March 2016 -Spanish & US Virgin Islands, repeat guests, two couples:
Trip number 8on Campai. You will realise that (our) eighth (trip) on Campai means thetreatment is +++. We left from Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Viequez, St Croix, StJohn, Culebra. The Spanish Virgin Islands are as laid back as if they were inthe year 2000. The problem is what will we do next year, Barney? Mayra was ourStewardess this year, Dutch-Irish combination, what better can you wish??Thanks folks. Hope to see you in 2017 (deo volente). Viva sailing, viva Campai,viva Barney, Diane & Mayra! - Albert, Marlene, Bert and Bernadette
February 2016- St. Lucia to Grenada, three couples:
Barney, Dianeand Mayra - We have all had a splendid week - you have looked after us, and allour needs, in a lovely, relaxed and cheerful manner with the most deliciousfeasts. Idyllic sailing, island-hopping, turquoise seas, all from an immaculateCampai, sailed so professionally. So enjoyed our nights at the movies(especially "Around the Horn"). Huge thanks - Margie, Judy, David,Jeremy, Robin & Di
New Year2015/2016 - British Virgin Islands, family of 6:
Barney, Diane& Scarlett, our family say GRACIAS! What a week of exploration, indulgence,invigoration and relaxation. You balanced our many whims from guacamole toTarzan swings, to opening coconuts, to water-skiing, to dinghy transport, tothe early morning run to the airport and our final white sand beach stroll.Di's food never ceased to amaze us day and night. We will never forget thefirst lunch - rice, mango, mint & shrimp - LUNCH?! Fancy folded napkinsfollowed at dinner. New Years at Anagada - wow - out there! Thank you crew forgetting us there in high winds and bringing us back! Hope to see you in theStates - more fog awaits! Thank you - Robinsons
August 2015 -Newport, RI - Block Island, family of 6:
Barney, Diane& Nicola - Absolutely glorious! We loved, loved, loved our brief trip withyou from Newport to Block Island andback. The boat is stunning; the food spectacular and you were a lot of fun.Hope to see you next year - Helena, Bill, Zoe, Owen, Lily & Will
August 2015 -Maine, family of 4:
Barney, Diane& Nicola. Thanks for a great NYYC cruise! Especially thanks for dealing sowell with all the flag etiquette and other ceremonial things. We can't thankyou enough for everything you did to make our cruise most memorable. We enjoyedevery moment aboard Campai. Thank you. Safe journeys - Vice Commodore, Philip,NYYC, Wendy, Megan & Joe
June 2015 -Newport, RI - Cuttyhunk - Block Island, 6 friends:
Barney, Diane& Nicola, I love the Campai and this fit and finish. You showed us a greattime and for my first charter I am hooked. We really enjoyed our getaway. WellDone! - Todd
Thanks forthe great 3 days aboard the Campai! It's a beautiful boat and the service andfood were outstanding. We will highly recommend the boat and crew and wouldlove to return for another trip. All the best - Rich
Thanks foreverything! The accommodation, the sailing, the food and the service exceededmy expectations. I hope our paths can cross again in the future - Bob
April 2015BVI’s, Family of 6:
DearestBarney, Diane and Sophie: Even a 29 page itinerary could not capture theessence of our family dream vacation. Beyond the spectacular meals, the greatdrinks and fantastic sails through the BVI, the greatest joy and happiness wassharing the time with you. Thank you for your hospitality and thank you CAMPAIfor a safe and luxurious journey. Hugs and thanks ever so much. Edward, Karen,Wills, Kabele, Prescott and Conrad.
Dear Barney,Diane and Sophie, What an amazing week you have provided for our Cook Clan!Bravo! Barney, your optimism and cheerful Captain spirit made the sails soenjoyable no matter what conditions came our way and Diane, one amazingbreakfast, lunch and dinner, after another. We were spoiled by your creativityand great healthy cuisine! Sophie, her sweet magical way of keeping Campaispotless and her guests well watered and pampered! J With our heartfelt thanksfor every sail, every delicious meal, turned down bed and dinghy ride but moreimportantly for every laugh and lesson on life and your friendship! You madeour first family trip to the Virgin Islands one to remember and I am sograteful to each and every one of you! J xoxo god bless – Family Matriarch
Dear Barney,Diane and Sophie, I can’t thank you enough for the magnificent journeythroughout the amazing BVI’s. I had the time of my life and will remember thistrip for the rest of my life. Thank you for your hospitality and kindness.Thank you !! Thank you for everything. – Son aged 15
Dear Barney,Diane and Sophie, Thank you so much for the amazing journey all over thebreathtaking BVI’s. It was the most amazing trip of my young life. From thebright blue water, to the choppy tubing, to amazing meals, you three were thenicest, most devoted people I could ever wish for to tour us around theislands! – Son aged 12
Dear Barney,Diane and Sophie, Wow! What an amazing week! I feel so blessed to have seen theBVI’s from the view off the decks of CAMPAI! You all made the trip so amazingand special that included many laughs, yummy meals, and unending kindness.Thank you so much again for an adventure I cannot forget! – daughter, aged 17
Well, youcould not have been more right about your recommendation of S/Y Campai, CaptainBarney (sorry, everyone loved his first name and so his last name was ‘lost atsea’), Chef Diane and Stewardess Sophie. We had the time of our lives from beginning to end. From a flawless pickup and welcome in St.Thomas to our very busy five island tour, we were treated to the most wonderfulmeals, the kindest touches from creative, hand-folded different linens at everymeal, beautiful stateroom turn downs every day, chilled expedition waterbottles carefully placed in the cockpit and at the bedside every night and all kinds of fun from tubing towakeboarding, snorkelling and kayaking. The touches and kindness of this crew are exceptional. Barney is not only a great and fun captain,his cheeky humour and warm demeanour made him part of our family. He made each of our four children laugh andvolunteer many times, “Captain Barney is hilarious and so nice and fun…we lovehim.” Among his many talents, he was a keen wheelman on the speed dingy wherehe gave A+ tube rides to three boys who could not wipe the grins off theirfaces.
Chef Diane issimply a lovely person and, in our estimation, an extremely talented chef. She created the most beautiful meals andsurprises serving them with style and a keen focus on our family tastes all thoughtfullyprepared and beautifully presented. Thegathering and feast at Campai’s dinning cockpit was a three-time-a-day luxurytreat that put our family of six near heaven and with smiles abound. The meals were simply fantastic and presentedwith a sweet spirit that always made youfeel extra special and privileged. Lovely Sophie would set a beautiful tablewith the most ornate folded linens and varied place settings that anyone coulddream up. She also became an importantfixture at cocktail hour with her fantastic handmade drinks. Captain Barney was also the best maître’dappearing precisely at the right times to offer more wine or drinks and somelight hearted commentary that made everyone laugh. With his keen technology background andorganized way, family movie night was not only punctuated by an exceptionallyorganized movie library and presented on a nice big screen in her beautifulsalon with great surround sound, but Barney had great recommendations that werea hit with the family. All of Campai’screw were quietly attentive and outright friendly and enthusiastic andinteresting to talk to as well.
We went onfun expeditions with Barney and a particularly touching and memorable ‘treasurehunt’ that somehow found a beautifully colored treasure map in a bottle on JostVan Dyke which led us to Norman Island (Treasure Island) where after an amazingsnorkel through caves, our 8 year old discovered the buried treasure box highabove the cave water wrapped in rope and linen. The adventure lasted through two days of anticipation and culminated ina Campai cigar box filled with Gummi Bears and Hershey’s Kisses that alsomagically never were exhausted (on account of ‘evening angels’ who magicallysaw to it that the box was filled to the brim as soon as it was depleted). You should have seen the face on 8 year oldConrad who scratched his head as he told Captain Barney about how he ‘had eatenso much candy’ that he could see the bottom of the box but somehow each day itwas filled to the brim again). This wasa priceless memory to say the least and executed flawlessly with noprompting. It was the happy, thoughtfuland creative initiative of a great crew.
As anexperienced yachtsman, I can honestly S/Y Campai is a great yacht and herquality build and design by renowned naval architect Ron Holland wasapparent. She cuts a striking line onthe water, is a high volume yacht but fairly speedy cruiser and very soundunder full sail. She has a very nice searide that was especially appreciated by an 8 year old known for gettingseasick. She has been well maintainedand what shows of her age disappears quickly underway and the longer you spendtime on her. But above all, it’s thecrew that makes the difference. My wifeand I said many times that we were splendidly happy with our choice of thiscrew first and the yacht second and each of our four children would second thatsentiment.
In the end,the true test of a recommendation is whether one would charter again with thiscrew or on this yacht. The answer is anemphatic, “YES!” We would go out of ourway to be with Barney, Diane and Sophie again and can unreservedly recommendthem and S/Y Campai to your clients. Wewould follow this crew to almost any yacht. Please feel free to post this recommendation on your website. Barney, Diane and Sophie have earned it andS/Y Campai deserves it.
All the bestat the end of a family dream trip. – Family Patriarch
March 2015BVI’s, one couple:
Dear Barney,Diane and Sophie, Thank you so much for a wonderful sailing experience. You aresensitive to my idiosyncrasies without making me feel uncomfortable. Our sails,our swims, our island-hopping, and our meals – have been truly memorable. Oh –and our tutorials have been so delightful – we wish you smooth sailing.
New Year's2014/5 in the BVI, one couple:
Barney Dianeand Clare, “What a way to bring in a New Year. We have thoroughly enjoyed thisweek on Campai. You are a professional, competent crew, attending to our everyneed, even before we knew we needed something. Uber-attentive! Wow! The food, the sailing, the adventures, thefun - a perfect vacation. Thank you, thank you!"
September2014 Chesapeake Bay, Family of 4:
Thank you allfor an amazing week sailing the Chesapeake bay. We couldn't have asked for abetter crew and beautiful boat. We wish you all the best and look forward tothe next time we meet again. - D & K
Best Birthdayever, greatest crew and food in all of our charters. Thanks to all, MW
Thank you forthe wonderful memories… beautiful sunsets, quiet creeks for docking, fabulousfood, Don Julio 42 but especially thank you for your generous hospitality. Wetreasure the time we spent on board CAMPAI - AW
Thank you allfor an amazing week sailing the Chesapeake bay. We couldn't have asked for abetter crew and beautiful boat. We wish you all the best and look forward tothe next time we meet again. MD
August 2014Newport to Nantucket, Family of 5:
Dear CaptainBarney, Diane and Camille. Thank you all for a fabulous sailing adventure. I’velearned so much about sailing, New England and the boat. The food was terrificand everyone took such great care of us. We will never forget this terrificvacation and the wonderful friends we have made on the CAMPAI, thank you forgiving our family a very memorable family vacation!
July 2014 NewEngland:
Barney, wecan't thank you, Diane and Camille enough for making our time aboard CAMPAIvery comfortable and fun. You have agreat team and a beautiful vessel.
Who knows, wemay join you for some sailing and diving in the Caribbean someday. - Andy
July 2014 SagHarbor, Family of 6:
Melissa andAndy - for our 30th wedding anniversary and Elizas 25th, Alexs 23rd, Colins21st and Aldens 18th! Can't imagine a better way to celebrate family - awonderful time together and a beautiful way to say "Campai!!" to eachother - special thanks to Barney, Diane and Camille for giving us a relaxing,spectacular time together!
New Year2013/14, Antigua – St. Martin, 4 guests:
What awonderful trip aboard the CAMPAI! Beautiful boat and beautiful islands! Afabulous way to send off 2013 and ring in 2014! Thanks to the great crew &Capt Barney for their hospitality! All the best, A&K
Thanks somuch for the wonderful 7 day adventure. We had such a relaxing time sunning,reading, snorkelling & sailing. Hard to go back to the snow in NYC. Thanksto the crew for making it such a great trip & for letting Ben sail :-) !Best wishes in 2014 and beyond. - B&C