Friday, February 27, 2009

Charter Yacht THE DOVE - Cheesecake Recipe

Spotlight on Captain Larry Tyler: owner & captain of sailing yacht THE DOVE (54-foot sloop) and also a trained chef, professional photographer & filmmaker who sailed around the globe on a 35' yacht using celestial navigation. Larry here shares with us one of his secrets for happy, repeat charter guests on THE DOVE!

The Dove Ginger Cheesecake
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of fresh ginger
  • Grated zest of one lemon or lime
  • 24 ounces (700gm) cream cheese
  • 2-3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup of heavy cream or yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • Handful of white raisons soaked in rum for about an hour (optional)

Base / Crust
  • 1 cup of Hob-Nobs biscuits
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tbs. unsalted butter melted, cooled
Preheat oven to 200 c (375 F). Peel ginger and cut into thin slices and then cut again into thin slivers. With a sharp knife peel the lemon and cut the zest into thin matchsticks. Place ginger, lemon zest, water and sugar into a small pan and bring slowly to the boil, then simmer for 2 minutes and leave to cool and then strain syrup through a sieve, reserving the lemon zest and ginger for the crust. In a large bowl whisk the cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium until smooth, add eggs one at a time, cream or yoghurt and vanilla extract and beat until smooth. Fold in the sieved cooled syrup until blended and then rum soaked raisins if desired.

Base: break up the biscuits and crush them in a bowl, add the melted cooled butter and mix well with a wooden spoon. Then put mixture at bottom of round baking tin and press hard with spoon or the bottom of a flat glass or mug. Sprinkle the biscuit mixture with the lemon zest and ginger. Pour the cream cheese mixture on top of biscuit base and place in the oven for approx. 45 minutes or until golden brown on top and the centre is still a little wobbly when you move it. Allow to cool and place in the refrigerator for a few hours or over night, serve well chilled.

Note: Cooking time depends on your preference of how moist you like the finished cheesecake. Inserting a knife does not work on this cake. When the cake comes out of oven it will deflate a little this is normal.

Using an 8" (20cm) to 9"(23cm) x 3"(8cm) round baking tin with detachable base is best.

For the base you may also digestive biscuits or ginger snaps. Raisins can omitted, if desired.

Thanks Larry!

The Dove is a 54-foot sloop which accommodates up to four guests in two cabins.
Try the recipe and let us know how it came out... Or, better yet, come on down and have Larry make it for you!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Charter Yachts to View the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta and Antigua Sailing Week

Here are some excellent yachts to use as a spectator yacht to view the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta (April 16-21, 2009) and/or the Antigua Sailing Race Week (April 25-May 1, 2009):

Click on the yacht's name to view their online brochure:
Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters : CLICK HERE

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TIVOLI charters New England this Summer 2009

TIVOLI's owner has decided to postpone plans to return to Norway & Northern Europe until Summer 2010. Therefore the motor yacht TIVOLI is available for Summer 2009 charters in her home waters of New England.

Charter TIVOLI in New England this summer with

TIVOLI is a 90-foot Doggersbank offshore expedition vessel that accommodates up to six guests in three cabins.

Accommodation Description: Three staterooms radiate from a central foyer. The master stateroom has a centerline queen bed & separate his & hers baths -- one with a marble shower and one with a steam shower plus whirlpool tub. The two other guest staterooms each have twin lower single beds with one upper Pullman berth. Each twin cabin has an ensuite bath with enclosed marble shower.

RATES: Summer 2009
  • $35,000 for up to 6 guest, plus all expenses
View TIVOLI's online brochure: CLICK HERE

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters: CLICK HERE

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Cruise New England in Style this Summer - WISHING STAR

WISHING STAR is classic 84-foot Trumpy motor yacht with a crew of two, available for charter from the Bahamas to Maine, depending on the season.

Charter in style aboard Wishing Star, a classic Trumpy motor yacht. Contact

When it comes to a classic gentleman’s motor yacht, there’s nothing like a Trumpy – especially one like Wishing Star. Exquisitely maintained, with a handsome and impeccable interior, she is the ideal choice for those who appreciate traditional elegance afloat.

In the first half of the twentieth century, society’s most prominent members knew that owning a Trumpy meant you had truly arrived. The DuPont, Guggenheim, Morgan, Dodge, and Chrysler families all had Trumpy yachts. Even the famous Sequoia, the official yacht of seven U.S. Presidents (from Roosevelt to Carter), was a Trumpy.

We just read in one of our favorite boating blogs (Casco Bay Boaters Blog) that "After a 35-year hiatus, the iconic Trumpy name will soon grace the hull of an elegant new motoryacht." This is good news for all Trumpy fans. The photo shows that they are still going for the classic look, too!

Wishing Star accommodates up to six guests in 3 staterooms (one queen & two twins).

Wishing Star's schedule (slightly flexible) is as follows:
  • Key West : January 1 - April 27
  • Bahamas : May 1 - June 15
  • Charleston : June 20 - July 4th
  • NOTE: available for July 4th in Newport
  • Newport, RI : July 15 - August 15
  • Maine : August 20 - Sept 1
  • Haul out September in Boothbay Harbor, Maine
  • Charleston : October 1 - December 1
  • Key West : December 7 - 31
Having recently undergone an extensive refit, her varnish is sparkling, her paint is fresh, and her rich upholsteries, drapes, carpets, linens and other soft furnishings are all new.

The charming, experienced, and genuinely welcoming crew of Roberta and Bret Todd are dedicated Trumpy enthusiasts and look forward to sharing this sweetheart of a yacht with their guests. A third crew is available on an as needed basis... inquire.

Wishing Star's charter rate is $22,000/week plus expenses.

View WISHING STAR's online brochure: CLICK HERE
Contact Paradise Connections to charter Wishing Star: CLICK HERE
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Looking forward to your inquiries!

Monday, February 23, 2009


Attention to all Parrotheads and to all that enjoy a good time...

We just heard a rumor on our local St Maarten radio station that Jimmy Buffett will be doing a concert in November 2009 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Le Select restaurant in St.Barths.

Found this info on the net:
  • 60th Anniversary of Le Select: November 6-8, 2009
  • Free concert. See Jimmy Buffett play in the open air
  • Big party - Enjoy a festival-like atmosphere downtown
Someone else said that they had talked to someone and:
  • that JB will play sometime over the 3 days, but only a few songs and it will not be a concert! It will only be at Select and not at the dock like before and will NOT be as big of party. He said that the 50th was sooo much work preparing months ahead for it he did not what to go thru all of that again. Things might change with Jimmy, but for right now just a couple of songs at Select on one of the three days.
We really enjoyed the Anguilla concert two years ago and this sounds like a fun time, too.

What would be cooler than to be on your own chartered yacht for this historic event. We hope to be there!

Keep you posted...

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Charter COCONUT and get a FREE day this winter 2009

COCONUT is offering one free charter day for the remainder of their Caribbean season... 8 days for the price of 7 !!!

Charter Coconut in the Pacific Northwest this summer 2009. Contact

For the Summer 2009 season, COCONUT is heading to the US West Coast and is available for charter from California north to the San Juan Islands, Washington State
  • Length: 80-foot sloop
  • Designer/Builder: Dynamique S.A. France
  • Maximum number of Guests: 6
  • Total Guest Cabins: 3
Accommodation Description: Aft master cabin has centerline queen berth, ensuite head and separate shower. Two ensuite forward guest cabins have one lower double berth and private heads with separate showers.

RATES: Winter 2009: Caribbean, All-inclusive, except bar/beverages, cruising fees...
  • 2 guests: $21,000 ~ 4 guests: $22,000 ~ 6 guests: $23,000
RATES: Summer 2009: California & Pacific Northwest
  • Up to 6 guests: $21,500, plus all expenses
View Coconut's online brochure: CLICK HERE

Contact Paradise Connections to book your sailing vacation: CLICK HERE

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We hope you can sail in the waters where we grew up... Bob is from California and Sheila is from Washington State... The San Juan Islands are beautiful!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta - Racing Charter - s/v LELANTA

LELANTA is available for the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, April 16-21, 2009, AND Antigua Race Week, April 25-May 1, 2009.

Charter LELANTA for the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. Book with

  • 80' Marconi Staysail Schooner
  • Designer/Builder: John Alden/De Vriss Lentch
  • Built 1929
  • Max # of Guest: 4
  • Total guest cabins: 3

LELANTA is available for the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta at $25,000 plus expenses and a refundable damage deposit of $15,000

  • Guest aft queen cabin has two opening ports & companionway to Cockpit.
  • Guest Forward Starboard cabin has two bunks upper / lower singles.
  • Crew quarters in forward Port cabin and share forward starboard head.
  • The Main head is off the main salon with sink, toilet & full shower.
  • The forward head is to Starboard with sink, and Toilet
LELANTA typically charters with two guests using the private Aft cabin & two guests in the private Forward Starboard cabin. The Port cabin is used either for two additional guest bunks or for crew in combination with Forepeak bunk.

Web site for Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta: CLICK HERE
Web site for Antigua Race Week: CLICK HERE

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Charter RUNAWAY for a day in the Virgin Islands

Besides doing their excellent standard, all-inclusive term charters, RUNAWAY (82-foot Azimut motoryacht) is also available for day charters in the Virgin Islands.

Jim, owner-operator of Runaway, recently wrote to us concerning their day trips, saying that they usually go from St. Thomas to Normal Island or Jost Van Dyke. They will go to The Baths for an additional $200.

We inquired about diving as Jim is also a PDIC Dive Instructor. He said that he hadn't thought about including diving, nobody has ever asked before. But, if we have a particular group that would like to dive, they can make it happen and would include it in the rate. A possibility would be a 2-tank dive on The Rhone.
  • RATE: $3,000 for up to 6 guests, 8:30am to 5pm
The price includes continental breakfast on boarding with coffee, bloody Mary's or mimosas, and open bar all day.

Lunch is a substantial buffet style affair, including jerk chicken, blackened mahi mahi, Caesar salad, pasta salad, and fruit platter.

Of course watersports such as snorkeling, waterskiing, or tubing is included.

It's a full, fun day!

View RUNAWAY's online brochure: CLICK HERE

Contact Paradise Connections for more info: CLICK HERE

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Looking forward to hearing from you!

Friday, February 13, 2009

S/Y MAGPIE - "Think Spring" Special!

MAGPIE is offering a special for new charters booked and taking place during the remainder of the winter season (through April 30, 2009):

  • 8 nights for the price of 7 or
  • 7 nights with a 10% discount off the standard charter rate.

MAGPIE is a 54-foot Jeanneau Sloop. They accommodate up to 4 guests.

Each of the two aft cabins may be configured as en-suite king or twin berths. The forward cabins may be configured as 2 en-suite doubles or the partition can be removed making 1 large centerline queen with 2 bathrooms.

View MAGPIE's online brochure: CLICK HERE

Contact Paradise Connections for more info: CLICK HERE

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Charter Patagonia Chile aboard Expedition Yacht TRIBU this February 2009

The motor yacht TRIBU is available for charter beginning February 20, 2009 in Puerto Mont to Puerto Arenas, Patagonia Chile.

Charter Patagonia Chile - Expedition Yacht TRIBU - Contact

This 165.5 foot (50.5m) luxury, expedition-style charter yacht accommodates up to 10 guests in 5 cabins, and has a crew of 12. There will be two Chilean pilots/guides aboard to assist in this very special cruising ground.

RATE: €185,000 (euros) per week, for up to 8 guests, plus all expenses

Charter Patagonia - Book with Paradise Connections - Expedition Yacht Tribu Charter Patagonia Chile - Expedition Yacht TRIBU - Contact
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View TRIBU's online brochure: CLICK HERE
(password expires March 1st)

Contact Paradise Connections for more info: CLICK HERE

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Be adventurous... Charter off the beaten track

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Charter Catamaran ALDEBARAN & save up to $1300

Justin & Cayley, crew of the 57-foot Lagoon catamaran ALDEBARAN, would like to announce that they are offering a $1000 discount off charters taking place before July 15, 2009. If it is a non-diving charter, you may take an additional $300 off the standard charter fee.

Charter catamaran Aldebaran to sail & dive the BVI - Contact

Charter catamaran Aldebaran to sail and dive the BVIs. Justin is a dive instructor and 2 dives/day are included in their rates for certified divers.

View Aldebaran's online brochure: CLICK HERE

Contact Paradise Connections for more information: CLICK HERE

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A yacht charter is a good value, quality vacation... Don't you deserve a break? Come on down!

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Caribbean Honeymoon Romantic Getaway Special Feb & March 2009

ASHLANA, a beautiful, owner-operated, 53-foot Little Harbor sloop, is offering a Honeymoon / Romantic Getaway Special for the months of February and March 2009.

7 nights on board ASHLANA plus optional free pre-boarding the night before (aka "sleep-aboard") & a chilled bottle of Champagne on arrival. Also included would be a complimentary massage, a romantic picnic on secluded beach & one dinner onshore all compliments of ASHLANA

SPECIAL FEBRUARY & MARCH RATE: (bar/beverages, cruising fees, not included)
  • $8,000/wk for 2 guests
  • $9,500/wk for 4 guests
View ASHLANA's online brochure: CLICK HERE
Contact Paradise Connections for more info: CLICK HERE
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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Catamaran MATAU Winter Getaway Special

The beautiful 75-foot Privilege catamaran MATAU is offering a Winter Getaway Special of $5,000 off the weekly charter price, for charters taking place from now through 14th March 2009, anywhere in the Caribbean.

MATAU has an expert crew of 4, under the direction of charming captain Brett Clark & his wife award-winning Chef Andrea Clark, plus stewardess and mate.

Matau has accommodation for eight guests in one king and three queen cabins, each with private ensuite heads. Exceptional is the word for the king-bedded master stateroom with an ensuite bath as large as the guest cabins and the luxury of a full-size Jacuzzi tub.

  • Discounted to $37,500 (from $42,500/wk) for up to 6 guests
  • Discounted to $39,000 (from $44,000/wk) for 8 guests
  • plus an added bonus of an 8th day FREE! (over $6000 value)
View Matau's online brochure: CLICK HERE

Contact Paradise Connections for more info: CLICK HERE

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Offer expires: May 1, 2009

Looking forward to your inquiries!