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Something old, something blue… in Antigua

December 12, 2013

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Wherever you look when you are cruising Antigua and Barbuda, you will see the most amazing blue ocean and sky. Partly the reason that the colours are so vibrant in these cruising waters is the fact that most of the ocean bottom is made up of white sand around Antigua and Barbuda (hence so many beaches, too!).  Take a look at this photograph below – one of the many highlights of cruising the west coast cruising ground.  The blue of the Caribbean almost merges with the blue of the sky – just wonderful.

West coast cruising Antigua

A view of Nevis; from sailing Antigua

For something old, well you can’t go too far in Antigua and Barbuda without seeing one of the many sugar mills whilst you are out sailing; all left over from a bygone age.  Explore many of the hills above the charter anchorages by foot, and you will likely find a scattering of old ruins from Nelson’s Day, or perhaps an old canon, proudly looking out to sea.

Historic sugar mills of Antigua

Beach art? Or historic artefact?

Antigua and Barbuda offers the most perfect cruising grounds – choose to relax on the beach or scramble your way up the many hills around the anchorages to find your piece of history… something for everyone.

Explore cruising Antigua and Barbuda fpr yourself –

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The Bavaria 33 packs a punch in Antigua

December 10, 2013

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Welcome our new Bavaria 33 “Vixen” into our Horizon Antigua fleet.  With two spacious cabins this wonderful cruising yacht is just flying off the shelf.  We have availability now middle of February and then we are into March for availability.  Right now, we are making the stack pack and finishing off the commissioning before the very first charter in a few days time.


Horizon Antigua new Bavaria 33 Vixen

One of the best features that has been wowing our sailing guests booking this wonderful charter yacht, is the huge transom platform.  Almost the full width of the entire boat, this is a place to watch the sunset, enjoy your sundowners and wash the dog!  What an amazing use of space by Bavaria Yachts.  The transom comes up whilst you are sailing giving you a safe, enclosed cockpit area.


Huge transom on the new Bavaria 33 in Antigua

Sleek and stylish Bavaria 33 Cruiser in the Horizon Antigua fleet

Who’s coming sailing on this Bavaria 33 cruiser?  I think our team will find many reasons for test sailing this beauty over the next few days!

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Far from the crowds; cruising Barbuda in the Caribbean

November 10, 2013

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Far from the crowds in Barbuda; enjoy some well deserved R&R...

There’s nothing better than feeling the soft, cool sand between your toes and hearing the lap of the Caribbean Sea when you need some well deserved R&R.  That’s why Barbuda is such a perfect cruising destination.  On the west coast, you have Low Bay which is literally 11 miles of unbroken white/pink sand.  From time to time the beach looks an amazing pink; this is because it is made up from the tiniest of pink shells.

The pink sand at Low Bay, Barbuda.

So how do you reach this sailor’s paradise?  From the island of Antigua, Barbuda is around a four and a half hour sail – perfect for those charterers who do not want a full day of sailing but enjoy island-hopping.  Most of our guests will sail from Jolly Harbour up to either Deep Bay (where you can jump in and explore the wreck of the Andes) or even the more lively Dickenson Bay where you have such great restaurants as Coconut Grove and Pepperz n Lime.  From these two overnight anchorages, you then lift your anchor early the next morning and sail up to Barbuda.

Deep Bay and the wreck of the Andes for snorkelling

Once in Barbuda, you can visit the Frigate Bird Sanctuary in the Lagoon – a guided boat tour showing you these amazing birds with their bright red colouring on display…

Frigate birds feeding in Barbuda

Majestic frigate birds in Barbuda

Or enjoy some local lobster at Uncle Roddy’s Lobster Shack (another overnight anchorage so do allow two nights in Barbuda to fully appreciate all it has to offer)…

Uncle Roddy's Lobster Shack in Barbuda

Whichever way you decide to explore Barbuda; we know that you won’t be disappointed.  Paradise is waiting for you.


Horizon Yacht Charters Antigua

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Toll free:  +1 866 439 1089

Tel:  +1 268 562 4725


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Join ASA in Supporting Child Literacy

November 2, 2013

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ASA Competition

Enter To Win a One Week Stay at Rosalie Bay Resort, Dominica  

Help ASA celebrate our 30th Anniversary by entering our Caribbean Getaway Sweepstakes! Last year we raised nearly $20,000 for Caribbean literacy. With your help, this year we’re going for $30,000! 

Entering is easy! Just click here to learn more about Hands Across the Sea and enter the sweepstakes. ASA will match all donations of $30 or more, up to $1000.

You could win a 6-night, 7-day stay at Conde Nast award-winning Rosalie Bay Resort on beautiful Dominica and round-trip airfare from San Juan, Puerto Rico. In addition to our Grand Prize, five winners will be selected to receive a high-quality poster of the movie All Is Lost, featuring Robert Redford and signed by director JC Chandor!


This is a unique opportunity not only to win an amazing vacation, but also to make a difference for children who live in the Caribbean.

The sweepstakes ends November 30th, so click here to enter!

(No donation required to enter.) 


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Search the Sky on your next Caribbean Yacht Charter

October 25, 2013

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Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson went on a camping trip. After sharing a good meal and a bottle of Petrie wine, they retire to their tent for the night.

At about 3 AM, Holmes nudges Watson and asks, “Watson, look up into the sky and tell me what you see?”

Watson said, “I see millions of stars.”

Holmes asks, “And, what does that tell you?”

Watson replies, “Astronomically, it tells me there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo. Theologically, it tells me that God is great and we are small and insignificant. Horologically, it tells me that it’s about 3 AM. Meteorologically, it tells me that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you, Holmes?”

Holmes says, “It tells me that someone has stolen our tent.”

Yes, the old ones are the best! We do have a serious point to make though. Many of us are not able to see the stars and planets because we live in or near areas where light pollution inhibits our ability to observe the night sky. While you are out on your Horizon Yacht Charter however, you have a great opportunity to see the clear night sky which everyone finds fascinating.

If you ever tried to find Cassiopeia, the North Star or the Big Dipper, I have something that you’re going to love. There are some apps available for your phone and tablet which will shed light on your night sky. They’re not new apps, but might be new to you. I installed the free Google Sky Map on my Android tablet recently and it is fabulous. All you do is run the app and hold the tablet in front of you, your screen displays the sky with all the stars, planets and other celestial bodies labeled. It even allows you to search the sky and points you in the right direction to find your target.

I haven’t tried them all but I’ve read that Sky Safari is one that is available for both Android and iOS. So install one before your next Horizon Yacht Charter and you’ll know what’s out there.

Happy sailing!

Pier Parkins -IT/Database Manager, Horizon Yacht Charters.



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Drop by for a free rum punch at the Southampton Boat Show

September 10, 2013

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Horizon Yacht Charters will be represented at the Southampton Boat Show (13 Sept – 22 Sept 2013) by Nautilus Yachting.  Their stand number is J047 in the Mayflower Hall near the entrance to the marina.

This year there is a Caribbean theme, so free Rum Punch will be available on our Caribbean-themed stand! Clients can “drop by for a free rum punch and a chat about your next sailing holiday.”

For more information visit the Nautilus Yachting web-page here or contact Nicola Richardson directly. We hope you enjoy the show!


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Come and See Horizon Yacht Charters at the Annapolis Boat Show

September 3, 2013

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Come and see Horizon Yacht Charters at the Annapolis Boat Show Oct 10th-14th 2013! We will be on dock “B” next to Bavaria USA.

We will be offering a daily prize draw for all visitors, and you will also have the chance to tour and inspect many of our new yachts from Bavaria and Fountaine Pajot.

You can keep up to date with special offers and competitions during the show by following us on Facebook.

At this year’s Annapolis Boat Show we will have a full contingent of staff from our various bases and also from our new and brokerage sales teams. Confirmed participants from Horizon Yacht Charters include:

  • Sylvia Driver, Andrew Thompson (Directors)
  • BVI Base: Henry Leonnig (Operations Manager), Christalen Ambrose (Reservations Manager), Adam Cole
  • Grenada Base: Jacqui Pascal (Grenada Director)
  • USA Bases: Hunter Adkisson, Adam Cole, Sally Hammett Bailey
  • Yacht Sales & Brokerage: John Welch

Please contact us if you would like to make an appointment to meet specific members of the Horizon Yacht Charters team and we will be delighted to arrange it.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Annapolis Boat Show from 10th to 14th October!



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World Premiere of the new BAVARIA CRUISER 46

September 3, 2013

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Bavaria Cruiser 46

The new BAVARIA CRUISER 46 gets its international premiere in Cannes (10 – 15 September 2013). The latest member of the Bavaria CRUISER line was only recently released and the yacht will be available for viewing at the Festival de la Plaisance. Two further new additions, the CRUISER 37 and 41, will also be on display.

This July the Bavaria CRUISER 37 was nominated for the “European Yacht of the Year Award 2014”, the most prestigious award in the yachting and water sports industry. The CRUISER 37, 41 and 46 were all launched onto the market within a very short time frame and will be displayed all together for the first time in Cannes. The new CRUISER line was developed by BAVARIA together with Farr Yacht Design (USA) for the naval architecture and Design Unlimited (UK), for both the exterior styling and interior design.

Visitors from all over the world will have also the possibility to experience the 42 footer of the exquisite VISION line at the Festival de la Plaisance.

BAVARIA will also display the SPORT 29, SPORT 32 and SPORT 35 HT of its successful SPORT line. From the award-winning VIRTESS line, the VIRTESS 420 Coupé will be exhibited in the motor boat section.

The BAVARIA stand in Cannes is situated at the

VIEUX PORT – Pontoon: QML 106, Stand QML 001.

Sailing Yachts:

CRUISER 37 – Nationale Premiere
CRUISER 41 – Nationale Premiere
CRUISER 46 – Weltpremiere

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Bavaria Yachts USA Introduces Five New Cruiser Series Models

August 6, 2013

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Bavaria Yachts continues to build on its significant global strength by delivering five new designs from its world-leading sailboat manufacturing facility.

The all-star collaboration between Bavaria Yachts and Farr Yacht Design has produced the popular and innovative Cruiser Series models that have become familiar sights in harbors and charter fleets worldwide.  Continuing with this wildly successful partnership, Bavaria Yachts is introducing Five New Cruiser Designs for the 2013 & 2014 model years.  In creating these new models, Bavaria Yachts has also enlisted the talents of mega-yacht styling team Design Unlimited UK. Bavaria’s enlistment of Farr Yacht Design and Design Unlimited UK is the same collaboration whose efforts produced the award-winning 2013 Boat of The Year, the Bavaria Vision 46.

The new Bavaria Cruiser series is the best value in boating.  All designs feature sleek, modern exteriors with broad inviting cockpits and full-width lowering transom / swim platforms.  Below, generous port lights and hatches fill the salon with light, complementing the luxurious interiors that are all customizable with numerous choices of woods, flooring and fabrics.  Bavaria Yachts continues to extend its lead over the industry with seasoned yacht designers, fresh innovation, proven quality marine hardware, plus strong structural construction – all beautifully finished and competitively priced.

The Bavaria Cruiser 41 will be the first of the new Cruiser designs shown in the US, and will premiere at the Newport Boat Show (September 12-15) and the Annapolis Sailboat Show (October 10-14).  The new Bavaria Cruiser 37 has already been nominated for the prestigious European Yacht of the Year Award. Both the 41 and 37 are now available to order for early spring delivery. .

The Cruiser 33 and Cruiser 56 were introduced to the European market earlier this year and have already enjoyed strong success abroad. The recently announced Cruiser 46 is the powerful follow up to the Cruiser 45 that won the SAIL Magazine’s Best Boat of 2012 award.

Bavaria Yachts continues to deliver strength and industry-leading investment in new product innovation, all with signature Bavaria build quality and assured Farr performance and handling. Bavaria Yachts USA is proud to announce the availability of this range of new designs to the US market.

For more information visit Bavaria Yachts USA online at or at Bavaria Yachts USA’s regional factory-direct locations in Annapolis, Maryland or Mystic, Connecticut.  Coming to the West Coast this Fall, Bavaria Yachts USA’s third regional location will open in Southern California.

Curiser 33Curiser 37Curiser 41Curiser 46Curiser 56


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