Sandcastle

Yacht Details

Length: 72 ft Irwin
Cabins: 2 King berths & 3 pullman
Number of Guests: 1-6
High Cost: $13500
Low Cost: $9900

Yacht Description

Welcome aboard SANDCASTLE

While most yachts this size are divided into more cabins, SANDCASTLE’S focus is on comfort and space.

Two unusually large, well appointed staterooms offer king size berths, en suite bathrooms with large separate showers, and ample privacy.  Generous decks offer plenty of room to relax in the hammock, deck chairs, on sunning mats, or in the shady cockpit. A roomy swim platform and ladder make a dip or snorkel more inviting.

With 20 years of chartering experience, Rik and Ann will take care of all your needs.

Children welcome  water safe.

Yacht Rates in USD

2 pax 3 pax 4 pax
W 2013 9900 12700 13200
S 2013 9900 12700 13200

Rates are all inclusive of food and standard bar,  cruising permits and licenses are paid by boat
Taxes, relocation fees may be extra

Additional Rate Details:   5-6 PAX: for families with children, or 2 couples with up to 3 children total.

Not included is a crew gratuity at your discretion is usually 10 to 20% of the Yacht Rates handed to the crew at the end of the charter

SLEEP ABOARD RATE:
$175 per person per night. Includes: hors d’oeuvres, snacks, sandwich upon request, bar and continental breakfast, dinner not included. Sandcastle aims to please and this option offers the client a much more relaxed start to their charter eliminating the hassle of checking in and out of a local hotel.

HONEYMOON SPECIAL:
7 nights @ $9,900*        6 nights @ $8,500*    5 nights @ $7,800     4 nights @ $6,500
NOTE: * honeymoon charters of 6-7 nights receive 1 bottle of champagne per day plus either one spa treatments for two or 2 scuba dives for certified divers; these items not offered for shorter term charters.

CHRISTMAS 2012 / NEW YEARS 2013:
2/$13,420  3/$13,970  4/$14,520  5/$15,070  6/$15,620
7 night minimum.
Please note that the 5 and 6 pax is family only.

HONEYMOON SPECIAL:
7 ngihts @ $11,500*     6 nights @ $ 9,857*
5 nights @ $ 9,036      4 nights @ $ 7,229      3 nights @ $ 5,421
NOTE: ****6 and 7 night honeymoon charters receive their choice of spa treatments for two or 2 scuba dives. Less than 6 nights does not receive freebies, sorry.

SCUBA                Onboard – License Master

Guests may bring own gear or pay pre loaded rental.           Diving Costs     $100.00 p/person

Onboard they have 6 Tanks  8 Wet Suits  6 Weight Sets  Dive Lights 4Diving Info     Dives are flexible please inquire.   Night dives available

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Yacht Amenities

  • 32" LCD TV
  • DVD player
  • stereo
  • video tapes
  • CD's
  • mini disc
  • books
  • camcorder
  • BBQ
  • deck shower
  • swim platform
  • boarding ladder
  • ipod connections
  • Elec. Heads A/C Full
  • 150 DVDs/Movies
  • 250CD's
  • Board Games
  • Sun Awning
  • Hammock
  • Deck Shower
  • Bimini
  • Special Diets by arrangement
  • BBQ
  • Hairdryers
  • 20/ 24Port Hatches
  • Guests can smoke on deck
  • Guest Pets
  • Generator
  • Internet Access Onboard WIFI
  • Dinghy 15' Whaler with 50 HP
  • Water Skis for Adult
  • Kneeboard
  • Snorkel Gear
  • 2 x 2 man Kayaks
  • Floating Mats
  • Swim Platform Boarding Ladder
  • Beach Games
  • Fishing Gear
  • U/Water Camera
  • standup paddle board
  • kneeboard,
  • beach games
  • unlimited Cell Phone unlimited calls to the states and Canada
  • Green Initiatives: Re-usable water bottles
  • Purchases earth friendly paper products biodegradable cleaning products
  • participates in reef Lion Fish kills
  • purchases organic and local products when available and has eco-friendly bottom paint.

Cruising Area

  • Summer Operating Area: Caribbean Virgin Islands Leewards Windwards
  • Summer Base Port: BVI
  • ST Maarten
  • Winter Operating Area: Caribbean Virgin Islands Leewards Windwards
  • Winter Base Port: BVI
  • Sandcastle can pick up in St Thomas USVI

Charter Information

  • All rates are for the entire boat and are subject to change without notice prior to actual reservation
  • Not included is a crew gratuity at your discretion is usually 10 to 20% of the Yacht Rates handed to the crew at the end of the charter
  • All guests over 18 yrs wishing to fish in BVI must purchase a BVI license prior to boarding ask us for information
  • Marina dockage if applicable upon the request of the charter guests is not included
  • Fine wines champagnes and top shelf liquors are not included and can be purchased upon request of the charter guests at their expense
  • Come aboard BVI Yacht Charter Sandcastle

Crew

Captain and Crew of Sandcastle, a 72 ft Irwin Caribbean Yacht Charter

Crew Profile

Rik Allen, a USCG Licensed Captain, has been sailing for 30 years, logging many miles between the Caribbean, New England and the South Pacific. Rik has more than 20 years chartering experience. He grew up in the Northeast and attended Penn State where he received his business degree. Rik spent a number of years in Colorado as a ski instructor before settling in warmer climates. Rik loves to windsurf and play chess, and will share with you his intimate knowledge of the islands – from quiet anchorage to dive sites, even local night spots.

Ann Allen, a native of Ontario, Canada, holds a degree in Zoology but has traded the laboratory for the living ocean. She maintains a keen interest in marine life. An avid snorkeler, Ann loves to share her knowlege and leads most of our snorkel trips from beginners to experts
. An experienced charter chef and first mate having chartered for 20 years, Ann takes pleasure in providing her guests with personalized comforts. Her menus reflect a wide range of dishes, both local and international, and she enjoys catering to your tastes.

Rik and Ann are both water sports enthusiast, happy to give instruction in snorkeling, windsurfing, water-skiing or knee boarding. They are trained in CPR and are certified divers. Join Rik and Ann for a relaxed, carefree vacation you’ll always remember.

Yacht Layout

Yacht Layout of British Virgin Islands Charter Sandcastle

Sample Menu

Sunny Breakfasts

Served with fresh fruit platters, great coffee and fruit juices
Mimosas and Bloody Marys always available
Cheese and Ham stuffed French toast
Banana pancakes with bacon
Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon or ham

Light Luncheons
Grilled Mahi Mahi in honey caper glaze with orange taboule salad
Stag’s Leap Sauvignon Blanc
Caribbean rubbed chicken wings with Blue Cheese dip and crudite
Ferrari Carano Fume Blanc
Caribbean chicken roti with chutney and honey-mustard spinach salad
Calera Chardonnay
Freshly baked bread and cookies of the day

Sunset Hors d’oeuvres
Libations by request
Parmesan and ham puff pastry
Thai sweet and spicy Green lip mussels
Grilled shrimp with orange horseradish dipping sauce
Conch fritters

Candlelit Dinners
Appetizers
Goat cheese salad with Bosc pears, walnuts and raspberry vinaigrette
Lobster, garlic and onion tart with sautéed spinach
Grilled Portobello mushrooms and polenta with tomato coullis

Entrees
Caribbean lobster with pasta picatta and sautéed vegetables
Acacia Chardonnay
Grilled Beef tenderloin with horseradish mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables
St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon
Sesame seared Tuna fillet with wasabi cream, walkame, jasmine rice and asian vegetables
Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz

Desserts
Passionfruit cheesecake with fresh mango
Chocolate mousse with coffee whipped cream
Rum cake with rumbutter glaze, whipped cream and fresh berries
Made with the freshest available ingredients
Special requests and diets readily accommodated

Testimonials

APRIL 2012 – Fairon Family
Thanks for the great snorkeling and the sailing lessons. It was a joy to be on a sailboat that loves to sail. The food was excellent and endless. Thanks for making us feel at home in our new castle! Bruce and Sandra

Thank you for a wonderful trip. Thanks for taking me to the Baths. Thank you for teaching me cribbage. Max (age 12)

February 2011
Rik and Ann,
It was a picture perfect week. You were wonderful and we deeply appreciate all you did to make our vacation special,

Patrice and John, Melody and Marland

In our log book they wrote:

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Dear Ann and Rik,
You – and mother nature – provided the perfect environment for four dear friends to enjoy each other’s company again – great conversation, lots of laughter (often directed at each other – and aided by you Captain Wise Guy), beautiful vistas and hours of relaxation. It was a wonderful and memorable week. Thank you for your gracious hospitality.
The Sandcastle will always hold a special place in our collective memory (and we’re supremely grateful that Marland, Patrice and Melody didn’t put it on a rock…).We wish you well in your travels and look forward to another sunny winter week with Ann’s delicious meals, Rik’s gentle sailing tips (” to your left…a little more to your left…go left…”) and more time together.

In friendship and with appreciation, Melody and Marland, Patrice and John
March 2012
Rik and Ann, Thank you for a fabulous week! The conversations, the meals, the sailing, the views, the games, the snorkeling cannot be topped. We’ll be back for sure,
the Edwards family

December 27, 2011 NY\’s charter
Rik and Ann
This was a trip of a lifetime, the best ever! Fabulous salads, entrees and desserts…that Pad Thai salad woohoo! And the sailing, so perfectly timed. We all had a blast taking turns at the helm.You are marvelous hosts and we can’t thank you enough for this wonderful trip through the BVIs!

we expected great sailing, magnificent food and first rate accommodations but found good friends. The best compliment I can offer is that we will return enthusiastically. thanks. Mark and Marsha

Rik and Ann,
For novice sailors we had the trip of a lifetime. Your hospitality and accommodations were beyond all expectations. We couldn’t have had a better time – the food and drink were amazing and I’m glad we have pictures to keep the memories alive! And my heartfelt thanks for taking the time to teach me to snorkel as I’ll continue to learn and next time I won’t need a belt. We loved your stories and thanks for all the good ideas for future reading. So many memories…thanks and best regards, Barry and Paula
Xmas 2011
Rik and Ann,
Thanks for a great week. The weather may have been a bit variable the experience was consistently great! The accommodations were perfect-just the right amount of space & comfort. The food – amazing!! The libations – ditto!!
This trip was exactly what we wanted thanks to your great service and hospitality! Many great memories for all of us and lots of laughs, including [this is from a game like charades] “toupee + fast cars = Burt Reynolds” and “sunrise Duck”! Thanks for everything!!

The Thomas’

Great way to turn the big 7-0!

Rita
Chads 60th Birthday sail – 4 guys from St Louis 2011
They created the bucket list for a reason. The ranking went 1 to 10. You both made this a 12. Beyond expectations! Thank you both for the Captainship, stewardship and friendship which you provided both above and below the seas! Chad

Rik and Ann- thanks for a perfect getaway well beyond expectations. Everything was perfect, especially you two. Bob

This week way surpassed my wildest expectations. The memories will [last a lifetime]. Hope to see you soon.
Art

Perfect! Arrrrrgh! Terry

Duffy party – June 2011
Ann & Rik-
Thanks for an amazing week! It was the best vacation EVER!! You both are so gracious and made us so comfy. The food was out of this world delicious! We will forever remember your warm hospitality, and don’t forget the heated games we played at night, they were so much fun! I will miss the smoothies and painkillers. We have made some everlasting friends!- Patti and Sam

It was truly an amazing week and more than we could ever dream of. [You] taught us a lot of things we need to know and how to do them safely. See you in the winter! What a great time, you are both so good at everything you do and you have made it a great trip. Thanks for everything!
-John and MJ, sailboat owners

Hesney charter – 2 couples from New England
The perfect choice, we were so fortunate to have found Rik and Ann and their gorgeous sailboat. We have been in the BVI so many times but this was truly like seeing it for the first time. each anchorage was so special. Our captain Rik is a master at choosing just the right spot for the night with calm water. Our chef was superb and each dish was a savory delight and the presentation like a 5 star restaurant (special thanks to our napkin folding captain). Many thanks for a wonderful week and so many memories. Wishing you the best! Maureen and Dennis

What a great way to see the BVI. The captain knows the places to go for calm anchorages and Ann is a bottomless well of knowledge about the fish to see and where to see them. Not to mention that she’s a wonderful chef and open to any whims of her guests. And we love the waiter! Many many thanks for a great week and some wonderful sailing – Bob can now go home to his powerboat with wonderful memories of wind and sails and his time at the helm. Thanks for sharing it! We’ll remember you both with great fondness, Bob and Josie

January 2011
What a great place to celebrate three birthdays, two of which were mile stones at 75 yrs. It doesn’t seem possible that we’ve been on the Sandcastle 10 or more times. Each time has been a joy and especially with good friends Ann and Rik who are outstanding hosts. Thank you.

Lowery and MaryAnn

June 2011 – 3rd charter on Sandcastle
Dear Rik and Ann-
Yet another spectacular voyage on the Sandcastle! The anchorages were absolutely perfect for your hermit-like guests. The meals were, well, bordering on decadent! The laughs and fun at night were amazing. I enjoyed Bananagrams, the Name Game, and Trivial Pursuit. The dives were incredible and I feel I am leaving the BVI a better place for our capture of all the lionfish!! The storm on Deep bay was an adventure and not to be forgotten!
You both as always are amazing! We are grateful for your tireless efforts on our behalf and your warm hospitality! We love you guys lots! and look forward to returning again- maybe with the kids, then again, maybe not! Thanks for everything! David and Joanie, TX

Rik and Ann,
What can I say?Once again you have provided us with a “perfect” vacation. The anchorages were ideal, the food to die for and the evening games were a blast! We’ll never forget the lionfish hunts! What fun! It is hard to return to the real world after this week, but we’ll be back…Thank you for everything. You are both such special, kind, patient people. Rik- you need to chill a bit – hee hee! We love you guys! See you again! Lisa and Jamie, TX

March 2011
Nothing like a last minute trip to paradise … Thank you for accommodating us with your warm friendships, smiles, gourmet cooking, sailing, hiking, snorkeling and sharing or your time and talents.
With oceans of love,

Bob and Jill

March 2011
I can’t say I have ever had a more relaxing time in my life, At first you fall in love with the beatiful boat and islands. But that is not what makes it special for me, It’s the two of you. I wish you nothing but beautiful sunsets and I know we can’t wait to come back and share them with you.

Drew, Carol, Tom, Megan

October 31, 2011 Halloween cruise
[for] our second voyage aboard Sandcastle there are no words that could ever express the peace, joy and tranquility that come from such a journey. Adventures are meant to be shared. It has been wonderful sharing our time with Captain Rik and first mate Ann! with love and great appreciation for all you do- Don and Diane

Our 12th wonderful vacation on Sandcastle 2011
Thank you for our 12th wonderful vacation aboard Sandcastle. We enjoyed seeing our favorite anchorages and exploring new ones. The new main sail is a great addition. We enjoyed all of the delights that come out of Ann’s galley. Rik’s creative mudslides are dynamite. Sandcastle looks beautiful with her new paint and as always, the varnish gleams. It is such a pleasure to be with you both on the ever-elegant Sandcastle.

Barb & Murray
CHRISTMAS 2010
Rik and Ann were just fantastic. The food was great, they were both amazing with the children.
Ann always had ideas for what the kids could do next, which given their age was perfect.

We would be very happy to recommend Sandcastle and with a bit of luck we will have the chance to enjoy another trip sometime.

Best wishes,

Tonya (family from Ireland)”

December 2010
Thanks for the pancakes and fresh air! Another wonderful sail!

Keiran and Marty

January 2011
We came to the BVI to sail…..and we made friends! Ann and Rik made a dream come true in the most lovely way. We learned basic sailing principles, the kids practiced sports and leaned English and we had a marvellous family time together.

Henry, Katia, Peter, Vivian

November 2010
Another wonderful adventure on the yacht Sandcastle. Our favorite parts were snorkeling, fire on the beach, the food and relaxation and our first moonbow.
We just want to say thank you and we can’t wait to come back.

Micheal, Jackie, Kiersten, Alexa, Dion and Dianne

A fantastic week March 2010
Thank you so much for a fantastic week. The food and drinks were 4 star against a backdrop of sea and sun. Totally enjoyed it!

Debbie & Bill, Jackie & Mike
June 2012
Dear Rik and Ann!

you are both amazing and we had a fabulous time on your boat! I will miss the wonderful food!! Please let me know if you decide to put out a cookbook- I would buy one for every person I know! Thank you for being with me on my first dives and holding my hand- it made the whole experience very enjoyable. I am grateful for your calm and hospitable manner. We will be back soon! Next time you see us- we’ll be married! Thanks for everything!! Cindy and Lance R.

Rik and Ann, what a wonderful week! Our voyage on the Sandcastle was a wonderful trip of discovery and relaxation. The food was wonderful, the anchorages magnificent, the boat fantastic and the two of you incredible. Thank you for a most excellent week. Larry D.

Rik and Ann, you have created most special memories. I had a wonderful time! Hope to do this again someday! Ronna D.