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Planning Your Spring Wedding?

Your one and only choice, Windsong Charters, a 58' 34 year old Classic Sailing Yacht.  Get married on a classic Yacht. Captain Bob is a licensed ordained minister.

 

A Pirate Wedding

or a more formal one...

Or, during a 44 knot

tropical storm wind

 

 


 

Our website hits an all time high with over 150,000 unique visitors each month starting Novemeber 2010; requesting over 4,590 pages. Results: more charters, corporate events and companies requesting to advertise on our main page. First the Hilton Americas and Cheap Caribbean Vacations.

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League City Chamber selected a small business photo "Windsong" to be used in their 2010 Preferred Business Guide. The League City also used Windsong for their "Team Building Event".

 

 

League City Team Building Event

 

 

Windsong has a 100% satisfied Customer Rating.


 

The Island of St. Thomas USVI

(St. Thomas from the cable car)

 

St. Thomas is the busiest cruise-ship harbor in the West Indies. Bustling Charlotte Amalie, with its white houses and bright red roofs glistening in the sun, is one of the most beautiful towns in the Caribbean. It's most famous for shopping, but the town is also filled with historic sights, like Fort Christian, an intriguing 17th-century building constructed by the Danes. Outside of town, the beaches are renowned for their white sand and calm, turquoise waters, including the very best of them all, Magens Bay.

Things to Do...

Pretty 18th-century buildings surround the harbor of the active port of Charlotte Amalie, where warehouses once filled with pirate booty still stand. Watch butterflies flutter at the Butterfly Farm or see the colorful Caribbean water world from an Atlantis submarine dive. Explore island history in the red-brick Fort Christian.

 

 

"Built in 1671, the fort was the first structure in Charlotte-Amalie, and is the oldest building still in use on St. Thomas. Fort Christian successfully defended the Danish against attacks from Spanish, English, and French forces, as well as pirates. By the late 1800s the fort was no longer needed as a military stronghold, and so was used as a police station, courthouse and jail for the next hundred years. Today it houses historical exhibits and art galleries. "

 

 

Laze in the white sands at Magens Bay, or seek shade under the coconut palms of Secret Harbour on the East End. For a little seclusion, try Limetree Beach or Vessup Bay.

Shopping...

Spend freely at the designer boutiques and jewelry stores of Charlotte Amalie. Sift through pottery, silk-screened fabrics, candles, and watercolors at Tillett Gardens, or duck into the warehouses on Main Street for island trinkets and clothing. When you tire of French perfumes and Swiss watches, head for Market Square for ackee, cassava, and breadfruit, or buy local crafts and souvenirs from nearby Havensight Mall. Duty-free shopping bargains include china, crystal, perfumes, jewelry (especially emeralds), Haitian art, clothing, watches, and items made of wood.

Nightlife and Entertainment...

St. Thomas sizzles with the most extensive nightlife in the U.S. or British Virgin Islands. Charlotte Amalie still swings with waterfront pubs and bars, but much of the action has shifted to the bars and restaurants of Frenchtown. The big hotels have the most lively options, and after a day in the hot sun, you can wind down with a cocktail and local fungi band playing traditional music on homemade instruments.

Restaurants and Dining...

St. Thomas adds an eclectic mix of cuisines -- including American, Italian, Mexican, and Asian -- to its spicy Caribbean palate. Charlotte Amalie is dense with restaurants, but the East End has a variety of spots as well. Seafood specialties abound, such as ""ole wife"" and yellowtail at waterfront dining rooms, or splurge on Coral Bay crab cakes served with island rémoulade on an elegant terrace. Most local restaurants serve johnnycake, a popular fried, unleavened bread.

 

To find out more about the Virgin Islands click link below.

 

St. Thomas U. S. Virgin Islands

 

   
   

Team Building

Windsong Charters wins 5 Star Rating as more Major Corporations chose Windsong over all other venues for their team building events.

Corporations like... ExxonMobil and Shell Oil onboard 4 years running, CGG Veritas, HESS Oil, Aker Solutions and FMC Technologies... and so many others... reference available.

 

BMC Software Houston 2011

 

GE Oil & Gas

2 Boat Team Building 2011

 

ExxonMobil June 2011

3 boat team building

 

Shell Oil 2011

 

Tait Radio International team building 3 boat charter event

 

Certified Safety

 

UTMB Galveston 2009

 

UTMB Galveston 2010

 

UTMB Galveston 2011

 

League City Chamber 2008

 


Local Yacht Brokers - Selling or buying a boat? It's a hard decision; who do you trust to point you in the right direction? At the end of 2012 we will rate the top Brokers in the Galveston Bay area. Brokers your can trust.

After working with brokers from Maine to the Caribbean for many years on both sail as well as power; vessels ranging from 30' to 150'; I found it's really tough to locate a broker that talks straight and works with you, "the buyer" or "seller" before, during and after you buy or sell. Today, too many people promise too much and deliver to little. It's just like boat surveyors but that's another article which we will cover in our 2012 issues.

 

Over the past 4 and a half years I've watched our local brokers and have selected the first one to feature based on my findings. Next month we'll take a look at anotner local broker.

 

 

Little Yacht Sales is a relatively new brokerage firm founded in late 2010 and has a well seasoned staff with over 65 years of boating experience. Kent Little founder along with his wife, Liz have both been lifelong boaters. Kent spent 19 years at another local brokerage firm as well as he has over 28 years in professional yacht sales prior to venturing out in his own business.

 

Their team consists of Kent Little, Capt. John Brown, Capt. Rick Weiler, Capt. Jerry Webb (Port Aransas office), Capt. Bill Olson (Florida office) and our Senior Broker Josh Johnson. Each broker is an experienced captain and has one goal in mind and that is to do the job right the first time, something that has shown through their clients. (Read more)

 

Their experience in sail and power yacht sales both locally and nationwide allows them to find the right boat for our clients whether located here or out of state.

 

To find out more about their engaging staff and yachts "For Sale" click the link below.

 

Little Yacht Sales


 

What's Going on Around Galveston Bay!

Early last year, ClearLakeSun.com debuted its website and is quickly becoming the # 1 online resource for local Food, Entertainment and Night Life in the Clear Lake and Galveston Bay area. This popular website brings information on local business and events via short stories and brief articles , vivid and clear pictures, as well as high definition video commercials. ClearLakeSun.com features user friendly animated icons that gives “one click” access to everything that is Clear Lake and the Bay area. This well defined site will provide access to restaurant menus, Attraction discounts and even what bands are playing in the best Clubs. Visit ClearLakeSum.com today for all your future activity planning!

 

Click link below to find out more:

 

http://www.clearlakesun.com/

 


 

Why use Dockside Boat Repair; ready what our clients think...

"Captain Bob Edwards has performed various maintenance and repairs on my 2008 SeaRay 44 Sundancer for over the past two years. Bob has also executed the work in a timely and professional manner. I have recommended Bob to others and would use him in the future." Regards, Russell Martin, CFO Tabula Rasa Energy

 

From: McGray, Donald J
Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2010
To: 'captain.bob@docksideboatrepair.com'
Subject: RE: Fiberglass Repair

 

Bob,
"Since I work downtown Houston, nights or weekends are the only times available. I leave home at 6am and get home at 6pm daily.  However, I am off Friday Dec 10th  and will be using my boat that day. Perhaps we can find some time that day? I will go out to the boat this evening to take a look at the fiberglass repair.I have to admit, you guys did the job very quickly… Dependable folks who keep their word in the boat business seem to be a rare find, so I appreciate the relationships you have established . Dave has high praise for your work ethic and professionalism.
That does mean a lot!" Talk to you soon, Don

 


 

Renovation:

"a Galley Makeover"

Before

After

 

"a Salon Makeover"

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After

 

 


Past Issues

2011 December Issue

2011 November Issue

2011 October Issue

2011 September Issue

2011 August Issue

2011 July Issue

2011 June Issue

2011 May Issue

2011 April Issue

2011 March Issue

2011 February Issue

2011 January Issue

2010 December Issue

2010 November Issue

2010 October Issue

2010 September Issue

2010 August Issue

2010 July's Issue

2010 June's Issue

2010 May's Issue

2010 April's Issue

2010 March's Issue

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Charter Concerns

 

Before you charter any boat you should ask them the following...

  • Does your vessel have Charter Insurance to Protect You? Ask to see their policy.
  • Is the Captain Licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard?
  • Does your Captain have a License that allows more than 6 passengers?
  • Is your Captain in a random drug screening program; which is required by the U.S. Coast Guard
  • How much experience does the Captain have? Captain Bob has over 60,000 blue water miles and has crossed the Atlantic 3 times.
  • Does the boat carry the proper safety equipment & first aid?
  • Meet the crew and tour the boat prior to spending
  • Look at Windsong before you spend
  • Other boats pictures can be deceiving. Windsong has more room than any other sailboat within 500 miles. (photo below) Windsong on the left...

Concerns

"Windsong is the largest legal sailing vessel on Galveston Bay."


Selected 5 Star Charter Yacht Broker

 

 

Regency Yacht Vacations has been helping clients find the right yacht and crew for their charter for more than 25 years. Based on Tortola in the BVI (considered the sailing capitol of the Caribbean), Regency brokers all live, work and play in the islands and are very familiar with the yachts and crews. On hand to help with all the details, the brokers at Regency have the experience to anticipate and make your trip smooth sailing.

 

If you are looking for a family getaway or even a grown up holiday, somewhere in the sun, than look no further than a crewed yacht charter in the British Virgin Islands. Regency Yacht Vacations recommends this locale due to its protected waters with numerous islands so that seas are calmer and you are never out of sight of land.

 

Short sails between islands in enclosed waters ensures the sailing is enjoyable for everyone and the wide choice of anchorages means you can choose whether to join a sociable gathering of other yachts or be the only yacht there. This advantage draws the largest number of luxury yachts giving you have a wide variety of excellent yachts and crews to choose from.

 

The great benefit of the larger fleet of charter yachts — power or sail, mono hull or catamaran, mid range or mega yacht — is that the competition keeps the rates lower than you will find in other parts of the world.

 

Plus the Virgin Islands are the only location to offer truly inclusive yachts for charter — they offer the best value and the opportunity to budget your vacation plans in advance. Virgin Islands luxury yacht charters are the best way to experience these islands.

 

Visit Regencys' website here:

 

Regency Vacations


Featured Charter Yacht

 

Yacht Dreaming On, a 47' Leopard

 

 

Catamarans big and small seem to be the popular choice at the moment for a yacht charter. One such catamaran the 47’ Leopard Dreaming On, has accommodations which include 3 bright and beautiful queen cabins each fitted with a flat screen TV and DVD player and they are fully air conditioned for your clients comfort. Each guest cabin has a private ensuite head with electric toilets. She is equipped with a hard top and the spacious cockpit offers plenty of room for lounging or dining with a complete enclosure should the weather turn inclement.

 

 

The crew, Iza and Geoff have been sailing the Caribbean and the East Coast of the US since 2003 and have logged more than 12,000 miles. Their charming and professional personalities are perfect for sharing their love of the outdoors and sea with their guests. Iza's culinary skills are well known and sure to please all. They've also equipped Dreaming On with plenty of water toys to keep everyone entertained. Toys include: 13' center console RIB with 30hp outboard, knee-board, stand up paddle board, kids windsurfer, tube, wake board, two 1 person kayaks, floating mats, beach games, fishing gear, double hammock and even a floating island!

 

Visit their website below

 

Dreaming On Charters

 


The Kemah Boardwalk at Night, a great place for the kids while your sailing aboard Windsong.

 

A night view as Windsong returns to dock after a day on the water.


Sail Galveston Bay


A Taste of the Caribbean; done best by Captain Jan Robinson and her Ship to Shore Cookbooks

 

Capt. Jan Robinson a native of New Zealand, was Captain and Chef aboard her 60-foot yacht VANITY. For more than 20 years Jan cruised the Caribbean islands and entertained many charter yacht guests.

 

Her growing reputation as a sea-going chef, and incessant entreaties for her recipes from her charter guests, prompted Jan to collect recipes from other yacht chefs and write her first cookbook Ship to Shore I, now in its 17th printing.

 

The overwhelming success of Ship to Shore I, led inevitably to Ship to Shore II, then Sip to Shore, a collection of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, followed by Sea to Shore, a treasury of scrumptious fish and shellfish recipes, Sweet to Shore, "Life is uncertain, have dessert first"- decadent desserts, cakes and candies, Slim to Shore, recipes for a healthier lifestyle, Bahama Mama's Cooking, recipes from the Bahamas There is also Store to Shore, featuring 400 recipes with complete menus and detailed shopping lists, and Famous Virgin Islands Recipes.

 

When not sailing, Robinson divides her time between her homes in the Virgin Islands and North Carolina, where she is active in local culinary circles and does much of the research, recipe testing, and writing for her cookbooks. Jan is an active member of The American Institute of Wine and Food. She holds certificates from the Cordon Bleu Cooking School, The Ritz Cooking School, and the Culinary Institute of America. She makes personal appearances at major boat shows throughout the United States. Coordinates culinary contests and has made numerous cooking and autograph tours promoting her cookbooks around the country, the Caribbean, and New Zealand.

 

Jan's adventurous life and culinary expertise have been featured in numerous national and international publications; she is a much sought - after speaker, host, judge and coordinator of culinary competitions.

 

Robinson's television cooking credits include "The Morning Show" with Regis Philbin, and the NBC Special "The Cruise of the Vanity" which featured Jan and her yacht. As "The Gallery Gourmet" Robinson authors a monthly column for All At Sea, Yacht Essentials, occasionally Yachting Matters and other international publications.

 

Since 1983, "Captain Jan" has been a revered household name in this part of the continent. That's the year the effervescent New Zealand native and charter Yacht captain Jan Robinson published her very first cookbook title, "Ship to Shore." Pardon the unabashed pun but locals and vacationers ATE IT UP - and wanted more.

 

How in the world did it all begin? According to Jan, she and her husband Pero were living in North Carolina until 1979. He was a civil engineer and attorney; Jan was making her living in real estate. They both decided it was time to retire and they purchased a 60-foot steel hulled motor vessel to enjoy in the tropics.

 

"Back then, it was one of the largest yachts in the Caribbean," said Jan with a bright smile. "I soon learned that my husband's idea of retiring was cruising the middle of the ocean and working on the boat. Mine was heading for the marina and putting up the cocktail flag. The perfect compromise was that we become a charter boat."

 

Captain Jan also discovered that chartering meant preparing meals four times a day for seven guests, seven days a week. "I was working 12 hours a day," said Jan. "We decided that we'd only charter for three years. But guests were re-booking with us as soon as they got off the boat. We had a 60-per-cent return guest rate." Little wonder. Jan was born a magnificent hostess. She is also an accredited member of the American Institute of Wine and Food with certificates from the Cordon Bleu Cooking School and the Culinary Institute of America. "I love to give parties," said Jan, adding that every meal she served aboard had a fresh place setting and a new look. As Jan put it, "People eat first with their eyes, then with their nose and finally with their taste buds."

 

The Robinson's ended up chartering for ten years. During that time, Jan's efforts to swap recipes and serving tips with fellow charterers evolved into culinary creativity at its finest. "Ship to Shore" was born containing 680 Tastes of the Caribbean from 65 chefs and Captain Jan Robinson sailed previously unchartered career seas as The Gallery Gourmet. Multiple publications followed as well as a video cookbook, "Tropical Temptations." Over the years, each of the eight publications from The Galley Gourmet has enjoyed a personality all its own. "Slim to Shore" brought us gourmet tastes without the guilt. "Sweet to Shore" was a divine offering to the dessert gods. "Sip to Shore" was a fun-filled exploration of beverages and hors d'oeuvres.

 

Captain Jan has recently completed the quintessential cookbook encompassing every aspect of charter yacht hosting. "Store to Shore" goes the extra mile - or knot, as the case may be - offering comprehensive full-day menus from 50 international yacht chefs as well as proven recipes and shopping lists. Over 400 mouth-watering recipes are spotlighted along with hints on planning, preparing and hosting. As always "Store to Shore" is equally appropriate for landlubbers' events.

 

Want to know more or order Captain Jan's cookbooks? Checkout her website here:

 

Ship To Shore Cookbooks