Operating in the Caribbean
From the foredeck by night
Bar-b-quing on the aft deck
Snacks on the transom
Splish Splash, Take 2
Ready for dinner
Leon & Wendy Venter
Leon and Wendy Venter are South African and Zimbabwe born. Both are outgoing and have a love for sailing and water sports, deciding to leave their corporate and business world behind in South Africa to pursue their love for the outdoors in the stunning Caribbean.
In South Africa, Leon had his own engineering business for thirty years plus, doing on-site machining for the sugar, petroleum, paper and marine industries in South Africa and other African countries. Leon has been sailing recreationally since a young boy and has always had a passion for the sea and diving.
Wendy was involved in the corporate world of Mercedes Benz, being on the financial side for several years and with the Barlows Group previously. Her love for the outdoors, sailing since a young girl with her family in Zimbabwe and then South Africa, as well as her love for diving, made their decision to re-locate to the Caribbean, an easy one.
Wendy and Leon have sailed extensively up the East African coastline on their own catamaran and have raced several Vasco Da Gama yacht races, from Maputo in Mozambique to Durban in South Africa. They have sailed their own catamaran from Durban on the east coast of Africa, around the tip of Africa, up to Walvis Bay, Namibia, crossing the southern Atlantic Ocean to St. Helena and Ascension. Upwards to Suriname in South America and upwards to the bottom of the Caribbean chain, to Trinidad. Leon has his Master of Yachts Offshore to 200 tons Captain’s license as well as his South African Coastal Skippers License. Leon is a PADI certified Instructor of several years and Wendy has her Small Powerboat and Rib MCA certification. Both he and Wendy have been in the charter industry in the Caribbean since 2011, working from St. Vincent and the Grenadines to St. Martin and then the British Virgin Islands. Leon and Wendy have sailed various yachts from the British Virgin islands to Florida and back to the Islands, loving the adventures the trips had to offer.
Leon and Wendy look forward to having you on board the luxurious Sail Away, to pampering you and tempting your taste buds with the delights from the galley, indulging you in your favorite water sport, whether it be diving and re-living the history of the Virgin Islands, snorkeling with the abundance of sea life, testing your skills at paddle boarding, kayaking and exploring the coastline with your partner or just simply relaxing on the trampolines, soaking in the sun.
Originally from Queensland, Australia, chef Lisa Mead has spent the past 25 years cooking between Australia, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. She has created epicurean delights for all walks of life including royalty, heads of state and celebrities on board luxury yachts, in 5 star villas and restaurants. In addition to her time spent living in South East Asia, where she gained valuable experience with the local cuisine, if asked Lisa would describe her cooking as global, pulling from different cultures, using only the freshest of ingredients.
Currently Lisa is being filmed in her own cooking show as chef and host of a series titled: "Galley Gourmet With Chef Lisa".
Mike & Lizzy have been sailing together for nearly 10 years, in fact they met as crew racing on a yacht! Together they have sailed around Greece, throughout Croatia, along the picturesque Amalfi coast and the timeless Riviera, and across the Caribbean. They have so far logged in excess of 30,000 nm & over 100 charters. Most of this time has been enjoyed on yachts providing luxury vacations. Welcoming guests aboard with a friendly, warm attitude & an eye for detail they consistently provide holidays of a lifetime for delighted visitors.
Having sailed from an early age, Mike’s passion for boating in general has gained him a wealth of knowledge on sailing & motor yachts up to 80’ long. He likes to pass on his enthusiasm to everyone aboard, encouraging and teaching others more about sailing. Mike has been lucky to have sailed in many areas of Europe and the Caribbean, including logging over 20,000nm in the last 4 years alone on crewed yacht charters. A great sense of humour combined with a professional approach, an open and relaxed manner, not to mention his skills behind the bar, ensures Mike gets guests to enjoy every moment aboard.
Following a degree in Outdoor Pursuits where Lizzy learned to sail, she travelled the world by land & sea. The experiences Lizzy had at this time influenced her expanding repertoire. She adding finishing touches at the prestigious Ashburton Chefs Academy in the UK, Lizzy now takes great delight in serving her charter guests and of course, sailing!
Had a great time on board Sail Away. The crew was wonderful and the boat was a dream. From the great food and music to the beautiful waters and water sports, my trip with Sail Away was incredible. I would highly recommend this boat to anyone looking to enjoy sailing the beautiful waters of the Virgin Islands.
Charles S. - San Francisco
Just got back from being on this boat for a week! It was so much fun. The staff is extremely professional and courteous. If you've never been to the BVI's I highly recommend chartering this catamaran.
Meredith A. - Jacksonville Beach
Mid-June reviews for catamaran SAIL AWAY -
It was our first cruise with friends at the BVI, April 2017. We had an excellent holiday at Sail Away. His crew was fantastic, Jason the captain always open to give us destination suggestions and access our requirements, we did many fun activities with the dinghy, Angie, the best, an exceptional chef delights us day by day with exquisite preparations and the best ever always with a big smile, Lucy was a wonderful hostess kept us at all times solving any issue we requested, with the best encouragement and always cheerful. We had an amazing time at Sail Away and would love to go back.
Rosario B. - Santiago, Chile
Sail Away with our Chilean Flag. What an honor!
This is the second time that we vacationed on Sail Away with friends and we had another fabulous week with great weather in the BVI! The crew kept us busy with multiple destinations and activities daily; we loved Oil Nut Bay, Scrub Island, Bitter End and the remote bays where everyone had a blast with multiple water activities! Captain Jason did an unbelievable job keeping us very active while Chef Will was back in the kitchen preparing fantastic breakfasts, lunches, snacks and dinners! Lucy, the second mate, was a joy to be with, she made delicious tropical drinks, cleaned up after us and kept us entertained! A great time was had by all!
Wendy M. - Marco Island
Message for the broker : I have no words (which everyone will tell youis unusual for me J)! The guests had a fabulous time on SAIL AWAY. The comments keep coming.
“The crew was amazing and Christine was just incredible. We ate likekings all week. Claire and Xavier were so nice and wonderful. Thevacation was amazing! We loved every minute of it....the best vacation ever”.
“It was incredible! I’m readyto look for next year. Call me!”
Charles G. - Dallas
Feedback from the broker :
« I finally got ahold of M. XXX to get a report on their sailing vacation in St Martin with Xavier and Clare and Christine on SAIL AWAY and he has only superlatives for the boat, crew and experience. He was ecstatic about the food, the service, Xavier’s energy and flexibility with doing water sports with the kids, playing DJ and helping guide the itinerary choices.
They said they wouldcharter that boat again with that crew. »