Operating in the Bahamas and the Caribbean
Bar and entertainment area
Guest cabin 1
Guest cabin 2
Guest cabin 3
Happy Hour Canapes
Spacious aft deck
Best view around
Amy & Biff have been sailing together since 2003 when they first met on a beach in Greece. They were supposed to meet at the ferry port of sleepy Porto Heli but Biff forgot to pick Amy up and she found him instead at the bar on the beach, entertaining his guests! That was the start of something special and they have worked, lived & sailed together ever since. Having always worked in the marine tourist industry they love meeting strangers who at the end of their vacation leave as friends!
Captain Biff learned to sail at the Cub Scouts at a tender age and was hooked! As soon as he was old enough to teach sailing he packed his bags & found his way to the Mediterranean coast of France to start his first overseas instructor job. Working his way around France and Spain he finally settled down in Greece running his own sailing school on the chic Greek Riviera. Cold winters of Europe called him to work in Kenya briefly before settling in the BVI’s running luxury charters in warm waters!
Having learned to cook at the age of 9 so she could watch ‘neighbours’ (Aussie Soap) on TV, Amy added windsurfing & then sailing to her interests after finishing university in order to travel. First working in Turkey, Italy & France Amy finally moved to Greece & met Biff. Wherever she travels she picks up local recipes and cooking techniques, which she refined at the renowned Ashburton & River Cottage cookery schools, both in Devon, UK. Fresh, seasonal & local produce are her favourite ingredients put together in a fusion of worldwide flavours for all to enjoy!
Between them, Amy & Biff have the experience & knowledge to steer you a course to a truly memorable vacation. With their water sports background they are able to teach even the most reluctant swimmers, sailors, paddle boarders to confidently make the most of their time on the water regardless of age. Their years working in family orientated resorts in Europe also lend them to be dab hands at arranging fun and relaxing family charters. Known for their flexibility & competence, your wish is their command.
Following the passing of Hurricanes Irma & Maria, this year, Biff and Amy have pledged to give 50% of their gratuities to grass roots BVI charities in support of the recovery in the Virgin Islands. PAW (Promoting Animal Welfare) Adopt A Roof, Free Food For Kids & the Plant a Tree Initiative
GYPSY PRINCESS can accommodate 6 guests in 3 cabins. The Master cabin has a queen size bed, shower and toilet. 2 Guest cabins have a queen size bed, shower and toilet. GYPSY PRINCESS is fully air conditioned through out. Crew has a separate heads and shower.
My husband and I both wrote reviews which you will see below so that you could see both points of view which both arrive at the same thing:
OURS: This was ABSOLUTELY a vacation of aLIFETIME! Shane and Anne were instrumental in making that happen.
Our sailing trip was a Christmas gift from my husband for Christmas 2014. He told me to research which boats I was interested in to sail the British Virgin Islands. After much web search I found the Gypsy Princess which seemed very interesting. They seemed to have a lot of the toys that we might like to use including paddle-boards which I had always wanted to try. After reading about the Captain and First Mate (Shane and Anne) I decided that they seemed like they would be a fun couple to sail with.
We were sent forms to fill out with our preferences for meals and activities. This was helpful too so that we didn’t have to make those types of decisions during our vacation. It made it feel more like a vacation when my husband and I weren’t looking at each other saying “what do you want to do?” with the other responding “I don’t know, what do YOU want to do?" It also is helpful for our Captain and First Mate to plan their shopping for our meals since there are limited opportunities for them to do so. We were told that Shane and Anne would be in touch with us within a couple of weeks of our trip to answer any questions we may still have and to ask any questions they may have.
A couple of weeks before our trip Shane called and we did have a few questions about outlets, phone use, wifi, etc. He was very capable of answering our questions and put us very much at ease. He said that he anticipated that the weather would be good for most if not all of our trip and they looked forward to meeting us. He mentioned that he noticed in our paperwork we had submitted that we were going to be staying in St. John a couple of nights before they were scheduled to pick us up in St. Thomas. He asked if we would rather be picked up in St. John instead of St. Thomas which is where we were originally scheduled. This was so helpful and we are so thankful that they did that for us. It saved us another ferry ride and a long taxi ride and at least another hour and a half of traveling.
12:00 pick up at St. John and Shane and Anne are right on time. We were so excited! A few safety things were explained to us immediately and how to use things like the toilets and showers and then we were on our way. Shane gave us a brief itinerary and explained, of course, that at sea these things are always subject to change. We told him that we were very easy going about this trip and are here to relax.
Anne had delicious snacks waiting for us which was just the beginning for MANY DELICIOUS meals, snacks, cocktails and desserts. We had only booked half-board so that we could try out some restaurants on the islands but had we known what a fantastic cook Anne is we would have absolutely booked full-board. We did dine at a couple of really good restaurants but still nothing compared to Anne’s cooking.
Shane’s sailing abilities and knowledge of sailing and the area made us COMPLETELY at ease. We are much older than he and Anne but truly felt completely safe every minute we were with them. Shane knew all the in’s and out’s of every beach, mooring, dock, etc… He knew when we needed to head out from one spot to get the best spot at the next. He knew which restaurants to go to on all the island. He knew when and where there would be live music on different islands. He knew how we could get around if we wanted to spend time at any of the islands. He knew where we would spot things like turtles and different kinds of fish. I’m not at all a swimmer but was very much able to enjoy kayaking, paddle-boarding (yes, I did it and love it), relaxing on the beach, relaxing on the boat, eating and reading a novel. My husband is a swimmer and was able to snorkel and get as much exercise as he wanted by swimming.
I cannot think of a better way to enjoy the British Virgin Islands. Shane and Anne made our experience incredibly relaxing and rejuvenating. This was no small feat considering that (1) we are used to packing lots into our vacations, almost never resting in our quest to maximize new experiences, and (2) one of us doesn’t really like to swim or to be in water where things are swimming with you! But for this vacation, we threw caution to the wind and asked our hosts to design everything for us. We opted for half-board (half meals on the ship and half meals on shore) and asked our hosts to design an itinerary which brought us to cool places and introduced us to great places to eat on the islands.
And so we come to our first, and perhaps only, problem. Absolutely nothing compared to Anne’s cooking. From breakfasts to snacks to dinners, she out did herself. There was not a single meal that left us unhappy. So, although dining on the islands was nice (for example, the Sugar Mill on Tortola was really nice), nothing quite compared to an excellent meal on the boat. We don’t think that Shane’s delicious afternoon cocktails did anything to enhance our perception of Anne’s meals, but they didn’t hurt! So, our advice is go full board.
Shane’s itinerary was fabulous. Just enough sailing to see how it’s done, but plenty of time to relax, snorkel and soak up the sun. Which brings us back to concern (1) and (2) above. Enjoying the beauty of these islands (whether sailing, moored in a beautiful bay or taking brief excursions to shore) was never boring! There were five of us traveling together and we each found time to enjoy each other’s company and to find our own quiet time. Shane was always ready to accommodate our interests at a moment’s notice. Despite our own tendencies, we were able to relax and enjoy. For that, we are grateful! Our non-swimmer was perfectly at home on a flotation device in Shane’s home-made containment zone and he even succeeded in getting her to try stand-up paddle-boarding!
The boat, itself, was beautiful. Plenty of room for enjoying time together and plenty of spaces to enjoy some private time reading a book, sun-bathing or star-gazing. Things just seemed to work naturally and we all felt very much at home, and we were all convinced that this was due to the hospitality and preparation of Shane and Anne.
And now a little more about them. They each turned 25 years old during our trip. We were endlessly impressed with their professionalism, friendliness,caring, maturity and poise. We would be honored to call them our kids! Shane’s knowledge, command and self-assurance were inspiring. Anne’s sweet, considerate attention to detail and culinary skills were impressive. Most impressive,perhaps, was the sense that these two would fit beautifully with any combination of passengers - an older crowd (like us), families with children or a group of college kids. We suspect they’d be able to make any group of passengers incredibly happy and well cared-for. Regardless, they seemed to us to be a perfect combination as hosts.
They were happy to hang back and let us enjoy our group of 5, but they were equally comfortable joining our group and sharing stories that made everyone’s experience more enjoyable.
Thank you is such a small few words to express the memories you have offered Donovan and I as well as our friends. What was a "Bucket List" trip is now an annual one soley due to both of you and the GP. Your knowledge and kindness truly make a difference and we thank you for that! Always keeping in touch until 2016 when we meet again!
If you find yourselves in Northern Cal you always have a place to stay with us. Thank you for sharing your passion with us.
Sincerely, Suzi and Donovan
Cheers-Until next time...