Crewed Catamaran Charters with Captain & Chef

Our crewed charters are luxury and adventure in one customized all-inclusive catamaran vacation aboard a private yacht with your family and friends. Starting at $18,000 per week for up to 8 people, you’ll get the whole boat to yourself, which includes a captain, a cook, and all food and beverages. By-the-cabin not available.

Crewed charters are available in tropical locales such as the British Virgin Islands, Grenada, the United States Virgin Islands, and other Caribbean ports.

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CAPTAIN: Gino Barale
CHEF/FIRST MATE: Nikita Du Preez

Gino grew up in the bush, travelling across Southern Africa with his parents. Any chance they got they were out camping in remote locations, which is where his great sense of adventure came about. Gino was introduced to sailing through his father, which is where he began to compete in multiple races, working his way up from crew to skippering his own boat.

After 3 years of racing keelboats, Gino found himself in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean enroute to Rio De Janeiro competing in the Cape 2 Rio Ocean race. This ended up being a 3-month journey, sailing from island to island in Brazil once they got there before starting the passage back home to Cape Town, South Africa.

Nikita found her love for cooking at a young age in the kitchen with her dad where he taught her all the tips and tricks to cooking a delicious meal. With time, this slowly ended up becoming weekly competitions in the house in who created the better dish.

Nikita decided from the get-go she would not be spending her life in an office but rather exploring the world. After discovering the beauty of sailing and life on the water, Nikita quickly booked her course to become a stewardess and culinary courses to increase her culinary skills, which led her to working as a sole chef/stew in Cape Town, South Africa on a superyacht. This is where both her passion for the sea and cooking aligned and she knew her career choice was right.

Gino and Nikita, being friends since high school and having created endless adventures, memories, and stories together, decided to join forces and run sailing charters out of Cape Town. Realizing how well they work together they made their way to the Virgin Islands for another adventure together.

Their Warmth, Energy and Knowledge Made Every Part Enjoyable
The memories our family made this week aboard Aquanimity with Captain Gino and Chef Nikita will last us a lifetime. This crews warmth, energy and knowledge made every part of our trip interesting and so enjoyable.
As parents of young kids aboard, Gino and Nikita's skill and professionalism instantly put us at ease, and they are a joy to know and so much fun to be around.
They make the best of every situation and their adaptability ensures a great time no matter what you are doing.
It is hard to think of highlights on a trip this great, but for us, the under-the-radar spots mights have to be the favorites (like secret shipwrecks!), as well as the Indians, Soggy Dollar Beach and Nikita's beautiful breakfasts.
We can't wait to tell our friends and family what a wonderful time we had this week in Gino and Nikita's capable hands.Our kids ages were Jane (8) and Jack (6)

OMG!!! What an awesome vacation!!!
Can't believe how awesome our crew was!!!
Can't say enough!!!Gino was so amazing as a captain I would recommend this crew and company to everyone!!!
We want to bring our crew home. Nikita is such an awesome chef and they both work together very well. Can't wait to come back.
Love,love, love

Gino and Nikita Were Incredible!
Probably the best vacation I have ever been on. Gino and Nikita were incredible. So much fun to be around.
Gino on top of everything nautical detail. Nikita the consummate chef.
I wish they were my kids. The best trip!!
This Trip Covered It All
Words alone cannot even begin to describe our week on Aquanimity! Captain Gino at such a young age has experience WAY beyond his years. He is so very knowledgeable he makes you feel safe and secure in all he does. He's also a wonderful helper to first mate Nikita.
Nikita, what can I say about this delightful first mate/chef.
Her meals are beyond incredible starting with very tasty appetizers, continuing with scrumptious entrees, finishing off with delicious desserts + snacks in between.Both Gino and Nikita are such a joy to be with, you want to make them part of your family. All our stops sailing throughout the BVI were such incredible experiences we couldn't wait to see what the next day would bring.

We shared this whole experience with such great friends and our crew have become new friends. It's not WHERE you go in life, it's WHO you go with.
This trip covered it all!
Until next time......