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SALAMANDER OF LYMINGTON
THE SALAMANDER SAILING ADVENTURE
Experience sailing in the Solent and South Coast on a 58 foot yacht which has sailed around the world
ALL OUR SALAMANDER SAILING ADVENTURE CHARTERS ARE SKIPPERED CHARTERS.
YOU WILL BE LOOKED AFTER BY A DISCREET PROFESSIONAL AND DEDICATED CREW OF THREE. SALAMANDER SAILING ADVENTURE CHARTERS OFFER A SUPERIOR NUMBER OF CREW TO ALL OTHER COMPARABLE YACHT CHARTERS IN THE SOLENT AND ON THE SOUTH COAST.
Why do we offer a crew of three, when most charter companies only offer a skipper, or a skipper and one other?
We understand that guests want to do different things when on board Salamander naturally some guests wish to sit back and relax, have a chat, enjoy a drink, have a bite to eat and generally be pampered, whilst other guests might wish to be more active and experience first-hand sailing an ocean-going 58 ft sailing yacht which has circumnavigated the world.
Not all guests wish to try sailing and similarly not all guests are content to just sit back and relax!
A Salamander crew of three allows for a professional skipper and mate to look after your luxury charter yacht and a full-time steward or hostess to pamper you and your guests all day whilst on aboard Salamander.
A crew of three also allows us to offer you the opportunity to get to know and sail Salamander for yourselves, should you wish, with our experienced and friendly guidance.
QUITE SIMPLY HAVING FEWER CREW ON BOARD IS A CHEAP COMPROMISE ON A LUXURY YACHT CHARTER.
THE SALAMANDER SAILING ADVENTURE SKIPPER - WORLD CIRCUMNAVIGATOR CHRIS AND SOME OF HIS EARLIER ADVENTURES
Chris is a professional skipper who has circumnavigated the world on Salamander for three years with his family, and has now crossed the Atlantic 6 times.
Prior to becoming a skipper Chris enjoyed life as a professional architect in London for nearly 30 years running his own practice. He had been introduced to travelling the world as a teenager in the 70's when his parents lived in Singapore. His parents introduced him to weekend dingy sailing in Chichester at the age of, it is thought, 7 or 8.
Subsequent Adventures included:-
Far East Travel Adventures - Organising independent Travel Adventures in India and the Far East in the 70's for friends.
Motorcycle Adventures - Arranging an independent Motorcycling Adventure to Istanbul in the mid 80's to pick up a friend arriving by plane from Abu Dhabi, and going on to explore the interior and borders of Turkey with Russia, Iran, Iraq and Syria, covering 8.000 miles, riding on potholed roads and dusty dirt tracks, crossing rivers and ensuring any travel between ever present military checkpoints along the route was outside the strict hours of curfew.
Jungle Adventures - Extensive travelling in the Far East in the 90's, included bartering in Indonesian to charter a succession of boats to explore the Mahakam River and its tributaries, looking for Dayak longhouses in the jungles of Kalimantan, Borneo, exploring Burma, as it was called, before the country opened its doors to tourism and travelling into the interior of Sulawesi and the Highlands of Irian Jaya to find recently discovered primitive indigenous tribes.
Helicopter Adventures - In the 90’s and 00’s Chris was invited to compete as a navigator in national helicopter navigation competitions. In 2000 Chris was Champion Helicopter Navigator in the Helicopter Club of Great Britain annual competition.
Diving Adventures - In the 00's Chris qualified as a Padi Scuba Diver in Sipidan, in Malaysian Navy patrolled disputed waters between Borneo and the Philippines. Further family Diving Adventures were organised in Sabah, Indonesia, Africa, Honduras and Belize.
Family Holiday Adventures - Family holidays in the 00’s included further Adventure Travels and repeated visits to Africa, Central Asia, the Far East and Central America. It was soon noted however that family holidays in Europe had been limited to a weekend in Paris and a weekend in Venice!
Motorhome Adventures - To redress the balance Family Adventure travels in the 00's therefore swung towards Europe covering over 46,000 miles in a luxury 40 ft. American RV, or motorhome, visiting most if not all of the countries between Norway in the north and Morocco in the south, Portugal in the west and Greece in the east, including the Scandinavian countries, the Arctic Circle and the Baltic States. The motorhome was equipped with Europe–wide satellite communications to keep in touch and carried a large motorcycle and 4 folding bicycles for local transport. The motorhome allowed us to resume skiing in St. Anton, Austria, for a number of years.
Sailing Adventures - In 2009 our motorhome adventures brought us to the Ionian in Greece to meet with some friends who had come to learn how to sail. It occurred to us that a sailing boat could take us further than the motorhome. The rest, as they say is history.
Chris has a Certificate of Competence - RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore with Commercial Endorsements, valid for use as Master of Yachts of up to 200gt. in accordance with UK Merchant Shipping Regulations - RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory - RYA/MCA Powerboat Level 2 with Commercial Endorsements
THE SALAMANDER SAILING ADVENTURE SKIPPER'S MATE - WORLD CIRCUMNAVIGATOR SUE
Sue escaped from her 30 year City lawyer life to travel with her family in Europe in an American RV. Five years later in 2013 she returned with her family from a world circumnavigation on board Salamander.
Sue grew up by a river and went to secondary school with a view of the North Sea. Excuses were rarely accepted for not swimming even when the snow was falling. Her first boating adventure had been on Lake Windermere. A school friend introduced her to a narrow boat on the canals in the Midlands and to sailing an old gaffer in the Solent.
Boats featured during holidays in Hong Kong and the Whit Sundays in Australia and post marriage, in family holidays in the Lake District and the Norfolk Broads, along with crabbing and sea fishing in Norway. Snorkelling and scuba diving in warmer waters added interest.
Our Greek skipper in the Ionian commented that Sue would make” a good boat wife” which may have something to do with the fare provided on board and in finding the yoghurt to make authentic Tzatziki. Feedback from the crew whilst crossing the Atlantic was that the food was a success and huge morale booster.
Daughter’s chalet cook course raised the game. Salamander provided a relaxed environment for entertaining cruising friends on deck or in the pilot house saloon. Freshly caught fish was always a bonus and ample refrigeration meant we didn’t have to eat it all at once.
TESTIMONIAL - WHAT DO THE SALAMANDER SAILING ADVENTURE GUESTS SAY ?
“A wonderful day out with great hosts!
I went out on a day-cruise on the Salamander to watch the J-class boats in July 2015.
Chris and Sue are perfect hosts - gracious, funny, invariably cheerful and helpful without being intrusive. Ask them about their round-the-world sailing adventures though - fascinating stories.
I would highly recommend Chris and Sue and the Salamander for any adventure they put their minds to.”
JP – Vancouver, Canada