DECK & SYSTEMS
Diving: 3-5 dives during the week. Rent equipment - $150 per person per week
AD ASTRA Crew Profile
Meet the Crew
Stephen Varrow & Andrea Gonzalez
Steve has spent his whole life living on or by the sea, at 16 he started as an apprentice with Princess Yachts which started his love for hospitality, sailing and everything to do with the sea.
Steve has been a professional sailor for over 15 years and his experience has included, teaching sailing courses in Spain, the Balearics and the BVI, delivering yachts all over Europe and the Caribbean, running charters for the prestigious Four Seasons resort and skippering charter and private yachts including a 90’ classic sloop in the Caribbean and Bahamas. He has over 50,000 miles as skipper including 5 transatlantic deliveries but his real love is sailing in the BVI and rest of the Caribbean, which he knows intimately, in fact he has navigated to every Island from Puerto Rico in the north to Trinidad in the south.
Dreaming of owning your own Catamaran one day? Steve will behappy to show you the ropes and let you get involved in sailing the boat during your vacation.
Steve is a keen wooden boat enthusiast and loves to compete in traditional sailing regattas during his free time. He is also a master carpenter specializing in joinery and furniture.
Steve is an RYA Yacht-master, IYT Master Unlimited, RYA, ASA and IYT sailing Instructor and PADI open water diver, he consistently receives outstanding customer reviews for his relaxed style, unflappable nature and friendly personality from everyone who sails with him.
Andrea grew up in Columbia and at an early age moved to Venezuela where she lived on the coast. Her love of water started at an early age when she took up synchronized swimming at her local club and she eventually went on to compete at the National level. She then went back to college in Columbia where she studied international cuisine.
Her specialty is organic Latin cuisine as in South America all the produce is sourced and grown locally. She always tries to use organic and local produce in her cooking and loves to experiment with new recipes and ideas and is passionate about everything she does.
Andrea always has a cheeky smile on her face and guarantees all her guests will have fun on her charters, she has 14 years diving experience in the BVI and will be happy to show you those secret little spots that are not always known, she is skilled as an Stand -Up Paddleboard Instructor and also licensed powerboat Captain.
AD ASTRA Specifications
AD ASTRA Testimonials
Guests aboard with Michael and Jennifer on catamaran AD ASTRA in July said:
Our week was fabulous with Michael and Jen Lang aboard Ad Astra. Food/Meals = were astonishingly delicious. Fresh and wholesome with taste to die for in each meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. In fact, Jen's preparation and presentation of our meals rated FIRST CLASS in all categories! We truly looked forward to her each and every meal!Captain-ship: Michael knew everything about the waters and the yacht. Our sailing was superb in every way and we felt secure and safe! Yacht comfort was superb. Four bedrooms for the five of us: My husband and I, and our three adult sons shared accommodations. Ample bedrooms with showers and the yacht was in tip-top condition. Clean and so comfortable with our dining area a perfect setting outside. We enjoyed movies as well as the area inside being well suited for family time, games and conversation.The waters and islands in the BVI's and USVI's are incredible and so wonderful to enjoy. Summary: We would love to vacation again with Captain Michael and Jennifer Lang - Ad Astra - and we recommend it highly!
Dr. David and Donna D
Guests aboard AdASTRA for Thanksgiving Week, 2014
Thank your for a Thanksgiving we will never forget!! Thanks for the adventures, amazing food, teaching us to sail, and for giving us the perfect balance of relaxing in the sun and activity. It was the perfect week and so appreciate all your hard work. Good luck on finishing your boat-it’s going to be AMAZING! See you in the Grenadines!!
Love, The Keenan Family
Jeff, Lori, Amanda, Ali, and NIck
WITH CAPTAIN MICHAEL AND JENNIFER
New Years 2013/2014 aboard a similar 57' catamaran in the BVI:
We have traveled with many leaders, but have never experienced such dedicated and capable leaders. A wonderful trip!
We hope your charter lived up to your expectations. We would love to know some of your impressions about your yachting vacation. Please answer the following questions and add any comments you may have.
1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating?
extremely. special effort was put into dietary requirements and special activity requests.
2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean?
very. comfortable beds/linens, plenty of room to spread out on board. spotlessly clean. special amenities like ice maker/fresh water maker were appreciated.
3. Was the yacht well ventilated?
yes. and AC cooled the cabins and salon at night.
4. Was the food good and well presented?
fantastic - amazing meals were presented 3 times a day - and appetizers each afternoon. Divine desserts. Everyone gained a few pounds......
5. Did you like the area you sailed?
yes - was a pleasant change from the BVI's. Crystal clear waters and loads of fish. However, scuba diving and water toys not as readily available due to national park areas.
6. Could we have helped you further in any way?
7. May we post this review on our website?
8. Additional comments on your charter?
2nd charter with AdAstra and her crew (previously in the BVI's). As the first time, boat was clean and well maintained and the crew extremely pleasant, fun-loving, and accommodating. Food was fantastic. Very much a plus for our group to have a dive compressor and dive gear on board. Would definitely charter with this crew again.
AD ASTRA Specifications
|LENGTH||57ft (17.4m)||BEAM||30ft (9.2m)||DRAFT||4ft 0in (1.2m)|
|GUESTS||8||CREW||Captain Stephen Varrow + 1||REFIT|
|SPEED||15kts / 20kts||STABILISERS||None||FLAG||Virgin Islands (British)|
|ENGINES||2 x Yanmar 50hp|
AD ASTRA Accommodations
AD ASTRA can accommodate 8 guests in 4 cabins.
The Master cabin has a queen size bed, shower and toilet.
2 Guest cabins each have 2 queen size beds, shower and toilet.
A Guest cabin has 2 upper & lower single beds, shower and toilet.
AD ASTRA is fully air conditioned through out.
Crew has a separate companionway, heads and shower.
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