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31 July 2015

Well, off we go again, this time to the beautiful island of Antigua. For us yachties that work on charter yachts, we usually make an annual pilgrimage to this sun drenched beauty at least once a year for one of the best charter shows in the world. Antigua will host sometimes as many as 140 of the world best and well equipped charter yachts in the world that make the journey to the Caribbean for the winter season.

This show is open to brokers from all over the world who flock to this little corner of paradise, usually the first week in December, to view the inventory of yachts, interview the crews, and make decisions for their charter clients on which vessels to present for their upcoming vacations. Its very important that charter brokers see, touch, feel, smell the yachts and interact with the crews so as to make the all important recommendations to their high dollar clients who can pay up to 500K and sometimes more for one week on these floating palaces.  Ok now back to Antigua. 1784 the legendary Admiral Horatio Nelson sailed to Antigua and established Great Britain’s most important Caribbean base.

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Antigua still has very strong ties to GB and their influence is still very evident on the island to this day.  The trade winds are a constant as is the sunshine and white powdery beaches and endless bays and reefs to explore.  When its boat show week or sailing week, this island rocks with the endless parties, day trips, and so many functions one simply cannot attend them all. The hospitality on Antigua is over the top, and the mountain views are spectacular. This island has it all, mountains, complete with goats, beautiful harbors, white sand beaches, lush tropical plants, and drop dead sunsets. No lack for anything here and should you ever get the chance to visit, do not make the mistake of not doing so. One of my all time fav’s.