Operating in the Caribbean
Anchored out on a sunny afternoon
Zingara can pull right up near the beach
Watersports toys galore off the stern.
Human, wind and dinghy toys
Sailing in the afternoon sun
Reaching in the Channel.
Saloon lounging and entertainment area
Saloon lounging and formal dining
The formal dining area
The "gathering spot" - The interior bar area
Main deck master king guest suite
Another view of the master king suite
Amidships queen OR twin guest suite
Port aft queen guest suite
Forward queen guest suite
Aft starboard queen guest suite
The transom and aft cockpit
Zingara's aft deck lounging and dining area
Set up for an alfresco luncheon
Forwdeck and the Trampolines
Flybridge lounging area
Lounge in the sun in the teak steamer chairs
Anchored off the back side of Peter Island
Watersports galore off the stern
Crossing Road Harbour
Fun for the kids of all ages
Growing up in Pretoria, South Africa Hugh spent his youth on the water where his passion for water sports and sailing emerged at an early age. He is an avid fisherman and is passionate about life on the water.
Upon graduating, Hugh went straight into yachting and completed a Mediterranean season in France where his interest in the industry grew.
Followed by a 12,000 nm delivery which included two Atlantic crossings and sailing up the east coast of Africa, Hugh’s enthusiasm for sailing, fishing and diving only increased, and flourished.
Hugh spent two years sailing through Caribbean as the first mate where he worked on a catamaran that spent most of its time chartering in the British Virgin Islands, with this experience he is extremely knowledgeable on the best locations for making your charter unforgettable.
He looks forward to welcoming you on board and creating the trip of a lifetime.
Kyle was born in South Africa and while growing up along the South coast he grew a passion for the ocean. During this time Kyle took up lifesaving where he learnt valuable skills and became competent with many water toys such as jet skis, stand up paddle boards and kayaks. If Kyle wasn’t busy with lifesaving he would be at the docks growing a keen interest in sailing and water sports. Kyle attended a prestigious boarding school for high school which moulded him into a well mannered, respectful young man always willing to lend a helping hand.
After completing school he studied marketing and ventured into the business world. He then moved up the coast of South Africa to Sodwana Bay, which is where he started his career in the scuba diving industry. He grew a passion for working with guests and being able to show them the beauty of the underwater world. He worked his way up to become an instructor at a 5 star PADI center. After gaining ample experience as an instructor, he was invited to qualify as a PADI staff instructor where he trained and assisted Divemasters to become qualified instructors.
Kyle also loves fishing and is also a keen spear fishermen, which has come from his free diving experience. He is keen and always willing to take guests out to enjoy any water sports and experience the beauty of the open ocean.
Kyle’s goal is to gain experience in the industry and to one day become a captain, but for now, he enjoys his time on the water with his crew and the guests that come onboard. He is always ready for adventure, loves a challenge and is never shy to try something new.
Gabriella was born & raised in Knysna, a small costal town in S. Africa. Every moment of her free time was spent surfing, swimming, paddleboarding & kayaking. Gabriella has always loved the sailing world and feeling the freedom the wind brings while being on the water. While in school Gabriella played water polo, further strengthening her swimming. Gabriella went on to become an Au Pair, living in England, the US and France. In 2019 Gabriella won Au Pair of the Year while caring for 4 children in the US. A national award, Gabi was recognized by both her host family and Au Pair International.
Gabriella returned to S. Africa to pursue her dream of becoming a professional scuba diver. She went on to complete her diving courses and became a PADI Instructor. Later on she further qualified as a PADI staff instructor, one of the highest level of certification in diving, and she is an Emergency First Response Instructor putting safety at the forefront, always vigilant and making sure her guests are happy and safe. This lead to her dream job of combining diving and the yachting industry.
Gabriella is tenacious, hardworking and is always up for an adventure. She has a fun loving and kind nature, loves working with people and makes a great cocktail, always making sure you have a refreshing drink in hand.Gabriella can’t wait to share the beautiful Zingara experience with her crew and the guests doing her utmost best to make the experience an incredible and unforgettable memory.
Born and raised along the coast in the Eastern Cape of South Africa - Maxime thrived as she came to realize her love of the sea.
After completing a Hospitality Management degree and working a further 3 years in various luxury environments, she finally combined her passion for the ocean with experience gained and grew her skillset to work in yachting and explore the rest of the world.
She started her career as sole stewardess on a sailing yacht in Monaco and began her first circumnavigation, embarking on an extraordinary adventure sailing the world. Following which she joined the Oyster World Rally, also participating in the Oyster Antigua Regatta which really ignited her passion and love for sailing.
Having done a circumnavigation while first working as a stewardess and then becoming chef, she has prepared food in various parts of the world and therefore her cuisine is beautifully diverse and influenced by global flavours.
During her career she has sailed over 50 000 nm thus far, sailing through the North and South Atlantic, the South Pacific, the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean and Caribbean Sea. Maxime is a vibrant and positive individual, whose caring attitude shines even while working under pressure. She strives to create a guest-centred environment, catering to your needs and specific tastes.
She looks forward to having you onboard and satisfying all your culinary needs.
Mid-March, 2023, guests aboard catamaran ZINGARA wrote:
I wanted to provide some feedback for you on our recent trip on the Zingara. We had a fabulous time, and it was an exceptional vacation for us all.
We were very worried after our last trip with Captain Lee and Cami, we would never be able to replace the experience. However, Captain Hugh is so young and energetic. He is light-hearted, but very serious when it comes to the safe operations of the boat therefore you feel a ton of confidence in his capability. Perhaps since he is only 24 and recent to the charter business there is no burn out. As you know so well charter clients can be so demanding, and I am sure after a period of years the lifestyle would wear on most anyone. I think this Captain is really excited to make a career of this, and I sensed his ambition and desire to create a great experience for us. The day trips planned were wonderful, and we found the suggestions of things to do very helpful. The logistics of our day trips were well coordinated, and we had a fabulous and diverse experience. The kids of course also loved the water sports, spontaneous snorkeling, and random treasure hunting hikes along various rock formations.
Maxime the chef is one of the more talented I have encountered in terms of both presentation and food quality. I have been on a yacht called the Victoria Del Mar several times (170 feet I think), and I would match Max’s food with that experience. Every meal was different and all home made and fresh ranging from fresh pasta and homemade bread all the way to elegant seafood dishes and beautiful salads. She is also a total delight to be around, and did things like made cookies with my kids in the afternoon. She was very detailed and sure to have everything on the provisions list.
Gabi and her are quite the pair. Gabi never hesitated to get us anything we needed, and she always took the time to check on us wherever we may be on the boat. She has an incredibly warm personality. Her table settings for all three meals of the day were gorgeous, and she spent umpteen amounts of time teaching my daughter how to fold napkins and set the table. She also spent a lot of time making seashell necklaces with Elizabeth.
Kyle assisted us around the boat and off the boat. He was always there lifting and helping us move my 84 year old Dad in and out of the tender. He is a very quiet professional, and makes anyone feel well cared for on the Zingara.
This is an exceptional crew. They cooperate and work together beautifully, and it is evident in the joy and positive energy they have each day. My kids are still sending videos and crying about missing them so much.
Our chef Katie was outstanding! She worked countless hours in the galley preparing delicious meals and snacks for us. Katie made each meal using local foods and even grows fresh herbs on board! The highlight at each meal was of course dessert. We are still raving about Katie’s banoffee (banana and toffee) pie!
Guests' most recent (20 March, 2020) reviews on catamaran ZINGARA:
Late February, 2020, guests on ZINGARA wrote:
Charter guests from mid-February, 2020, wrote of their ZINGARA holiday:
Guests from late January, 2020, wrote:
Spring Break, 2019... Mid-March guests aboard ZINGARA wrote:
Our family of seven sailed on Zingara from June 7-17, 2018. It was almost impossible for us to even put our trip into words for this review because it was such an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Zingara is an incredible boat with every amenity you could want—complete with chocolates on the pillows every night and spacious, impeccably-maintained guest suites. The boat is fully equipped for almost any type of fun imaginable. Pool noodles, inner tubes, a party float, waterskis, a complete set of SCUBA and snorkeling gear, and a crazy fun tubing tube are just some of the water activities available. The nets on the front of the boat are a great place to relax with a book or just lay out in the Caribbean sun, but there are also some great shaded areas in the aft cockpit and the bridge if you prefer to stay shaded.
The SCUBA certification course was expertly executed and all of the dives were memorable and full of exciting marine life. We had a mix of uncertified and certified divers at the start of the trip, but even those of us who were certified did not consider ourselves particularly SCUBA-savvy. By the end we all felt comfortable and excited by all the underwater adventures SCUBA diving offers! Camille and Andres are truly exceptional instructors beyond compare.
Every day held a new and exciting adventure in the BVIs, complete with incredible excursions ashore. We loved exploring the Baths at Virgin Gorda, hiking to the bubbly pool, scootering around Anegada, and playing beach volleyball at the Soggy Dollar. The BVIs have the opportunity to create endless memories; it is almost impossible to pack it all into 10 days there—we will just have to come back!
Beyond the island adventures, every single meal was an artistic and culinary masterpiece that never failed to delight us and perfectly complement the activities of the day. We are still dreaming of Tyler’s cooking! Part of the excitement of a new day in the BVIs was a whole new menu of culinary surprises from Tyler’s kitchen. We were initially worried about our group’s many food intolerances, preferences, and allergies, but Tyler adapted the meals with expert ease.
Above all, the crew is what makes Zingara so incredibly special. Lee is an incredible captain who navigates the Caribbean waters with a relaxed confidence. He was also happy to entertain all of our questions about sailing and life on the water! He is funny, wonderful to converse with, and even included us on a fun provision run ashore! Not really stuffy at all!! 😜 Camille is so kind, helpful, and awesome to adventure with. She keeps the cabin looking incredible, makes amazing lemonade and cookies, and is also an awesome yoga instructor! She makes sure every guest is comfortable and happy throughout the day and is an excellent underwater guide—she finds amazing wildlife that you might miss otherwise! Andres is another essential part of the Zingara experience. He instructed two new divers through their SCUBA certifications with ease. He helped us catch a Jack fish and Tarpon off the stern, and was always excited to help us fish and adventure on the water! He was a great captain of the tender boat and even helped a first-time tuber feel safe enough to try it out. He is also an expert crafter of cocktails and the beverages of your dreams—be sure to try the Painkillers! His fun-loving attitude keeps spirits high throughout the trip. Tyler is an incredible chef worthy of a Michelin star or two, but he is also an excellent conversationalist with great stories and jokes. We loved chatting with him and learning all about the inspiration for his incredible culinary creations.
They are all fantastic crew-members, but, more importantly, they are all truly incredible people. By the end of the trip, we counted every one of them among our friends! Zingara is a magical place where dreams come true!
They entitled their letter "Zingara Magic"!
Guests aboard catamaran ZINGARA in June, 2018, wrote:
Lee, Andres, Camille, and Tyler:
The week with you on the Zingara was our BEST family vacation EVER!!!!! The catamaran was very beautiful, and the vacation was totally spectacular. Tyler, you prepared such delicious meals which were elegantly presented, and Camille, you created a uniquely beautiful table setting for each meal. We appreciated so much that we all interacted so comfortably and really enjoyed laughing and talking together throughout the week. Camille and Andres, you were such energetic and enthusiastic “leaders” for our teenage grandchildren! Because of you, they will always cherish special memories of fishing, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, paddle boarding, and best of all, jumping from the halyard swing. And Lee....we know you are the BEST captain in the Caribbean!!!!!
We all will remember you fondly and will always be grateful for your constant effort to create a magical vacation for our family. Thank you so much!!!!!!
Mimi, Bob and family
Late January, 2018, guests aboard ZINGARA said:
Just back from a week in the British Virgin Islands on Zingara. The boat was beautiful and the crew friendly and accommodating.
New Years guests aboard catamaran ZINGARA said:
We were all talking over dinner tonight in the Miami airport about what an amazing time we had with you , Andres, Camille and Tyler this past week.
Frankly , we were expecting the BVI's to be a bit war torn after the hurricanes , but were pleasantly surprised to see things nearly back to normal. The st Thomas airport was in fine shape and the islands in the BVI 's as beautiful as we remembered. Dinner on Anagada was great, the Soggy Dollar bar was a lot of fun and scuba diving in several very cool spots was a definite highlight.
Zingara is a beautiful boat. Extremely comfy and your crew very attentive . We all loved Tyler's cooking and the cocktails were tasty and plentiful.
My family was pleased to see the BVI's as beautiful as ever and we appreciate you creating a wonderful week for us !!
2017 Yuletide guests aboard catamaran ZINGARA said
Just wanted to drop a short note thanking you for a wonderful journey aboard Zingara this past week. For those who are hesitant to visit the US or the British Virgin Islands in the wake of the hurricanes that hit this past fall, I would suggest that now or later this season is the exact right time to visit. While certain restaurants and bars may be closed, new ones have cropped up and some of the old stalwarts, like Soggy Dollar Bar, are up and better than ever. The waters are a lot less crowded and tranquil bays and overnight spots that are normally packed with sailboats and yachts are much more accessible. My entire family felt the lack of crowds was a huge positive on our trip allowing us to go where we wanted when we wanted and also, helped us with water activities without the normal crowds etc. The hurricanes did nothing to affect the beautiful waters of the area, the plentiful fish, and other types of wildlife. The airports were very functional and very easy to go through. The residents were friendly and appreciative of our visit and our contributing to the local economy and their rebuilding efforts. Back to Zingara, we have been on an array of boats in the BVI’s, and really felt our experience on your boat with yourself, Tyler, Andres, and Camille was our best ever. The food on the boat was exceptional, More important, the personal touch and service provded by the entire crew made us all feel at home and excited about each and every minute onboard. Please feel free to use this note as a recruiting tool for those that are not ready to venture down there. It was an experience we will cherish forever. Thanks
Recent charterers on ZINGARA said:
The staff on the Zingara was amazing from the time we stepped onto the boat to the time we left. Our group needed some extra help with travel arrangements and the crew didn't hesitate to accommodate our needs. (Some people couldn't get into port on time for departure so they rerouted and picked us up on another island!) It made us feel at ease knowing the crew would help and arrange our various arrivals. Daily we woke up to smiles and unprecedented service. The meals were OUTSTANDING and touched on every guest's dietary needs and wants. The crew was jovial yet very professional making us feel at home and comfortable! I wouldn't ask for another crew! Thanks again for a trip of a lifetime!
Jessica & Chris Cunningham
Guests aboard catamaran ZINGARA in the first week of July, 2017, said:
June, 2017, guests for ten nights aboard ZINGARA said:
Thank you for a wonderful time.
Mid June, 2017 guests said this about their charter aboard ZNGARA:
Early June, 2017, guests aboard catamaran ZINGARA said:
Recent Spring, 2017, ZINGARA guests said:
Dear Lee, Kirin, Michelle & TJ:
We are still ‘floating’ from this most amazing adventure in the BVI’s. There were so many highlights from our trip - the different islands we sailed to each day, taking advantage of all the activities the Zingara had on board - snorkeling, paddleboarding, scuba, tubing to name a few! But what made this trip really special was the level of service we all encountered, which enabled each of our families to spend the relaxing, quality time we all very much needed! The food was amazing and so was the boat itself. Thank you for being so accommodating and fun to be around. We all really enjoyed ourselves and cannot wait to go back to the islands! Hope everyone had a great vacation off the boat and enjoy all of the tours for summer. Take care!
Erika, Harrison, Reilly, Logan & Olivia
New Years week guests aboard ZINGARA wrote:
We are experienced yacht charterers, as we have been many boats with many different crew. First of all, the boat. Zingara is a perfect layout for 8 or 10 people (we had 10). There is plenty of space and different areas on the boat to spread out. Not only that, but she is provisioned well with many toys and activities. The SCUBA equipment in particular is new and very nice, which is important. The new owners have put money into the boat and it clearly makes a difference. Nice linens and towels, in addition to “the little things” that make a boat nice are all on board. Of all the boats we have chartered, Zingara offers the most for the best value.
Now, on to the important part of any charter, the crew. I can say unequivocally that this is the best crew, across the board, and that each one of the four individuals on board with us were the best at what they did of any crew we have ever had.
Let me start with the chef, Teej. We had very different tastes in our group, from kids who only wanted kid food, to adults who will settle for nothing less than the best fine dining. We also had a few picky eaters and a shellfish allergy. At the end of the trip, EVERYONE of the 10 of us said that EVERYTHING they ate from Teej was the best food they have ever had, not just on a boat, but anywhere! Teej was so good that all of us are fighting over having him come to our homes when the charter season is over to cook for us personally. The meals were all creative with great flavors, and perfectly proportioned (except for the monster cookies). Teej never said no; if one of the kids wanted a PB sandwich, it would appear. Everything, from breakfast to lunch to appetizers to the amazing dinners and deserts, were Michelin star quality.
Next, Kieran. The hardest thing to do in a confined space for a week is to keep the kids (ages 7-14) entertained and interested. Kieran did that wonderfully. At every stop all of the toys were instantly in the water and Kieran was ready to go with whatever they wanted to do. And he never got tired, if they wanted to be on the dingy for 4 hours, Kieran was there with energy and a smile. The new things he introduced us to were great, including the HaliJump, the SubWing, and the secret cliff jumping pool, all highlights. And I haven’t even talked about SCUBA yet, Kieran was awesome with the SCUBA, encouraging dives every day. By the end of the trip, he had certified two new divers, gave resort lessons to two more, and did multiple dives with the three pre certified divers. From beach dives to more advanced, everyone LOVED the diving. I can not say enough about Kieran’s great spirit, temperament, and energy.
Kieran was accompanied by Michelle, who is simply wonderful. I will start with the diving, Michelle loves to dive too and she was involved with all the dives. It was helpful to have both Kieran and Michelle on dives as we could break up the group based on skill level. From the boat standpoint Michelle was always on the spot. There was never a towel out of place, a glass half empty, or what you needed not instantly available. The fact is, Michelle is just a VERY nice person, and pleasant to be around at all times. She was warm and made the entire group welcome and comfortable. And, she was pretty funny!
Finally, Captain Lee. From the time we got on the boat, everything was about us, and what we wanted. There was never a no said the entire time we were there. Not only that, but any side comment was heard, and acted on. So when one of us wanted something to eat that wasn’t on board, Lee snuck away and that afternoon it was on board. He truly listened and cared about us and what we wanted. He put together a great trip and at each stop showed us new and interesting things (remember, we have been to the BVI many times). Lee is so pleasant to be around and was really vested in making sure that each one of us was having a great time. It was clear that Lee was passionate about us, and passionate about Zingara. That passion was infectious and really made each of us have the trip of a lifetime.
The personality of the crew makes a charter, and when 14 people are together for 7 days on 80’ of boat, it is the personality of the entire crew that makes the trip work, or not work. Not only did this crew make the trip work, but they made it the best trip we have ever taken, both for each individual, and as a family. I would highly recommend this crew to anyone looking for a wonderful week in the Caribbean.
Holiday Season guests aboard ZiNGARA wrote:
Lee, Michelle, Kairan and TJ,
The best way to describe how GREAT our trip was this past holiday is "Nobody wanted to get off the boat". I think if the next week wasn't booked, we would of all stayed on.I don't think they make a better captain anywhere in the world. The crew was wonderful and was on top of everything. I told Michelle one day that we truly appreciated how they knew when to be around, but also not be right on top of us all the time. We didn't appreciate the 2-3 pounds we came back with to Texas from TJ's delicious food!!! The water sports were wonderful on the boat. My great niece and nephew up to myself had so much fun. Looking forward to our next adventure together.
You can be sure we will book again. All our best,
Jamie, Bert, Brett, Zachary, Natalie, Jenn, Cary, Eli and Sophie.
We miss you all
A Crazy Quilt of comments from Guests aboard ZINGARA in mid April, 2016:
Guests aboard ZINGARA in late February, 2016, said:
Guests with catamaran ZINGARA this past week said:What a fantastic week in a fantastic location, spent with fantastic friends, and a FANTASTIC crew. The crew made this trip absolutely wonderful from start to finish! They were always there for anything and everything!! Phenomenal food, drinks, and snorkeling sites every day. Our sincere thanks to Captain Lee, his lovely bride of one year, Nadine, Kieran and Michelle!!Great job by all!!
Mike and Cathy Stewart
Guests aboard ZINGARA in February, 2016
We are back in Naples and missing the Zingara and crew. I am doing laundry and yes I must cook dinner tonight! Such a shock to my system after being pampered for a week! Mark and I had the best time last week!
You all treated us as royalty! Your attentiveness and professionalism was accomplished in such a warm and friendly manner. Thank you to each of you!
And thank YOU for the 5 extra pounds! Haha! The food was amazing! You are such a talented chef!
Our crew has anointed me the "author" of the Zingara 2016 Cruise Cookbook! So if you would not mind sharing some of your amazing recipes, it would be greatly appreciated! Of course whenever it is convenient for you!
Thank you for a perfect week and for the recipes!
Pina Colada Cheesecake
Focaccia Bread - the 1st day and also the variation of the focaccia served with bar b q chicken
Pina Colada CheesecakeFocaccia Bread - the 1st day and also the variation of the focaccia served with bar b q chicken
Puff Pastry Tarts with cheese, sundried tomatoes and balsamic reduction
Crab Money Bags
Duck and the delicious sauce you served with the duck
Slaw and the dressing
Seared Tuna and the sauce that you served for lunch
Chocolate Mousse Cake
Chocolate Chile for the beef tenderloin
Shrimp served atop Tenderloin.
EVERYTHING WAS WONDERFUL and we would love all of the recipes, but have chosen these so as to not totally overwhelm you and your kindness!