Catania Yacht Charters
Come Sailing with Catania Yacht Charters Offering Day Sail Excursions in the USVI and BVI Experience the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean and the Virgin Islands sailing aboard the classic sailing yacht Catania. Catania offers plenty of shade and comfort as well as spacious decks to lay out for sun lovers. This seafaring sloop is uniquely one of a kind. Catania is a traditional 80 year old wooden sloop that has a legacy of spending over 30 years circumnavigating the globe. During her travels, she endured countless hurricanes and braved numerous pirate attacks. Leave your worries behind. Let our friendly and highly experienced Captain and Crew pamper you on an unforgettable excursion of a lifetime. Captain Ocean will enthrall you with the dramatic history of the Virgin Islands and stories of his around the world voyage on Catania. Our crew will serve you a variety of tropical drinks and refreshments from our open bar. Enjoy Catania's superior grilled to order full lunch buffet. Our wholesome cuisine includes fresh fish, barbecued meats, vegetables, salads and tropical fruits. We also offer vegetarian alternatives upon request. Catania is conveniently located in Red Hook on the east end of St. Thomas, near most of the resorts. Charter guests will meet their Captain at the base of "A Dock" in the American Yacht Harbor Marina. A quick ride in the tender to our classic yacht and off we go... Cast your gaze on the horizon and let the tranquil blue waters soothe and refresh your body and mind. You will discover pristine white sand beaches, enchanting hidden coves and an underwater world full of spectacular marine life that will take your breath away. Catania is a world class seafaring wooden sloop. She has circumnavigated the globe for the past 30 years, visiting over 50 countries,70 islands and 200 ports of call. This yacht has well over 50,000 nautical miles under her 4 ton keel. Built in Essex, England in 1938, of select Burmese teak, English oak and bronze, Catania was designed in the nautical style of the day... long and lean. Exceptional English shipwrights constructed her with awesome attention to detail. Details such as dovetail joints and hand lathed bronze screws that you do not see in modern boats. She is uniquely one of a kind and is a "Yacht" in the truest sense of the word. She is graceful, elegant and swift, and her extraordinary lines belie her length of 40 feet. In 2010 Catania began a complete overhaul under the watchful eye of Ocean Petersen. With her restoration complete, she is ready to sail on a moments notice. As stunning as ever, with nostalgic lines, beautiful teak cockpit and accents, Catania is the definition of classic elegance. Anchored in the clear waters of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, she is available to charter for up to six guests. Treat yourself to an unforgettable sail aboard the Classic Wooden Yacht Catania. Owner-Captain Ocean Moana Taapuna Swienckowski Petersen was born on the classic wooden yacht Catania, on the island of Tahiti in the South Pacific. The Petersen family was in the process of circumnavigating the globe. They continued their exploration of the South and North Pacific, until they settled for eight years on a deserted atoll in the Marshall Islands. While there, his parent’s interest in marine biology led them to develop an aquaculture farm cultivating giant clams. During Ocean’s years on the clam farm, he occupied his time by mastering all the water sports available to him. By the age of one, Ocean was swimming, windsurfing with his father, and running barefoot on the coral rubble that was his environment.Three years later, Ocean was carrying his own spear gun and fishing on his own terms. He became fearless in the water. When he was eight, Ocean and his parents continued sailing through Micronesia, the Philippines, Borneo, Malaysia and eventually Thailand. It was here that Ocean was given his first surfboard. He has been hooked ever since. From then on, his only desire was to find the most challenging waves to hone his skills on. In Africa, Ocean surfed many of the countless coves and point breaks from the coast of Tanzania to the shores of South Africa. Many of the surf spots were located in shark infested waters where on average, one surfer would get attacked every month. When Catania arrived in the Caribbean, Ocean left his home of seventeen years to pursue his own life and career as a captain. At 17 he qualified for his 100 Ton US Coast Guard Captain’s License. Now Ocean captains charter yachts around the US and British Virgin Islands, while always keeping an eye out for the perfect wave. His most recent surfing adventure took him to the Mentawai Islands of Indonesia. Surfing took a backseat to fighting for his life however, dodging coconuts and falling treetops during the 8.4 earthquake that hit Sumatra while he was there. Now back in the USVI, Ocean enjoys sharing his experiences with guest while sailing the classic sloop on which his journey began. Catania Yacht Charters Destinations Catania's Captain will pick each days destinations based on local knowledge, the day's weather & current conditions with consideration for guest's preferences and abilities. US Virgin Island, Full Day Charter $150 per person / 6+hrs. / 6 passengers max. Charter time: 9:00 AM - 3:30PM Your charter begins in American Yacht Harbor (AYH), Red Hook St. Thomas. We visit two magnificent beaches and snorkeling locations while island hopping along outer cays of the USVI including St. Johns' National Park. This cruise features an open bar and first class lunch buffet with guided snorkeling tours of the underwater world. British Virgin Island Daysail Charter (Passport Required) $250 per person / 8+hrs / 6 passengers max. Charter time: 8:00AM - 5:00PM Relax on Catania's spacious decks and enjoy an open bar full of island inspired refreshments. Explore Jost Van Dyke and experience the unique island essence of Foxy's bar and restaurant. Dine ashore on West Indian and American style fare at one of the local beachfront cafes.Visit the world famous Soggy Dollar Bar and sip on their signature drink "The Painkiller". Customs Fees included in base per person price. Lunch not included. USVI Half Day Charter $95 per person / 3hrs / 4 passengers min. 6 max. Charter times: 9:00AM - 12:00AM or 1:00PM - 4:00PM Enjoy a relaxing and tranquil sail to spectacular beaches in St. John's National Park while our crew serves you a variety of refreshments from an open bar. Relax on unspoiled beaches and snorkel in pristine waters filled with colorful corals and tropical marine life. USVI Private Sunset Charter $400 / 2hrs / 6 max. Charter time: 4:30PM - 6;30PM Gaze upon the setting sun for a chance to see the legendary green flash and experience our spectacular sunsets. Enjoy our full open bar including champagne, tropical refreshments and tantalizing island hors d'oeuvres. Directions from Cruise Ships: Get in a taxi from Charlotte Amalie or Havensight to Red Hook, American Yacht Harbor.($10 to $15 per person) We will meet you at the flag pole at the beginning of "A" Dock ("A" dock is the same as the fuel dock). Directions from St John: Board the ferry out of Cruz Bay to Red Hook, St Thomas ($12 round trip). You can walk from the ferry dock to AYH by taking a left out of the ferry lot. American Yacht Harbor is a half block up on the left. We will meet you at the flag pole at the beginning of "A" Dock ("A" dock is the same as the fuel dock). St. John pick ups are available upon request for an additional fee, please inquire.
St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands
American Yacht Harbor.($10 to $15 per person) We will meet you at the flag pole at the beginning of "A" Dock ("A" dock is the same as the fuel dock). St. John pick ups are available upon request for an additional fee, please inquire.