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WINTER 2010I sea& iI53 aboardashore YOUR PERSONAL GUIDES Graham de Zille, yacht owner Yacht owner, yacht- racing enthusiast and avid charterer, Graham de Zille has made an art form of entertaining guests on board. One of his favourite areas is the British Virgin Islands. " It is an ideal charter ground as sailing between anchorages is never more than a few hours," he explains. " This is reassuring if you are entertaining first-time charterers, or guests who are less confident sailors." But the BVIs also score highly in many other ways. " Superyacht charter is all about inspiration, relaxation and variety," says de Zille. " These islands have the best of everything. One day you can wander around centuries- old ruins such as Fort George on Tortola, on another you can dive in fantastic bays and reefs, such as White Bay off Jost Van Dyke, the Norman Island caves or the wreck of RMS Rhone off Salt Island. Then you can have fun ashore. You can hike up to Virgin Gorda Peak, take lunch at a fabulous hotel, spot sea turtles feeding on Peter Island. the options are endless. Add in the sunshine, stunning waters, friendly locals and fantastic scenery and you can count on pleasing everyone." Captain Marcel Dekker, Symphony II Having cruised around the BVIs for many years, Captain Marcel Dekker knows the islands well. " On Virgin Gorda I would recommend lunch at Savannah Bay, a favourite setting for the crew who will set up a picnic on the beach. Spend an afternoon on this stunning sweep of sand followed by cocktails at the Bitter End Yacht Club or dinner ashore at the Biras Creek Resort and a party at Saba Rock's calypso bar." Dekker also suggests snorkelling off Guana Island's Monkey Point, and swimming among the tarpon, sea turtles and numerous reef fish. Helios, 45.2m ( 148' 7), 10 guests. Prices from US$ 150,000 per week Savannah, 36m ( 118'), 8 guests. Prices from US$ 49,500 per week Symphony II, 34.1m ( 111'), 8 guests. Prices from US$ 49,500 per week Sea Shuttle, 28.35m ( 93'), 6 guests. Prices from ? 20,000 per week

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