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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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Yacht Charters Advisor

Yacht Charter Advisor wrote: "It’s our pleasure show our YCA Charter Scouts and other Charter Sailors how easy it is to find Charter Pros that properly set and meet charter expectations. I don't need to be a past client to know Windsong Charters is a 'Standard Bearer' for the YCA model of charter value. It’s our pleasure show our YCA Charter Scouts and other Charter Sailors how easy it is to find Charter Pros that properly set and meet charter expectations.

 

Today, a lack of unbiased information about a Charter Pro has become a “yellow flag” as evidenced in a recent (and unfortunate) review of CSV Corus in the BVI.

 

The Windsong Charters fan base is a beacon for other Charter Pros to see how it’s done and demonstrates to Charter Sailors how to locate an “assurance of value”. Windsong Charter’s online reputation ‘feels’ authentic with a superb balance if past client experiences and genuine follow up by her caring captain and crew".

 

Stephen R. Austin | Yacht Charter Advisor | 719.210.9310 | GMT -7
YachtCharterAdvisor.com - Ratings & Reviews of Charter Yachts & Pros

 


USA Today Travel Tips

 

The Article: "Captain Bob and Admiral Kathy sail the 58-foot-long Windsong, Windsong Charters only vessel. The boat is unique--only two other boats share its center cockpit Formosa design. Cruises travel along Clear Lake, League City, NASA, Kemah, Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Windsong's three-hour-long cruise includes a steak and lobster dinner with a Cesar salad appetizer and dessert. The company customizes trips, serving dinner whenever the client requests--before or after sunset. The Windsong is available for private hire for special occasions and themed events. The company only accommodates dinner parties up to four people; larger parties must have dinner at the marina before or after their cruise. Windsong Charters 801 Coryell St. League City, TX 77573 281-332-3108 windsong-charters.com

 


The Isle of Bequia in the Grenadines

We start off our next Island journey as I remember back to 1987, when I first sailed into Port Elizabeth, Bequia. The Isle of Bequia in the Grenadines. It was like I had stepped back in time to a World absent of crime; a World filled with a peaceful people and white sandy beaches. But it's one thing to sail through the Eastern Caribbean Islands, it's another to study each Island prior to venturing out. Why? You will truly respect and enjoy each Island to its fullest.

 

 

Now just a brief history lesson. Bequia's earliest permanent inhabitants, dating back to the beginning of the first millennium AD, were small groups of pottery-making Amerindians whose origins lay in the northern coastal regions of South America.

 

These indigenous people were followed in around 1400 AD by another group, the Island Caribs, who along with their fellow Caribs in St. Vincent and Dominica, successfully resisted the ravages of European colonization in the 16th and 17th centuries.

 

There is plenty of evidence of pre-historic life on the island which has been unearthed, with doubtless still more to be discovered. A small exhibit of artifacts and shards can be seen in the Tourism Office and at the Frangipani Hotel, providing an intriguing glimpse into Bequia's distant past.

 

(Below is one of the most famous vessels, the "Gloria Colita" built in 1939 on the beach at Belmont in Admiralty Bay, by Reginald Mitchell. At 165 feet including bowsprit and 182 gross tonnes, she was the largest wooden ship ever to be constructed in the whole of the West Indies.)

 

William "Old Bill" Wallace (below),
founder of Bequia's first Whaling Station

(photographed in Bequia c. 1914)

By the late 1600s, indigenous ("Yellow") Caribs had to a great extent merged with runaway or shipwrecked African slaves, giving rise to the so-called Black Caribs. So fervent was the resistance of these Caribs to European settlement that both the French and the English essentially agreed to leave the Caribs of St. Vincent and Dominica in peace, despite both countries' desire for further colonization of 'new' lands. A 1659 account of the French Antilles describes Bequia as being "too inaccessible to colonize", and used only by Caribs from St. Vincent for fishing and for "cultivating little gardens".

 

The tiny island of Bequia has a unique, magical charm which is hard to find anywhere else in the Caribbean. With fewer than six thousand inhabitants, it feels like home from the moment you arrive; friendliness is the watchword, and the pace is relaxed and easy-going. Don't be surprised if you are greeted with a warm hello as you walk along the street - a centuries-old dependence on inter-island shipping and trading has meant that Bequians have been eagerly welcoming visitors to their shores for generations.

 

The island's enduring seafaring heritage is one of its most striking features. Virtually every Bequia family has some connection to the sea either past or present, and today's fishermen, sailors and boat-builders are quietly proud to share their marine traditions with newcomers to the island.

 

 

Bequia fulfils many dreams of the perfect small Caribbean island: beautiful sandy beaches where more than ten people may constitute a crowd, lush green hillsides, attractive little villages, intimate, well run hotels and guest houses, hardly any traffic, places to get together and places in which to find that perfect solitude. Variety and choice on so small an island may come as a surprise - but there are both wherever you look.

 


Bequia even has some, let's say interesting inhabitants. Tom and Gladdie Johnston retired from the advertising business in the United States and moved to Bequia to run the Sunny Caribbee Hotel in the late 1950s. The family that owned the uninhabited western end of Bequia invited them to visit the giant natural rock arch known as “Moonhole.” At the time that end of the island was accessible only by footpath or by boat.

 

Tom and Gladdie trekked to the site, picnicked beneath the arch, and followed the rough fishermen’s path to the western tip of the island. The rock arch soon became their favorite spot on Bequia.

 

Knowing of the Johnstons’ love for the site and considering them rather eccentric, the owners discretely suggested that they purchase the property for a price well above the going price for land at the time.

 

No one thought the property was suitable for building. To the owners’ astonishment, the Johnston's “swallowed the bait” and agreed to buy the 30-acre tract at the owners’ initial offering price, without negotiation. This was just the first of many surprises to come.

 

Tom lit on the idea of building a campsite underneath the rock arch. Landing supplies and building materials by boat and enlisting the assistance of some hardy men of Paget Farm, he began building, stone by stone. With no formal training as an architect, Tom relied on plans he sketched in the sand and a trial-and-error approach to construction. He picked up whalebones, driftwood and shells and incorporated them into the structure. The “campsite” soon evolved into a house with a working kitchen, dining area and bedrooms. After much cajoling, Tom eventually convinced Gladdie they should make Moonhole their home.

 

 

The Moonhole house caught the attention of curiosity-seekers and Tom’s reputation spread far and wide. Many publications, including The New York Times, National Geographic Society Publications, and Sports Illustrated, featured Tom’s creations at Moonhole. At the urging of friends, Tom agreed to build houses for them. He aimed to develop the Moonhole property as what he called a “people preserve.”

 

Moonhole is not open to the public. The magnificent rock arch and the house perched beneath it may only be viewed by boat from the sea. Several of Tom’s original stone houses are now available for rental by the week or month.

 

Another must do to add to your "Bucket List" Visit Bequia and stay at Moonhole.

Bequia will hold the Heineken Easter Regatta 2012 April 5th - 9th


 

The League City also used Windsong for their "Team Building Event".

 

2011 - 12

 

 

2010 - 11

 

League City Team Building Event

 

 

Windsong has a 100% satisfied Customer Rating.

 

 

 

 
   

Team Building

Windsong Charters wins 5 Star Rating as more Major Corporations chose Windsong over all other venues for their team building events. Serving Houston and Sailing Galveston Bay since 2007.

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 2012.

 

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. We are now in month 2 and looking at the next Broker. March we will look at our 3rd local broker. One down and a few to go.

 

This month we will look at Falgship Yachts. But first I would like to clarify what it means to be a seasoned broker and more importantly, an industry professional.

 

A seasoned industry professional takes someone that works hard for your business and that they have your best interests in mind as "the buyer" or "the seller". Someone that you can "trust" in what they say. An individual's word is all you have. A Broker is only good as their word and of course what people say about their experience before, during and after their purchase. Be sure to ask for several references, because what people think about the Broker, counts.

 

Let's look a little deeper into what makes a seasoned broker. How much real boating experience does a Broker have, what type of vessels do they have experience with? They are vessels made of fiberglass, steel, wood, aluminum and Ferro cement. Not to mention numerous styles, like cruisers, trawlers, blue water or bay boats. There are some many decisions one must make before they select the right boat for both you and your partner. A "Seasoned Broker" is someone that has years of management skills, experience as seasoned captain or yacht broker and can help you make the right decisions so you understand the difference in what is a “Great boat versus Just-an-Ok boat.”

 

There is an organization that is well known that has set guidelines for all Brokerage firms. YBAA (Yacht Brokers Association of America) was founded in 1920 and exists to unite yacht brokers throughout North America in order to: establish, promote and enforce high standards of professional competence and ethical conduct; foster public recognition of, and support for, YBAA and its member brokers; facilitate cooperation among member brokers; and, enhance each member's success. To find out more visit their website here: http://www.ybaa.org/

 

Also Texas has a well known association for Brokers and you can find out more about them on their website here: http://gcyba.com/

 

We Both Know That...
“It’s the experienced broker that makes the difference.” - Captain Bob

Now lets look at our next Broker...

 

"It takes a unique individual to become a yacht broker. It is not only the years of experience one has, but the quality of experience serving clients that makes a difference. I would say, you should take a brokers boating experience into consideration prior to selecting a broker or brokerage firm". - Captain Bob

 

Joyce Wagner CPP, founder of Flagship Yachts of Texas. Her experience covers thirty years of boating on the Chesapeake Bay. She began her sailing experience in 1977 as she sailed out of Annapolis on a Cheoy Lee 33 and she was hooked. Joyce immediately purchased her first sailboat. After several boats later, and a new husband who promised to eventually live aboard and cruise the world. Joyce and her husband have enjoyed sailing from one end of the Chesapeake Bay to the Atlantic Ocean on their 44 sailboat. During Joyce’s sailing adventures over the years, she sailed a 65′ ketch through the Caribbean Islands and in the San Francisco Bay. During those years, she brought together many buyers and sellers of boats, both power and sail, and is now exploring Galveston Bay and the Gulf waters.

 

Joyce relocated to the Houston area with her husband, Gary in 2005. Joyce's years of corporate leadership and Federal service in a profession requiring honesty and integrity has given her exemplary skills which enable her to serve her clients well. Learning how to manage boating adventures and experiencing the joy of perseverance has brought her to a new and challenging career as a yacht broker with Flagship Yachts. Joyce is a member of the Gulf Coast Yacht Brokers Association and a member of Lakewood Yacht Club, Waterford Yacht Club, Galveston Bay Power Squadron, and Texas Mariners Cruising Association.

 

Chris Thomas, joined Flagship as a Managing Broker & Co-Owner in 2010. Chris has been enjoying the boating since childhood. Boating has always been a passion for Chris and his family. Chris attended Oklahoma State University where he obtained his Marketing degree. During college Chris always found time to peruse his passion for the water by skiing as a 3 event water skier (Slalom, Tricks and Jumping). He also received the AWSA’s certification as a tournament tow boat driver. After graduation he spent almost 10 years in corporate America with Bed Bath & Beyond and Cost Plus World Market.

 

Prior to joining Flagship Chris spent 7 years as a General Manager with the marine industries largest retailer and quickly discovered all the best practices and process maps in the world does not guarantee success if the entire team is not on board. Chris believes there is only one way to do something and that involves putting your heart into it.

 

Having a family with three children (Ashley, Haley & Christopher) and ensuring they spend time on the water as a family, Chris and his wife Leslie spend countless hours at LYC ensuring the youth sailing program is not only supported but successful. All three children are accomplished sailors and have competed in TSA regattas, USODA regattas and enjoyed success at the national level. It all comes back to Chris having a deep passion for sharing one of life’s wonderful pleasures with others, boating as a family.

 

Chris has a incredible amount of experience with power boats and sailboats including: bow riders, sport yachts and cruising yachts, tournament sport fishers and sailboats of all sizes. While boating in the Gulf of Mexico, Florida and Europe Chris has been exposed to some of life’s wonders and he is committed to share those with you and your family.

 

For those of you considering the sale of your boat, they offer a comprehensive listing program that will assist with achieving your expectations. When you list with them, your boat will be presented to potential buyers in a professional and ethical manner. Should you decide to bring your boat to their highly visible location on Clear Lake, they offer slips that can accommodate yachts up to 60′. Of course, if you prefer, they will show your boat at your current slip.

 

At Flagship Yachts of Texas, I feel that you will be treated with respect and friendliness at all times. They will listen to your needs and expectations, and then they will deliver. When you purchase a boat through them, their brokers will assist you every step of the way, from initial inquiry, search, selection, and throughout the entire purchase process, even beyond the closing.

 

 

To find out more about Flagship Yachts of Texas visit their website here:

 

Flagship Yachts of Texas

 


So far we've looked at the following local broker. To find out more about each just click their logo or read our past Newsletters.

 

Tommy Tipton

 

 


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"

Before

After

 

 


Past Issues

2012 February Issue

2012 January Issue

2011 December Issue

2011 November Issue

2011 October Issue

2011 September Issue

2011 August Issue

2011 July Issue

2011 June Issue

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2011 March Issue

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2010 June's Issue

2010 May's Issue

2010 April's Issue

2010 March's Issue

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2007, 08, 09 issues by request.

   
   

Charter Concerns

 

Before you charter any boat check the following.

  • Does the vessel carry Charter Insurance to Protect You? Ask to see their policy.
  • Is the vessel "Vetted" by any major corporations? Windsong has been vetted by Shell Oil and UTMB since 2009
  • Is the Captain Licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard and is he allowed to carry 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 50,000 blue water miles and has crossed the Atlantic. He has owned or operated term charters vessel in the Caribbean for 10 years.
  • Does the boat carry the proper safety equipment & first aid?
  • Meet the crew and tour Windsong before you spend your hard earned money.

Windsong meets all of the above requirements...

 

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

 

 

In 1972, when chartering was just beginning in the Caribbean, Ed sailed from England to Tortola to become one of the early managers for The Moorings. He started his own bareboat charter company two years later which eventually had a staff of over 50, operating a fleet of 55 yachts. He was involved in many different sides of the industry, including customizing charter yacht designs with Charlie Morgan, teaching sailing to ASA bareboat standard, working as a charter captain, and virtually everything in between.

 

In 1982 he moved to Maine with his wife Barbara and started Ed Hamilton & Co., the yacht charter brokerage.

 

In the years that followed, Ed Hamilton & Co became the largest and most respected yacht charter brokerage in the industry, selling more Caribbean charters than any independent broker worldwide. (Read a more detailed history of our company)
The majority of our staff of 8 have been involved in chartering for most of their lives.

 

There is no other brokerage that can claim to have more charter experience.

 

This year, for the seventh year running,
Ed Hamilton & Co was picked by Conde Nast as the best agent for booking Caribbean charters.

 

It is certainly possible to book a boat without using our services, but when you talk to one of our brokers, you will soon see how we can simplify the process and really help you make the right choice.

 

We know these boats and crews well, and can honestly give you advice on which boat best suits your needs. Our services are free (you pay no more than booking direct), yet the security and first hand information we give you can make all the difference to the success of your holiday.

 

Check out the Bareboat or Crewed Yacht home pages, or review your options while requesting literature using our informative preference forms.

 

Those people who already know the islands will enjoy Ed's photographs of Tortola in the 1970's.

 

Visit their website here:

 

http://www.ed-hamilton.com/


 

Past Caribbean Charter Brokers reviewed

 

February Issue

 

 

January Issue

 

 

 


Featured Charter Yacht

 

 

 

Welcome aboard a true sailing thoroughbred. Enjoy world class sailing in a fast and modern Frers designed Swan 56 that is both easy to handle, responsive and fast in all conditions.

 

Olivia Lee was optimised for chartering. She has four staterooms, one with a double berth, and three with double bunks (one of which is for crew). All the cabins open onto a spacious main saloon and galley, and there are two heads (both electric fresh water) one for the forward cabins, and one for the aft cabins as well as a separate stall shower forward. The front "vee" area is access for storage and captain's head.

 

All berths come with drawers beneath and/or overhead lockers, so the aft starboard guest cabin has both overheads and drawers and the two forward cabins just have overheads.Olivia Lee is not the typical Swan Layout geared for the US 2/3 couple market but the more traditional European layout geared for family or racing use. As such she is the only Swan 56 with the single cockpit currently in the US and available for charter.

The Crew

 

Captain Robert Brake is a USCG Licensed Master and has been a professional sailor for most of his adult life. During his thirty some years on the water Robert has shown guests through the waters of the US Pacific Coast, New England, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.

 

 

Starting as a sailing instructor on San Francisco Bay, Captain Robert Brake's life under sail has taken him from Alaska to Zakinthos in the Greek Isles. A love of travel has kept Captain Robert exploring new ports and far flung islands from cosmopolitan port cities such as Rome, Barcelona, St. Tropez, Dubrovnik, San Francisco and Buenos Aires to island havens like St. Barts, Ischia, Corfu and hundreds of islands in between.

 

Robert has also been a sailing seamanship and navigation instructor teaching everything from beginning sailing to offshore passage making including celestial navigation. With Captain Robert on board your charter vacation can range from absolute leisure to an intensive hands on sailing school tailored to fit you, your family and guests.

 

When Bob is in port you may catch a flash of him zipping along on his super roller blades. He also is a great hand in the galley, as his travels have given him a love of international fare and gourmet cuisine, which he loves to practice.

 

To booked this vessel visit

http://www.ed-hamilton.com/ website

 

 


Past Crewed Charter Yacht Reviewed

 

February Issue

Yacht Sweet Thing, a 48' Cat

 

January Issue

Yacht Dreaming On, a 47' Leopard

 

 


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 Sea 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.

 

This month we are featuring Jan's famous "Sea To Shore" cookbook.

 

 

250 recipes from 80 chefs. 178 pages. 4-color cover. 6" x 9". Lay flat binding. A snappy volume of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres recipes. The hors d'oeuvres are unique and creative. Drinks include alcoholic, non-alcoholic and diet. Plus, helpful hints for the discriminating host or hostess. A fun addition to the collection to make your sunsets sizzle.

 

More about Captain Jan Robinson below.

 

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

 


 

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