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Dufour 525 Boat of the Year 2009

Dufour 525 Boat of the Year 2009

If you are a bareboat charter enthusiast, you will marvel at the 2009 Cruising World Boat of the Year.  The US-based yachting magazine CRUISING WORLD has announced the winners of the Cruising World Boat of the Year 2009. Dufour Yachts, a perennial favorite among Mediterranean yacht charter customers has been rewarded twice!

The Dufour 40 Performance bareboat charter yacht won the prize for “Best Midsize Cruiser,”  while the Dufour 525 Grandlarge is the overall winner in the category, “Best Full Size Cruiser.”

Known among bareboat charter yacht fans everywhere as the Rolls Royce of sailing yachts, the Dufour 525 combines sleek, elegant European styling by French and Italian designers with stiff, strong construction – making her a safe and fast blue water cruiser.

The topsides feature a low coach roof, uncluttered teak decks, dual wheels, a German mainsheeting system operated at the helm, wide transom, and electrically operated swim platform.

Below decks, the mood is light and airy with a mix of mahogany and lighter textures illuminated by multiple ports and hatches. The owner can choose from 8 different layouts that include three to five cabins with either a longitudinal or u-shaped galley.   We feel the yacht charter marketplace will favor the 3 and 4 cabin layouts, as most yacht charter vacations are booked for 6 to 8 passengers.

On the water, a deep V’d hull design delivers a favorable compromise between sea kindliness and speed while electric winches let the crew trim the sails with the touch of a button.

The Dufour 525 is a sleek, classy vessel that can transport its passengers in safety and comfort anywhere its skipper chooses to sail, whether a Mediterranean yacht charter holiday or a Caribbean yacht charter vacation.

Dufour Yachts is a French sailboat manufacturer founded in 1964 by designer Michael Dufour.  2009 finds the builder fully commited to environmentally-friendly building practices:

* IROKO FSC wood: the company has chosen this wood for a healthy and durable forest management. By using FSC certified wood (Forest Stewardship Council), the builder supports a sustainable forest management to satisfy environmental, social and economic standards.

* New generation Volvo engine: the company installs latest technology engines which reduce emission of particles by 50%, while noise is being limited providing pleasure to everybody.

* Strong power alternator: the builder installs 115-140 amp service, to limit the time for batteries to refill and, consequently, to reduce the consumption of energy.

* LED Navigation lights with low energy consumption: to provide a luminous output (much higher than the traditional sources) that generates huge energy saving. (These navigation lights use less than 10% of the necessary energy to light a traditional source of 25W).

* Sea Water Foot Pump: to save fresh water resources on board.

* Injection/infusion Decks: the builder manufactures decks through injection/infusion to limit the emissions of VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) and to reduce air pollution.

* System carburizing anti-overflow: to prevent spilling when filling in cooperation with the French Marine Federation (FIN).

* Holding tanks with a large capacity: to limit rejections and to preserve our maritime environment.

* Kit of biodegradable hygiene products: for a first gesture towards an eco-responsible behaviour.

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Virgin Islands Race Week 2009

Virgin Islands Race Week 2009

Join in the Fun at VI Raceweek!

Prizes and camaraderie await Caribbean bareboat charter enthusiasts as the 2009 Virgin Islands Raceweek draws near.   Three events, back to back, makes this a favorite time for Caribbean bareboat charter tourists to flock to the islands, and entice sailors from all over the world to join in the mix of racing and partying in the tropics.

The St. Thomas International Rolex Regatta,  the BVI Sailing Festival, and the BVI Spring Regatta, are being held March 27 and April 5, 2009.   The festivities are held within twelve miles of each other in the charter-friendly Virgin Islands, the world’s most popular bareboat charter destination.

Adding to the temptation are the prizes!  The winner of the IRC division will enjoy a week’s holiday on St. Thomas at the Frenchman’s Cove Resort, while the overall leader in the CSA division will win an all-inclusive week’s stay at the Bitter End Yacht Club in the British Virgin Islands.

The St. Thomas International Rolex Regatta kicks off  the 2009 Virgin Islands Raceweek, from Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 29, 2009. The International Rolex Regatta is one of the most popular of several Caribbean sailing events which mixes long course sailing with Windward/Leeward formats.

On Monday, March 30, the BVI Sailing Festival begins at the Nanny Cay Marina in the British Virgin Islands. More relaxed and laidback than the other two regattas, Caribbean yacht charter boats as well as privately-owned vessels race to Bitter End for a chance to win the Bitter End Cup.  End of the day entertainment includes cocktail parties, limbo contests, and layday activities. The Sailing Festival ends on Thursday with the Nanny Cay Cup which takes the racers back from Bitter End to Nanny Cay.

The BVI Spring Regatta kicks off on Friday, April 3, 2009 and caters to a large spectrum of sailing enthusiasts. Choices abound in this regatta from racing IC 24s (modified J24’s), Lasers, and Beach Cats to traditional keel boat racers. While many Caribbean yacht charter enthusiasts join in, others are content to relax aboard their charter yacht vessels and take in the action.

Boats registered in the St. Thomas International Rolex Regatta and the BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival are automatically registered for the 2009 Virgin Islands Raceweek.

For more information, contact your bareboat yacht charter specialist at 1-800-BAREBOAT (  “Great Prices and the Newest Bareboats in the World’s Best Destinations” allows 1-800-BAREBOAT to present new yachts such as the Beneteau 43.3; the Robertson and Caine 4600 catamaran; and the Sun Odyssey 39i.

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