Captain’s insight: aboard the luxurious 280′ Aquijo

Captain’s insight: aboard the luxurious 280′ Aquijo

NEW IMAGES OF AQUIJO SHOWCASE THE INCREDIBLE 85M SAILING YACHT, AVAILABLE FOR CHARTER IN THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN FROM NOW UNTIL THE END OF SUMMER. WE SPOKE TO CAPTAIN BEN ABOUT THE UNIQUE FEATURES GUESTS LOVE AND THE INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCES HE AND HIS CREW CREATE ONBOARD.

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“AQUIJO CLEARLY HAS NO EQUAL IN TERMS OF A SUPERSIZED HIGH-TECH PERFORMANCE SAILING YACHT CUNNINGLY DISGUISED AS A HIGH-END BOUTIQUE HOTEL FOR THE MOST DISCERNING OF GUESTS,” HE SAYS. “ADD IN THE FLYBRIDGE SPA, THE BEACH CLUB, THE AFT DINING AREA WITH ITS RETRACTABLE STARGAZING ROOF PLUS ALL THE ACTIVITIES AND GOURMET DINING, AND AQUIJO IS SURELY AN UNBEATABLE EXPERIENCE.”




UNDER SAIL, THE YACHT IS A TRUE TOUR DE FORCE.

“OUR GUESTS ARE OVERAWED BY THE STUNNING SHEER LINE AND EXPANSIVE TOPSIDES, THE SHAPE OF THE HULL AND THE HEIGHT OF THE TWO MASTS STRETCHING 96 METRES INTO THE SKY,” SAYS CAPTAIN BEN. “BUT IT’S DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO GAUGE HOW TRULY IMPRESSIVE AQUIJO IS AS A SAILING MACHINE UNTIL WE HEAD INTO WIND AND HOIST BOTH 1,100 SQUARE METRE SAILS.

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“ONCE HOISTED WE BEAR OFF THE WIND, UNFURL THE BLADE HEADSAIL (NEARLY 1000 SQUARE METRES IN AREA), FEATHER BOTH PROPELLERS, SWITCH OFF THE ENGINES AND THE GUESTS WATCH IN AWE AS AQUIJO ACCELERATES RAPIDLY WHILE WE TRIM THE SAILS TO COURSE. EXPERIENCED SAILING GUESTS ARE AMAZED BY HER ABILITY TO SAIL CLOSE HAULED AT 35 DEGREES OFF THE WIND. IN MODERATE TO LIGHT AIRS SHE WILL AT TIMES SAIL FASTER THAN TRUE WIND SPEED.”

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AFTER AN EXHILARATING SAILING EXPERIENCE, GUESTS CAN RETREAT TO STANDOUT DECK SPACES USUALLY ONLY FOUND ON LARGE MOTOR YACHTS. “THE BEACH CLUB SPA AND ITS SUNBATHING DECK EXTEND AFT FROM THE CLUB WITH AN UNRESTRICTED VIEW OF THE OCEAN,” SAYS CAPTAIN BEN.





“THE FLYBRIDGE DECK OFFERS A SPA POOL, SEPARATE SEATING AREAS WITH GIMBALLED TABLES AND SUNDECK BEACH PADS, AND SEATING NEXT TO THE HELMSMAN’S POSITION TO GET A TRUE FEELING OF THE ACTION UNDER SAIL. GUESTS CAN SEE THE WHOLE SHOW UNFURL BEFORE THEM WHILE SAMPLING SNACKS AND DRINKS OR TAKING A TURN ON THE HELM UNDER THE WATCHFUL EYE OF THE CAPTAIN OR MATE. SLIGHTLY UNEXPECTED BUT FUN IS THE ELEVATOR THAT WORKS EVEN WHEN THE YACHT IS HEELED OVER UNDER SAIL. AND EVERYONE ENJOYS THE AFT DECK EXTERIOR DINING AND SEATING AREA, WITH ITS ENORMOUS RETRACTABLE ROOF FOR STARLIT MEALS PLUS A BAR THAT SERVES ON TAP BEER FROM OUR BEER CELLAR. ”

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TO ARRANGE A CHARTER ONBOARD AQUIJO IN THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN THIS SUMMER, CONTACT THE Y.CO CHARTER TEAM.




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