Grand Bleu Vintage is an exercise in elegance, comfort and impeccable hospitality. Designed by the renowned Philippe Briand and built by CNB Bordeaux, refitted in 2013, she exudes quality and performance in every situation. Whether under sail or at anchor guests will find Grand Bleu Vintage comfortable and luxurious.
The deck salon offers guests the opportunity to relax and unwind in the warm breezes of the Mediterranean while sipping an aperitif before dinner or simply reading a great book. Guests have the choice to dine on deck or below in the light and airy salon.
The crew is gracious and dedicated to the enjoyment of their guests. Captain Pascal has an incredible knowledge of the Mediterranean and can guide you to the best sailing and beautiful anchorages where you can enjoy a swim in crystal waters or star-gazing unimpeded by artificial light. He is assisted by a professional chef who takes great care in catering to guests’ preferences.
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GRAND BLEU VINTAGE Crew Profile
The Captain : Pascal Miniaou, 48 yrs. French. English fluent.
Qualifications: Captain Class 4, MCA, Stcw95
Pascal worked as a sport shop manager for three years before deciding to crew on sail boats such as the 80’ Umatalu, the 75’ Serenité and the Swan 651 See Flo. During his five years of training, he sailed in the Mediterranean, the West Indies, Brazil and took part in several Atlantic crossings. He is now perfectly at home in the charter world on board large sailing yachts.
He also monitored the building of a 75’ sail boat, ‘Kermor’ and stepped on board as Captain for a round the world cruise which took him to all the seas and oceans of the world between 1993 and 2002.
Since then, he has sailed on various boats, such as the Swan 72’ Elysion Blue, the 130’ Globana M, the motor yacht Pegasus, the 82’ Falcon, and Sirius of Man, a Predateur 100, before embarking on Grand Bleu Vintage in February 2007.
In addition to his excellent seamanship and technical skills, Pascal loves water skiing and downhill skiing, he plays golf and enjoys natural history, astronomy and photography.
Quiet and cheerful, Pascal is an attentive and welcoming host. His extensive experience allows him to deal confidently with any situation.
Mate: Julien Reynaud, 30 years old, speaks French & English, Engineer Mechanic, Captain 200 STCW95, medical 2 - Padi Open water
Bachelor Degree in Sailing & Yachting Operations.
As a child, Julien lived for three years with his parents on a sailing yacht in the Caribbean. He never lost his love of living close to the sea and once he finished his Bachelor degree, he spent four months working for Moorings in St. Maarten including ten deliveries for Moorings and Sunsail in the Caribbean. Determined to do a career in sailing, he went back to school and got his French captain licence in 2011. After the theory, he needed training and spent time working as deckhand on the motor yacht Hemilea (140'), then as second mate on the sailing yacht Idle (CNB 105'), and Victoria D (CNB 106’). Early 2012, he got a job on MY La Pellegrina (Couach 164’) and spent a few months learning about all there is to learn in terms of mega yacht maintenance and services. But his heart belongs to sailing yachts, so he joined Grand Bleu Vintage in April 2013.
Julien is a very nice person and takes pride in maintaining Grand Bleu Vintage to her best standards.
Cook: Hippolyte Achard de La Vente, 30 years old – Spoken English;
Training: 2001 Diploma in Hostelry - 3rd Prize in the Regional Best Apprentice in France (2001)- Training with Bocuse (Nov 2011- Jan 2013).
Since getting his diploma, Hyppolite has worked as a cook and chef, mainly in Verbier (recently in the restaurant “L’Atelier”), where he was able to capitalize on and enjoy his love of mountain sports. He is now delighted to have found a way to combine his love of the sea with his work. He strives to please each guest by providing varied and sophisticated dishes. His sound experience, based on French gastronomy, enables him to manage his galley at a highly professional level. He respects both hygiene and nutritional rules without compromising his creativity and imagination. He is calm and reserved. He knows how to listen and is open to suggestions. he embarked on Grand Bleu Vintage in May 2011.
The hostess: Indira Beltram, 36 years old, Venezuelan/French, fluent in Spanish, French, English
Indira worked for a few years as a housekeeper and in child care on a private estate. In 2006, her enthusiasm for sailing led her to embark on Dear Friends (Cat 65’) in Ft Lauderdale, the Keys and Sarasota, Florida. The following two years, she was hostess on Exit Strategy, a Cheoy Lee Expe yacht 90’, operating between Ft Lauderdale, the Keys and the Bahamas.
Her taste for the sea and travel prepared her for coming to the Mediterranean where she was hostess on Xaroco, a Ferretti 95', in Spain. She has a sunny hardworking dispostion and is always ready to respond to the needs and preferences of her guests, who are always touched by her kindness.
These wonderful team are working together on Grand Bleu Vintage for 4 years, except Julien who joins them in 2013.
GRAND BLEU VINTAGE Specifications
GRAND BLEU VINTAGE Testimonials
JUNE 2010. Dear (Broker) ??Thanks for all your hard work. The week was fantastic. We all loved the boat and especially the crew. They did an amazing job of looking after us for the week. Pascal is a great captain and made all the family feel safe as well as ensuring that we had a wonderful schedule. ??Thanks again. We will be back next year. ??Mark.
It's been on my mind to write you for over a month now, to let you know about the fantastic charter we had aboard Grand Bleu Vintage this summer. My wife Terry and I along with our good friends were aboard her for a week as we cruised from Antibe to Corsica.
I have chartered large power and sailing yachts over 3 dozen times in locations from Tonga to Canada, all over the Caribbean and the Med. This crew and boat were in our top 5 of all time. As you probably know, the key to a really great charter is always the crew. And this was no exception. Pascal has put together a great team. The fact that this group worked together as well last summer shows as they are really a nice team.
I have to say a special word about Hyppolite the chef. The quality of the food, the presentation, the selection of the menus, the way he listened to his guests were all absolutely perfect. In fact, my wife and I felt this was consistently the finest food we had ever had on a yacht. We particularly loved how he got all that taste and variety into our meals and we didn't gain any weight. Maybe it is true that "French women don't get fat", which was the name of a popular little book here in the USA a couple years ago.
Well, I know you must get lots of note of commendation, but I didn't want our wonderful experience to go without comment. I wouldn't have changed a thing (except for perhaps a bit more wind!)
Please feel free to use us as a reference for anyone interested in GBV or their crew.
GRAND BLEU VINTAGE Specifications
|LENGTH||95ft (29.0m)||BEAM||22ft (7.0m)||DRAFT||11ft 5in (3.5m)|
|YEAR BUILT||2003||BUILDER||CNB Bordeaux||DESIGNER||Philippe Briand|
|GUESTS||8||CREW||Captain Pascal Miniaou & Chef Hippolyte Achard de La Vente + 2||REFIT||2013|
|SPEED||10kts / 15kts||STABILISERS||None||FLAG||United Kingdom|
|ENGINES||Cummins 350 HP. 2 Generators (30KW and 17 KW). Ballast: 2*3 700L. Bow Thruster M|
GRAND BLEU VINTAGE Accommodations
GRAND BLEU VINTAGE can accommodate 8 guests in 4 cabins.
The Master cabin has a double bed, shower and toilet.
1 Guest cabins have a double bed, shower and toilet.
1 Guest cabins have a double bed, shower and toilet, convertible into 2 single bed.
A Guest cabin has a twin bed, shower and toilet.
GRAND BLEU VINTAGE is fully air conditioned through out.
Crew has a separate companionway, heads and shower.
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