St. Thomas Archives - Ed Hamilton

Here’s a way of having an inexpensive romantic Valentine charter and renew your vows at the same time! Tim and Angela are offering a special for charters over Valentine’s Day on their lovely 46′ yacht ‘Spirit’. In addition to all meals and open bar, they are including free champagne throughout the week (let it flow), engraved gifts, a DVD of your happy adventures ...

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The St Thomas charter yacht show was held for the third year at Yacht Haven Grande, in Charlotte Amalie. The setting is gorgeous with the landscaped area, host of restaurants and boutique shops surrounding the docks. Twenty-eight yachts were in attendance, and brokers could see a wide range of boats from the 46′ Hunter SPIRIT, specializing in two guest vacations, to the 56′ ...

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The picture shows the charter base at West Indies Yachts, which Ed managed from 1973 to 1975. An early client sent it to us recently, saying that it was taken at the start of their first charter, with his wife and two sons, in 1974. Many sailing adventures followed, but it was this charter that opened a new world for them! He and ...

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It was great to see Charlie and Ginny Cary named one the ‘Top 40 Sailors Who Made A Difference’ in SAIL magazine’s 40th anniversary issue. I knew them well. Charlie and Ginny first came to the Virgin Islands in the late 60¬ís to retire. To keep busy, they bought four Pearson 35’s with Tony Reynold and some other friends from the oil industry ...

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New customs clearance procedures will be implemented from this Friday, in The British Virgin Island Government’s ongoing quest to strengthen its effort to mitigate the impact of the dreaded Swine Flu (H1N1) virus on the Territory. The advisory states that all customs clearance procedures for charter yachts will only be processed through three designated ports of entry. They are the Road Town and ...

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Fidelity, a 46′ Jeanneau based in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, has two guests interested in a ‘per cabin’ charter and are looking for another couple to fill the boat. Dates are very flexible and could be in May/June or November/early December. Per couple, 7 night prices are $2999 for the aft cabin or $3999 for the larger forward cabin. This price includes ...

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There is some good news for travelers arriving in the USVI too late to make the last 4 pm ferry across to Tortola. The Premier and Minister for Tourism have announced a late ferry from Red Hook, St. Thomas to Road Town, Tortola. The ferry will be offered Thursdays through Sundays at 9 pm with the actual time of departure from Red Hook ...

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Looking for a private yacht charter but don’t have a full week to spare? Amaryllis is offering a mini crewed sailing charter around St. John, in The US Virgin Islands. This 45′ Privilege Catamaran with crew, Bruce and Laura Masterson, is offering a 2-5 day USVI package with no short charter surcharge. Staying in US waters avoids clearing in and out of customs. ...

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With American Airlines cutting flights to The Caribbean, yacht charter guests are often having to find alternative carriers. Small companies, such as Cape Air, are becoming popular for short inter-island flights. In a trip to St Thomas and The British Virgin Islands last week, we decided to try them out. Cape Air uses 9 passenger, Cessna 402s. These are small planes, so anyone ...

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Hurricane Omar tracked slightly east of his projected path, passing through The Anegada Passage between The British Virgin Islands and St Martin last night. Thankful residents and crews in The Virgins billed it as a relative ‘non event’ – more rain than wind. If anything, St Martin was more affected, as the storm was not expected to pass this close and less preparation ...

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