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SAILING YACHT A – World’s Biggest Sailing Yacht – $600 Million

SAILING YACHT A measures 143 meters making her the world’s biggest sailing yacht.

SAILING YACHT A is far more than a luxury vessel. She is a masterpiece of design and innovation combining sleek metal surfaces with futuristic naval architecture that took over two years to complete.

Launched in 2017, both the interior and exterior of this mega sailing yacht were designed by Phillippe Starck, who calls SAILING YACHT A one of his most high-profile projects.

The superyacht has taken on voyages all around the world and was most recently spotted sailing off the coasts of Gibraltar and Cyprus.

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SAILING YACHT A interior

Both the interior and exterior of SAILING YACHT A were designed by Philippe Starck , a French architect known for his wide range of design projects.

He famously worked on the impressive MOTOR YACHT A, and the two iconic vessels share a lot of similarities in their layout and specifications.

Both yachts look incredibly futuristic and are sure to attract attention wherever they go.

While no exact details are known about the interior of SAILING YACHT A, it is rumored that she has an underwater observation pod with 30 cm (1 ft) thick glass located in the keel of the vessel.

This is one of the few parts where design mockups are publicly available, and the style of the interior can be examined.

The observation pod appears to have cream upholstery that stretches across the floor and ceiling of the cabin.

Two large symmetrical glass windows allow guests to view the breathtaking underwater world without even having to leave the yacht.

A third window is located at the bottom of the pod, which lets it feel like a true 360-degree experience and is almost comparable to a submarine.

A small floating side table provides guests with a space to place drinks or snacks in the pod and enjoy a one-of-a-kind dining experience in this unusual location.

Since the pod is located at the keel of the yacht, the large propellers are most likely visible from the windows suggesting it is most commonly used at anchor.

The superyacht has ten cabins that can accommodate 20 guests as well as a further 54 crew member.

Paparazzi photos and the work of yacht spotters provide a rare glimpse into the interior of SAILING YACHT A.

No official footage of cabins or salons has been released, although Starck’s past work suggests that the yacht would be furnished with opulent elements that perfectly combine luxury with style.

Silver and metal decorations play a large role and tie the interior design of the yacht together. 

However, SAILING YACHT A was launched much later than her motorized companion suggesting her interior might be more modern with minimalistic elements rather than lavish furnishings.

Occasional photographs shot through open doors, and portholes show expensive art pieces decorating the interior of the yacht and rather absurd design choices like a set of chairs shaped like large human heads.

The yacht appears to feature a large, open salon with an elevated seating area and symmetrical arches on either side.

While details aren’t known to the public, it is rumored that SAILING YACHT A features a luxurious spa area, a sizable gym as well as an owner’s suite with several rooms that is only accessible via fingerprint.

The massive private area is said to feature a 60-inch television that disappears into the floor as well as a rotating bed. 

Considering she is the largest sailing yacht in the world, it is surprising that SAILING YACHT A can only host 20 guests.

This suggests that there are spacious entertainment areas located on board, including several saloons and ample below-deck space for crew members.

Due to her large size and a small number of cabins, it is assumed that SAILING YACHT A can welcome a large number of day guests onboard for special events and celebrations.

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Biggest sailing yacht controversy

It has been the topic of debate that SAILING YACHT A is not the largest yacht in the world but instead the ‘largest sail-assisted motor yacht.

Depending on the definition used, that would make BLACK PEARL the biggest sailing yacht in the world.

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The most expensive sailing yacht

SAILING YACHT A is the most expensive sailing yacht in the world and cost an estimated price of US $600 million – a relatively “affordable” price considering her large size and tonnage.

A calculated US $48,000 per ton is considered low in the yachting industry, where European yachts are usually priced at US $60,000 per ton and over.

This average price would bring the value of SAILING YACHT A up to nearly US $800 million. However, due to the fact that the official sales price has not been released to the public, these numbers are mere estimates and cannot be validated officially.

Since the yacht is a custom project and one of a kind, it can be assumed that the total value of SAILING YACHT A lies far higher than her initial price.

In addition to any cost for the crew, supplies, and docking fees, she has annual running costs of US $50-75 million.

SAILING YACHT A is currently not available for sale or charter.

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Specifications

SAILING YACHT A is incredibly large for a sailing yacht, and even compared to the longest motor yachts in the world, she would rank in the top ten.

Paired with her unusual futuristic design, this mega sailing yacht has a length of 143 meters (469 ft), a beam of 25 meters (82 ft), and a draft of 8 meters (26 ft) making her a more than an impressive vessel.

SAILING YACHT A was built by Nobiskrug , a German superyacht builder at their Kiel shipyard, and launched in 2017 after more than two years of construction.

To date, SAILING YACHT A is the largest yacht ever built by Nobiskrug and remains their flagship.

It is considered the most complicated project to ever be completed in the sailing industry and gained international media attention on its launch date. It has a total volume of 12.558 tons and is powered by hybrid diesel-electric engines. 

SAILING YACHT A is considered the longest sailing yacht in the world and is more than 36 meters (118 ft) longer than BLACK PEARL, which ranks in second place on the list.

Coincidentally her project name was WHITE PEARL which is a reference to her brilliant white exterior, although it couldn’t have referred to BLACK PEARL since she was only launched in 2018, a year after Melnichenko’s masterpiece.  

Her three-carbon masts stand at an impressive 100 meters (328 ft), making them some of the largest in the world and taller than Big Ben in London.

However, her large size is sometimes also limiting as she struggles to fit underneath most bridges and is therefore constrained to certain routes.

She once passed under the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco with only 20 feet to spare between her masts and the bottom of the famous bridge.

She is rumored to have an electric gimbal crow’s nest, which allows for remote operation and advanced wind measurements. Her sails are all white, and her masts have nearly sickle-like shapes, which add to her striking futuristic appearance.

It is noteworthy that she is commonly photographed with her sails down, which suggests she might be using her support engines more frequently than true wind power.

With a sail area of more than 3.700m^2 (40.000 square ft), she can reach top speeds of up to 21 knots which is supported by her twin 4895 Horsepower MTU engines .

Her average cruise speed lies at 16 knots, and her total range is estimated to lie at 5320 nautical miles. She features a state-of-the-art sail system that is able to raise and lower the sails and anchors at the touch of a button. 

SAILING YACHT A has a steel hull and composite steel superstructure, which is unusual in the superyacht industry as most shipyards choose aluminum to reduce weight and keep the vessel light.

She currently sails under the flag of Bermuda, which is common for prominent sailing yachts.

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During construction, SAILING YACHT A was called project WHITE PEARL, a fitting name for this sizable vessel.

Like her interior, the exterior of SAILING YACHT A was designed by Philippe Starck, although the Dutch studio Dykstra Naval Architects played a role in the naval architecture of the vessel.

They specialize in sailing yachts of all sizes and have been involved in many prominent projects in the industry over the years.

She features eight teak decks with a large swimming pool located in the center and several elevators spread across the yacht.

She is even said to carry a submarine. The main pool is lowered into the deck allowing for additional privacy for the owners.

Her hull has 24 shell doors, which are used to access equipment and provide additional deck space if needed. She is accompanied by four tenders also designed by Philippe Starck and built by Lloyd Stevenson in New Zealand.

Their sleek and elegant design matches that of the main vessel, and they are used for transporting guests and taking them on excursions.

One of the tenders of SAILING YACHT A is a carbon fiber speedboat especially reserved for the owner who can operate the vessel autonomously whenever required without the aid of crew members.

This allows Melnichenko, who is a fan of driving high-speed cars to be independent when staying aboard his luxury yacht. The tender is small but powerful, reaching speeds of up to 53 knots.

The larger tenders can seat up to eight passengers and feature panoramic windows ideal for sightseeing and exploring but are much slower at only 30 knots. 

The aft features a large garage used for storing jet skis, tenders, and other equipment.

High-profile artists such as Snoop Dogg are rumored to have performed here, although detailed evidence of such concerts remains unknown.

Whenever the aft isn’t used for performances or parties, it can be transformed into a swimming platform designed in the yacht’s iconic futuristic style. 

However, despite her cutting-edge design features, SAILING YACHT A surprisingly also includes classic nautical elements. She has a wooden steering wheel that is reminiscent of a pirate ship, although it is not operational.

The captain of the vessel can instead use modern technologies to operate the massive yacht via a small joystick and touchscreen.

There are symmetric extendable balconies that protrude from the bridge of the yacht and allow the crew to have a better view to be able to gauge the dimensions of the immense vessel.

Of course, SAILING YACHT A has a modern underwater lighting system that illuminates the vessel perfectly at night.

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Vele d’Epoca 2023, 24th edition concluded. Here are all the results

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Yesterday was a day of awards and celebrations in Imperia, as the city saw the conclusion of the 24th edition of Vele d’Epoca, a four-day event and regatta under the banner of sailing. On the other hand, the Imperia Cup, which for the first time this year saw ex-Olympic 8 Meters International Tonnage class compete, ended on Saturday. So let us start with the latter in seeing the official rankings, surrounded by some shots, which are unfailing for an event of this kind, rich in history and fascinating projects.

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Imperia Cup 2023 | Rankings 8M SI

Taking the victory of the first edition of the Imperia Cup then, after the 4 races held by the 8 Meters S class, is Vision KC-3 , the 1930 hull of Paolo Manzoni, flag bearer of the Yacht Club Imperia. Second place in the ranking goes instead to Angelo Mazzarella’s Carron II , followed in third by the Falcon , by Jan Villiam Mauritz Vqma.

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Vintage Sails 2023 | Big Boats, Classics and Vintage

After a cancelled first and fourth day, with only two races run in total, taking home the top step in the Big Boats category is Tuiga , from the Yacht Club of Monaco, on the strength of a double first place on the water. Second place, however, for Marinella , by Carlo Falcone, followed by Hallowe’en by Inigo Strez.

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Winning the Classic category , Group 1, with a comeback from the previous day, is Optimist , which drops Arcadia III to the No. 2 step. Slipping off the last available step is Crivizza who, despite a 2nd place in the second round, discounts the DSQ accumulated on the first day. He thus gains third place Palynodie II , closing out the category podium. Instead, the winner in Classics, Group 2 is Argynne III , with a third and a first place, followed by Pilgrim and, in third, Outlaw .

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In the Epoch Auric class to win is Marga , on the strength of a first and a second place, followed by Olympian who instead signs a 3, 1. Third place goes instead to Endrik . Serenade triumphs with a double first in Epoch Marconi 1 , followed by Skylark of 1937 who signs two second places instead. Third place is Binker . Epoch Marconi 2 is instead won by Alcyone , followed by Java and Barbara respectively. Closing out the Epoch division, Flicka won the Epoch 4 group, with Greylag and Tirrenia close behind.

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Vintage Sails 2023 | IOR Classics and Spirit of Tradition

Experiencing the first victory in the newly created Classic IOR category is Sagittarius , followed by Resolute Salmon and Ojala II . A little train of results that mirrors that of the first day even continuing in the rankings, a ranking that does not award decisive points to anyone here, the second trial being crowned for all by NSC or DSQ. Winning instead in Spirit of Tradition is Leon Pancaldo , followed by former America’s Cup French Kiss and Valentina .

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Thus ends, in short, this 24th edition of the Imperia International Sailing Week, with 62 hulls competing on the water as much as on land, maintaining high standards of a sailing that perhaps, all things considered, has not gone away. Finally, the French Olympian won the Elegance award, attracting good attention with its pendant of green hull and matching uniforms.

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Size 56.00 Ft

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Crew profile, accommodations, amenities & entertainment.

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  • Ice Maker Yes
  • Dinghy Highfield 14ft
  • Adult Water Skis 1
  • Kids Water Skis 1
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Chicken Katsu Bento Box

Edamame Salad, Ribbon Vegetables, Tonkatsu Sauce, Steamed Rice

Pomegranate & Tarragon Lobster Salad

Shaved Fennel, Baby Frisee, Poppy Seed Water Crackers 

Grilled Everglade Chicken Sandwich

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A3 Bison Burger

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Blue Corn Shrimp n’ Grits

Tomato Bacon Relish

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Sweet Scotch Bonnet Basil Vinaigrette

Salmon Lomi Lomi

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Colleen Korona (Captain)

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Matt Proto (Chef/First Mate)

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  • From $29,500 / week
  • Catamaran + 2 crew
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  • Length: 56 ft / 17.1 meters 56 feet 17.1 meters
  • Guests: 8 in 4 cabins
  • Builder: Lagoon
  • Built: 2016
  • Scuba Diving: Onboard

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A3 Description

A3 is a stunning 2016 56´ Lagoon Catamaran featuring 3 queen cabins and a bunk cabin, each with private ensuite baths including electric heads, vanity and separate showers. She boasts multiple areas to sit and relax or sip a cocktail and enjoy the cool trade winds over the beautiful blue Caribbean water! The salon will comfortably seat up to 8 guests in comfort for lounging or dining. The exterior offers alfresco dining for up to 8 guests, top deck seating and lounge area in front of helm plus forward lower deck lounge area behind trampolines. With numerous lounging areas, there is plenty of space for gathering as a group or finding a private place to really unwind. Water toys include snorkeling gear, floating mats and tube, 2 stand-up paddleboards, and 2 fishing rods. DIVING: A3 offers onboard diving with a qualified PADI Instructor. Dives for certified divers are $50 per person per dive, payable to crew directly. Maximum 6 divers at a time and 4 dives per week (depending on number of divers). Resort course offered at $150 per person (maximum number of resort courses offered per week is 4). Rate includes use of boats dive gear.

Cruising Area of A3

Accommodations, specification, water sports, scuba diving, entertainment, green initiatives, a3 crew profile, chef/first mate.

Capt. Colleen Korona Colleen was born and raised in Florida, where she grew up playing on the water. She bought her first sailboat when she was 24 years old, decided to live on it and then sailed it to the Bahamas. Colleen stepped out of the boating world for a while and managed a mental health office with 10 doctors for several years before moving on to working at a nuclear brain-imaging facility. Then the recession came, and she was unemployed. It didn’t take much prodding to head back out on the ocean and do some more sailing. She literally sold almost everything, packed the rest up and spent the next year sailing the East coast and exploring the cruising grounds from Florida to Rhode Island. There happened to be a group of boats heading to the Caribbean in Virginia and she thought, “What the heck! Let’s check it out and head to the Caribbean!” 14 days later they arrived in Tortola, BVI. She spent another year playing, exploring and sailing down to Trinidad, and then the money ran out. Colleen started to pick up jobs on charter boats here and there to have some money in her pocket. Over the next few years, Colleen worked as a first mate on a tall ship and sailing day-charter boats, as well as a stewardess and deckhand on a trimaran and crew on mega yachts in New England. But nothing beats working in the Caribbean! Colleen then got her captain’s license, and now feels very fortunate to have a great office at sea where she can share the beautiful place with guests. Chef Matt Proto Matt has been in the customer-service industry for the past 25 years. His career as a professional chef has lead him to the Caribbean where he now uses his culinary skills to create the perfect onboard dining experience for guests. He draws from a wide range of experience to deliver a broad spectrum of flavors and genres, keeping each new day full of fresh ideas. Matt grew up in Florida and has spent most of his life either in or on the water, and he’s been an avid scuba diver since 2006. In 2012, he got rid of everything except for one suitcase full of clothes and started doing seasonal work as a traveling chef. After living in Hawaii, Alaska and Cozumel, he found himself in St. Thomas working in a food truck on the beach when a friend approached him with a job offer as a chef on a charter boat. This is where he met Colleen and discovered the perfect gig. Since then, Matt has combined his love of food with his love of the ocean to create the perfect charter for more than just a vacation experience - but a passion for life and nature, and the desire to share those things with like-minded individuals. Matt is a PADI Dive Instructor and will be happy to show you the beautiful underwater world of the Virgin Islands. Onboard A3, we try to create a fun and safe environment for families to enjoy. We offer a wide variety of activities geared towards keeping a younger audience entertained, even when the weather is not ideal. In the galley, kids have an opportunity to get some hands on culinary training, making cookies, fresh pasta, ice cream, or anything else that might spark their interest. In the salon, we have have an extensive collection of games for all ages, and are always up for challenge. We have thousands of movies to choose from that can be viewed on the outdoor theater, and of course can be enjoyed with the flavor popcorn of your choosing. In the water, we have plenty of toys, including tubes and skis that can be pulled behind the dinghy, as well as scuba and snorkel gear for all ages. If celebrations are your thing, come on down! We love doing birthday parties, holidays, anniversaries, or any other reason you can think of to throw a party! So if you´re thinking of bringing the family on vacation, let A3 help make it a memorable one! ****CREW HAS BEEN FULLY VACCINATED FOR COVID-19****

A3 Calendar

A3 reservations & port locations, a3 rates / week, low price: $29,500, high price: $34,500, additional rate details, a3 guest reviews, 30 april - 4 may 2023 bvi.

Dear Colleen and Matt, Thank you so much for everything. We all had a wonderful time spending the week with you. None of us wanted to leave but unfortunately all good things must come to an end. We appreciate all the work you´ve put in, the cooking, cleaning, diving and all the dinghy trips. it was truly amazing. We wish you all the best for the future! Liebe, Ned & Tom, Helen and Max. Dearest Matt & missed you Colleen, You are incredible!! You made this trip so wonderful for all of us from good morning muffins, eggs, biscuits and gravy and ok so much more, to all of the mouth-watering meals you made with all of us in mind. You are so thoughtful, and we are all grateful to call you family. These moments are what make us remember what this life is all about. I´m grateful to share this with you and with our family. We wouldn´t have ever been able to experience this WORLD CLASS OPPORTUNITY! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.... Love you so much! The Turtle Touchers.

April 2023 BVI

Dear Colleen & Matt, This was truly one of the best vacations me & David have ever had. It was such a treat to be wined and dined daily. The food & drinks were amazing. I love trying new dishes and you did not disappoint. It was so nice to have someone else plan our daily activities. Everything we did was so much fun! I will remember this trip forever. Thanks for accommodating my dislike of fish. Your substituting was perfect. Will miss you Guys! David and Linda; Robin & Ginger David & Alan (#1 son)

April 2nd - April 8th, 2023 BVI

Dear Colleen & Matt, Thank you for a truly amazing week! Trip of a lifetime for our family. We are beyond grateful for all you did to make it seamless. Your efforts did not go unnoticed. We are leaving fat and happy after the most amazing food & drinks! You all are the best and the Swell crew will be back! Until next time..... Thank you! Courtney Mary C, Lindsay

March 22 -29, 2023 BVI

Thank you, guys, for a wonderful trip in the BVI´s. Always so much fun on the A3! You spoil us big! Much love, Lorraine We really enjoyed our time with Colleen and Matt! Wonderful crew and great food!! Looking forward to sailing with you again! Dal Matt & Colleen Thank you for a wonderful week. Great food Matt! Colleen smooth sailing! We could not have had any better than you guys gave us! Thanks again and we will see you next time. Catherine Matt and Colleen You guys are incredible. Wonderful trip; made a lot of memories. 5 stars all the way. Danny

March 12-18, 2023 BVI

A3 = Best Boat ever!! Matt your food is amazing!!Violet Best trip ever! I even learned to scuba dive! Thank you so much for teaching me all about the ocean and everything in between. The food Matt made was also so good & I´m surprised I ate it all honesty, it was so worth it! Lily A trip of a lifetime! Colleen and Matt made a magical week absolute perfection. My appreciation cannot be expressed - the care, fun and professionalism is unmatched. Hope to sail these waters with A3 again - Kira & Mike Absolutely amazing! Thank you Colleen & Matt. Jean & Chris - Best 50 years Wedding Anniversary. Thank you so much for this amazing adventure! It was a truly magical experience, and you both were a huge part of making that happen. Colleen, thank you for taking the time with the girls, and Matt thank you for the great food and dining! Both of your professionalism, characters and experience are the absolute best. Cheers!! Matt and Angie

March 1 - 8, 2023 BVI

WOW!! I really cannot put into words how wonderful this trip has been. Between 5-star food and the wonderful trip planning and on and on!! Colleen and Matt, you are very special person and we appreciate your talents and the time you spent with us on this special trip/adventure Paul & Meg Thanks for a great week - lots of adventure... Awesome! Appreciate all the love that went into our experience and the wonderful adventures and food! See you again Jon and Elizabeth

February 18-25, 2023 BVI

Judy & Ed The best trip ever, saw the most beautiful beaches, landscape, fish & coral. The best food & meals from Chef Matt & the awesome Captain Colleen. Colleen and Matt must be the best BVI offers, knowledgeable, safety, conscious and fun! Thank you so much for this land lover having one of the best lifetime experiences! Colleen & Matt: Thank you for a totally first-class experience! I thought it might be hard to replicate the magic we felt on our first charter, but you two exceeded our highest expectations! Keep the island just like they are now until we return for our next trip! We will hopefully see you again soon! Good luck with that new house! Bim and Cathy

February 2023 BVI

Matt and Colleen, This trip was truly amazing. We didn´t really realize what amazing things and places that we would see. Russ and I have a new appreciation for sailing. Matt, we can never repay you enough for giving Russ and I the open water ad a whole new would under the sea. Out high was diving!! Our low was the full moon party. totally overserved, my own fault. You have both provided us memories we will never forget. You are amazing. Thank you so much! Russ & Chaise Love you Rick Kids Matt & Colleen Where to start? Amazing! From the food to the stories and all the amazing experiences that you guided us through. This is a dream bucket list and you have fulfilled all of our dreams! You both are Gems and we wish you both the very best in your beautiful life together. Don´t forget us and we will never forget you all! Keep on being Amazing! Thanks from the bottom of our hearts! Ditto!!! Rick and Dain Wade

Poncelet - 27 December - 3 January 2023 BVI

Many, many heartfelt thanks to you both, Colleen & Matt for the warm welcome and care and kindness that you showed and shared with us this past week. It was a week of smiles, laughing spells and memories. so many memories!! May your 2023 bring you great joy, and may you receive much kindness in return! Come sail away... Come sail away....Come sail away with me! Come ail away... come sail away... Come sail away with A3! We hope we haven´t ruined stay for you forever... we will think fondly of our times together every time we hear this timeless anthem!

November 2022 BVI

Colleen and Matt, WOW! What a fantastic week this has been. The two of you truly made this week amazing for us. Thank you for planning such fun places for us to see, teaching us to scuba (and snorkel too), cooking the most delicious meals each and every day! A3 has become our home for the week, but you are friends for life. We will be back!! Some highlights from the week: - Brian´s 50th birthday celebration - Lica asking for an octopus and the scuba divers finding ´Norman´ in a glass bottle - The Baths - The best pain killers - Exploring Anegada in an open-air truck - Sailing, just sailing - 80´s trivia card game, cards against humanity - ordering lots of alcohol and ´nut pods´ THANK YOU FOR THE BEST WEEK EVER! The Ferguson´s, the Touveil´s & the Trut´s

We feel so fortunate to have this most amazing week on A3 with the wonderful Captain Colleen and Chef Matt! Forever memories were made this week - a perfect itinerary for us. Snorkeling, diving, hikes, happy hours, beauty enjoyed in quiet and gorgeous locations. The carefully prepared special daily themed menus were so fun and the food was art and exceptional!! Thank you for the generous hospitality! We loved every minute! The turtles, stingrays, water sports, lily pad and special time together - we will miss it all and you! all the best in your adventures! Rita,Zach....

March 2022 BVI

Matt & Colleen, How blessed we are to have been with you guys tis week. Your desire to make this the most memorable journey was huge success. We can not even put into words how much your hard work meant to us. You guys are amazing. It was perfect! Lots of Love Dale & Lorraine Colleern & Matt, Thank you for all the bacon meat. Thank you for all the stories and laughter. Y´all ar truly a blessing. Best wishes for the new year! Love Holly

January 2022 BVI

Thank you again for a fabulous trip. Fourth time for the Parham family! i love being able to give the family this present for Christmas! Love Jui Colleen & Matt, Charter number four! Y´all are truly family - part of 7. The memories we make together last forever and our kids talk about each trip. I know Kaiden and Zach will continue scuba....thank you for encouraging Kaiden. He sure lit up after each dive. For Kinlee, there will always be a deck of cards on the table for a game of Sevens. Each charter is a continuation of adventures in the VI and all (7) of us are fopeful to hit the BVI on the next charter. Thank you for always being so kind, gracious and loving. We look forward to our next adventure together. All out love - The Parham Family - Zachm Poreem, Kinlee, Kaiden

December 2021

The trip was absolutely AMAZING! I´m not even sure there are truly enough wonderful words or space to describe how much fun we had and how fabulous Matt and Colleen were. This is the first time we have ever lived on a boat for any kind of vacation. The USVI was beautiful. Colleen is full of interesting tidbits bits about the islands and gave us all kinds of neat recommendations and information as we sailed along. Matt....well...the food was INCREDIBLE. The entire weeks menu was spectacular. His cooking skills are pretty awesome. The presentation of the food was beautiful as well. Thanks to him, I gained a good bit of weight on our trip. They were both so very gracious. They decorated for my birthday and made it very special. Then the very next day had Christmas decor up. The weather was beautiful. We so enjoyed our time with some of our friends who vacationed with us. Colleen asked us at the end of the trip what our highs and lows were to this trip. I honestly could not think of any lows. Definitely one of our top 3 best relaxing vacations ever. They were both very accommodating. If we can swing it, we would definitely like to do another trip with them.

A3 is a 10 out of 10! The catamaran was beautiful and a good size, had all the amenities needed, and had great shaded seating areas for all 6 people in our group. The crew is top-notch. Captain Colleen is one of the hardest working women I know and was so easy going and delightful to be around. Chief Matt’s food and drinks were off the charts. You can never go wrong recommending this boat and crew to others! Thank you for helping us find them….we could not have had a better fit! We absolutely loved our vacation!

July 2021 - broker provided survey

Name: Brent & Lisa Yacht: A3 with Colleen Korona & Matt Proto Charter Dates: 07/19/2021 to 07/25/2021 Area Cruised: St. Thomas - USVI Overall Rating: 5/5 1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating? Absolutely! 2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean? Yes, it was amazing! 3. Was the yacht well ventilated? yes 4. Was the food good and well presented? The food was the best we´ve ever had. Better than any 5 star restaurant! 5. Did you like the area you sailed? We missed the BVI´s but still had a great time. Would not sail to St. Croix again but would stay around St. John and St. Thomas 6. Additional comments on your charter? Matt and Colleen were wonderful! They made our dream vacation even better by all the ways they went above and beyond to see that our family had a wonderful time. Colleen made sure we visited the places we wanted to see. Matt made the most delicious food we have ever eaten, better than any 5 star restaurant. He made the most amazing specialty cocktails. The family loved getting up in the morning to see the theme of the day for the meals and drinks. Colleen was very informative about our questions about sailing and destinations. Matt and Colleen make a great team. It was our second trip with them and we hope to have another. The first one we didn´t take the adult kids. We had such a great time we wanted to take our adult kids for our 30th anniversary. They made it a special time for entire family.

WOW, WOW, WOW!! I just do not have enough adjectives to describe how fantastic our time has been with Matt and Colleen aboard the A3 these past six days. As I write, we are en-route to our hotel for the final night of our holiday, and as we reflect back on our time, we are all so sad to be leaving such a fabulous crew and the comfort of A3. I struggle a little to identify the best part of this trip as so many things were top-notch! From the time of the greeting at the airport right through to the departure – every sail, every bite, every water excursion was perfection. As the owner of a luxury vacation rental firm, I could not fault a single experience (and believe me, that is a first!). I think it’s important to highlight the amount of time Colleen & Matt gave to our 12-year old son, Rhys. They never tired of going out with him on the dingy for an afternoon of water sports or a dive in and around some pretty spectacular locations. I can promise you, this is a trip my son will never forget, and it was due to the effort they put into ensuring he had a wonderful time. I could not end this note to you without commenting on Matt’s culinary skills. As you may know, Charleston is a big ‘foodie’ town and we’ve certainly enjoyed some amazing food over our 10-years in this beautiful city, but Matt’s food was some of the best we have ever experienced. Every meal was perfection! Not only did it look amazing, but every bite was also heavenly. Suffice it to say, we are already talking about when we can come back and spend time with Matt & Colleen on A3. Thank you a million times over for pair us with such a fantastic crew. We are missing them already.

Frankly, I don’t know if there are enough good words to describe the experience. Several of our co-passengers thought it was the best vacation they ever had. The crew is ideal. Captain Colleen is a highly professional and competent captain. The boat was spotless and she kept us on track and organized for the entire trip. She made us very comfortable at all times. The perfect captain. Matt is an extremely talented chef. I have eaten in some of the finest restaurants in the world and was impressed by every meal. We ate seafood caught from the boat at least three times. They describe themselves as a “foody boat” and we certainly agreed. Both Colleen and Matt worked hard for 16 hour days. I don’t know how they do it. The boat itself is top notch. That Lagoon 56 has everything and is very roomy. They also have it stocked with high quality linens, plenty of dive equipment, great bar, great music, etc. All that said, we would like to get details for signing up for the same week next year. Available? Deposit required? We would want the contract contingent on the same crew. BVI itinerary if the borders are open by then. Thanks for all of your help. I’ll look for your feedback for next year. KD

Thanksgiving 2020 - Broker provided comments

We had an absolutely wonderful time. The boat was fantastic, the weather was great and the crew were superb. Colleen was a great captain and really took to us, and especially our grandkids. She was the perfect fit for our family as was Matt. Matt proved to be a superb chef and a wonderful divemaster. We could not stop talking about his food, from the morning to the last dessert at night. Having Stanley´s 4th birthday on the boat was special and they decorated the boat up very nicely and Thanksgiving was exceptional. I was having a ball because it turned out to be the event I hoped it would be and made wonderful memories for the entire family. Daddy got major props!! No drama, no stress, just what the doctor ordered. Typical for the weather, the wind was on the nose as we made our way east along the north side of St Thomas and St. John´s and was then non-existent as we sailed/motored west towards the end of the week. Oh well, thank God for engines. I did get to drive the boat some so I was very happy. We had a night sail/motor as well on a great evening. Could not have been better. All in all, it was a fantastic week; the fit between family and crew ( we adopted them and wanted to take them home with us) was just right and your advice was spot on for us.

Best review ever...

I would have traveled in a row boat with Colleen & Matt. -Toby & the kids

Broker provided feedback July 2020

Name: Tim Yacht: FIREFLY with Colleen Korona & Matt Proto Charter Dates: 07/14/2020 to 07/19/2020 Area Cruised: Virgin Islands Overall Rating: 5/5 1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating? Yes 2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean? Yes 3. Was the yacht well ventilated? Yes 4. Was the food good and well presented? Yes 5. Did you like the area you sailed? Yes 6. Additional comments on your charter? This was our first VI charter and certainly will not be our last. First class experience from start to finish. Colleen and Matt bent over backwards to ensure our experience was memorable. Scenery and crystal clear water - Amazing. Food was out of this world - 5 star! With Colleen and Matt running the show, our week was 100% relaxation!

Name: Toby and Rebekah Yacht: FIREFLY with Colleen Korona & Matt Proto Charter Dates: 06/30/2020 to 07/07/2020 Area Cruised: Virgin Islands Overall Rating: 5/5 1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating? Yes, very friendly and accommodating 2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean? Yes, very comfortable and clean 3. Was the yacht well ventilated? Yes, Matt & Colleen did a great job managing temperature and airflow with A/C and open hatches, depending on time of day. 4. Was the food good and well presented? SO GOOD and SO WELL PRESENTED. Matt is a genius! 5. Did you like the area you sailed? Especially loved the south side of St John and Flanagan Island. Additional comments on your charter? We are just back from our trip to the USVI. We want to thank our broker for recommending Matt Proto and Colleen Korona to us. They were awesome and a perfect fit for our family. Beforehand, I didn’t realize how important getting the right crew would be — but after a week on the boat in tight quarters, I can now see how essential that is. We came away from the trip thinking we wouldn’t want to charter with anyone other than Matt & Colleen in the future! Matt’s food was unbelievable, and I loved the way Colleen encouraged my teenage daughters and young adult son. Colleen & Matt were both so easy and enjoyable to be with.

A fantastic Trip

Matt and Colleen, Although we were together only 5 days, it feels like we´ve known you much longer as friends. This trip was fantastic, all because of you two. Thank you for the fun times and wonderful memories. It was first class all the way. I hope our paths cross again in the future. -Barb and Dick

We are back from our trip to the USVI. Just wanted to thank you for recommending Matt and Colleen to us. They were awesome. Beforehand, I didn’t realize how important getting the right crew would be — but after a week on the boat in tight quarters, I can now see how essential that is. We came away from the trip thinking we wouldn’t want to charter with anyone other than Matt & Colleen in the future! Matt’s food was unbelievable, and I loved the way Colleen encouraged my daughters. They were both so easy and enjoyable to be with. Also sailing around the USVI was great. Thanks for encouraging us to reconsider the BVI.

Remarkable vacation!

We had a remarkable vacation and attribute everyone’s satisfaction entirely to Matt and Colleen. We could not have had a better crew. Too many highlights to enumerate. The food was a high point for us all. Matt just kept those delicious, beautiful, varied meals coming and was very good about recognizing and remembering our likes and dislikes. We would go out with them again in a second. Not enough superlatives. I would note that both of them were particularly good about being totally calm in the water. Diving and snorkeling were made easy by these two confident, caring pros. Their teamwork in all phases of the trip is also noteworthy. They complimented each other perfectly. Complaints???? The week was a little too short!´

Broker provided feedback January 2020

Name: Craig and Sam Yacht: FIREFLY with Colleen Korona and Matt Proto (Previous yacht) Charter Dates: 2019-12-28 12:00 to 2020-01-04 12:00 Area Cruised: Virgin Islands Overall Rating: 5/5 1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating? yes! very! they are amazingly professional AND friendly! 2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean? yes - once again, very! 3. Was the yacht well ventilated? yes 4. Was the food good and well presented? good and well presented doesn´t even begin to describe it! Matt is amazing with what he can concoct in a small kitchen - fresh (Bread!!) and creative 5. Did you like the area you sailed? yes 6. Additional comments on your charter? Colleen and Matt were the perfect crew for us! Matt is the wonderful combination of chef and dive master. When he is not making fresh bread every day(wow) to compliment our meals, we were able to scuba dive with Matt as they have the gear on board - no stopping on land to get our equipment. Capt. Colleen is wonderfully professional, caring, and fun! She was available to answer our questions and change our course if we wanted to do something different. It is obvious she loves her job!

December 2019 broker provided comments

Name: Jill Yacht: FIREFLY46 with Colleen Korona and Matt Proto (Previous yacht) Charter Dates: 2019-12-19 16:00 to 2019-12-27 12:00 Area Cruised: Virgin Islands Overall Rating: 5/5 1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating? Very accommodating to all our needs 2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean? yes Colleen kept everything in great condition 3. Was the yacht well ventilated? yes 4. Was the food good and well presented? Matt does an excellent job on presentation and flavor and accommodating diets 5. Did you like the area you sailed? We loved the areas we went to for sailing 6. Additional comments on your charter? We all had a great time on the charter, it is very special to me since my husbands ashes are there on St John.

November 2019 broker provided comments

Name: Brent & Lisa Yacht: FIREFLY46 with Colleen Korona & Matt Proto (Previous yacht) Charter Dates: 2019-11-08 16:00 to 2019-11-16 12:00 Area Cruised: Virgin Islands Overall Rating: 5/5 1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating? Absolutely yes! We couldn´t have had a better captain and chef. 2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean? The yacht was spotless when we arrived and kept that way all week. We are neat freaks and they made us look like slobs! 3. Was the yacht well ventilated? Yes 4. Was the food good and well presented? Yes we were waited on hand and foot :) 5. Did you like the area you sailed? We loved the route we took. It was the opposite of what we thought we wanted but Capt. Colleen knows her stuff and we were able to sail more than most boats we talked to based on her knowledge! 6. Additional comments on your charter? We knew we were gong to love this trip but we had no idea how much. A lot of that is in part to Capt. Colleen and Chef Matt on the Firefly. They went above and beyond to make sure we had our dream vacation. They met every need or want and then some. They truly make the best team to sail with. Their knowledge of sailing, the sea....above and below water, and the islands make them who you want to take you on the water. We had planned to eat several dinners on land...until we had our first taste of Matt´s culinary skills! The meals he prepared were some of the best we´ve ever had or probably ever will have...until next time, that is! Colleen was an impressive but fun captain.We truly had the time of our life and a big part of that is because of them. We felt that we left as friends and plan to join them on another adventure! 7. It is our pleasure to keep you informed of relevant specials / updates for your next charter. When do you plan to charter next? Hoping to take our family with next time in 3 year.We´d love to go sooner but have grandkids (twins!) and probably a wedding in the next two years. But we will definitely do this again! Best vacation ever!

Charter Dates: July 19-27, 2019 Yacht: FIREFLY with Colleen Korona & Matt Proto (Previous yacht) Area Cruised: Virgin Islands Overall Rating: 5 5 being the highest 0 being the lowest We hope your charter lived up to your expectations. We would love to know some of your impressions about your yachting vacation. Please answer the following questions and add any comments you may have. 1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating? Yes! Colleen and Matt were amazing. 2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean? Yes! 3. Was the yacht well ventilated? Yes! 4. Was the food good and well presented? Yes! The food was fantastic. 5. Did you like the area you sailed? Yes! Went to some familiar places and as well as new places. Excellent itinerary.

Name: Lawrence Yacht: FIREFLY with Colleen Korona & Matt Proto (Previous yacht) Charter Dates: 2019-07-19 12:00 to 2019-07-27 08:00 Area Cruised: Virgin Islands Overall Rating: 5/5 1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating? Yes! Colleen and Matt were amazing. 2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean? Yes! 3. Was the yacht well ventilated? Yes! 4. Was the food good and well presented? Yes! The food was fantastic. 5. Did you like the area you sailed? Yes! Went to some familiar places and as well as new places. Excellent itinerary. 6. Additional comments on your charter? Colleen and Matt are amazing. We had a fantastic time and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking to charter.

Name: Natalie Yacht: FIREFLY Firefly with Colleen Korona and Matt Proto (Previous yacht) Charter Dates: 2019-03-10 12:00 to 2019-03-17 12:00 Area Cruised: Virgin Islands Overall Rating: 5 5 being the highest 0 being the lowest We hope your charter lived up to your expectations. We would love to know some of your impressions about your yachting vacation. Please answer the following questions and add any comments you may have. 1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating? More than I thought possible - they are AMAZING!! 2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean? Completely! 3. Was the yacht well ventilated? Yep! 4. Was the food good and well presented? Outstanding! 5. Did you like the area you sailed? Every bit of it! 6. May we post this review on our website? Yes 7. Additional comments on your charter? Colleen and Matt were outstanding and helped to make our week in the BVI a trip of a life time for our family. They spoiled us rotten!

Great Adventure

Every day was a new adventure that helped us to enjoy sailing, as well as learning something new about this part of the Caribbean. Thanks to the both of you for giving us an unforgettable time with you and the boat. Judy, MJ, and Sarah Maryland

Unforgettable Trip!

Boat drinks, 5-star food, friendship, laughs, conversation including history and sea stories! Wonderful accommodations, always kindness & great care given out every day by Colleen & Matt. Thank you thank you. We will never forget this week and hold on to the friendships we have made Tom & Kathy Syracuse, NY

Incredible Experience

The diving was such a cool experience for all of us. We have been wanting to dive for years, and it was better than we could have imagined! Bill and Susan Orlando, FL

The Most Memorable Vacation!

Matt & Colleen, Thank you for making this past week the most memorable vacation I have ever been on! Colleen, thanks for making the first few days awesome despite the wind. You made the days fun and the nights a little less rocky. I will miss you and the daily adventures soo much! Matt, thank you for making me fat lol! Seriously though not only did you surprise us daily with the most amazing meals, but you are so fun to hang out with. You both have become family! I hope to see you both again in the future whether it be on land or at sea! Love, Emily and Drew

Spectacular Week

Colleen and Matt, We will be back! This has been the most fabulous, spectacular week!!! I know how hard you both worked, and you have a real gift for making everything fun!! XOXO- Amber

Amazing Week!

C & M, This was an amazing week! Exceeded expectations in every way. We will certainly be back in the future and hope to be aboard whatever vessel you are on. Thank you so much! -Travis & Mindy

January 2018

M & C, You guys are the best! From being able to feed me for a week to watching me never get my sea legs, you provided us one heck on an experience. As Dr. Seuss would say ´Oh, the places you´ll go!´ Thanks to you two I understand a little better! Love you both, Sam

Colleen & Matt, Thank you for a wonderful week! You made our first trip to the Islands and unforgettable experience. The food was simply excellent, the days were planned great, and my first scuba was a bucket list item. All I can simply say is thank you. -Brandon and Michelle Topeka, KS

New Years Charter 2018

Thank you Colleen & Matt for a wonderful few days in paradise. Although we didn´t get to be on Nadiya, we got to experience the amazing crew. The sailing was fantastic, all the quiet spots you found for us were heavenly and Matt´s food was outstanding. And it was truly a pleasure to get to meet both of you. -Marie

Christmas Charter 2017

Colleen and Matt: What a wonderful week! Y´all have truly become a part of our family. This Christmas has been truly fantastic. Our elves brought lots of laugh for all. Waking up on Christmas morning was so special for Kaiden and Kinlee. Zach loved the dive with Matt and may be ready for more on our next trip. The beach picnic was such a treat. Both of you have gone above and beyond to make our trip memorable. We cannot wait until next year:) May the wind always be in your sails. All our love- Until next time, Jill, Zach, Brad, Kaiden, & Kinlee

A New Adventure Everyday

Colleen & Matt, Thank you so very much for an amazing trip. It was a trip of a lifetime thanks to your wonderful spirit. Everyday was a new adventure - memories we will never forget. It exceeded our expectations and can´t wait to come back. We wish you many more happy days on the water! -Chris, Chaz, Michael, and Julie

Thanks for the Adventure!

Colleen and Matt, This trip was amazing! It completely exceeded our expectations. The Islands were beautiful, the food was beyond wonderful and the two of you were fabulous. It was fun to get to know you both and learn all about the area. Thanks for taking care of us and making sure we survived the hurricane :) We also thank you for making sure ´#6´ didn´t die (you know who were are talking about)! This really was the trip of a lifetime! We will be back! -Mike, Melinda, Joe, Biff, Kendra, and Kevin

Colleen & Matt, Thank you for making our dream vacation so wonderful! this trip was a ´bucket list´ item for Bob and I, and it completely exceeded our expectations. You two are an amazing team! From the fabulous food, to the history lessons, and most of all your complete knowledge of where to be and when -- we couldn´t have asked for more . Casson and Bennett are already asking when we can come back. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! -Lisa, Bob, Casson, & Bennett Atlanta, GA

Not much to say, but the best vacation and wedding ever. I will remember this week and everything you have done for us, and for the rest of my life. Thanks!! Proto Locos 4 Life! Arog

Hi Matt & Colleen! We miss you already. What an amazing week! You two took us to all of the best spots and were so awesome to hang with. Thank you for the amazing food, views, tours, snorkeling, music, laughs, drinks, and your killer attitudes. Life on board be gooooood mon! We would LOVE to come back again soon. Meanwhile, you have plenty of new friends in Colorado. And, just in case you forget us, here are some fascinating memories from our journey here in the Islands. Love, Nina

Once in a Lifetime Trip

To Matt & Colleen, We can certainly understand why your guests like to hang out with you. You are both so kind to others and to each other. You have built this amazing world for yourselves and we are thankful for the time we had sailing with you. Thank you for your time, talents, and love. It was surely felt. The wedding was beautiful and this truly was a once in a lifetime trip... a thrilling burst of speed in our everyday lives. We love you both and pray everyday for your health and happiness. -Mom & Dad

Dream Wedding Vacation

Matt & Colleen: I can´t be thankful enough for you making our wedding super especial. It was everything I dreamed of. I love you both!! -Giuliana

I could have never imagined a more beautiful and relaxing trip, and to top that off, amazing food on the boat! With Colleen´s knowledge of the boat and seas, and the history of these islands made for an educational and enjoyable trip. Couldn´t imagine a better crew to show us an amazing time here in the BVI. They spoiled us so much out here it´s going to be very difficult going back to reality. Wishing you guys the best!! Much love, Dale & Becca

Best Week Ever

Colleen and Matt, We can´t begin to tell you how amazing this week was - OH MY WOW - water - spectacular, Activities - awesome, food - better than the best, company - so enjoyable! Matt, thanks for our sons first dive! He will never forget that. You both are such good people, the kind you don´t find everyday; but those who stick with you and make memories. Best week ever! Best, Alec, Nicolas, Zander, and Meg

Fantastic Trip

Matt and Colleen, Thanks for a fantastic trip. Cannot wait to come back again. Matt - thanks for taking me diving. Something that I have always wanted to do, and at 64, I can finally check it off my bucket list! So good to meet and get to know you both. Good luck and smooth sailing. -Robert and June

Tops the List

Matt and Colleen, Thank you for making our vacation the trip of a lifetime! As avid travelers as we are, this vacation is on top of the list - it even beats the Maldives!! We hope to return again soon! Everything was wonderful. Mahalo, Gina & Adam

Always Coming Back

They made us come back!!! We did - again, and again, and again. Matt and Colleen are the best! -Mike, Ryan, Lynn, Maggie, and Harriett

Matt and Colleen, We had such a great time, thanks for letting us check items off the bucket list! Hope to run into you again in the future. Mendy and Jeff

Colleen & Matt, Blue is the color of this week, sparkles on the water, sunshine galore, waves, fish, sand, rock, shells, boats! Boat drinks, 5 star food, friendship, laughs, conversation including history and sea stories! Wonderful accommodations, always kindness - great care given out each day by Colleen and Matt. Thank you, thank you. We will never forget this week and will hang on to the friendships we have made. Peace and Love, Tom and Kathy

Matt and Colleen, Wonderful vacation, as usual you guys were the best! Thanks for just being yourselves. Your guys are great at what you do. Much love, Mike and Dena

Spring Break 2017

Colleen & Matt, Thank you so much for an amazing week! Everything we did was so fun! The diving was such a cool experience for all of us. We have been wanting to dive for years and it was better than we could´ve ever imagined! The snorkeling was the best we have ever done! The hikes were beautiful and the views phenomenal! Matt - the food was AMAZING! The kids are going to be sad when the go back to my cooking! Thank you so much for everything!!! Love, Greg, Erika, Kelsey, Taylor, Chase, and Allie This was such an amazing trip! Thank you so much for showing us the absolute best parts of the BVI! The scuba diving was amazing and I had an incredible time! Thank you so so so much! -Taylor Thank you guys so much! It was so fun diving and climbing and going through the baths! There was such cool fish in those caves and I got to practice my rock climbing skills! :) -Chase We had the most amazing time! Matt´s cooking was insane and definitely better than the college dorm food I´m going home to! Thank you Colleen for being the best captain and cocktail maker! We will miss you! -Kelsey Thank you so much! I had the best time, swimming, scuba diving (even though I could do a little bit), and climbing. I am going to miss the amazing cooking. Thank you Matt and Colleen for everything!! -Allie

Matt & Colleen: We can´t say enough - IT WAS WONDERFUL!! Such a great week spent with friends - including you all. Our second trip with you has been filled with an experience of a lifetime: Your knowledge of the islands made our trip really enjoyable. Sailing, scuba, snorkeling and sun - all fantastic. Drinks were fun - the ones on the boat and all the bars on the islands. So many islands, it is hard to pick a favorite, but both St. John and Anegada up there. Matt, your food is incredibly delicious! % stars every meal. Loved the whole trip and am looking forward to doing it again. -Doug, Melinda, and Elijah P.S. Come see us in KY for some distillery tours and horseback riding. P.P.S. Thanks Matt for being such a patient dive master. Great Dives!

Exceeded Expectations

Dear Colleen and Matt, What more can I say on paper that we haven´t already talked about? First and foremost, thank you! We had an idea of how and what to expect but you exceeded every expectation that we had. Colleen - Thanks again for saving John ´from the Indians´ - eternally grateful. Your ability to remain calm under pressure is a gift. Matt - Tour guide/Chef/scuba extraordinaire - your efforts in and out of the galley were above and beyond. Can´t wait to do this again with you both. XOXO Ed, Traci, Sue, and John

M & C, As I get older my life is all about pictures and memories. You have certainly added to both of my buckets. I am not sure if we will ever make it back, but if we do, it will be with the two of you. Keep up the great work and keep adding those pictures and memories. I hope to see you again, this side of the other! G & Shanna

Best Birthday Yet

What an amazing week. Thank you for making my 60th birthday the best one yet. Hope to see you again on another sail. -Judi and Dennis

Exceptional Team

We didn´t really know what to expect, but any expectations were highly exceeded! You guys are an exceptional team! We will recommend your voyage to all of our friends! Hope to repeat this magnificent trip soon! The Little Rock Clan -Joe and Jaimey

Bucket List Trip

Matt & Colleen, This cruise was on our ´bucket list´ and it fulfilled our desires in so many ways. It is an understatement to say the meals were great - the variety was unbelievable, the presentation was amazing, and the taste superb. It is hard to believe you were able to produce such fine dining meals from the compact galley! Colleen, your masterful boat handling compares with the captains on the high seas! We were never disappointed with the stops chosen, and your desire to make sure we were satisfied was another positive. Your knowledge of the area helped us do the things we hoped to do. The snorkeling was fun and enabled us to see things we´ve never seen before. The Baths were spectacular - as were the hiking trails. Both of you created a memorable week for us in so many ways. Your personalities cheered and motivated us to attempt to many things. Experiencing heavy blows and tropical rains enabled us to see your excellent boat handling and your desire to keep us safe. Everyday was a new adventure that helped us to enjoy sailing as well as learning something about this part of the Caribbean! Thanks to both of you for giving us an unforgettable time with you and the boat. -Judi, MJ, and Sarah

January 2017

Every recommendation was a win! Thank you both so much. Best vacation ever and you both were a big part of that. Thank you, Colleen:)

Colleen & Matt, Thank you both for the vacation of a lifetime! You two were the best hosts we could´ve asked for. Matt, you went above and beyond with your skills in the kitchen, and Colleen, your knowledge of the islands we visited and expertise at the helm made for an informative smooth sail. Definitely will be visiting you two again sometime soon. -Jeff, JC, Tim, Mya, and Pam

What an Experience!

Colleen & Matt, What can we say? What an experience!! The two of you made the trip very easy and enjoyable. We very much appreciate how you molded the trip based on our interests and input. We cannot imagine a better experience here in the islands AND I got to cross scuba off the bucket list! Best wishes! Larry & Deanna

Colleen and Matt, Thanks for the vacation we´ll never forget. You guys were the best! Thanks for all your hard work! It was paradise:) -Doug and Sally

New Years guests aboard catamaran FIREFLY said:

There are no words to express my gratitude for the hospitality, above and beyond beautiful meals, and wonderful visit to the islands! We will treasure this week forever and are grateful for this precious time together. Thank you for making this experience so memorable for all of us. Lisa C. I can say this has been one of the most special family vacation we ever had... you guys rock! Ricardo C

New Year´s Charter 2016

The entire family had a wonderful charter cruise December 27-January 3. We had wonderful weather and the ship was extremely comfortable and functional. We all enjoyed the islands we visited - Jost Van Dyke was the kids´ favorite. We swam to the Soggy Dollar and took a taxi over to the infamous Foxys. We took a family hike on Norman Island and we had many lovely snorkels. Yet the most memorable part of the trip was the crew. Captain Colleen and Chef/First Mate Matt planned a wonderful itinerary and made sure we were able to anchor near Bitter End Yacht Club for New Years. Matt´s food was amazing - delicious but light and healthy! The kids already commented how we will miss his cookies when we return home. We would love to some day take another charter cruise with Colleen and Matt. -Mark, Kathy, Rachel, and Aaron

Christmas Charter 2016

Matt & Colleen: Mixed weather, a sputtering outboard, rouge jellyfish, and distasteful jellybeans are all part of the positive memories made during our voyage. Add to that, the great snorkeling, scuba dives, lounging beach days, and outstanding meals on board... We know we booked the right boat and crew for our family Christmas vacation! Thank you Colleen and Matt for exceeding all of our expectations. -Heather, Marc, Marc, and Connor A.K.A ´Marky Mark & The Funkey Bunch´

December 2016

We relaxed, laughed a lot, and really enjoyed ourselves! Thanks and we hope to cross paths someday. -Carl and Rose

Memorable and Unforgettable

Colleen & Matt, Thanks for having us and for making this a memorable and unforgettable week. We will be back! -Laudes & Junando

The Perfect Honeymoon

Matt & Colleen, This trip was everything we could have imagined and more. Each day was a great adventure and we are so glad we got to see so many great beaches and bars. The food was incredible (as if you didn´t notice the clean plates each meal)! This week has been the most memorable week of our lives. Thank you so much for making our honeymoon one we will never forget! P.S. We have posted a lot of pictures and will be posting more on Instagram Thank you again! Love, The Honeymooners Lauren & Griffin P.S. No one will believe that an Eagle Ray was in the dinghy! Luckily we have proof.

November 2016

Colleen and Matt- We cannot thank you enough for a week full of adventures, family memories, and experiences of ´firsts´. John and Jill were over the moon excited to share the VI and BVI with Kaiden and Kinlee. You have made the boat life a new way of life that we all enjoy. You both provided all of us -three generations- an experience and adventure to be remembered forever. Kaiden loved snorkeling with the barracuda and being Matt´s sidekick. Kinlee, the adventurous five-year old, loved everything from fast rides, to learning to snorkel in the caves, and riding the swan. Both of you have become an extension of friends and family to all of us. We are FOREVER thankful. Swimming, snorkeling, laughing, sailing, movie watching and lyric reciting laughs are to be remembered for years to come. All out best - until our next sail, Sara, Joe, Kaiden, and Kinlee

Kids Comments July 2016

Dear Matt & Colleen, You guys were awesome crew members, great friends, and awesome pirates. I really enjoyed spending 2 weeks with you and maybe we will come back next year and all dive together. I will miss y´all very much and hope you have a good year. -Netsie You guys were awesome! -Davis Thank you! We had the best time! I loved being on the waters and exploring all the islands with you both. The diving was beautiful, and everything was great. We appreciate your hospitality abd patience:) Thank you for sharing your home with us!

Matt & Colleen- Thanks so much for being our tour guides in paradise! We had such a perfect time and couldn´t have asked for a better crew - Colleen our fearless Captain! And oh my goodness the food was SO good! Best wishes to you both and keep it chill down here in the Virgin Isles! -Daniel

A Glorious Adventure

Matt & Colleen- What a glorious adventure! Under the fearless leadership of Captain Colleen and besotted by the seductive culinary prowess of Chef Matt. We could´ve sailed ´round the world and returned with silk and spices, the likes of which the mainland has never seen, but this was a close second! Thanks for an amazing week. -Paul

Matt & Colleen, Thank your for our second wonderful week with you guys, Great sailing, great weather, and great food. Paradise! Matt, thanks for taking such good care of Mike. Colleen, we would sail with our anywhere. Our vacation was PERFECT! -Mike & Lynn

To Matt & Colleen: This trip has been such an amazing experience for us. We got to do things we never thought we could. Loved The Baths!!! We never even knew such a place existed. The food was beyond compare, but of course we know what a great Chef Matt is:) The boat is so comfortable and the personal touches and amenities made this such a relaxing vacation. Colleen, we are so sorry to have to leave, but we will be back for sure. We packed an awful lot into 5 days with Matt´s sailing. We are looking forward to sharing all of our wonderful photos. Love, Christi and George

Kids Comments April 2016

Dear Colleen & Matt, Thank you for the amazing experiences. You have picked the best Islands, made the best food, and we had the best time:) -Lauren Thanks for my trip. I had a lot of fun with you guys. Matt, you are the best Chef. Colleen you got us through those storms. Together you guys are goofballs, I like that:) I hope I will see you next year! -Morgan Thank you for sailing us around!! Thank for the best food EVER!! Miss you guys! Love, Bridget

Dear Colleen & Matt, What a pleasure to meet you both and share this magnificent week with you! Thank you Colleen, for your navigation skills. We valued your ´spot on´ suggestions for activities and sites. Matt - we cannot thank you enough for all of your efforts making the most amazing and creative meals for our family. What a treat! We also appreciate all of your engagement with our girls - inviting then to cook and snorkel with you. We had an amazing time with you and your family. You created an environment for us to enjoy our family time and time with our friends - Thank you! Thanks very much for the great time! Great hospitality, great food and your attention to all the details. A very memorable trip. Come visit us! -Jim Larchmont, NY

Enjoyed Every Minute

Colleen & Matt, Thank your for a great trip and all your patience with our crew! We really enjoyed every minute and hope to see you in the BVI another day! Best, Amy and Michael Austin, TX

February 2016

Colleen & Matt- Thank you for a great trip! We can´t say enough about the awesome food! Matt´s an amazing chef and Colleen you never missed a mooring ball! Perfect- Al & Shelby Fair Haven, MI

Matt and Colleen, What a fabulous week we´ve had with you! This has been a dream trip for me for years, and its everything we hoped it would be. Colleen, you´re a great captain, and Matt, you´re a talented Chef. Thanks for everything! Lance and Pam Chesterfield, MI

Came as strangers left as family

Colleen & Matt, From the first moment we set food on the ship, we knew we found our BVI home. Your attention to detail, warmth and ability to ´read´ our family made this an epic vacation and adventure. We arrived as strangers and clearly left as family! See you again, Steve and Angela Addendum: Thank you so much Matt and Colleen! I could not have imagined a trip as enjoyable as the one I had because of both of you. It was a blast spending the week with you two and I wish you the absolute best

The Perfect Celebration

Colleen and Matt- Thank you so much for a great vacation in the British Virgin Islands. This was the perfect celebration of my graduation. You far exceeded our expectations. Best, Megan, Cait, and Vince P.S. Matt, you´re an amazing chef

Lovely Experience

Colleen & Matt, This was the most amazing 3 days/nights. Loved everything about the entire experience. Thank you so much for fantastic accommodations, hospitality, friendship, fun, and laughs. Oh yeah...and the food....so, so, so amazingly delicious, healthy, and satisfying with beautiful presentation. Thank you so very much With love and hugs Sharon and John

Wonderful Adventure

Matt & Colleen, This was a wonderful adventure. Thank you for your kind and fun loving care. Your really made the journey fun, light, and easy. We will continue to have fond memories because of you! All the best and many blessings, Marty and Dave P.S. You raised the bar for good service

January 2016

Dear Matt & Colleen, The trip was awesome!! You were wonderful to us and I greatly appreciate everything you did for us:) Stay safe and happy ´Til next time, Lynne

Christmas Charter 2015

Never put too much in stock in the weather report! Although our week of December 19-26 was forecast to be rain, rain, rain, we enjoyed 7 days of sunshine only punctuated by brief and impressive bursts of rain. Our wonderful crew, Capt. Colleen & Chef/First Mate Matt, seemed to always be one step ahead of the weather (and the crowds), buttoning up the boat before storm bursts, and arriving in the harbor in time to catch choice moorings on the biggest week of the season. The highs were many - superb snorkeling (and multiple sightings of spotted eagle rays), excellent hikes, a bit of Christmas shopping, and the nonstop parade of five-star meals from Matt! It is hard to express how much we loved his cooking!! Great nightly games of hearts - never be afraid to shoot the moon! -Cindy, Bob, Emily, and Elizabeth Rhode Island

Incredible Vacation

Colleen & Matt, Thank you for a wonderful time and an incredible vacation. You are the Best! It was great meeting you and you will certainly be recommended. If you ever decide to visit Puerto Rico, feel free to contact us. -Luis and Paula

A3 Sample Menu

Beetroot Salmon Shingle Dill Avocado, Soft Boiled Eggs, Shallots, Broccoli Sprouts, Galley Fresh Artisan Wheat, Fresh Fruit

Tamagoyaki Japanese Omelet Shaved Daikon, Miso Glazed Japanese Sweet Potato, Seven Spice, Fresh Fruit

Acai Breakfast Bowl Fage, Hemp Hearts, Granola, Chia Seeds, Toasted Cashews, Galley Fresh Muffins, Fresh Fruit

Banana Kahuna Cakes Smokey Sea Salt Bacon, Toasted Almonds, Dark Rum & Brown Butter Cane Syrup, Fresh Fruit

Tapas Breakfast Board Seafood Croquets, Gruyere Souffles, Salchichas, Piquillo Shard Salad, Galley Fresh Muffins, Fresh Fruit

Chicken n’ Waffle Wake-Up Hillside Farms F.R.O.G. Jam, Zucchini Hash Rounds, Fresh Fruit

Florentine Benedict Wilted Spinach, Sweet Potato Chorizo Hash, Green Peppercorn Sabayon, Fresh Fruit

Papadum Chaat Salad Cucumber, Mango, Pomegranate, Radish, Chick Peas, Mint Yogurt Chutney Cracked Black Pepper Papadum

Cuttlefish Ink & Crab Mezzelunes Fennel Leek & Pecorino Ragout

Summertime Chopped Salad Shrimp, Sweet Corn, Snap Peas, Pancetta, Strawberries, Gorgonzola, Sunflower Seeds, Red Oak Romaine Cider Vinaigrette, Grilled Garlic Toast Points

Chicken Katsu Bento Box Edamame Salad, Ribbon Vegetables, Tonkatsu Sauce, Steamed Rice

Pomegranate & Tarragon Lobster Salad Shaved Fennel, Baby Frisee, Poppy Seed Water Crackers

Grilled Everglade Chicken Sandwich Pepper Jack, Bermuda Onion Confit, Sweet Potato Fries, Orange Blossom Aioli, Galley Fresh Sour Dough

A3 Bison Burger Port Salut, LTO, Yuca Fries, Sweet n’ Spicy Tomato Chutney, Galley Fresh Brioche Bun

Blue Corn Shrimp n’ Grits Tomato Bacon Relish

HORS D´OEUVRES

Takoyaki Octopus, Okonomiyaki Sauce, Bonito Flakes

Citrus Segment Shrimp Cocktail Sweet Scotch Bonnet Basil Vinaigrette

Salmon Lomi Lomi Wasabi Rice Crackers

Herb Encrusted Steak Carpaccio Ricotta Salata, Arugula, Peppadews, Mignonette, Galley Fresh Focaccia

Cauliflower, Crab & Cave Aged Cheddar Dip Blue Corn Tortillas

Trinidad Doubles Mango Chutney, Kucheela, Curry Chick Peas, Bara Bread

Peruvian Ceviche Fresh Catch of The Day, Leche De Tigre, Garlic Crostinis

Bronzed Mesquite Diver Scallops Mango Strawberry Sherry Salad, Roasted Garlic Potato Pave, Blood Orange Ginger Gastrique Wine Pairing Château Lamothe White Bordeaux – Bordeaux, France

Charred Black Powder New York Strip 2” Thick C.A.B., Horseradish Potato En Croute, Micro Herb Salad, Truffle Crème Fraiche Wine Pairing Big Smooth Cabernet Sauvignon – Lodi, California

Citrus Seared Sea Bass Peruvian Potato Puree, Red Onion Curtido, Chimichurri, Pao de Queijo Wine Pairing Basa Verdejo – Rueda, Spain

Canard Au Poivre Muniere Parsnip Puree, Sunflower Salad, Cherry Hazelnut Compote Wine Pairing Louis Jadot Beaujolais – Burgundy, France

Lobster Flight Cold Culantro Lobster Wonton, Ginger Carrot Curry Lobster Tempura, Togarashi Lobster Medallion Wine Pairing Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio – Controllata, Italy

Moroccan Lamb Tangine Toasted Almond Cous Cous, Medjool Date &Tangerine Sumac Salad Wine Pairing Bodegas Muga Reserva – Rioja, Spain

Harissa Roasted Airline Chicken Artichoke & Pea Tendril Salad, Lemon Brie Cream Wine Pairing Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc – Marlborough, New Zealand

Galley Fresh Brittle Brownie Ice Cream Hazelnut Ganache

Galley Fresh Banana, Baileys & Coconut Ice Cream Monkey Dust

Lilikoi Lemon Bars Fresh Passion Fruit

Mexican Chocolate Tres Leches Bandito Dust

Key Lime Tart Citrus Meringue

Strawberry Rhubarb Galette Galley Fresh Vanilla Ice Cream

Apfelstrudel Fresh Cream

Marg-A3-ta Patron Silver, Blue Curaçao, Fresh Mandarin, Orangina, Lime, Smoked Sea Salt Rim

Planteurs Punch Arundel Rum, Spiced Cane Syrup, Guava, Pineapple

Tuscan Sun Aperol, Prosecco, San Pellegrino, Peychard Bitters, Blood Orange

Mermaid Kiss Butterfly Pea Infused Vodka, Passion Fruit Nectar, Sparkling Pink Grapefruit, Kelp Sea Salt Rim

Orange Hemingway Blue Chair White Rum, Fresh Orange, Fresh Lime, Maraschino Liqueur

Poquito Picante Hendricks Gin, Cointreau, Cucumber, Cilantro, Lemon, Jalapeño Infused Simple Syrup

Yuzu Lychee Fizz Prosecco, Yuzu Juice, Lychee Nectar, Lemon Grass

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Vela Al Terzo: the traditional sail in the Venetian lagoon and in the Adriatic Sea

Vela Al Terzo: the traditional sail in the Venetian lagoon and in the Adriatic Sea

Vela Al Terzo could be translated with “sail at a third”… at a third of what? Well, let me try to tell you more about this living heritage!

If you come to Venice, you may notice some traditional wooden boats with colorful sails, silently moving around the lagoon. You will then find the same colorful sails in other cities facing the coast of the Adriatic Sea, not just in the Venetian lagoon. Cervia, Cattolica, Cesenatico south of Venice, but also Rovinj in Croatia: all towns sharing the special tradition of the “vela al terzo” and keeping it alive.

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Gustav Bauernfeind (1848-1904), Canal Scene in Chioggia with Bragozzo, Bauernfeind-Museum, Sulz am Neckar, Germany

Vela Al Terzo: what are the main characteristics of this unique sail?

Vela Al Terzo refers to the fact that the sail is pulled all the way up the mast and its spar, the long wooden post on the upper part of the sail, remains for two thirds below the mast and one third above.  

The colors of the Vela Al Terzo and its maritime “heraldry”

However, if this explains the technical term, the first characteristic that will simply leave you in full wonder is the kaleidoscopic of the sails’ colors. Each sail is differently painted. Traditional colors in the northern Adriatic Sea area are yellow ochre, brown, black and red. While moving towards the southern part of the Adriatic Sea colors of the sails change and blue, green and white appear more frequently, even in sails differently designed.

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Regata del Presidente, Sept. 13th, 2020

While the background often displays some geometrical patterns, the “vela al terzo” sails are often characterized by some decorative elements which have brought scholars to adopt the terminology of a “maritime heraldry”, even if there is no nobility involved. So you may find a shoe, a glass of wine, seahorses, octopus, crosses, stars, as well as ladders, eels, lions, the sun and much more.

A boom, a spar and a special form

The “vela at terzo” is also characterized by the presence of a boom, a prominent horizontal spar extending from the base of the mast; the base of the sail therefore attaches to the boom.

Indeed, the sail itself has a shape of a truncated triangle, whose origins are still debated.

The historical development of the Vela Al Terzo

There is no written history of sails, but some researchers have tried to define the evolution of the “vela al terzo”’s unique tradition of the Adriatic Sea. Also known as the trabacolo’s sail (see my post on this special boat here: www.seevenice.it/en/a-boat-that-helped-create-a-miracle-called-venice-the-trabacolo/ ), the vela al terzo is the result of the encountering of two ancient traditions.

The Square sail of the Po Valley

Along the Po Valley, rivers and lakes used to be essential for the communications and the trading of goods. Nowadays rivers are not so much considered — because of the extensive use of the railway network or trucks —, but rivers and lakes once connected Venice and its lagoon all the way to Milan or Turin. Along these waterways you would find boats using the “square sail”. Tall and quite narrow, the square sail was designed to try to catch the wind as high as possible. The wind would strike the sail on its aft side, from the stern.  

The Latin Sail of the Mediterranean tradition

In the early middle ages, in the Mediterranean Sea, sailboats would use a different sail, called the “Latin sail”. Similar to the vela al terzo, but with a major difference. No boom below.

On one side you had a sail struck by the wind from the back only, on the other side you had another sail whose limit was the impossibility to move the Center of effort (COE) towards the stern of the boat. In other words the point at which all the forces acting on the sails are concentrated in the latin sail could not be moved backwards.  

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Vela Al Terzo, regatta in the southern lagoon, May 26th, 2019

The Venetian lagoon as a niche

But what about if you are in a lagoon, a borderline geographical niche, where you need the COE to be drawn backwards so as to control the angle of the sail to the wind? Somewhere where you need the sailboat to have more power while sailing towards the wind?  

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In the middle of the 17th century this special sail, the vela al terzo, appeared and as long as motorboats would not show up, it could be admired all over the Adriatic Sea.

A major reason for the development of this sail is of course the environment of the lagoon which influenced the construction of traditional boats, too. Shallow waters and tides explain why lagoon boats have a flat bottom, no keel (and are easy to be driven leeway), use huge see-saw rudders, which can be pulled up when the water is too shallow…  

Fishermen in the Venetian lagoon

Fishermen loved this sail because after placing the fishing nets in the shallow water in the lagoon, they would use the leeway movement to drag them. But not just. Emblems were chosen to identify the family. From afar, they would become visible when getting back home. These sails would also work to give signals, asking for help when needed. A social recognition sign, often with a magical, protective power to hopefully keep dangers away.

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Not to mention it was a work of art. It all started with the women sewing the sail. They lay the sail on a meadow and started dying it using a sponge imbued with natural earth colors, which would also work as anti-mold. After dying the sail, you dragged it in the salt water so the salt fixed the colors.

A humble boat with a humble sail, but worth a scientific research

Count Alessandro Pericle Ninni, a naturalist scientist, and Angelo Marella, a man with the passion of making wonderful miniature boat models, started in 1880 a research on these sails “vela al terzo” in Venice and Chioggia. They catalogued and watercolored over 1000 of them. They went on for ten years and this amazing collection (together with the boat models) was first part of the Correr Museum in Venice to be eventually donated to the Museum of Natural Science in Venice at its foundation in 1923.

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From the research led by Count Alessandro Pericle Ninni and Angelo Marella, Museum of Natural History, Venice

The Vela Al Terzo nowadays

After the foundation of the first sailing clubs in the early 1980s, and in particular of the Associazione Vela al Terzo , the creation of a school to teach young generations (and not just) how to sail, the Championship arranged every year in the lagoon, both south and north, over 360 sails numbers… the yearly arranged Sailing from Venice to Rovinj along the coast and finally the major project The Red Regatta by Melissa McGill, well, this tradition is alive and kicking.  

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Melissa McGill, Red Regatta, Venice 2019

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Why does this tradition deserve to be popular?

The thing is that it is not just a sail. Sustainability is more and more considered a priority and wooden sailboats are the future. Sailboats with vela al terzo are respectful towards the lagoon. In a lagoon, it is easier to protect traditions, especially because of its borderline nature. These sailboats are comfortable, you can eat, sleep inside them but especially they also educate you. Oh yes, they teach you the right speed with which you really discover the uniqueness of the lagoon.

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Significantly, last weekend a polluting cruise ship docked in Chioggia, the town south of the lagoon. Chioggia used to be the queen of the Adriatic Sea with its bragozzi sailboats and colorful vela al terzo sails, but its tradition is now almost lost. Just next door the cruise ship, for the first time, a regatta of sailboats within the Marciliana Palio Festival with the vela al terzo took place: because there are alternatives.

by Luisella Romeo registered tourist guide in Venice, Italy www.seevenice.it

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Thank you for reading and thank you for leaving a comment! Happy you’ve liked this article about a less known tradition which Venice shares with the northern Adriatic Sea! I love sailing in the lagoon with these boats and colorful sails, I hope one feels the passion 🙂

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When you first step onboard this luxury 56ft Lagoon catamaran A3, you will be super impressed by the panoramic windows, allowing you an unobstructed views of the tranquil bays and white sandy beaches of the BVI. Because the windows are upright as opposed to the normal slanted ones, the saloon area stays a lot cooler. The salon has comfortable seating that can accommodate a dinner for 10 or one person having a quick afternoon nap!

There are 3 spacious queen sized cabins and a guest cabin with bunk beds. The aft guests’ cabins are most comfortable, and whilst airy, each has their own air-conditioning controls for temperature control. Outside there is a large cockpit with easy water access from the stern. Up forward there is the usual trampolines, but this time they have added an awning so you can really enjoy the cool breeze whilst relaxing and not worry about burning.

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Why book A3? – DIVING – This is a fantastic dive boat and first dive is included in the weekly rates. Add to this a great selection of water toys, gourmet food and a really fun crew and there’s a perfect week!

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  • Fully air conditioned
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Rental rates.

Rates are inclusive of all meals, snacks and standard bar prepared to your preferences. Standard bar consists of house wines, beers, sodas, mid-shelf spirits.

1-8 guests, 7 nights minimum Charters during Christmas week are required to finish by Dec 27

1-8 guests, 7 nights minimum New Year charters commence no earlier than Dec 28

Includes 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners. Requires 3 lunches and 4 dinners to be taken ashore at guests’ expense.

Includes 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners. Requires 2 lunches and 1 dinner to be taken ashore at guests’ expense.

Sleep aboard the night before charter dates, 2 cabin minimum. Includes snacks, welcome cocktails and Continental breakfast. Dinner is to be taken ashore at guests’ expense.

Captain is a qualified PADI Instructor. Each dive for certified divers is $50 per person per dive paid directly to the crew. Maximum 6 divers at a time and 4 dives per week. (depending on number of divers). Rate includes use of boats dive gear. Resort course available at $150 per person (maximum number of resort courses per week is 4).

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  • A crew gratuity, based on your level of satisfaction, but typically 15-20% of the charter rate is not included
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  • Information and rates quoted on this website are believed to be correct but are subject to change without notice.

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Dear Colleen and Matt, Thank you so much for everything. We all had a wonderful time spending the week with you. None of us wanted to leave but unfortunately all good things must come to an end. We appreciate all the work you’ve put in, the cooking, cleaning, diving and all the dinghy trips. it was truly amazing. We wish you all the best for the future! Liebe, Ned & Tom, Helen and Max.

Dearest Matt & missed you Colleen, You are incredible!! You made this trip so wonderful for all of us from good morning muffins, eggs, biscuits and gravy and ok so much more, to all of the mouth-watering meals you made with all of us in mind. You are so thoughtful, and we are all grateful to call you family. These moments are what make us remember what this life is all about. I’m grateful to share this with you and with our family.

We wouldn’t have ever been able to experience this WORLD CLASS OPPORTUNITY! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you…. Love you so much! The Turtle Touchers.

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Dear Colleen & Matt, This was truly one of the best vacations me & David have ever had. It was such a treat to be wined and dined daily. The food & drinks were amazing. I love trying new dishes and you did not disappoint. It was so nice to have someone else plan our daily activities. Everything we did was so much fun! I will remember this trip forever.

Thanks for accommodating my dislike of fish. Your substituting was perfect. Will miss you Guys!

David and Linda; Robin & Ginger David & Alan (#1 son)

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Dear Colleen & Matt, Thank you for a truly amazing week! Trip of a lifetime for our family. We are beyond grateful for all you did to make it seamless. Your efforts did not go unnoticed. We are leaving fat and happy after the most amazing food & drinks! You all are the best and the Swell crew will be back!

Until next time… Thank you!

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Thank you, guys, for a wonderful trip in the BVI’s. Always so much fun on the A3! You spoil us big! Much love, Lorraine

We really enjoyed our time with Colleen and Matt! Wonderful crew and great food!! Looking forward to sailing with you again! Dal

Matt & Colleen Thank you for a wonderful week. Great food Matt! Colleen smooth sailing! We could not have had any better than you guys gave us! Thanks again and we will see you next time. Catherine

Matt and Colleen You guys are incredible. Wonderful trip; made a lot of memories. 5 stars all the way. Danny

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A3 = Best Boat ever!!

Matt your food is amazing!! Violet

Best trip ever! I even learned to scuba dive! Thank you so much for teaching me all about the ocean and everything in between. The food Matt made was also so good & I’m surprised I ate it all honesty, it was so worth it! Lily

A trip of a lifetime! Colleen and Matt made a magical week absolute perfection. My appreciation cannot be expressed – the care, fun and professionalism is unmatched. Hope to sail these waters with A3 again. Kira & Mike

Absolutely amazing! Thank you Colleen & Matt. Jean & Chris – Best 50 years Wedding Anniversary.

Thank you so much for this amazing adventure! It was a truly magical experience, and you both were a huge part of making that happen. Colleen, thank you for taking the time with the girls, and Matt thank you for the great food and dining! Both of your professionalism, characters and experience are the absolute best. Cheers!! Matt and Angie

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WOW!! I really cannot put into words how wonderful this trip has been. Between 5-star food and the wonderful trip planning and on and on!!

Colleen and Matt, you are very special person and we appreciate your talents and the time you spent with us on this special trip/adventure. Paul & Meg

Thanks for a great week – lots of adventure… Awesome! Appreciate all the love that went into our experience and the wonderful adventures and food! See you again Jon and Elizabeth

Typical for the weather, the wind was on the nose as we made our way east along the north side of St Thomas and St. John and was then non-existent as we sailed/motored west towards the end of the week. Oh well, thank God for engines. I did get to drive the boat some so I was very happy. We had a night sail/motor as well on a great evening. Could not have been better.

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The best trip ever, saw the most beautiful beaches, landscape, fish & coral. The best food & meals from Chef Matt & the awesome Captain Colleen.

Colleen and Matt must be the best BVI offers, knowledgeable, safety, conscious and fun! Thank you so much for this land lover having one of the best lifetime experiences!

Colleen & Matt: Thank you for a totally first-class experience! I thought it might be hard to replicate the magic we felt on our first charter, but you two exceeded our highest expectations! Keep the island just like they are now until we return for our next trip! We will hopefully see you again soon! Good luck with that new house! Bim and Cathy

Matt and Colleen, This trip was truly amazing. We didn’t really realize what amazing things and places that we would see. Russ and I have a new appreciation for sailing.

Matt, we can never repay you enough for giving Russ and I the open water ad a whole new would under the sea.

Out high was diving!! Our low was the full moon party. Totally overserved, my own fault.

You have both provided us memories we will never forget.

You are amazing. Thank you so much! Russ & Chaise

Love you Rick Kids

Matt & Colleen Where to start? Amazing! From the food to the stories and all the amazing experiences that you guided us through. This is a dream bucket list and you have fulfilled all of our dreams! You both are Gems and we wish you both the very best in your beautiful life together. Don’t forget us and we will never forget you all!

Keep on being Amazing!

Thanks from the bottom of our hearts! Ditto!!! Rick and Dain Wade

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So what is Rendezvous diving?

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Beetroot Salmon Shingle

Dill Avocado, Soft Boiled Eggs, Shallots, Broccoli Sprouts, Galley Fresh Artisan Wheat, Fresh Fruit

Tamagoyaki Japanese Omelet

Shaved Daikon, Miso Glazed Japanese Sweet Potato, Seven Spice, Fresh Fruit

Acai Breakfast Bowl

Fage, Hemp Hearts, Granola, Chia Seeds, Toasted Cashews, Galley Fresh Muffins, Fresh Fruit

Banana Kahuna Cakes

Smokey Sea Salt Bacon, Toasted Almonds, Dark Rum & Brown Butter Cane Syrup, Fresh Fruit

Tapas Breakfast Board

Seafood Croquets, Gruyere Souffles, Salchichas, Piquillo Shard Salad, Galley Fresh Muffins, Fresh Fruit

Chicken n’ Waffle Wake-Up

Hillside Farms F.R.O.G. Jam, Zucchini Hash Rounds, Fresh Fruit

Florentine Benedict

Wilted Spinach, Sweet Potato Chorizo Hash, Green Peppercorn Sabayon, Fresh Fruit

Papadum Chaat Salad

Cucumber, Mango, Pomegranate, Radish, Chick Peas, Mint Yogurt Chutney Cracked Black Pepper Papadum

Cuttlefish Ink & Crab Mezzelunes

Fennel Leek & Pecorino Ragout

Summertime Chopped Salad

Shrimp, Sweet Corn, Snap Peas, Pancetta, Strawberries, Gorgonzola, Sunflower Seeds, Red Oak Romaine Cider Vinaigrette, Grilled Garlic Toast Points

Chicken Katsu Bento Box

Edamame Salad, Ribbon Vegetables, Tonkatsu Sauce, Steamed Rice

Pomegranate & Tarragon Lobster Salad

Shaved Fennel, Baby Frisee, Poppy Seed Water Crackers 

Grilled Everglade Chicken Sandwich

Pepper Jack, Bermuda Onion Confit, Sweet Potato Fries, Orange Blossom Aioli, Galley Fresh Sour Dough

A3 Bison Burger

Port Salut, LTO, Yuca Fries, Sweet n’ Spicy Tomato Chutney, Galley Fresh Brioche Bun

Blue Corn Shrimp n’ Grits

Tomato Bacon Relish

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Octopus, Okonomiyaki Sauce, Bonito Flakes

Citrus Segment Shrimp Cocktail

Sweet Scotch Bonnet Basil Vinaigrette

Salmon Lomi Lomi

Wasabi Rice Crackers

Herb Encrusted Steak Carpaccio

Ricotta Salata, Arugula, Peppadews, Mignonette, Galley Fresh Focaccia

Cauliflower, Crab & Cave Aged Cheddar Dip

Blue Corn Tortillas

Trinidad Doubles

Mango Chutney, Kucheela, Curry Chick Peas, Bara Bread

Peruvian Ceviche

Fresh Catch of The Day, Leche De Tigre, Garlic Crostinis

Bronzed Mesquite Diver Scallops

Mango Strawberry Sherry Salad, Roasted Garlic Potato Pave, Blood Orange Ginger Gastrique

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Château Lamothe White Bordeaux – Bordeaux, France

Charred Black Powder New York Strip

2” Thick C.A.B., Horseradish Potato En Croute, Micro Herb Salad, Truffle Crème Fraiche

Big Smooth Cabernet Sauvignon – Lodi, California

Citrus Seared Sea Bass

Peruvian Potato Puree, Red Onion Curtido, Chimichurri, Pao de Queijo

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Cold Culantro Lobster Wonton, Ginger Carrot Curry Lobster Tempura, Togarashi Lobster Medallion

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Moroccan Lamb Tangine

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Bodegas Muga Reserva – Rioja, Spain

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Artichoke & Pea Tendril Salad, Lemon Brie Cream

Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc – Marlborough, New Zealand

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Aperol, Prosecco, San Pellegrino, Peychard Bitters, Blood Orange

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Butterfly Pea Infused Vodka, Passion Fruit Nectar, Sparkling Pink Grapefruit, Kelp Sea Salt Rim

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Hendricks Gin, Cointreau, Cucumber, Cilantro, Lemon, Jalapeño Infused Simple Syrup

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Prosecco, Yuzu Juice, Lychee Nectar, Lemon Grass

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Sustainability at sea: Sunreef is integrating recycled plastic bottles into solar electric yachts

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Sunreef Yachts is already a solar electric boatbuilder recognized for its sustainability efforts in the maritime industry but is now taking things a step greener. The company is now integrating recycled PET bottles into its solar electric yacht production process.

Sunreef Yachts  has been operating out of Gdansk, Poland, for over 20 years alongside a newer footprint established in the United Arab Emirates. From day one in 2002, Sunreef has been pushing the boundaries of sustainable marine travel, launching the world’s first 74-foot luxury oceangoing catamaran with a flybridge.

Sunreef Yachts currently has hundreds of its boats sailing waters across the globe, showcasing the company’s lineup of sustainable, all-electric propulsion and advanced solar panels. Its current portfolio consists of eco-friendly sailboats and  massive solar electric catamarans  ranging from 60 to 100 meters in length.

In April 2024, Sunreef introduced a new 40m electric yacht called the Eco Explorer . One month later, Sunreef shared a new sustainability strategy that will integrate hundreds of thousands of recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles into the superstructures of its electric yachts.

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Sunreef’s electric yacht reuses 600k recycled PET bottles

As part of a new initiative to maximize energy efficiency and, above all else, sustainability, Sunreef Yachts Eco’s R&D team will integrate a structural foam composed of up to 100% recycled PET materials into the production of its solar electric yachts and sailing catamarans.

By integrating this recycled material, Sunreef can achieve even more eco-conscious electric yacht construction practices while furthering sustainability in a maritime segment that quickly embraces electrification .

In addition to being 100% recyclable, Sunreef shared that the recycled thermoplastic core offers additional benefits in electric yachts and catamarans, such as high resistance to process temperatures, exceptional chemical resistance, strong adhesion, and other mechanical properties.

For added perspective on the impact the recycled material can have on the industry, Sunreef said one of its 80-foot sailing catamaran requires about 2.4 tons of the structural foam, equating to approximately 600,000 recycled PET bottles finding a second life at sea within the superstructure rather than floating around as pollution.

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Pod of killer whales attacks and sinks 50-foot yacht in Strait of Gibraltar

The Strait of Gibraltar connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea.

A pod of killer whales attacked and sunk a yacht in the Strait of Gibraltar, between Spain and Morocco, officials confirmed to ABC News.

Two people were on board the vessel when the incident occurred Sunday at 9 a.m. local time, according to Spain's maritime authority.

The nearly 50-foot yacht, named The Alboran Cognac, was 15 miles from Cabo Espartel in Morocco when an unknown number of orcas began ramming it.

MORE: Killer whales learn 'coordinated' attacks on sailboats, some observers say

The couple alerted Spanish authorities and a rescue team arrived to extricate them from the vessel an hour after the attack, though officials were unable to salvage the sinking boat.

There have been approximately 700 orca attacks since 2020, according to GT Orca Atlantica, a conservation group, and officials believe there are more than 37 orcas in the Strait of Gibraltar.

PHOTO: An Aerial view of Gibraltar rock seen from the neighbouring Spanish city of La Linea, Oct. 17, 2019.

The Strait of Gibraltar connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea, separating Europe from Africa.

"During the summer and autumn of 2020, interaction events began to occur between several specimens of this species and vessels, mainly sailboats, both in the Strait of Gibraltar and in the waters of the Galician coast," according to Spanish government officials. "These interactions have ranged from persistent approaches to ships, to ramming the hull and rudder, causing various types of damage, which continue today."

PHOTO: Orca breaching off the San Juan Islands.

It's unclear why orcas attack boats, though experts hypothesize the marine mammals could be targeting vessels for sport or they feel threatened.

According to a study in Biological Conservation , a peer-reviewed journal, "sophisticated learning abilities" have been found to exist in orcas.

In June 2023, racing yachts in the Strait of Gibraltar had a close encounter with a pod of orcas, race officials said at the time.

Crew members aboard a rival pair of 65-foot yachts were on the final leg of The Ocean Race, a global sailing competition, when they reported being intercepted by killer whales as their boats approached the Strait of Gibraltar.

No fatalities were reported in the incident, according to officials.

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Boat that fatally struck a 15-year-old girl in Florida has been found, officials say

Investigators believe they’ve found the boat that struck a 15-year-old girl off a South Florida beach

MIAMI — Investigators believe they’ve found the boat that fatally struck a 15-year-old girl off a South Florida beach, officials said Tuesday.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation and other law enforcement agencies had been searching for the vessel since Saturday, when Ella Adler was killed and the boat operator fled without stopping.

“The boat is in our custody, and the owner is cooperating,” FWC officer George Reynaud said in a video on Facebook.

Officials didn’t immediately say where the boat was found or how it was located. It also wasn’t clear whether the owner of the boat was the person who was operating it when the girl was hit.

Adler was water-skiing near Key Biscayne, just south of Miami, on Saturday afternoon when she fell into the water and was hit by another boat, which immediately sped away, officials said. Witnesses described the hit-and-run craft as a center console boat with a light blue hull, multiple white outboard engines and blue bottom paint.

A funeral service for Adler was held Monday morning at Temple Beth Sholom in Miami Beach. Adler was a freshman at Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove and a ballerina with the Miami City Ballet.

A total reward of up to $20,000 was being offered for information that leads to an arrest.

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Coast Guard crews rescued three people and one dog on Monday morning after reports that the 47-foot vessel they were on was taking on water.

Crews say they got the call around 5:30 a.m. and were able to spot the boat 35 miles west of Clearwater around 6:45 a.m.

Aircrews deployed rescue swimmers to transport passengers from their vessel to the response boat and also transferred two crewmen with a Coast Guard P6 pump to dewater the affected vessel.

The boat crew says the water was coming into the vessel through a broken window. Using a mattress and boat hooks, the crew was able to plug the window and stop the flow of water.

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The crew transported the vessel and passengers to Clearwater Harbor Marina around 6:30 p.m.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, no injuries were reported.

"Coast Guard crews constantly train for shipboard emergencies to mitigate flooding, and part of that training includes improvising in emergency situations," a Coast Guard operations officer said in a statement. "When we saw water filling the lower cabin area through a hole that big, improvise is exactly what we did. I couldn’t be prouder of all our crews today for upholding the highest Coast Guard standard and ensuring the best possible outcome."

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Brazil States Ask Court to Double Amount Vale, BHP Should Pay for Mining Disaster

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Two Brazilian states have asked a court to more than double the amount that miners Vale and BHP, plus a jointly owned tie-up, must pay in damages for a 2015 deadly tailings dam failure, according to a legal document seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

In January, a Brazilian federal judge ruled that Vale, BHP and their joint venture Samarco must pay 47.6 billion reais in damages for the dam burst, a preliminary decision which prompted Vale and BHP to raise provisions related to the case.

In late 2015, the collapse of the dam, near the town of Mariana, Minas Gerais, at the Samarco iron ore mine, caused a vast flow of mud and toxic mining waste that buried a nearby village, killing 19 people. It also left hundreds homeless while polluting the Doce River, a major waterway that flows through neighboring Espirito Santo state.

According to a legal document filed on Monday, Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo states have asked a court to order Vale and BHP to pay a total 100 billion reais ($19.5 billion), along with interest plus a late payment penalty.

The states argue that a larger payment amount is needed to repair the affected areas, claiming the companies are able to pay more based on their most recent three years of earnings, according to the document.

Also on Tuesday, BHP said in a statement it remains willing to collectively seek a solution to the disaster that would guarantee fair and comprehensive reparation.

Vale declined to comment. Samarco did not immediately respond to requests for comments.

Earlier this month, the Brazilian government and Espirito Santo state rejected a proposal by Vale, BHP and Samarco that offered to pay a total of 127 billion reais. Minas Gerais said it wanted to keep negotiating.

An eventual agreement would conclude several ongoing lawsuits over the incident.

($1 = 5.1289 reais)

(Reporting by Marta Nogueira; writing by Andre Romani; editing by David Alire Garcia and Leslie Adler)

Photograph: In this Nov. 23, 2015 photo, a car sits precariously on top of the wall of a home, destroyed when the dam of an iron ore mine burst in early November, causing a mudslide, in Bento Rodrigues, Brazil. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

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Orcas Sink Another Boat Near Iberia, Worrying Sailors Before Summer

Two people were rescued on Sunday after orcas damaged their boat near the Strait of Gibraltar, where the animals have caused havoc in recent years.

Two orcas are visible just above the surface of a body of water, with a small boat in the background.

By Isabella Kwai

Summer is on the way, meaning that the orcas are out to play near the Strait of Gibraltar — which is bad news for sailors.

Two people were rescued on Sunday after an attack by a group of orcas caused enough damage to sink their boat, according to the Spanish maritime rescue service. It was the fifth such sinking in waters off the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa in recent years.

The Alboran Cognac, a sailing yacht about 50 feet long, was approached by the animals on Sunday morning, some 14 miles off Cape Spartel in Morocco, the rescue service said. Crew members onboard reported that the animals had slammed the hull, damaged the rudder and caused a leak.

A nearby oil tanker quickly maneuvered toward the boat and evacuated the two sailors, who were taken to Gibraltar, the rescue service said. The boat was left adrift, and the Moroccan authorities reported that it eventually sank.

It’s the first boat to sink in those waters this year after an orca-related mishap. A group of orcas that traverse the Strait of Gibraltar and nearby waters has plagued sailors and intrigued marine biologists , who are studying the population. Since 2020, orcas have disrupted dozens of sailing journeys in these high-traffic waters, in some cases slamming vessels hard enough to cause critical damage.

Last November, orcas slammed a yacht’s rudder for 45 minutes, causing its crew to abandon the vessel, which sank near the Tanger Med port.

The group is more likely to appear in the busy lanes around the Gulf of Cadiz and the Strait of Gibraltar between April and August, the Spanish government said in a news release, and sailors have spotted some of the orcas there in recent weeks.

Researchers do not know why the pod is targeting boats, but they have theorized that the behavior is a form of play for the curious apex predators. The interactions have become so frequent that they are now a multinational issue, involving scientists and officials from Spain, Portugal and Morocco. Online, anxious sailors have gathered to share advice on navigating “orca alley,” and biologists are tracking the orcas’ movements and testing methods that could deter them.

In the event of an orca encounter, the government advised in its release, boats should not stop but instead head toward shallower waters near the coast.

But the number of incidents may be declining: Researchers at the Atlantic Orca Working Group said on Monday that the number of orca interactions with boats between January and May had dropped some 40 percent, compared with that of similar periods in the past three years.

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The bystanders who rescued the three were fishing nearby.

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