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  • 72 ft / 22 m
  • 10 GUESTS
  • 2 CREW
  • FROM $32,000
  • Operating in Caribbean.

    • Length
      72ft (22m)
    • Beam
      34ft 5in (10.5m)
    • Draft
      7ft 3in (2.2m)
    • Year Built
      2017
    • Builder
      Serenity Shipyard
    • Designer
      Bill Dixon
    • Sleeping Guests
      10
    • Crew
      Captain Neil Rock
    • Refit
      Not known
    • Cruising Speed
      10kts (18kph)
    • Stabilisers
      None
    • Flag
      Virgin Islands (British)
    • Engines
      2x 200hp
    • VAT Registered
      No
    • US Duty Paid
      No
    • 4 Queens and 1 Twin cabin. The two aft cabins are oversized Queens. The Twin is an oversized upper and lower bunk berth. Rain Shower heads with glass door in port aft /fwd and starboard fwd bathrooms. Midship bunk cabin has enclosed shower head with glass door.
      All cabins have dimmable and reading lights as well as blackout shades, USB ports and independent A/C controls.
      Salon Headroom - 7ft
      Cabin Headroom - 6ft 5in

      Laysan has a special UV water treatment system. This is attached to the bar and ice maker to further ensure pure drinking water. 

    • Captain: Neil Rock (53)Captain: Neil Rock

      Neil was raised in Lancashire, Northern England, on the azure waters of the River Mersey. By six years of age, he was already out boating on the Irish Sea. As a youth he sailed classic yachts on the River Mersey, venturing all the way to Scotland, Wales, and to the Isle of Man for the motorcycle racing, his second great passion. In addition to sailing, he was also a fishing and scuba enthusiast. He credits his maritime skills to mentoring by the fishermen of the Irish Sea.

      Neil has always been an active sports enthusiast, participating in both team and individual sports. His passion and hobby as a youngster was going to Anfield to watch the mighty Reds. He was also a long-distance runner participating in 13 marathons. He has won awards and trophies too numerous to mention. To this day, he enjoys demanding, high-energy activities. When he has spare time for indulging in hobbies, they include; soccer, squash, rugby, golf, tennis, fishing, hiking and ice climbing.

      The yachting destination he enjoys the most is rugged and challenging: Port St. Mary, Isle of Man. With 10-meter tides and matching currents, short weather windows, and unpredictable seas, it’s an accomplished coast to sail and perfectly suited to this high achiever. Neil has had a full career at sea, from commercial fishing vessels and luxury charter yachts to lobster fishing in the North Atlantic, and he has intimate knowledge of the Caribbean from his years chartering and sailing there. Guests aboard LAYSAN could not be in more skilled hands.

      Chef: Karen Rock (53)Chef: Karen Rock

      Karen was born in Toronto, Canada and had her first marine experiences on the Great Lakes of Ontario. She launched her culinary career just out of high school, working in an authentic English tea house, baking scones and cooking traditional English lunches. She went on to complete college medical school, and worked as a urology lab technician conducting clinical trials. She also worked in patient care and volunteered with the cancer society and with animal welfare.

      However, this natural-born caregiver was also passionate about good food and making people very happy serving them delicious meals. So, she made the decision to attend culinary school to refine her techniques and expand her repertoire. It was the right choice. Karen has thoroughly enjoyed her ten-year career as a yacht chef. Her favorite dishes to prepare for guests are those local to the cruising region. Guests aboard LAYSAN will have the pleasure of sampling recipes using a variety of Caribbean spices, fresh fish and produce, for a truly authentic culinary experience.

      Neil and Karen have been married for over 30 years, spending many of those at sea. When not sailing, they call Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, home. They are seasoned veterans of the yachting industry, with over 150 weeks of charter and many sea miles sailing in the Atlantic, the Caribbean, and the US Eastern Seaboard all the way to Canada.

      LAYSAN is a 2017, performance sailing catamaran with luxurious accommodations and lots of toys and gear. You decide the pace and activities of your holiday; the crew makes it all happen beautifully. Welcome aboard LAYSAN, your vacation of a lifetime.

      Stewardess / Deckhand: TBA

      For 9/10 pax charters a freelance Stewardess / Deckhand will be hired for Laysan, otherwise Laysan has 2 crew for 2-8 pax.


    • Guest Comments from Neil & Karen's Previous Yacht Charter                                                                    

      Thank you & your crew for a wonderful week on Zingara. Jim & I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Where do we begin with the praise?
      The British Virgin Islands are such a beautiful backdrop for a holiday. You, your crew & Zingara make it a perfect holiday. Although we
      had been to the Virgin Islands before it was great to see some new places with terrific sailing mixed in. The snorkeling was also fabulous
      with beautiful fish to see. Your itinerary packed in lots of good fun. There were water sports for the active crowd & peaceful relaxation
      & reading for us lazy folk.
      Now for the food & service… we were so well taken care of. The meals were all delicious. The variety & flavors were fabulous & we were convinced we were eating healthier than we ever do at home.
      Karen is an excellent chef! The whole crew made us feel so welcome
      & pampered.
      As I said, it was a perfect holiday. My only regret is that I can’t visit you every month. Thank you, again & again.
      Lisa Chase B.
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      I just wanted to take a moment and thank you, Karen and your staff for
      providing us with an absolutely unforgettable experience. Your attention
       to detail, your care for us, your pride in Zingara and your gentle way
      of communicating, all combined to make our week together one of the most
       memorable of my life.

      As I think back on the week I remember your calm command of the boat at
      all times. I saw the dedication to safety as your number one priority
      but you did it without impacting our experience or sacrificing our
      enjoyment. You knew what experiences we would enjoy and you communicated
       that with a quiet professionalism that left us united in our desire to
      follow your direction.

      Karen’s meals were simply over the top. Each one was different and
      special. We remarked over and over that the meal planning was balanced
      yet just wonderful. Karen handled my special dietary need with
      professionalism and an understatement that allowed me to enjoy the trip
      without having undue attention focused on it.

      Both Darren and Frankie were there for us at every turn without being
      intrusive. Both showed genuine concern for us and made us feel welcome
      and at home throughout the entire trip. I told you at the beginning of
      the week, this trip was the first of its kind for me. You and your staff
       made it truly a “trip of a lifetime”. Thank you.

      Dana and Debbi D

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      Glad to hear from you: We have all had a very hectic time since we
      returned from Zingara . The gratuity was all of our pleasure, yourself
      Karen, Reita & Gys made the whole trip wonderful.

      The boat “Zingara” was itself a dream as were the other facilities, the
      diving, the”hobie cat” etc, and of course the wonderful scenery and
      location. Not to mention great food and copious wines.

      The thing that made the trip for Judith & I, was the huge effort
      that you all made to make us welcome and happy on board. Nothing was too
       much trouble for you, you were all so professional, smiling and willing
       to help with the slightest whim. Never a sharp word, just a lovely calm
       happy and ultra helpful smiling approach. You were brilliant with
      Mike`s boys.. We all had a great time.

      So what more can I say except…hope to see you again soon and, most sincerely, very many thanks to you all for a superb trip.

      Kind Regards

      Mervyn C

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      Though we travel a lot, this was our first charter, and the headline
      cost of Zingara was originally a little daunting. Now however, with the
      benefit of hindsight, it seems tremendously good value for what we did
      and the enjoyment had. The boat was stunning, the attention to detail
      and “shipshape” presentation extraordinary, and you and your crew were
      tirelessly welcoming and attentive. The “Grenadines Trip” was the
      highlight of our year; we are sold, and I cannot count the number of
      people to whom we have recommended the experience. We are going to try
      and charter something in the Ionian this summer, but hope to be back
      with you to cruise the BVI in 2014.

      Thank you again for a brilliant holiday.

      Have a happy Christmas and a plain sailing year ahead

      Mike, Susan and the H. Boys.

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      Gail and I are just packing to return home today from little Dix. Thank
      you for a wonderful adventure aboard Zingara. She was wonderful as were
      you and the crew. You all made sure our every need was met and truly
      know how to treat your guests. We will remember this trip forever. Again
       thanks from us both for a wonderful excursion.

      Rick Swisher

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      Julie and I had a great time with you, Karen, David, and Thryn. We have
      been talking about the trip ever since we left, it was fantastic. We
      have been to the BVI’s several times now and are looking forward to
      catching up with you and crew in Grenada either next year with just our
      family or in a couple of years with the Bs, Ss, Ss, and Ds. Thanks
      again for a great trip!

      Brice and Julie

      Ps. The dolphins on the second to last sail were spectacular, thanks for organizing that show!

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      Thank you for making our week aboard Zingara a relaxing and memorable
      experience. Please pass on our compliments to your terrific crew as
      well. They all worked hard to make our vacation special. till we meet
      again,

      Geoff and Sandie

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      First let me apologize for being so slow in writing to say thank you for
       the superb job that you did as captain and mate on our November British
       Virgin Islands yacht charter . My wife and I, and our friends, could
      not have been more pleased.

      You and Karen have the ability to work together so seamlessly to make
      the vacation relaxing and free of stress and responsibility. Your
      seamanship was outstanding. Having done some boating and sailing in the
      past, I was impressed with your attention to detail and safety. Your
      planning of the daily itinerary and activities made our trip most
      enjoyable—we saw all the “sights” but avoided all the crowds; never
      before on six trips to the BVI had I been able to visit Virgin Gorda and
       the caves of Norman island and have the sites essentially to ourselves.
       The special snorkeling sites were great.

      The mechanical skills you demonstrated in maintaining an uninterrupted
      schedule while dealing with bad generators, frozen control cables, etc.
      and never letting the guests have any interruption to their vacation was
       amazing. You and Karen always appeared relaxed, never showing the
      stress of the day—or the stress from the guests!

      Karen’s galley skills were amazing—each meal was a culinary delight,
      excellently prepared and skillfully presented—and always done with the
      appearance of ease.

      The pleasant and engaging demeanor that you both demonstrated was a key
      element in making our vacation so memorable. Even rainy days were
      enjoyable. Thank you both again for an excellent vacation!!

      Sincerely,

      Allan B. H., MD


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      Mr B. who was just aboard the catamaran is the CEO of one of the most
      popular hotels in Boston and owns a few restaurants in the city. He is a
       huge person in the hospitality industry and is fairly picky about food,
       accommodations etc.

      I was blown away by his comment to me quoting “this was hands down the
      best trip ever. It beat out all of the five star hotels I have stayed in
       over the past 40 years.”

      He was thrilled with Karen’s cooking and thought Neil's personality and
      knowledge were a prefect fit for a captain. He is already wants to book
      again for next winter.

      Thank you Neil and Karen ! (Broker)

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      Our most sincere thanks for creating a wonderful "getaway form it all" which was much needed and appreciated by us both.

      The weather, sailing, snorkeling, swimming, beautiful anchorages,
      laughter and of course, THE FOOD, THE FOOD, THE FOOD! Way beyond
      expectation! Thank you Karen!

      It is so relaxing being able to turn ourselves over to the yacht and you
       both. Your quiet confidence just knew where to take us and what to feed
       us.

      Walking a few hundred feet from the airport and climbing aboard for a week was a joy we will remember forever.

      We truly hope to see you both in Newport this summer! Please!

      I will try to send you some pictures next week. There are some good ones in my camera.

      Happy sailing,

      Chris

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      Thank you for being the most consummate hosts, skipper and cook! The
      yacht was beautifully maintained! The quiet, thoughtful way you planned
      our day, our wonderfully presented and superb meals, the great sailing,
      and your most enjoyable company was like sharing a sailing trip with
      good friends! Time went by so quickly, yet it seemed like a much longer,
       happier time together than it was!

      Bernard had some travel delays (flight cancelled in San Juan) and lost
      luggage (now found and delivered), but we made it back to our respective
       destinations safely. He truly enjoyed your recommendation for a
      hotel—El San Juan Hotel Waldorf-Astoria! Beautiful setting and wonderful
       sushi!

      Our invitation to come and visit or use our homes was sincere. We hope
      you will find time to do so. We usually return to New Brunswick in
      August or September to visit family. Do let us know your travel plans
      and hopefully we may get to see you there!

      Thank you again for a marvelous voyage!!

      Warmest regards,

      Terry and Bernard

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      Thanks again, Neil and Karen, for a great. This was Lora and my second
      sailing vacation to the BVI. This is also our seventh crewed charter in
      multiple locations. After talking with Lora, we believe this trip to the
       BVI was our best experience. We saw more on this trip than last time in
       the BVI, and we appreciated both the variety of stops during the sail,
      and the arrangement of time. We were kept busy, but not overly so.

      The meals were exquisite. Both Lora and I noted that each breakfast had
      some protein (meat or eggs), which was a first for our experience. The
      lunches and dinners were marvelous, and Karen did an outstanding job of
      the variety of the meals, the presentation of the food, and taste was
      amazing. She also did a great job with one guest who was
      vegetarian/vegan.

      There was also extra care given to our cabin, with daily checks on the
      restroom facility and the bedding. This was in addition to the customary
       Wednesday changing of bed linens.

      All in all, the “little extras” were a notch above our previous
      experiences, and a very pleasant experience. Thanks again so much for
      making our sailing vacation a wonderful time in the British Virgin
      Islands. Thanks,

      Mike T.

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      My husband Sam and I had the pleasure of a sailing excursion in the BVI,
       Captain by Neil and Karen Rock. We would highly recommend this
      experience to anyone who enjoys adventure, boating and fine dining.

      Neil's extensive experience and knowledge of the sea and surrounding
      area is second to none, from the sailing through all the various
      islands, to finding small coves and caves in spectacular reefs for
      snorkelling, to the quaint beaches and bars ,not to mention his endless
      knowledge of the history of the area both on land and sea.

      Karen's culinary abilities far surpassed any of our expectations. Her
      perfect presentation and balanced meals were enthusiastically awaited
      everyday from three meals daily, to snacks, and the much awaited deadly
      desserts served after every dinner. Hard to believe that anyone could
      prepare such 5 star cuisine while using a small galley on a boat.

      Neil and Karen made us feel very secure and at home at sea, and were
      always very attentive in taking care of us and insuring we saw
      everything we wanted and more. No detail was left undone. They are an
      amazing couple who work very well as a team together. Always very
      positive, happy and excited to share each days adventure.

      We would not hesitate in recommending Neil and Karen as host on any boating adventure that anyone wants or cares to experience.

      Sam and Sandie D.

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      Neil and Karen,

      I hope you enjoyed a relaxing week off after your week with us. We keep
      singing the praises of our trip to our friends and neighbors.

       I have written a few paragraphs about the trip as follows:

      "I recently enjoyed a fun filled week sailing the islands of the BVI ".

      Our party of five boarded in Tortola where we were graciously greeted by
       our Captain, Neil Rock and Karen, his wife and crew. After Neil's
      orientation about the boat and his experience, it was very apparent we
      were in good hands.

      Karen served us a scrumptious gourmet dinner the first night and
      continued to do so at every meal, including appetizers. We couldn't
      believe the magic she performed in a galley kitchen. She readily
      accommodated one of our group who has an aversion to fish. All this
      while handily performing her many other crew duties.

      Each evening Neil would discuss the plan/destinations for the next day,
      ever flexible to our wishes. He knew all the great snorkel spots and
      ferried us by tender to beaches, island bars and shopping. He tutored
      those of us wishing to sail with a turn at the helm.

      I believe the trip was memorable because of Neil and Karen. They were
      very professional and genuinely caring of their guests. I highly
      recommend this catamaran sailing vacation."

      Wishing you fair winds and following seas.

      Bev.

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      Thank you for the note. Michelle is making dinner while I draft our
      response. We really enjoyed the entire week spent on the yacht. There
      are so many things we enjoyed about the experience it’s hard to put it
      all in words, but I’ll try to note some of the best parts.

      We enjoyed the variety of attractions to which you brought us. The tempo
       of the itinerary was perfect for our group. The stops also allowed the
      group to split up and do independent activities whether on shore, in the
       water or on the boat. We never felt confined with the other guests or
      that there wasn’t enough space.

      The food was perfect. Karen did an amazing job with the menu variety and
       flavors. We anticipated every meal and left the table happy.

      I enjoyed the British humor that Karen downloaded on her IPod and that you played for us.

      I enjoyed your sailing and seamanship instruction. I hope to learn more
      in the years to come. It was nice to wake up in the morning, emerge
      topside and see where the boat was headed each morning. Your experience
      and foresight was obvious in how we beat the other boats and tourists to
       the attractions.

      We enjoyed getting to know the other guests and we all got along so well. It was a great pairing.

      The best part was you and Karen. You guys made the week a success and we
       appreciate your hospitality, thoughtfulness and professionalism.
      Michelle and I are kicking ourselves for not getting a photo with you
      guys. We returned home smiling and reminiscing about the previous week
      on the yacht. We’d do another charter in the future and can only hope
      it’s as great of an experience as a charter by Capt Rocky and Karen.

      Please feel free to use any of our comments as you see fit. Also, We
      live in a navigable harbor on the ICW a couple miles south of the
      Beaufort, NC inlet and we’ll be here until about June. If you are ever
      passing through the area and need anything including a place to stay or
      wheels please let us know. All the best to you and Karen.
                                     

      Regards, Bill and Michelle B.

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      We just returned from an amazing vacation sailing in the BVIs. We were
      onboard a sailing catamaran for a week with Neil and Karen as our crew.
      We could not have planned for a better time. This was our first sailing
      experience so we did not know what to expect. We knew the two other
      couples on the boat, which happen to be our good friends; and that added
       to our great time there. But what we didn't expect was how wonderful
      our captain and chef turned out to be. From the first night's dinner to
      the very last breakfast, the menus and food that Karen prepared was
      impressive, especially considering the small galley she had to work in.
      From steaks to fresh fish with delicious salsa at dinnertime to seared
      tuna for lunch, each gourmet meal had spectacular flavor and was
      delivered in such a way to look and feel like we were dining in a 5 star
       restaurant. The only hard part was watching Karen in the kitchen
      prepping and cleaning all of the time and not helping her (we offered
      but she insisted it was our vacation….we did get used to it pretty
      quickly, however) We appreciated that the menu, including the
      appetizers, were not only tasty, but healthy too. We also were grateful
      for the mid week linen change and the daily cleaning of our bathrooms;
      which kept our rooms smelling great, something that our friends had not
      experienced in the previous sailing vacations they had been on.

      Our captain, Neil, was a spectacular seaman whose many years of
      experience showed by the way he handled the yacht. He would always get
      close to shore or where we wanted to go so we did not have far to swim
      or cruise with the dinghy. We also could people watch then too, which
      was interesting considering it was difficult for vacationers who
      attempted to keep themselves dry by taking a dinghy into shore with
      large waves.

      Neil would make sure we got to the popular destinations, like the Baths,
       early enough when there was nobody else there. By time the crowds came
      we had done our exploring and were ready to leave. Our captain would get
       our input and then share his plan with us each day. We only had one bad
       weather day and our captain planned our journey so we still were able
      to get to the destinations that he knew we would enjoy. We really loved
      all of the beautiful places that Neil took us to snorkel. He was always
      looking for ways to make our vacation more exciting. Even when our
      friends left us on the boat while they went scuba diving, Neil planned
      for us to have a delightful walk about on an Island and a snorkel. Our
      captain would always make sure our boat was meticulously clean, taking
      garbage off it whenever he could. We had every imaginable liquor on
      board but Neil, halfway through our trip and much to our delight, went
      ashore and bought the beer that he heard we liked. He was always going
      ashore for ice to make sure our drinks and beer in the coolers were ice
      cold also.

      We always felt safe and spoiled in Neil and Karen's hands. We would
      highly recommend sailing anywhere with these two anytime. Big thank you,
       Neil and Karen, for making our vacation one of the most memorable ones
      that we have ever done!!!

      Dan and Bonita H.

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      Neil and Karen,

      We hope that this finds you well, afloat and enjoying fair winds. We
      have experienced a snow storm and cold temperatures. Rose says Hi.

      Our sailing vacation was a fantastic time. We had planned it for several
       months and our expectations were high. We were so pleased that the
      vacation not only met our expectations it exceeded them. The combination
       of gorgeous weather, breath taking scenery and our own private space to
       tour the islands was fantastic. Neil and Karen were excellent hosts for
       our adventure.

      Each day Neil would go over the plan for the day and each evening he
      would tell us the next day would be better-and it actually was. Karen
      was able to make wonderful meals within the confines of the kitchen she
      had at hand.

      They were genuine, real and friendly. When, not if, we go again we plan on requesting them for our journey.

      Scott and Rose S.

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      We recently returned from a delightful seven day sailing vacation in the
       British Virgin Islands. Our Captain Neil Rock and First Mate Karen
      Rock were first rate!

      It was always apparent that Captain Neil Rock made safety a top
      priority. This did not deter him from scheduling fun filled days and
      evenings. Numerous daily stops were made for snorkeling, swimming,
      beachcombing, sightseeing, cocktails and meals ashore. Neil was
      masterful at scheduling our stops to popular attractions at less crowded
       times. Captain Neil has a wealth of information about the Islands and
      was enthusiastic about each stop along the journey.

      In addition to her duties assisting the Captain, Karen found time to
      keep our cabins and bathrooms sparkling! She prepared delicious and
      nutritious meals that were beautifully presented. One of us adheres to a
       medically restricted diet and Karen graciously prepared separate meals
      that met these guidelines and were also delicious, creative, and
      nutritious. Karen was always helpful, positive and made every task seem
      effortless.

      This was our first sailing vacation and the positive experience we had
      makes us eager to plan future trips. Neil and Karen Rock have certainly
      set the standards high for future crews! We will always have wonderful
      memories of a special week.

      Bill and Janet R.

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      John and I went on our BVI cruise with my three children, aged 19, 21
      and 22. It was, without a doubt, the trip of a lifetime. This trip was
      John’s idea—he had gone before. Personally, I was a little nervous
      about the family spending six days living on a boat together. But after
       only a few hours, my worries were eased.

      Neil and Karen Rock, our captain and first mate, along with five yummy
      alcoholic drinks greeted my family when we arrived in Tortola on our
      first night. Neil and Karen gave us a run down of some important rules
      and some equally important plans for the week, which included
      snorkeling, hiking, and sailing around one of the most beautiful places I
       had ever seen.

      We did all of this and more. I must admit that we did our share of
      imbibing at beach-front bars. There is nothing like having a cold beer
      or an island rum drink with your bare feet resting in the sand. Neil
      and Karen were the best of hosts—they took care of everything. Found us
       wonderful entertainment, guided us through underwater caves, and cooked
       fabulous 5 star meals three times a day. Not to mention preparing
      delicious appetizers accompanied by exotic drinks every afternoon when
      we returned from our ever-changing adventures.

      In addition to a change to see all the beauty in the BVI, the vacation
      was an amazing bonding experience for the family. My kids always
      snorkeled ahead and find wonderful fish- sting rays, squid, even
      barracuda- and took great delight in pointing them out to us all. We
      spent the whole week living together on the boat—just us—and never had
      one disagreement or fight.

      The key to this great trip was without a doubt, our captain and first
      mate, who soon became friends. Neil and Karen could not have been more
      fun or welcoming. We were definitely spoiled and we would all love to
      have the opportunity to do this trip again – but only with Neil and
      Karen Rock!

      Yours truly

      Judge Lisa L.

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      We had such a fantastic time sailing with you - thank you both for all
      you did to make it an awesome experience! Truly the best vacation. Neil,
       your expertise made the snorkeling, sailing, and on-shore activities
      very special. I loved the fact that you knew when to be in a given place
       when others wouldn't be there, which really gave us a unique
      opportunity to explore without crowds and see the true beauty of the
      BVI.

      Karen, your meals were outstanding. You made us feel like royalty! I am
      amazed at what you can do in that limited kitchen and you do it so
      gracefully and with wonderful presentation.

      The two of you make a great crew and if ever we have the opportunity, we hope to sail with you again.

      I still feel like I am on the catamaran, my mind and body have not fully
       adjusted to being on land. Sure is an odd sensation! It is also a
      challenge to jump back into reality after a week like that. I keep
      thinking about what we were doing last week at this time. Certainly way
      more fun than grad school, house cleaning, laundry, and running the kids
       around!

      Again, thank you and I hope you are enjoying your break! Take care.

      Kris

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      Now that we are back home we have had a chance to reflect on our recent
      vacation. We cannot say enough about our trip with you. You both went
      beyond our expectations to ensure that this holiday was even more
      memorable and special than we had ever expected and we feel very
      fortunate that you were chosen to be our Captain and crew. I think that
       we saw twice as many beautiful anchorages than the average boat, thus
      we did not miss a thing on this trip.

      Neil, your knowledge of the geography and history of the islands teamed
      with your knowledge and experience of sailing made our trip even more
      enjoyable as at no time did we feel unsafe or insecure. Your confidence
       in everything that you did made it very relaxing for us.

      Karen, you performed all of your tasks with enthusiasm and knowledge.
      Your skills in the kitchen were admired by all. You had the ability to
      make us all feel special and we know that your cooking abilities were
      only a part of the job that you had to perform.

      This was our “bucket list trip” for the past 45 years and so we want to
      sincerely thank you both for making it “the best trip ever”.

      Michael and Linda K. (Mikie and Mumsie)

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      Like a kid in Disney Land, we were little kids being led around to see all the wonders of the BVIs.

      Karen spoiled us w all our favorite foods and even a few surprises that
      became our new favorites. Karen’s cooking was fine dining quality w
      fantastic presentation. Our beverage of choice was always ready, even
      before we realized we wanted it -from morning coffee to after dinner
      whiskeys. Happy hour hors d'oeuvres & drinks were waiting our return
       after afternoon outings.

      Captain Neil considered the weather, the area & our preferences and
      with perfect intuition, took us to all the best beaches, aligning our
      dives and snorkels as well as our sailing. We saw fantastic things we
      didn't know we wanted to see and then he took us ashore for the most
      amusing entertainment. We really felt like we only got the best of the
      best and, therefore, made the most of our precious vacation time. Above
      that, they were caring professionals of us, as well as the boat, caring
      for it as if it was their own. Such fun sitting next to them at the
      helm, with Neil explaining why they do what they do, and watching them
      sail!

      Our vacation was all about us and what we liked to do at our pace. Neil
      & Karen were the perfect guides that already knew the area to make
      that happen. Everything was just 'taken care of'. What an amazing
      vacation. Thank you!!

      ~Marsha

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      Our trip to the British Virgin Islands is hands down the best vacation
      that myself or anyone in my group said they had ever taken. We could not
       have asked for a more professional, knowledgeable and friendly crew in
      Neil and Karen Rock. None of us had any idea of what to expect with this
       trip and our captain and host did a wonderful job of creating an
      itinerary that allowed us to see more of the BVI than any of us ever
      could of on our own. It was quite obvious after a few conversations with
       Neil what an experienced captain he is, so we knew we were in safe
      hands the whole trip. We enjoyed learning about their sailing
      experiences together, about the BVI's and sailing in general. They
      always kept us informed of our upcoming stops, so we knew what to expect
       and Neil had our schedule down perfectly. For the popular snorkeling
      spots, Neil made sure we arrived at the best times as to avoid the
      crowds. Every stop we made was great, whether it featured great
      snorkeling, shopping, happy hour at a beach bar or just a view so
      beautiful it felt like we'd stepped into a post card, I am confident we
      saw the best of the BVI.

      None of us had any huge expectations of food, after all, the kitchen on
      the boat was small, what kind of huge productions could possibly be
      made? But with every meal, Karen never ceased to amaze us with her
      culinary genius. Not only was the food delicious, but the plating and
      presentation was also beautiful as well. The running joke amongst our
      group was that each dinner was "our favorite meal yet." Breakfast, lunch
       and dinner were always perfectly timed with our various stops of the
      day and in between, just as we were starting to think it might be time
      for a snack, as if she read our minds, Karen would produce trays of
      goodies for us. It sure was hard going back to the real world without
      Karen and Neil taking care of us. :)

      We had already decided after the first full day that we would be making a
       return trip and began talking about what we would do "the next time." I
       think my entire group is confident in saying that our first sailing
      vacations would not have been the same without Neil and Karen.

      Meg
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      It is with great pleasure we write this to sincerely thank you both for providing us with what was possibly the best travel experience we could
      have imagined. The time we spent sailing with you could not have been more amazing. From the moment we shook hands with you and boarded the catamaran, we knew we were lucky to have you two as our crew. You did not disappoint at any point during the vacation
      We appreciated the care you took to really listen to what our expectations were, the way you planned out each day according to our
      wishes, the knowledge of sailing you shared with all of us - it was more than apparent how passionate you are about what you do. Your team work was brilliant. And Karen, can we possible say enough about your fabulous meal preparation? We have never dined so deliciously in our lives! Your amazing menu, preparation, and presentation sent us home weighing several more pounds than when we left.
      We always felt attended to, we felt very safe, we could relax and enjoy ourselves with ease during the entire trip. We simply cannot speak with anything but absolute praise for your outstanding customer service. You provided us with a dream vacation and we will always treasure the memories we gained from traveling with you both. Thank you so very much.
      Butch A. & Misty S.
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      I just wanted to write this letter to express how wonderful you made our experience on our vacation. I have been on a couple of crewed sailing vacations, and you both are hands down the best captain/chef we have ever had.
      It is very comforting to know that Neil has had many years experience in chartering boats, and he demonstrated his expertise throughout the week that we sailed with you. You took us out of the storms and into calmer seas, and you had a great knack for getting us to our destinations before the crowds arrived. We never had to fight any crowds at any of the favourite destinations that people like to go to.
      Karen the food that you prepared for us morning, noon, and night was without a doubt to die for. It was simply amazing, and you catered to
      everyone’s food like and dislikes. The only down side to your delicious cooking was that I put on about ten pounds. You accomplished this is
      such a small galley, and had limited storage for all your food. You always had our rooms tidied, and bathrooms cleaned on a daily basis.
      I’m not sure how you found the time to get all this done for us. My hat goes off to you.
      You both were there for us no matter what the need may be. It was a pleasure having both of you as our captain /chef. I would highly
      recommend you both, and would love to sail with you again one day.
      Penny & Rob Mc.
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      When Ryan and I returned home from our trip to the British Virgin Islands we both realized that it was the best trip that we had ever been
      on. We have traveled quite extensively so that is really saying a lot!
      The beauty of the islands is undeniable and somewhat expected. However what certainly exceeded our expectations was what Neil and Karen were able to add to the enjoyment of our trip.
      Neil is the consummate captains He is utterly competent with his knowledge of sailing, the local as well as international waters but also
      knows where and even more importantly WHEN to get the most out of the BVI's. He took us to the best hiking, snorkeling, diving spots,
      restaurants and beach bars the islands had to offer.
      Karen is the consummate chef! She never ceased to amaze us with what she could produce out of such compact kitchen. There was just one gourmet meal after the next! All 6 of us on the charter agreed that the dining could not have been any better.
      Aside from Neil and Karen's talents they are an absolute pleasure to be with. It was a joy to be around them each and every day and we cannot imagine the trip without them. Thank you for making our trip the best it could possibly be, we will enjoy our memories of that week for the rest of our lives.
      Rhonda B.
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      My husband and I are still talking about what a wonderful time we had sailing the BVI's with Neil and Karen. We could not have asked for a
      better captain than Neil. He listened to our requests and set the mood of our week absolutely perfect. Both Karen and Neil were a wealth of
      information and we all enjoyed hearing about their past experiences in the BVI. My husband and I had taken a sail trip in 2007 to the BVI and
      were amazed how much more we saw and learned on this trip. Neil and Karen truly go overboard and work very hard to make your week
      delightful. They reminded us that this was "OUR" vacation.
      The food was some of the best I have ever had. What Karen can whip up in that small kitchen galley is incredible. She catered to our dietary
      needs very kindly and served us quite a variety of food, one delicious meal after another. This woman can really cook and her presentation is gorgeous.
      We thank Neil and Karen for a perfect week but, more importantly for their kindness, grace and hospitality.
      Scott and Amy M
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      Below are the guest comments for the previous crew Will & Nicole

      July 2018 - A Fantastic Experience!

      The captain was kind, warm hearted, an expert in his field, safety first, a great sense of humor. The food was absolutely amazing! Nicole exceeded all expectations of cooking for all of us! Remi is kind and on top of things. He’s also smart and what a great swimmer! The crew became our friends and we had a magnificent time! Everything was fantastic! Immaculate and clean, spacious, great decor. We had so much fun planning each day with our team. Our kids had a ball and my husband really enjoyed the diving! What a fantastic chef!

      This was an absolutely unforgettable trip! Not only was the boat amazing, the food out of this world, the team amazing, and the views breathtaking; we learned so much about the BVIs, different cultures and the team we were with.

      Laysan is simply a fantastic experience that we will do again with the most fantastic crew ever! Thank you so much Will, Nicole, and Remi!!  The G Family

      12-19 July, 2018 ~ Exceptional Virgins

      We had the most amazing time on Laysan with Captain Will, the most amazing Chef Nicole and the Remigator.  Thank you for always showing us te “better side” of the islands, secret snorkel spots, catching lobsters, fun on the paddle boards, dancing all night on the Anegada, amazing dinners, etc.  This was a trip of a lifetime!  And the crew made it even better.  It was really something special.My favorite beach was White Ba and my favorite island was Anegada. 

      Thank you!  Until we meet again.

      The best trip of my life!!  In my 18 years I have never had so much fun with such exceptional people.  The cooking is to die for!

      The “G” Family





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