizas 25th, Alexs 23rd, Colins 21st and Aldens 18th! Can't imagine a better way to celebrate family - a wonderful time together and a beautiful way to say "Campai!!" to each other - special thanks to Barney, Diane and Camille for giving us a relaxing, spectacular time together!
New Year 2013/14, Antigua St. Martin, 4 guests:
What a wonderful trip aboard the CAMPAI! Beautiful boat and beautiful islands! A fabulous way to send off 2013 and ring in 2014! Thanks to the great crew & Capt Barney for their hospitality! All the best, A&K
Thanks so much for the wonderful 7 day adventure. We had such a relaxing time sunning, reading, snorkelling & sailing. Hard to go back to the snow in NYC. Thanks to the crew for making it such a great trip & for letting Ben sail :-) ! Best wishes in 2014 and beyond. - B&C