Operating in the Caribbean
Salon spirit on deck
Jim is a mechanical engineer and worked for a long time in medical robotics. He has travelled a lot and even lived in the U.S. for two years.
He started to take an interest in sailing when he was twelve. At the age of eighteen, he had a sailing Federal Monitor degree. Since then, he has been sailing recreationally and has always had a passion for the sea and diving. Jim has his STCW95 Sailing 200 tons Captain's Licence (Sailing Yacht Master). He also has his PADI Dive Master with more than two hundreds dives. His two kids are divers and sailing lovers too.
Jim knows the beauties of the Caribbean sea, especially in the BVI, St Martin, St Vincent, Grenadines, Martinique and Guadeloupe areas.
Sylvia was originally a qualified nurse and has also worked as a pharmacist for more than twenty five years. She is a first aid instructor.
Sylvia is a sea and nature lover ; she has been diving for the last twenty years in oceans and seas all over the world. She has seen almost every underwater creature and will be happy to share her knowledge of fauna and flora with you.
In order to teach her three children how to dive, she decided to pass her FFESSM “Federal Monitor” degree in 2000. She upgraded it to PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor in 2009. She has done over two thousand dives and will be able to guide certified divers as well as teaching beginners or snorkelers.
From November 2017
Relief Chef-Stewardess: Aurora PUCCI OHANA
French & English speaking
Aurora With her French Culinary Certificate Aurora has worked in many restaurants in French Riviera, Paris and Saint Martin.
She is very fond of world cook and has creative approach to cuisine, trying always new recipes.
Really oriented nature, oceans and environment respect, she likes travelling.
The last 2 years, she has worked as Chef hostess aboard a catamaran in the BVI’S.
In her role as Hostess Aurora makes a special effort to ensure each guest feels at home.
She will anticipate your wishes to make your time on board a memorable cruise
SASHA can accommodate 6 guests in 3 double cabins equipped with 3 Queen size beds and private heads & showers.
Separate crew quarter.
Charter on December 29 - January 5, 2018 / BVI'S / English family of 5
Jim and Aurora,
Thank you so much for the most fabulous week on board Sasha. The meals have been delicious. Aurora you are a very good cook! Jim thank you for diving and snoreling. Nothing has been too much to ask. The children have loved the endless watersports. Them and I feel rested.
Thank you both! J
Thank you Aurora for introducing me to my favorite drink the BBC!
And thank you Jim for entertaining us with those interesting jokes!
Glad to be back in the BVI'S even after Irma. Well done to captain Jim and first mate Aurora for welcoming us so well.
Charter on December 21-28, 2017 / STT - STT / American family of 6
Happy New Year!!
Flight back home was good. We’ve been busy with our family. So excuse me for answering this late to your email.
Once again we are super happy we did this trip with you. As I mentioned in the book, you are an exceptionally professional captain and atthe same time a caring and polite person taking care of every little details during our journey. You and Aurora are very good hearted people and that made our trip a pleasant adventure. We were very comfortable and enjoyed every minute of it. It was too short !!!! We had lots of fun. To me it was very special spending the holidays with my son and the fact that I could resume again scuba diving after all of these years has been the high light of my trip. Thanks to you I felt very secure and truly enjoyed each immersion.
Next time St. Vincent and Grenadines !!!
Wishing you and Aurora a blessed 2018.
Hope to see you soon :)
Kindest regards, Carolina and the whole family !
Charter on May 6-13, 2017 / 2 American guests / BVIS
Our second charter on the Sasha means that you're in good hands on this boat.
The accommodations are the best we've seen.
Jim & sylviane have complete knowledge on the BVI and can take you to the best sites for diving and snorkeling.
The food and drinks are spelndid.
The excellence in seamanship and navigation create great peace of mind at all times.
Jim & Sylviane are very attentive and accomodations are first class.
We don't hesitate to recommend the Sasha to any level of diving ability.
MANY THANKS !
J & M
Charter on March 12-18, 2017 / American family of 4 / Virgin Islands
Putting this week in to words is difficult except to say perfect in every way !
Sasha being our first charter none of us knew what to expect, but Jim and Sylvian mad sure this week was beyond anything we could have imagined.
It will be very emotional leaving this day because we truly feel as though we will beleaving part of us on board Sasha and leaving two very good friends as well. We will be back to do this again and it will be with Jim and Sylvian!
Jim and Sylvian thank you for the greatest week of our lives!
Good sailing to you, my friends!
J, J, T, N
This week was truly amazing, but wouldn’t have been the same without Jim & Sylvian!
You guys really made this a special week for us.
I due mynew love for scuba diving all to you.
I hope Iget to see you guys and Sasha again.
If there isa heaven on earth, it has to be Sasha.
We have had perfect meals, have seen beautiful beaches and so much incredible sealife.
Also, Jim and Sylvia are two angels. They are so kind and can’t do enough for you. Our kids want to be adopted by them.
We will beforever grateful to them for giving us the best vacation full of memories!
Lots of good jokes too !
J & K
Thank you so much for letting us stay! We had an amazing time! I will remember this tripthe 2 of you, and Sasha forever.
Charter on February 25 - March 4, 2017 / Virgin Islands / Family of 6
You' ve spoiled us all week. We' ve had a wonderfully, relaxing and fun vacation.
You' ve set a high bar for all future sailing get aways.
Thank you for taking such great care of us - from wonderful meals to spectacular swims.
Look forward to sailing with you again!
P, C & co
Charter on February 14-21, 2017 / USVI'S / 2 guests
We could not have asked for a better Valentine day. Thank you Jim & Sylvia
The food was over the top!
We swam with the turtles and fulfilled one of our long time dreams.
Happy sailing !
Charter on February 5-12, 2017 / Virgin Islands / American party of 6 /
What a wonderful trip ! The crew food and services are spectacular! We could have found a more memorable trip. Thank you so much !! S C
Thank you so much, you guys are the best. Fabulous food (over the top), great boaat. Glad of have met you both. We will leave with lots of wonderful memories! Thank you happy sculing! JP. D
Thank you so very much. It was an amazing wonderful week! You guys are so wonderful and fun. The food was amazing. The week went too fast. Looking forward to future trips!!! C O
Charter on January 7-14, 2017 / Family of 6 / Virgin Islands
Food was spectacular (and I am not easily impressed!). Your warm hospitality manner let me at ease all week. You always knew what we needed before we needed it.
Next time... longer!
Thank you. Fair winds
S and D
Jim and Sylvia,
Thanks so much for a fantastic week on Sasha. We had a great trip enjoying the beautiful BVI'S with our friends.
Thank you ! R & C
Jim & Sylvia
What an amazing week! Sasha is beautiful- so clean & enough space for the 6 of us to not drive each other craszy. The meals were healthy and fabulous beyond what we make at home ! and most of all you were so fun and accommodating to one every need. We hope to come back again soon !
L & D
Jim and Sylvia-
Thanks kindly forthe updates and sharing the guest comments.
I have had thechance to speak with both Laura and Rob this week. Dana and I have onlyhad a brief e-mail since he was continuing on to Trinidad. Everyone seemsextremely happy with their charter onboard S/V SASHA.
They wereimpressed with the condition of the vessel and your ability to meet the dietaryneeds of all guests with such fabulous food and smoothly run logistics for theentire trip. They were very impressed with the hand rolled sushi, lobsterdinner and fruit plates in the morning. Most importantly they all lovedyou as crew and were impressed at the operation you run and the comfortableenvironment you provide. Most were slightly intimidated by Sylvia’sminimal English upon arrival but were very pleasantly surprised at how easily andenjoyably the trip went. This just goes to show what a strong team bothof you are. Should you want a recommendation at any point either myselfor one of the charter guests would be more than happy to provide upon yourbehalf.
Thank you for allof your efforts and showing my clients a fabulous time in the Virgin Islands. I hope to work with you again in the near future. Keep up the greatwork!
Charter on December 25 January 1, 2017 / Family of 4 / BVI'S
Très belle semaine sur ce magnifique bateau. Un grand merci !!
Cher Sylviane, Cher Jean Yves,
Un grand merci pour cette merveilleuse semaine un peu courte, où vous nous avez fait découvrir les BVI'S!! Votre gentillesse, votre discrétion ont contribué à faire de ce séjour, un moment inoubliable!!!
Merci aussi d'avoir initié les enfants à la plongée même s'ils n'ont pas croisé de requins!!!
Enfin, merci à notre "chef étoilé" grâce à qui je vais prendre de bonnes résolutions pour ce début d'année!!!
Bref a Big Thank You !
Charter on December 4 - 11, 2016 in Antigua / Family of 4
Recipe for the perfect week:
Ingredients: Fabulous scenery, wonderful food, tremendous weather, marvellous company, superb vessel and most importantly the nicest and most professionnal hosts we could have hoped for!! Et voilà = le perfect week!
Jim & Sylvia,
We have so enjoyed our relaxing week with you and feel so rejuvanated. We wish you containing success and have no hesitation in recommending you any your business to our friends, any colleguess in the U.K.
With our sincere best wishes,
J. T. B.
A boat called SASHA and crew, Jean Yves, Sylvian are two, with sails and a breeze around the Caribbean Seas, the days we had ware too few!
Charter on November 25 - December 2, 2016 SXM - Antigua / Family of 5
Merci à tous les deux pour ce super séjour! Plein de découvertes en tous genres, c'était vraiment génial!
J'ai adoré la plongée, la naviagation et surtout les rhum tings!!!
Merci beaucoup, j'espère vous revoir très prochainement.
Thank you so much for that wonderful and awesome first experience on a sail boat! Even if the first "Nav" was some shaken but trully funny, everething else was just incredible (the atmosphere, food, activities on board and the rhum ting!!!)
I hope you will stay like this with the smile, jokles and minds.
Thank you so much again for that trip and take care with maybe a second round next year.
Un grand merci à vous deux!!
Ca aurait été difficile de faire mieux! Une superbe découverte avec la plongée, la nav de nuit, les îles, la voile et un super service à tous les niveaux!
On s'est vraiment éclatés, on a appris plein de trucs, on a eut énormément de plaisir avec vous et en famille. J'ai vraiment été impressionné à quel point vous fonctionnez bien tous les deux. On a été super à l'aise et ça donne envie de le refaire. J'espère peut-être l'année prochaine!!
Merci encore, keep it up!!!
Une super semaine à bord du SASHA, des images plein la tête. Des repas fameux, des plongées extraordinaires.
J'espère que l'année prochaine on se fera un trajet exceptionnel.
Un grand merci!
C'était super cool!!! D.
Tout a été dit! Encore merci pour tous ces fabuleux moments et ces merveilleuses vacances. On revient l'an prochain, c'est sûr! E.
Charter on November 2-9, 2016 in the Virgins / American party of 6
A wonderful yacht Sasha, fully found stable, comfortable, safe, reliable with no restrictions on her use enjoyment;
Mastered by two real professionals, with all the expertise, talent, skill and experience needed to take her and all her guests wherever in the Virgin Islands.
With that special grace possessed by the best and most cultural and sensitive of people, quick to anticipate the needs and preferences of their guests.
We anticipated every meal on board with great joy and the secure feeling that we would be surprised, delighted and very well fed. The quality abundance, flavor and presentation of every offering by Chef Jim a Sylvia surpassed.
Our gustatory expectations were always exceeded… We have never eaten so well; we have never been served so kindly; we have never been so thoroughly satisfied with every aspect of a cruising adventure.
Destinations were carefully chosen; mooring and anchoring were done very quiet.
There was never anything of uncertain or disagreement by or between the crew.
It was as every executed maneuver had been done 10 000 times.
Everything is perfect working. Plenty of water, etc…
The cruising facet happened when a guest became ill with multiple bacterial infections of the ear-throat-tong regions.
Co capt Sylvia is a registred pharmacist and keeps certain essential drugs on board. Voila !
This guest unable to control his Houston Physician, without any access to local physicians was saved in a full course of Amoxicillin under the care of Sasha. He did not have to abandon the cruise. He suffered minimally, and no other cruise participants (5) were affected.
So, happy? YES!
So repeat ? YES!
June 7-14, 2016 / GRENADINES / family of 5
Wow!! I'am afraid will be unable to express the level of service we were given because 1st class is not even close.
Jim, Sylvia work together like clockwork, anticipationg every need before it is even thought about. Exceptionaly knowledgeable about the Grenadines.
And the food was outstanding !
One of the best dives we ever been a part of.
Thank you to you both and we hope to sail with you again!
All the best !
April 1-8, 2016 / BVI'S / family of 4
The girls are really sad to be home and several times yesterday they told me how much they miss you. Thanks for such a memorable family vacation. Look forward to keeping in touch and to our next one with you. I am already sending info to friends on you and your boat.
You can use some of our photos. .
Thanks again for the good time we had together.
We had a fabulous week withSylvia and Jim.
They are very special people and are actually missing themright now.
Our grown kids and my husband had 3 fantastic dives with Sylvia and Jim,both are very professional divers and they all felt very safe with them.
Their cooking (especially Jim's) was awesome, they both made deliciousmeals and with my hungry crew every plate was cleaned.
Can't say enough good about the week. We would certainly love to sail withthem again in the future. Only downside was the Tortola pickup, would ratherhave Redhook or Charlotte Amalie.
J - C
Merci beaucoup !! S H
What a great time ! You are a wonderful team. Sasha is a great boat and you handle it well. The food was great and diving could not been better. Most of all your hospitality exceeds all! Congratulations. S B
Jym & Sylvia,
Merci, merci, merci! C'est très bon ! You have been awesome hosts! What a wonderful trip, the food, the wine, the desserts, all perfect ! We also loved the diving. Thanks for letting me hold your hand. Remeber to me + visit we will try to do the same for you ! Merci ! P + R H
Our few days together was filled withsuperlatives – amazing, awesome, wonderful! My thanks to both of you for makingsure we went everywhere on our ‘list’ as well as diving, kayaking andsnorkeling every day. You and Sasha are the best ! K.