DECK & SYSTEMS
JERI Crew Profile
Captain Alain's love of sailing led him to relocate to the Mediterranean coast to pursue his passion. He started his professional yachting career as a sailing instructor, receiving his Master Certificate of Competency in 1988 and subsequently doing his first Atlantic crossing that year. Over the past 15 years, Captain Alain has captained several charter yachts, primarily large catamarans in the Caribbean and hosted many happy guests. Captain Alain shares his passion for the Caribbean with his guests, and also ensures a seamless charter experience by being a charming host and knowledgeable tour guide.
Every charter party that experiences JERI raves about the cuisine, and some even ask Sophie if she would consider becoming their personal chef! Guests are often fascinated on how their culinary experience becomes an integral part of their charter!
Cooking has been a passion for Sophie since a very young age, a gift she perfected growing up in France. Sophie’s versatile cooking style is a combination of French cuisine with Caribbean flavors, perfected while living in the Caribbean for the past 6 years. Over the years Sophie has also developed her passion for sailing, successfully passing the Captain 200 certification. Quite simply, her exquisite cooking skills combined with her outgoing personality and passion for sailing makes Sophie a delight to have as chef and hostess! Sophie has a passion for French cuisine, however she can adapt to all requests including Vegan, and partial kosher (as some items are not readily available in the Caribbean).
BVI - JUNE 2012
We returned from our BVI cruise aboard Jeri on Monday and what a wonderful vacation we had! The boat was maintained impeccably and suited our needs perfectly. The spaciousness of the master cabin was unbelievable
What made this trip unique was how Sophie and Alain catered to our every wish. For example, my daughter said to ME that she was hungry. Sophie overheard her and immediately brought out a plate of cheese and crackers. How Sophie manages to turn out gourmet meals on a boat is amazing. Her cooking is superb, varied,and she always kept our dietary needs in mind.
Alain was always willing to sail and in addition to taking us wherever we wanted to go, he often had good suggestions regarding beaches and snorkeling. He gladly accompanied us with the dingy to make my husband feel more at ease when the snorkeling was not near the boat. He was happy to "talk" sailing with my husband and to explain some of the boat's systems to him.
Both Sophie and Alaine were warm and likeable and we enjoyed just visiting with them. We highly recommend Jeri and her crew to anyone who wants a 5 star sailing adventure.
Thank you for all your help and we are considering the possibility of a future charter, for 2 this time. We will certainly call you if we decide to pursue this idea.
Allen and Roseann
BVI - May 2012
Dear Alain & Sophie
Wow! You did it again. It is with the utmost confidence that I recommend JERI to my clients. When my clients are on board, I sleep the night through. No nail biting that it might not be going well. You two are very special. Thank you for all your hard work and incredible service.
"Hi Sherry! Just back. We had an absolutely wonderful time. Sophie and Alain are outstanding. They are such a hardworking crew!
CREWED YACHT EVALUATION
How did you enjoy your cruising vacation?
This was definitely one of the most memorable trips any of us have ever had. We have all been on sailing trips or cruises, but this was by far the best!
How would you describe your Captain and crew? Were they Courteous? Helpful? Friendly? Attentive? Knowledgeable?
Sophie and Alain were the best crew. They made sure our every need or want was met. They were so attentive and pleasant, funny and had the best sense of humor. They were definitely a pleasure to be with.
Tell me about your meals? Did the menus meet your expectations? Did your crew pay close attention to your Preference Sheets?
Gosh, I don’t know where to begin with the meals. If I had one complaint it would be that there was too much food! Is that a complaint? Everything was delicious, beautifully prepared and presented. The table was always beautifully set. Sophie offered so many options that we felt we had to eat everything. I think we all gained 5 pounds. I know I did! The husbands are still looking for Sophie each night at dinner time.
How is the yacht? Is she clean and well-maintained? Were your cabins comfortable? Was the cockpit comfortable? Was there enough shade?
Everything was sparkling. Each day Sophie took care of cleaning our staterooms and making up the beds (even though I told her she really didn’t have to). Sheets and towels were changed mid-week. It was better than at home/
What did you like most about the yacht? What did you like the least?
I think we would all agree that the size of the yacht was the best. It was perfect for 8 of us with the crew. There was enough room that each person could go their own separate way if they wanted time alone. The only thing we liked the least was that it was over way too soon.
Would you charter this yacht again? If not, please explain:
Absolutely. We are already talking about “next time”. We are thinking about going out of Guadeloupe/St Martin area since Sophie and Alain described that area so wonderfully to us.
*** Sophie and Alain were so sweet! On our last night they did a special birthday dinner for Mike. They sent us up top while they decorate the dinner table extra special. After dinner they came out with a delicious chocolate birthday cake Sophie had made complete with “trick” blow out candles. We had the best time with them***
St Lucia to Union Island - February 2012
The trip on Jeri was an exceptional experience. The boat is great. It is aesthetically a joy- spacious, attractive & comfortable. The boat was always kept clean & orderly. The crew is phenomenal! Sophie is wonderful-a fantastic chef & a pleasant person. Alain is a very good captain & very witty. They are an additional pleasure to a great sailing vessel.
Antigua - January 2012
"Hey Sharon,We're all back in NYC. Had a super wonderful time again. Alain & Sophie were a real delight. 5 star treatment all around. Good call to go with JERI as it has extra space to relax on top. I'll be sending him an email to thank him properly in next few days. I have his email address and will copy you on that.Our group would like to reserve JERI again with Alain & Sophie around the same time next year, if they and the boat are available. We were all thinking of St.Vincent & Grenadines. You and I discussed this before.Sent from my iPad
Mustique to Union Island - January 2012
I just got your voicemail message...
The trip was amazing!!! The Jeri is GORGEOUS and even more important the crew is WONDERFUL!! Sophie's cuisine is exceptionally divine, fantastically creative and very abundant. Alain is an excellent captain:completely professional while also being fun.
We really can't say enough positive things about our trip and look forward to going on Jeri again!
BVI - October 2011
“Liz, Just a quick note to let you know of the extraordinary trip we had in Jeri. Alain is a terrific Captain and host while Sophie is the most personable and extraordinary chef. The boat is impeccably maintained and well equipped. A world class time was had by all.
Thank you, Ken”.
St Lucia to Grenadines - July 2011
The JERI was in perfect condition. Alain and Sophie were outstanding; both were most accommodating in every way. The meals were over the top. I highly recommend the boat and crew!
I don’t think I can find any improvement necessary everything went so smoothly.
USVI & BVI – June 2011
I would charter Jeri and also recommend her to others.
Tortola - May 2011
Katie, the weather was good, both rain and sunshine, but 100% better than last year. We had a fabulous time with Alain and Sophie. I can’t imagine you charter with a better crew. They are a delight to be with and work extremely hard to please. Of course the Jeri is first class. We plan on chartering again next year in the Grenadines. As soon as we decide on a date we will be in touch.
Warren & Obrien party, USA
Tortola - April 2011
The boat was perfect, immaculately looked after throughout the charter! Alain and Sophie were great! We did a lot of sailing and loved it! He took us to some amazing places and i feel we saw the very best of everything. Thank you for everything, we will be in touch soon to go again!
Antigua - March 2011
It was a wonderful vacation. Boat and crew were great! Captain Alain was fantastic! Always found the best spot in the bay and was extremely helpful and friendly. Sophie worked extremely hard in the galley. Meals were exquisite and tasty! She did a good job adapting to the needs of the two kids on board, while still doing the more elaborate creations for the adults. The yacht was fantastic! Everything was spotless and plenty of shade. It was great having two levels plus the trampoline area where Alain set up an additional sunshade. With eight of us plus crew, we all had plenty of room to spread out when we wanted some quiet time!The rooms and bathrooms (too nice to be called heads) were beautiful!
St Lucia to Grenadines - March 2011
The meals were perfect with wonderful surprises thrown in! The boat was immaculate and Captain Alain was a wonderful balance of fun and professionalism with an infectious laugh that enthralled all of us!
All of us had previous sailing experience, but none of us were experts. Alain was patient and helpful at all times when we did sail the boat!
Sophie was an exceptional cook, first mate and all around sweet person. All 6 of us fell in love with her! Sophie is, in one word - "incredible"! Nothing but superlatives could be used to describe the crew - they were superb!
Alain, Sophie and JERI are all exceptional!The trip could not have been more perfect and memorable!
Tortola - February 2011
Our trip was absolutely amazing. All arrangements went smoothly from Dougie transporting us to and from the airport, to leaving the marina promptly, the comfort and luxury of the vessel, Alain's capable and easy going nature, Sophie's amazing multi-tasking capabilities and her gourmet meals. The weather was fabulous with the exception of the north swell which Alain successfully maneuvered around. We were blown away by the aquamarine water and the beautiful geography of the islands.
The trip was a wonderful five day celebration of my 50th birthday. I think my sister said it best: "The boat, food and surroundings were great but nothing could top the love & laughter." We have a lot of happy memories of our trip.
Thank you for coordinating everything so well and staying in close touch. Of course we are already planning the next trip to the Grenadines.
I will forward a thank you letter to Alain and Sophie which I would appreciate if you could forward on our behalf.
Tortola - February 2011
The yacht was beautiful with great beds! Alain and Sophie were great, they did whatever we wanted with limited recommendations, and took care to make sure we got quiet nights, good sails and fed us very well! Sophie did a great job accommodating our individual needs and desires. The food was delicious!
St. Lucia to Grenadines Charter - June 2010
“Our trip was wonderful. Alain & Sophie were superb. They were so friendly to all members of the family. We enjoyed getting to know both of them. Sophie besides being a fantastic cook also is great at sailing. Alain which we knew was a very experienced captain also knew the area and locals very well too. The boat was beautiful and very comfortable for our family. We were able to enjoy many islands and sailing between them was fantastic. The weather was great also. It was raining in St Lucia when we arrived and I know Alain & Sophie were worried if it would ever stop. Just a few showers the rest of the week and those were usually in the evening Thank you so much for arranging another great vacation for us. “
BVI Charter - March 2010
Alain was a great Captain. He was engaging and willing to meet all of our requests. Sophie was amazing and contributed very much so to the value and pleasure of the trip. She was an amazing chef. Every meal was an experience. The only criticism was that there was too much food!!!
Canada & the UK
Grenadine Charter - February 2010
I can honestly say we had a first class time. Alain and Sophie could not have been more helpful and the food was superb! We look forward to do the same trip on the same boat again!
Grenadine Charter - January 2010
I would like to express my sincere appreciation, first to you for recommending JERI, and secondly to Alain and Sophie for the outstanding service they provided to my entire family.
Alain was a great skipper, nothing was too much trouble, he spent many hours on the dingy with kids skiing, wake boarding etc, etc. What a guy.
Sophie, was the ultimate hostess, her meals were nothing short of outstanding, and she worked tirelessly from very early in the morning to late in the evening ensuring that we wanted for nothing, and always with a smile on her face. Her culinary skills were quite remarkable.
It would remiss of me not to mention what a fantastic boat JERI is, we could find fault with nothing.
My family and I can hardly wait to go on vacation with this incredible team again.
Oh my stars! It was FABULOUS!!! Everyone was MORE than pleased with the entire trip. Susie couldn’t stop saying how this trip far exceeded her expectations. Everyone loves Sophie and wanted to pack her in our suitcases to bring home.
Alain and Sophie got person invitations from everyone of us to come visit us in Texas.
It was all fabulous. I’ve attached a couple of pics and once I get the entire pack of / pics assimilated, I’ll send you a copy.
We cannot say enough wonderful things about The Jeri and Alain and Sophie. We all committed to write wonderful comments on their web site and to let you know. I truly hope you recommend them to other clients – they will not be disappointed.
So, with that said....if Sophie ever turns up missing they need to see which one of the ladies in Texas kidnapped her! lol
St. Martin – June 2011
|LENGTH||62ft (18.9m)||BEAM||30ft (9.1m)||DRAFT||5ft 8in (1.7m)|
|YEAR BUILT||2008||BUILDER||Groupe ALLIAURA MARINE||DESIGNER||Cabinet Marc Lombard|
|GUESTS||8||CREW||Captain Alain Guillaume & Chef Sophie Gignoux||REFIT|
|SPEED||10kts / 12kts||STABILISERS||None||FLAG||France|
|ENGINES||2x 110HP Volvo Diesel Engines|
Often asked, what separates JERI from other luxury catamarans? Quite simply, JERI is the perfect option for guests who wish to indulge in genuine sailing, superb cuisine complimented by perfectly paired wines, and exceptional service compliments the lovely team - Alain and Sophie, all in a luxurious environment.
Welcome to a world of Style & Elegance.... Designed for comfort, performance and safety, this Privilege 615 luxury catamaran introduces her guests to a world of exception. From her sunbathing matresses at the fly, to the spacious cockpit and luminous, cosy interior....an indulgent experience awaits her charter guests...
JERI offers her guests 1 exquisite owners suite and 3 luxurious guest cabins.
Each guest cabin features:
- Inroom television & DVD
- Individual climate control
- Dressing table with mirror
- Expansive storage space including hanging locker
- 110V & 220V electric sockets (European & American)
- Private Heads featuring separate shower with jets et mixer tap; Electric toilet
The Master or owners suite is located forward Portside and features a walk around king size bed (approx. 7ft 8 inch x 7ft), in room computer. The VIP located aft Portside features a king size bed (approx. 7ft 8 inch x 7ft). Located on the Starboard side aft is a third guests cabin featuring a queen size bed (approx. 7ft 8 inch x 6.3ft). This bed can be converted into twins. The fourth guest cabin which features the smallest square footage located on the starboard side forward features a queen size bed (approx. 7ft 8 inch x 5.8ft - two single mattresses).
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