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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

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Or, during a 44 knot

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Our website hits an all time high with over 150,000 unique readers 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 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 - 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


The Isle of St. Johns United States Virgin Islands



St. John, the smallest & most idyllic of the three United States Virgin Islands, is best known for its dozens of post card perfect white sand beaches, turquoise bays abounding in colorful corals & rainbows of tropical fish & endless vistas of green velvet hills. Only nine miles long & three miles wide, two thirds of the island is the Virgin Islands National Park, so its spectacular beaches & untouched forests will remain that way for generations to come & be accessible to all. There are tours of the National Park by Jeep or safari bus & hikes on spectacular trails led by Park Rangers who enrich the experience with talks on the island's history & geology as well as its flora & fauna. Frequent visitors to St. John are beach lovers who aren't content to only read about St. John in books but are always ready to go back to the beach.


While it is only twenty minutes from St. Thomas by convenient hourly ferry, St. John is the peaceful, uncommercialized paradise of island fantasies. It has no high-rise buildings, cruise ship docks or airport. Visitors can obtain discounted air fares to St. Thomas.




Despite its unspoiled atmosphere, it offers every facility & amenity found at major resorts.

Watersports abound! One can charter boats from kayaks to ketches to catamarans by the day or week, with or without captain. Day excursions for sightseeing, picnicking, snorkeling, or scuba diving are offered on every variety of sail or motor craft. Sport fishing in our waters is an experience you'll always remember. Activities on land include hikes you can take on your own or with a National Park guide, horseback riding, donkey trail rides, rock climbing, exploring historic ruins & more.


Getting around the island is easy. Cruz Bay, the major town where the ferry docks, is on the west end of the island facing Red Hook in St. Thomas. It is connected by well maintained paved roads (see map) to most of the bays & beaches & to Coral Bay, the picturesque yacht harbor on the east end of the island. Several local agencies, all a short walk from the ferry dock, offer rental cars, jeeps & canopied trucks by the day or week. Colorful canopied taxis also line the dock all day & evening, offering rides to every island destination & tours.


The spectrum of accommodations offered at every budget level include two luxury resort hotels, privately owned million dollar villas & private vacation homes with million dollar views, sophisticated condominium apartments, guest houses & small inns with lots of atmosphere & campsites in the National Park.

Most of the private homes & condominiums are managed by professional property managers who live on the island & can give complete information including brochures on their properties & assist in finding a property which meets a visitor's requirements.

St. John's surprisingly large selection of restaurants runs from breeze cooled spots for barbecue or burgers to air-conditioned hideaways for Continental cuisine & candlelight. There are many great chefs cooking on the island. The hotels, restaurants & bars offer evening entertainment by the great array of talented, world-class musicians that St. John attracts.


Visitors who have rented homes or condos find ample supplies of fresh & frozen foods, delicatessen & baked goods & a good selection of liquors & wines.

For vacationers staying on St. John or day trippers from St. Thomas or cruise ships, shopping on St. John is a pleasant surprise, whether for luxuries or necessities. Instead of the cheap T-shirt stops which plague so many resorts, St. John offers imaginative shops with distinctive resort wear, quality jewelry, unique international & local crafts & duty free luxury goods. The island is home to many talented artists who work in a wide array of mediums & modes. Meet them & see their work at the island's art galleries & artists' studios. Take home a made-on-St. John work of art that can bring back the island feeling every time you look at it. St. John's three shopping areas, all within walking distance of the ferry & each with a personality all its own, are attractions in themselves offering charming restaurants, cafes & bars along with the shops.


Just being on St. John promotes health & wellness. Take it a step further & pamper, groom, work out, adjust, sweat, revitalize, integrate, renew, beautify or refresh yourself while you visit. What if you get too much sun? Or maybe you would like to know about the medical resources on St. John, just in case. Our island has that covered too.

Always inspiring, St. John has been written about from every angle & many books tell tales of fact & fiction, suggest things to do & reveal its hidden treasures.

Maybe you have already fallen in love with St. John and would like to explore the possibility of owning your own home, villa, or condominium on this beautiful island. Our real estate companies will be happy to discuss the possibilities. They can also show you home sites of many varieties. Whether you are considering building your cottage on the beach or your dream house, you will want to work with experienced local professionals. The island's architects, designers & builders can discuss with you, the special joys of construction in a tropical paradise & work with you to make your vision a reality.

Maybe you have fallen in love with each other & would like to know more about weddings on St. John. A perfect ceremony & celebration in paradise, as simple or elaborate as you wish, is an island specialty. Our many charming houses of worship would be happy to see you at your nuptials or at any service during your visit.

Most people who visit, come back again & again. And are always welcome!


Sometime to add to your

"Bucket List"

1. Visit Bequia and stay at Moonhole.

2. Landed On the Island of Saint Barts & Saba Island the Worlds most dangerous airports


Past Islands Covered

March - The Isle of Bequia in the Grenadines

February - The Island of Saba Dutch West Indies

January - The Island of St. Thomas USVI


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, Shell Oil and UTMB 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:


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


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

Now lets look at our next Broker...

Jamie Babcock, CPYB

"I've watched Jamie grow as a broker and I can say he rates as one of the BEST brokers I've meet". - Captain Bob Edwards


You’ve made the decision to sell your boat. Selling a boat is not unlike buying one. You will still need someone who has the experience and knowledge to get the job done.


Jamie has over 12 years in corporate sales for a company that generated 6 Billion dollars annually. I was responsible for more than 30 sales people and a $750,000 per month sales quota.


Jamies' History:

• Certified Professional Yacht Broker, Endorsed by every major Yacht Broker Association in the USA. ( Only 3% of more than 8000 brokers in the US hold this certification) More details go to: to see the qualifications requirements
• He has over 9 years of selling yachts and successfully bringing buyers and sellers together.
• Jamie has over 9 years of outfitting new and brokerage Catamarans and motor yachts for world cruising. Many of my customers sail and boat here, but many have cruised throughout the US and Caribbean & Med.
• He has traveled throughout the US and Europe to represent my clients in their pursuit of the perfect yacht.
• Jamie was the 2007/2008 Gulf Coast Yacht Broker Association Vice President and 2004 GCYBA Director
• 2004/2005 Gulf Coast Yacht Broker Association Board of Director
• Jamie is very experienced in selling boats to buyers from out of state and as well as out of the country there by increasing the marketing potential of a boat to a wider market.
He has extensive experience in multi hulls and custom yachts built in Europe and Taiwan. I know how to market your boat WORLDWIDE and then successfully make an out of the country buyer comfortable enough to consummate a deal.
• Jamie is currently the Texas, LA, OK new yacht dealer for Lagoon Sail and Power Catamarans and Beneteau Sailboats. He previously was the Texas Dealer for Ocean Alexander motor yachts up to 113’, Mainship and Excite Cat based in Alicante, Spain.
• In 2005 he was the top Lagoon catamarans individual sales person in the USA.
• Winner of the 2011 Sea Lake Broker of the Year Winner


To find out more about Jamie by visiting his website here:


Babcock Yacht Sales


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: ''
Subject: RE: Fiberglass Repair


"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


"a Galley Makeover"




"a Salon Makeover"





Windsongs Trip of a Lifetime

Book you leg of Windsong's 3 to 4 month journey throughout the Caribbean today. The Itinerary is being planned now and will be posted in about 60 days. If you're interested in experiencing apart of this trip call Kathy for more info @ 281.332.3108 (more info soon)



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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...


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

Selected 5 Star Charter Yacht Broker


As someone with firsthand knowledge of this brokerage firm, it is by far one of the BEST firms that has ever supplied crewed charters throughout the Caribbean". Captain Bob Edwards.


Whatever your dreams when it comes to luxury yachting, Nicholson Yachts and the Nicholson Network will make them real. Since 1949 Nicholson has represented the world's finest luxury yachts.


Their services embrace everything from yacht sales, management and chartering, to crew placement. Our worldwide team of discerning professionals has years of experience and firsthand knowledge of today's yachting industry.


Nicholson Yachts, turning dreams into reality since 1949. To find out more on how you can book a motor or sailing yacht visit their wibesite.

Visit their website here:


Nicholson Yacht Brokerage



Past Caribbean Charter Brokers reviewed




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Featured Charter Yacht


Flamboyance: a 60' Custom Ocean Schooner



Welcome aboard a true sailing yacht. Guests often choose "al fresco" dining in the spacious, bimini covered cockpit. Each meal is prepared specifically to your tastes. Gourmet foods, fine wines and exotic drinks are always on the menu.


An Ocean 60' Schooner, Flamboyance was custom built for charter. She can easily accommodate up to 8 guests in four airy, identical cabins. Each cabin contains a double and a single berth, making her the perfect choice for couples, singles or families.


If you enjoy diving or would like to learn how to dive, then Flamboyance is the yacht for you. Experienced divers will love our onboard air compressor, and instruction can be given to those who would like to learn how to dive.


Just imagine - sailing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, sunning, SCUBA diving and more; all in one vacation. The beautiful waters and beaches of the Caribbean are here for you to enjoy. The crew of Flamboyance are dedicated to making this the best vacation you have ever had.


The Crew


Let your hosts, Captain Jim Fritz and Patti Milone, welcome you aboard the beautiful sailing yacht, Flamboyance. Jim and Patti Milone are an energetic couple who are ready to help you fulfill your Caribbean dream.


Adjust to the island life with Jim, a U.S. Coast Guard Captain and PADI scuba Instructor. A native of New England, he was employed as a project engineer for a consulting engineering firm in Connecticut. The lure of the tropical climate and ideal sailing conditions brought him to the Virgin Islands, where he pursued his dream of buying his own charter yacht. Besides his love of sailing and scuba diving, he also enjoys golf, skiing and racquetball.


Great food and fun are always on the menu, and Patti is the perfect hostess. One of the many highlights of your stay aboard Flamboyance will be the meals prepared by your chef, Patti Milone. A graduate of Johnson and Wales University with additional silver service Swiss hospitality training from Montreux Switzerland, Patti’s passion for great food and service inspire her to create a menu of many delicious meals, sure to please every guest. Each day her specially created dishes will excite and delight you.


"This is your vacation," she says, "and the food should be part of the fun!"


New adventures await you on your tropical vacation as you sit back and relax,
or take the helm yourself. It's up to you!


A customized holiday for everyone: choose from exploring secluded beaches, snorkeling over coral reefs and diving ship wrecks. Have a beach barbecue, relax under a palm tree or experience the local night life.


Flamboyance and her crew, Jim and Patti, are here to make this the most enjoyable vacation you will ever have!



To booked this vessel visit



S/V Flamboyance


Past Crewed Charter Yacht Reviewed


March Issue

S/V Olivia Lee



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.


Capt. Jan Robinson's Store to Shore is the eighth volume in her popular Ship to Shore Cookbook Series. A charter yacht captain herself, Robinson's prodigious publishing credits include Ship to Shore I, (an outstanding success; now in its twelfth printing). Ship to Shore II, Sip to Shore (cocktails and hors d'oeuvres), Sea to Shore (Seafood), Sweet to Shore (decadent desserts cakes and candies), Slim to Shore (recipes for a healthier lifestyle), and Bahamas Mama's Cooking (recipes from the Bahamas). There are also Caribbean Adventures (Cajun cooking) and Jan's video Tropical Temptations (a cooking Adventure in paradise). Her publications continue to inspire all who pursue the good life on land or at sea.


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



Go With Proven Menus By 50 International Yacht Chefs, who have chosen for this cookbook one of their favorite menus for a day.


Whether entertaining on land or at sea, you need only decide which contributing chefs menu planner most appeals to you or your guests; then refer to the shopping list provided. The charter yacht chefs show you how easy it can be to prepare "carte du jour" recipes for every meal that day, with easy to find ingredients-from breakfast and lunch, to hors d'oeuvres, dinner, accompaniments, and dessert.


Special features
• 48 spectacular full-day menus
• Shopping list for each menu
• More than 400 delicious, mouth watering recipes
• Cooking and entertaining for every occasion, informal to elegant
• Helping hints and tips on planning, cooking and technique
• "Where-to-shop" suggestions
• Preparation and planning
• Participating yachts
• A personal invitation to you


Sample from Store to Shore


Brie Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 4 minutes
Serves: 4

Yacht: S/V 60' Flamboyance

12oz. Pkg frozen raspberries
1/3 cup Balsamic vinegar
2/3 cup Canola oil
2 tblsp Sugar
1/8 tsp Salt
6 cups Mesclun greens or attractive lettuce
1 Medium size wheel of brie cheese
3/4 cup Chopped walnuts


Preheat over to 400F. Blend first 5 ingredients in the food processor. Strain to remove seeds. Divide greens on a salad plates. Spray baking tray with liquid butter(e.g. Pam). Cut brie into 16 wedges and place on baking tray and soften brie in oven, about 4 minutes. Watch closely. Remove brie to plate with spatula and place on center of greens. Drizzle dressing over brie and greens. Sprinkle with chopped nuts.


Hint: For an entree add grilled chicken or salmon. Also you can substitute a good mozzarella or goat cheese for brie.



More about Captain Jan Robinson below.



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."


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 about or order Captain Jan's cookbooks? Checkout her website here:


Ship To Shore Cookbooks


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