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WHEN and IF, the Alden schooner whose build was commissioned by World War II General George Patton to sail on a circumnavigation he didn’t live to take, has joined the Nicholson fleet.
The much-celebrated wooden schooner was built in 1939 in Wiscasset, Maine. Beloved for her looks, pedigree, and the guests and owners she’s carried, WHEN and IF can take 32 passengers on daysails. She accommodates six guests for term charters and is available throughout New England-Long Island through the summer and early fall of 2019. In winter, she shifts operation to Key West, Florida.
The design brief is one that has yet to be fulfilled.
“When and If was a new idea: a yacht which would maintain all her classic beauty and hold her own in recreational racing whilst being sturdy, comfortable, safe and luxurious enough to take a family on the voyage of a lifetime,” Patton wrote. “When the war is over, and If I live through it, Bea and I are going to sail her around the world.”
Patton died in December 1945 from injuries sustained in a car accident. The Patton family kept the schooner until 1972 when the General’s nephew, Neal Ayer, donated it to the Landmark school in Prides Crossing, Massachusetts, where she was the platform of a sail training program for dyslexic children. Patton was a severe dyslexic.
She was refit/relaunched in 1994 by Gannon & Benjamin in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, and was a familiar and popular summer figure in waters off Martha’s Vineyard. In winter, her then-owners took her south to the Caribbean. In 2012 she was refit by then-owner Doug Hazlitt, known for his restoration of the Alden MALABAR X.
Current owner Seth Salzmann worked on the refit for Hazlitt, purchasing WHEN AND IF from him in 2015.
Salzmann is busy; he’s also the captain of the schooner COLUMBIA, a 141-foot steel hulled replica of the Gloucester schooner designed by Starling Burgess and built in 1923 in Essex, Massachusetts. Dylan Salzmann, brother of Seth Salzmann, is the skipper of WHEN AND IF.
It’s the intention of the Salzmanns to ensure WHEN AND IF fulfills her destiny.
“Everything we do is part of a revenue-building program designed to make it possible for her to sail around the world at last,” Seth says.
Customers have from June 1 to October 10, 2019 to be a part of the story of this classic yacht.
WHEN and IF is available for term charters, regattas, and daysails of four and eight hours on the North Shore of Massachusetts and from Newport, Rhode Island.
Daysail maximum number of guests is 32; guests may bring food and drink. Coolers are provided with ice and bottled water.
Regatta Racing Fun
WHEN and IF can handle a crew of 12 for racing. Rates include six party/event/dinner tickets; guests must have overnight accommodation ashore. Prices included yacht delivery and re-delivery fees.
Lineup includes these events:
Nantucket Race Week; August 10-18,2019, including Opera House Cup and Nantucket Classics
Newport Classic Yacht Regatta August 31 – 1 September 2019
Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta, August 10-11, 2019, Marblehead, Massachusetts
Crew of WHEN & IF welcomes custom queries. Contact Nicholson Yachts for rate and availability details. email@example.com; 401-849-0344Read More
The world of crewed yacht charter lost one of its key industry pioneers in 2019: With family and loved ones at her side, Julie P. Nicholson died on February 27 at her home in Blue Hill, Maine. She was 90.
That no mold could define her life and career is an understatement. Lifelong sailor, Smith College graduate, and a certified Able-Bodied Seaman, she hailed from a wealthy, strict Yankee family, and was endowed with the hands-on, practical nature of a mariner. She married into the Nicholson family and became deeply involved in the business of crewed sailboat charter, a newfangled concept in the mid twentieth century that the Nicholsons are widely credited with creating.
While she started out as crew aboard the Nicholson fleet, she excelled at the details of arranging charters, matching client with boat. In so doing, Julie succeeded in making her own love of sailing contagious for people in search of a different kind of vacation experience, concocting the role of the crewed charter vacation broker. Today the superyacht sail and power charter industry, along with thousands of worldwide brokers, builders, crew, and owners who thrive from it, are the direct result of what the Nicholson clan, Julie chief among them, began.
Her name was Julie Pyle when she made landfall in Antigua in the early 1950s. The island was a scheduled stop during her 18-month circumnavigation aboard Irving and Exy Johnson’s Brig Yankee. By this time, Commander Vernon Edward Barling Nicholson, his wife, Emma, and sons Rodney and Desmond, had taken up residence in the decrepit British naval dockyard at English Harbour. Their charter business began with the 70-foot wooden schooner Mollihawk, which they’d brought to Antigua in 1949 to refit after crossing the Atlantic aboard her.
It all started informally, via word of mouth, with the Commander and his sons taking guests of the Mill Reef Hotel out for daysails. One thing led to another, and by the time Julie came ashore, met and married Rodney in 1954, the Nicholsons were busy managing a fledgling fleet of about a half dozen handsome monohulls for private owners, which included their own schooner, as well as ketches and yawl rigs. Charters ran from daysails to several weeks throughout the Leeward-Windward chains.
The fleet eventually grew to 22; the Nicholsons were nothing if not enterprising, helping raise the island economy to a new level. After they began a travel agency and opened the Admiral’s Inn, they decided to invite travel agents to Antigua to step aboard the boats and experience firsthand crewed yacht charter. So started The Nicholson Charter Yacht Show, today known as the Antigua Charter Yacht Show and in its 58th year.
The family also wove itself into the community fabric of Antigua; locals, globe-girdling sailors, and seasonal residents held them dear. Desmond was a founder of the Antigua Yacht Club and Antigua Sailing Week and became involved with efforts to restore the dockyard.
Meanwhile, under the Commander’s, Rodney’s and Desmond’s tutelage, Julie spent her days absorbed with logistics. “There’s the proper yacht for each guest,” she said in a 1984 profile in Chartering, an industry magazine. “You have the beamy boats with everything from bathtubs to air conditioning, and you have guests who love to hear the wood creaking, love to sun on the lovely teak decks, and appreciate the diamond-leaded glass of the salon cupboards.”
In 1972, after she and Rodney separated, Julie Nicholson returned to New England. She moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, and continued the charter brokerage business there with Sylvia Weston and Karen Kelly Shea. In 2008, she moved her part of the business back to her childhood home of Blue Hill, Maine.
Today, the business and the reputation of the successful Nicholson brand carry on. From Antigua to the U.S. East Coast, family members and original employees run the constellation of offices. They include Nicholson Yacht Charters in Cambridge and in Blue Hill; Nicholson Yacht Charters & Services in Antigua; and Nicholson Yachts charter brokerage, fleet management and sales in Newport, Rhode Island.Read More
Nicholson Yachts of Newport, R.I., has been named the U.S. and Caribbean brokerage agent for Classic Swedish Yachts.
The sleek monohulls are admired for their stability and safety as much as for their traditional beauty and ease of handling by shorthanded crew. Rossatra Boatyard, a long-established family-run business on the Baltic Sea, is the production partner.
Rossatra, known for custom commissions and the Linjett range, will execute the Classic Swedish Yachts design brief to build the models, a combination of light, stiff sandwich construction in the hulls, carbon fiber masts, and varnished mahogany on deck.
Models of the performance cruisers and fast daysailers include the Swede 41 as well as the new Swede 57 and Swede 68. The boats are conceived in the tradition of the well-known Swedish Skerry Cruisers, also known as the Square Metre yachts, fast boats that are still much in demand. Today’s Swede models offer that pedigree with a marked improvement in liveaboard comfort for families, couples, even singlehanded sailors.
“Our ambition is to create sailing yachts, easy to sail and with the best comfort possible without sacrificing anything of safety and sailing capabilities, sensation of speed and the joy to sail a true thoroughbred,” says Olof Hildebrand, founder and majority owner of Classic Swedish Yachts.
Sleipnir, a new Swede 41, has been nominated by Classic Boat magazine for the 2018 “Spirit” Award. To cast a vote for Sleipnir log on to the magazine website. The original Swede 41 was conceived by and sailed for many years by Hildebrand, after he downsized from his Swede 55.
“In this age of high-tech applied to all aspects of the luxury lifestyle, the appeal of a fast, sleek cruiser that is also a top-class performer to the U.S. sailing demographic is clear,” says Karen Kelly Shea, president of Nicholson Yachts. “Classic Swedish Yachts speaks to the most cherished aspirations of recreational sailors, the clients that Nicholson Yachts has been proud to serve for decades.”
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Elaine Lembo’s Charter Briefing
The beautiful Swan 77 AQUILA, one of the most successful and busy of our fleet members, welcomes Chef Amy!
Amy found her passion for the culinary arts working alongside Tina Bester, the Queen of Tarts, a household name in the South African food industry. If you’ve never heard of Tina, a baker and cookbook author — Google away. Photos of her cheerfully-colored, elaborately decorated cakes and tarts abound on the Internet.
Assisting in Tina’s cooking classes, running her café in Cape Town and helping with the publication of her two cookbooks led Amy to pursue her City and Guilds patisserie diploma. She’s mastered the art of fresh bread, pastries, and cakes — and her entrees and salads are quite delightful, too.
And so, it only makes sense that photos of Amy’s baking are as scrumptious as photos of Tina’s baking! If I were contemplating taking a crewed charter to celebrate a special occasion, this is the sailing yacht I’d pick!
AQUILA, with its race-ready hull design and classic, warm interiors, accommodates guests with a high-level of service and superb sailing. She’s available in the Caribbean and then heads north to the U.S. East Coast for a summer of chartering in New England and in Long Island Sound.
Amy’s mates aboard AQUILA are the equally talented and energetic duo Ashleigh and Rudy. Charter brokers who’ve booked AQUILA in 2019 have received acccolades for crew and yacht from happy vacation sailors. Contact Nicholson if you’d like to sail AQUILA yourself or are exploring this adventure travel option for someone else. Reach us at email@example.comRead More
Elaine Lembo’s Charter Briefing
Comfort, speed, class — that’s what you’re in for aboard ANAHITA, a 62-foot Dynamique that accommodates six guests and two crew. Fully air conditioned and beautifully appointed below deck, expertly designed for performance on deck, this luxurious sailing yacht transports you to an experience beyond sailing.
Each of three guest cabins has an ensuite head; choose from one with double bunk, queen bunk, or upper/lower single berths. Crew have access to their own quarters via a separate companionway. Amenities include full television and audio entertainment systems, kayak, water skis, snorkeling and fishing gear, and hammocks. The chef can accommodate special diets.
In spring 2019, S/Y ANAHITA offers passage legs from St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, with stops in Gibraltar, the Balaeric Islands, and Sardinia, before reaching its final destination in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Want to head north to the high latitudes instead?
Then the summer passage to Labrador and Greenland aboard THE DOVE is for you.
THE DOVE is a 54-foot ocean going cutter designed by William I.B. Crealock and built for Captain Larry Tyler. Her teak interior is accented by art and curios from Larry’s voyaging. Two spacious, air-conditioned guest cabins each have queen-sized bunks and ensuite head with high-quality Italian fittings and sumptuous linens. THE DOVE is excellent for two couples or a family of five or six. Other amenities include electronic entertainment systems, kayaks, paddleboards, water skis, deck shower, snorkeling and fishing gear, diving equipment, underwater still and video cameras. Special diets can be accommodated.
Captain Tyler will take two paying adventure-loving crew who can commit to at least a month aboard.
Depart from St Maarten for Bermuda mid May 2019
Passage to Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Labrador and on to Greenland for the month of July, return early August along the coast of Labrador through the straits of Belle Île to Nova Scotia and Maine.
The distance to Greenland from Labrador is about 600 miles, so with a good weather window it’s about a four-day passage, according to Tyler.
For rates and details contact Nicholson Yachts (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Elaine Lembo’s Charter Briefing
EROS offers a 10% incentive: Caribbean sailing season is at its peak in March and April, so don’t miss this opportunity: Sail and save aboard the classic Gloucester schooner! EROS is perfect for families, adults, couples eager to experience the romance of the sea and the beauty of a full spread of canvas under sail. Save ten percent off the high season weekly rates. EROS accommodates eight. EROS is available in the Caribbean through spring then heads north to New England in summer 2019.
AURELIUS 111 welcomes the highly talented Spencer Wright as its new chef.
Spencer has more than three decades of culinary experience and nearly twenty of those years have been aboard luxury yachts. He was the executive chef of The Dove restaurant in the British Virgin Islands and executive chef of Childress Vineyards in Lexington, North Carolina. Spencer’s cuisine has been in Caribbean Travel and Life and Gourmet magazine. He has an artistic approach to food and an eye for detail. Playful, surprising and unconventional flavor combinations are a hallmark of his and all dietary preferences can be graciously accommodated. AURELIUS 111 accommodates six. AURELIUS 111 is available in the Caribbean through spring then heads north to New England in summer 2019.Read More
Elaine Lembo’s Charter Briefing
The catamaran as a platform for crewed charter makes great sense. There’s space to spread out and lounge, there’s plenty of cabin privacy, non-sailors like them for their stability and safety, and the shallow draft means cats can quietly sneak on their paws into secluded anchorages.
Here’s a rundown of the destinations where Nicholson cats are prowling:
From 1 – 20 March 2019, this beautiful Privilege 75 is available in the Caribbean, from the British Virgin Islands to St. Barts.
Terms: all-inclusive except for dockage/mooring, local cruising fees, SATCOMM, premium alcohol/gourmet foods. Weekly: 8 pax $49,000 6 pax $47,000 4 pax $45,000 2 pax $43,000
from 18 May – 30 September 2019, this outstanding Catana 90 is available in the Western and Eastern Mediterranean.
Terms: Plus all expenses; VAT; APA. Weekly: 8 pax €45,000 6 pax €42,000 4 pax €39,000
Throughout 2019, this meticulously refit Catana 47 — the perfect couple’s getaway — is available in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Terms: its weekly rate of $10,800 for 2 pax is all inclusive except for dockage/mooring, local cruising fees, SATCOMM, premium alcohol/gourmet foods.
Throughout 2019, the popular Lagoon 67 is available in the Caribbean; it also offers a captain-only option.
Terms: all-inclusive except for dockage/mooring, local cruising fees, SATCOMM, premium alcohol/gourmet foods. Weekly: 8 pax $22,000 6 pax $21,000 4 pax $20,000 2 pax $19,500. Captain-only weekly rate: $12,000 plus all provisions, dockage/mooring, local cruising fees, SATCOMM.
The fast GUNBOAT 66 is a head turner. Perfect for families of six, it’s available in the Caribbean through late spring 2019.
Terms: Plus all expenses. Weekly: 6 pax $30,000 4 pax $28,000Read More
“It’s the perfect destination for chartering a boat!” writes Emmanuel van Deth. “The archipelago is made up of immense lagoons separated by dozens of miles. It’s when sailing between them that you will feel the ocean swell and the sea breeze. Other than that you will find yourself sailing on giant swimming pool.”
Deth’s article, with photos by Warren Dorning, includes a weeklong itinerary and further details about the destination. Nicholson Yachts is pleased to be mentioned in the piece, which appears in the current issue of Multihulls World.
Copies will be available at the Progressive Miami International Boat Show 14 – 18 February, 2019. Nicholson president Karen Kelly Shea plans to attend and is available for appointments. Let her assist you in planning your next great vacation on the water, whether crewed or bareboat charter. Reach Karen at email@example.comRead More
Elaine Lembo’s Charter Briefing
Holiday season 2019 was hectic! Back to back charters with turn-arounds of less than 24 hours. Three-week long charters involving a series of daysails. Last-minute bookings. Fashion model shoots. Kitesurfing addicts. Onboard accommodations for service pets. Special requests: fresh-cut pine trees, gift-wrapping stations, a couple’s massage at a landside resort. Activities to keep seniors and non-swimmers entertained afloat. Birthday cakes.
On and on it went. At every turn, the Nicholson fleet of yachts rose to the occasion to make your charter the best vacation ever.
Don’t Listen to Us – Listen to Our Clients
Testimonials Holidays 2019:
ANAHITA, 62-foot Dynamiq
“Delightful. Crew was great company. It could not have been better from the service side of things. ANAHITA was powerful and strong and we could not have been in better hands.”
SLIM, Gunboat 66 sailing catamaran
“The crew was fantastic and I would highly recommend them to anyone. Perfect for any groups in the future. I know that they would have a wonderful time.”
AURELIUS, 111-foot Dijkstra sailing monohull
“A big thank you to Nicholson and the crew for making this a fantastic charter! You have been an absolute delight and pleasure to work with – first class and professionalism at its absolute best.”
AQUILA, Swan 77 sailing monohull
“We had a terrific trip and I wanted to thank you for all of your help in putting it together.”
Now it’s February 2019. Isn’t it time you got away from the snow?
Take it from Karen Kelly Shea, president, Nicholson Yachts:
“Baby it’s cold outside! Where in the world would you like to go?”Read More