“The Original Yacht Charter Company”
The shores of Antigua were a welcomed sight when Commander VEB Nicholson landed there after a treacherous sail from his home in Ireland. With him aboard his 72-foot schooner, “Mollihawk,” was his beautiful wife Emma, two sons Desmond and Rodney, and the family cat. Greeted by swaying palms and blooming hibiscus, they fell in love with English Harbor, the lush site of Admiral Nelson’s dockyard. Cradled in its deserted 18th century Georgian architecture and prominence in British naval history, Nelson’s Dockyard proved to be the setting for the birth of the charter yacht experience.
With his lovely yacht anchored in English Harbor, Commander Nicholson soon became overwhelmed with visitors to this island paradise inquiring about “chartering” the yacht to sail through the islands with his sons along as captain, crew and guide. Interest in chartering Mollihawk grew quickly and soon other yacht owners inquired if the Nicholsons would charter and manage their yachts. And so, long before many of the luxury hotels on the islands were built, yacht chartering was established in the Caribbean.
As Nicholson Yachts’ reputation as the “original yacht charter company” spread, clients worldwide turned their eyes to the Nicholson team, entrusting their vessels to the proficient hands of the company’s expert maritime knowledge. Likewise, charter clients began experiencing the luxury and pampering aboard Nicholson’s fleet of yachts and witnessed the meticulous manner with which the staff managed their yachts.
From those humble beginnings along the Antiguan shores, today’s Nicholson Yachts offers a broadened scope of services including crew placement, yacht management, and charter and sales; all lead by a team of passionate mariners and marketing experts.
Headquartered in Newport, Rhode Island, Nicholson’s offices skirt the picturesque Newport Marina, a hub for sailing enthusiasts. With affiliate offices in the Caribbean, Nicholson also recently launched a satellite office in Savannah, Georgia, a city with an equally rich heritage and a desirable stop for yachts traveling up and down the U.S. East Coast.