Afternoon Tea & Hot Hot Hot
Now that the 57th Antigua Charter Yacht Show is in full swing — and we’re refreshed by warm sun and cool breezes — the Nicholson team turns its full attention to the key reason we endured pre-dawn flights to the Caribbean.
Stepping aboard these beautiful and spotless yachts, meeting the crews, inspecting the accommodations, and asking about cruising itineraries helps us pick the best charter vacations for our clientele.
And let’s not forget one more chore: tasting the fare. Food and drink make or break a charter, plain and simple. That’s why we leapt at an invitation to afternoon tea aboard ODESSA, a 164-foot motor yacht built by Proteksan in 2007.
From papaya scones to Coronation Chicken finger sandwiches, the “snack” was sumptuous in every way. And the company, ranging from friendly central agents to knowledgeable brokers from around the globe, represented a fascinating range of perspectives on marine and non-marine issues.
From there, team Nicholson dashed off to a nearby marina to meet with crew of AQUILA, a beautiful 82-foot Swan that’s a member of the fleet. They momentarily put aside tools and polishing clothes to chat about the busy charter season ahead.
After the sun set over Shirley Heights, Team Nicholson attended the show’s annual Welcome Cocktail Party at The Copper & Lumber Store Hotel. It proved a smashing success — we can forgive the DJ for playing HOT HOT HOT again.
The full charter team was present: Karen Kelly Shea, president; Georgia and Joe Byrd, brokers from the Nicholson Charleston, S.C., office; Elaine Lembo, charter manager and communications director; and Julia Towne, charter and sales associate.
We’ll have more details for you about what makes a crewed charter the best vacation ever, when associate Julia Towne heads off after the show for a week of sailing around Antigua aboard THE DOVE, another top-flight monohull in the Nicholson fleet. Stay tuned!