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What do Tennis and Yachting Have in Common?
Sailing yacht regattas and tennis tournaments both offer the thrilling sense of competition. To compete as an athlete in both of these sports calls for physical fitness, skill, and the ability to embrace the elements. Whether you are an amateur enthusiast or an avid professional athlete however, there are no shortcuts to success and excellence in tennis, sailing or any other sport. To possess command of a sport requires not only a level personal fitness but perhaps strength, flexibility and speed. To be even more accomplished requires determination, mental focus and skill garnered through hard work and continuous practice. But to attain the level of professional necessitates the ability to set and achieve personal goals that are unimaginable to the average “weekend warrior” athlete.
Watching the women tennis professionals this week at the Volvo Car Open gives a sense of the pro athlete’s profound capacity for physical stamina, laser focus on their play to the disregard of spectators, weather, discomfort or even pain, and their ability to read an opponent and anticipate the next move.
However for the average mortal both sailing and tennis can be enjoyable to participate in and to watch the pros do the serious stuff – like the yachts racing at theAmericas Cup and the tennis pros at the Volvo Car Open or other tournaments on the Tennis Channel.
If you love both yachting and tennis why not plan for your next vacation to partake in both? A yacht is really like a “floating villa” to transport you in comfort and privacy to different ports or islands which are home to some of the most beautiful tennis courts available, where you can play and you enjoy the journey on a power, sailing yacht or catamaran — a yachting-tennis vacation!
James Benson, a former superyacht charter captain and an avid tennis player, is now the managing partner of BWA Antigua yacht services shared: “I have played a lot of tennis all over the Caribbean – and probably the most memorable tennis was at Le Guanahani in St. Barth’s which is located on a beautiful peninsula called Grande Cul-De-Sac. From everywhere at the resort, but particularly from the tennis courts, the setting is just stunning, with panoramic views of the famous pristine beaches of St. Barth’s. Here on the island of Antigua my favorite tennis center – and some of the best courts in all the Caribbean are atCurtain Bluff.”
Since 1975 Curtain Bluff has celebrated the sport of tennis and its excellent tennis center with what they call Antigua Tennis Week – which this year will take place 29th April to 6th May 2017, and which coincides with the 50th Antigua Sailing Week. Curtain Bluff calls it “the ultimate tennis vacation” – a beautiful world-class island resort & tennis center with professional tennis staff offering classes & clinics. Then you can charter a yacht to watch the exciting yacht races to complete the yachting tennis vacation!
The Caribbean Journal on-line magazine has a feature article on The Best Caribbean Tennis Resorts. Its list includes Caneel Bay on the island of St. John in the US Virgin Islands, the Four Seasons on Nevis and in the Bahamas the Ritz-Carlton on Grand Cayman is a favorite. Other islands offering great tennis facilities are the Rosewood at Little Dix Bay, Virgin Gorda, the St. James’s Club Morgan Bay, St. Lucia, Mustique Island in the Grenadines has the Mustique Tennis Club. For travelers to New England the International Tennis Hall of Fame in beautiful Newport, Rhode Island is a must!
Necker Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) holds its annual Necker Cup Pro-Am Tennis event – hosted by Sir Richard Branson. This year’s event is 27th November to 2nd December 2017 and the resort has the beautiful 105’ luxury catamaran NECKER BELLE that can be chartered for an exclusive yachting-tennis vacation!
Nicholson’s Yachting Expert Georgia Byrd says: “For my yacht charter clients who are tennis enthusiasts I find them the perfect yacht to meet their personal preferences – sailing yacht, motor yacht or catamaran – working within their budget and with the accommodations to suit their group. Then I work with the yacht’s captain to plan a charter cruise itinerary to allow the guests to enjoy playing tennis at some of the Caribbean’s best courts and plan other activities along the way that are of interest to the clients. I love what I do because every yacht charter is customized and unique – just for that client or group.”
Karen Kelly Shea