Operating in the Caribbean
Main Salon Starboard Side
Main Salon Port Side
Cockpit from Port Side
Cocktails on the foredeck
Top of the Mast
Find your inner child
Paddeling into the Sunset
Swimming with Dolphins
If you ask Barbara or Wayne Elsworth what their earliest memory is, it would certainly involve boating. They both grew up on the shores of the Hudson River, only 150 miles apart. Coincidentally, their families summered at the same Adirondack lake, just on opposite shores! It seemed inevitable that one day they would meet, ironic that it would be on a Caribbean island, 2,000 miles south of their native New York.
Wayne Elsworth attended Fredonia State College until 1973 when he discovered the islands while visiting his parents winter home on Great Exuma. In 1979 he became a US Coast Guard licensed captain and has operated a variety of sail and power yachts ranging from 50 to 95 feet. He has sailed from Nova Scotia to Grenada and now has settled in the Virgin Islands. While in Great Exuma, Wayne's father taught him to spearfish, Bahamian style. He is an avid hunter and can be counted on to bring home fresh fish, conch or lobster during your vacation!
Barbara Elsworth graduated Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude from the University of Vermont in 1983 with a degree in history and a great love of sailing. Pursuing a career in the accounting side of the restaurant business occupied her until a fateful vacation in 1987. She traveled to Antigua for Sailing Race Week, accepted a job delivering a sailboat to England and has never looked back. Barbara met Wayne six months later. She began working with him shortly there after and they have been together ever since. Classical French cuisine was the daily fare as Barbara grew up and she draws on that training to develop a lighter French and Italian inspired style. Naturally, she specializes in seafood, using only the freshest of ingredients that Wayne provides. If desserts make your day, watch out! Barbara has a sweet tooth and can be counted on to go overboard.
Wayne and Barbara will, from time to time, unthinkingly claim ownership of Victoria. The true owner is Jacob the cat, heir to the beloved Joshua. Jacob has quickly discovered he loves chartering. Our guests shower him with attention and he is required to do nothing more than sleep and look cute.
Barbara and Wayne have been chartering together in the Virgin Islands for twenty-five years and these islands are their playground. Victoria is their newest adventure! Come aboard and let them show you all their secret spots. Find out what a difference experience makes!!
(Jacob, the 3rd crew member, is the 'Ship's Cat')
VICTORIA can accommodate 6 guests in 3 cabins. The Master cabin has a queen size bed, shower and electric toilet. A Guest cabin has a queen size bed, shower and electric toilet. A Guest cabin has a double bed, shower and electric toilet. VICTORIA is fully air conditioned through out. Crew has a separate heads and shower.
20-28 March, 2017 - A Great Time!
Note from broker:Hi Wayne - thanks for the message and thanks for doing a great job with (my clients); Seth dropped me a line this morning saying they had a great time.Thanks again for your efforts and I will certainly keep in touch with them in case they'd like to book a return trip at some point.
From Victoria's Guestbook:
Barbara and Wayne-Thank you both for the BEST vacation we have had. Getting to see the BVI's via the Victoria is an experience we will treasure (ARRR) and never forget. You two are the best and we hope to see you again real soon and play 'pass the pigs' and 'cards against humanity'.
Fawn, Jason, and Cooper
What a marvelous experience we have had this 2nd visit to the BVI's with you. Your hospitality is terrific. Victoria is luxurious and our snorkeling and meals were superb.
Christine and Bill
Thank you for your attention to details, humor and avice on the best snorkeling. The incredible meals and the painkillers that helped us let go of our real lives and live a fantasy sail cruise for a week
Mark and Michele
Thank you for our third fantastic voyage with you and Jacob! We love Victoria and enjoyed your hospitality, the unique and private snorkeling spots, the fantastic food and your good company. It was the best!
Judy and Aare
San Diego, CA
Our memories of the USVI and BVI always come back to Victoria! As always you made our trip the best it could be!
I could not have asked for a better crew for my first full charter experience. You are not only great company but also and amazing cook and captain. This has been HEAVEN! Thank you so much for tolerating our craziness!
What an awesome experience again! Thank you for all you both do to make our trip a very memorable one. You both take such great pride in Victoria and have created memories fo all of us for a lifetime. Can't wait to come back next year!
Shannon, Rod, Nina, Buzz, Poo and Melody
New Years 2014
Thank you for making this week a very special one. It has been nothing but great food for every meal as well as fantastic adventures on the boat and in the water with Wayne. Thank you for teaching Jen and Cait to wakeboard and making them t scream their lungs out on the tube. Thank you for entertaining us with all the fun games we played after dinner- 31 and pigs! We will treasure all the memories that we have made on this island. Thank you for making us feel so welcome and at home, teaching us skills in the kitchen and out on deck. And finally, to Jake, for letting us pet and cuddle him so that we wouldn't miss our cats at home!
Lots of love,
Debbie, Peter, jenna, Cait and Haydn
No words to describe what an amazing week we had! The snorkeling was incredible-I even saw a nurse shark :). The food was the best I ever have had and Barb makes it look so easy. Wayne and Barb are first class hosts, gracious and generous. We will be back!
Madeline and Bob
Thank you for a fantastic week! The food was incredible! We so appreciate all the hard work it takes to pamper us for a whole week. Loved the snorkeling, sailing and beach time. Wayne, thanks for memory of this wonderful week! Love it!
Cheryl and Dave
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What a fun week for us! Thanks for making this such a memorable trip-a great birthday and anniversary celebration for all of us! The food was outstanding and you picked wonderful snorkeling and hiking spots for us. We'll always remember our week with you two on Victoria!
Jim and Julie
Jackie and Roscoe
Ann and Ed
In a word, FANTASTIC! What a way to get away from it all! We enjoyed ourselves immensely-from the wonderful facilities to the perfect captaining to postiion for the best scenery and snorkeling and for the 5 star cooking. What could one ask for that would be better? We enjoyed learning a LOT about the history, the geology and the fish, including looking for trails to see where the conch had gone. FUN FUN FUN! Thanks for making it a most memorable time for all of us and a great birthday for me.
Nancy, Frank, Bob, bill and Liz
Barb, Wayne and Jacob,
What a fabulouw week! Our meals were amazing, the stories were so entertaining and the Victoria is beautiful. We loved all of the snorkeling spots. Thank you so much for such a wonderful vacation. We hope to return one day.
Susan and John
San Diego, CA
I think the expression is "third times's the charm", but honestly, I think we were "charmed" the first time :). Each trip has been better than the last-food, stories, activities, FANTASTIC! This trip (#4) was special because we convinced Suzi and John to come. Good people, great food and unbelievable scenery!
Jeff and Karen
Dear Wayne, Barbara and Jacob,
I had the best time ever!! My favorite part was tubing and swimming with the turtles!! I enjoyed the happy ARRRR, happy hour! Barbara si the best cook ever and Wayne tells the best stories. Best vacation EVER!!
Bella (age 10)
What an amazing experience, thank you so much!
Mike, Maria, Bella, Gianna and Bubba
Wake Forest, NC
Oh my! What can I say, we had so much fun! We were so fortunate to be put on your boat! I am so glad I spoke up and professed our love for black cats! You guys are so fun and genuine and sweet to us and our children. All of us are already talking about our next rip with you, even our child who is afraid of the water! PIGOUT! You introduced us to a very fun game. ARRR! vacation has been wonderful and we are sad to see it end. We loved being pirates for a day too.
Brad, Michelle, ALex, Brenden and Celia
March 2, 2014
Thank you for sharing with us your beautful maritine home and extending to us your warm and gracious hospitality. Just as Barbara nourished our bodies with her consummate culinary skills, so did the sailing, snorkeling and swimming nourish our souls. We also appreciated the many entertaining stories that Wayne told. ogether the two of you created for us a relzxing and memorable vacation.
Jerry and Ray
It is with hearts full of gratitiude (and stomachs still full of wonderful food0 that we leave this wonderful playground. Your desire and willingness to please is so much appreciated and we will fondly remember this week of escaping our 'polar vortex' reality. Thank you!
Dawn,Eric, David and Anna
February 22, 2014
Thank you all for such a great vacation! You are such caring folks and spoil us each time we are here! Each trip surpasses the previous. Your knowledge of the area and cuisine will have us coming back for years to come!
Terri and Gregg
This was our first trip with Barb, Wayne and Jacob. We chartered with good friends and will come back again with our two girls. Wayne's stories were very entertaining and Barb's food was fantastic! Many thanks to them both.
Tim and Karen
February 5, 2014
Another FAB week. We loved every moment. You both know how to make guests so happy-especially avoiding the artic vortex! Home to -40 UGH! Great food, drinks, just a perfect week. Thanks for all you do!
Mary and Keith
January 26, 2014
Thank you for helping us celebrate our "milestone" birthday vacation in style! From the daily views and water sports, to Barbara's cuisine, to the attentiveness to all details, we enjoyed ourselves tremendously and will treasure this vacation forever!
Thank you for an epic journey! It was all i hoped for and more. You two are a great team! Thanks for all the memories.
Dave and Karen
You made our first voyage an absolutely wonderful experience. The pampering from moment one was beyond our expectations. Wayne's fresh catch and Barbara's culinary skills were scrumptuous! Thanks for the memories!
Tammy and Mark,
New Years 2014
We can't begin to thank you enough for making our 11 year dream a reality that exceeded our expectations in every way. Your warm hospitality, the beautiful boat, the meals extraordinaire and the TLC you provided all of us. Thanks to you both our 50th anniversary celebration will be one of our fondest memories.
Gene and Jack
Thank you for making Gene and Jack's celebration of the 50 years of their union so special. We have been the benficiaries of these 50 years in more ways than we can count. Their examples of love, fairness, hard work and endless generosity is our example to follow. it is only fitting that your love, fairness, hard work and generosity made our trip so special. Every detail, from the beautifully decorated vessel, to the delicious meals, to the fun with the girls, made every day special. With fond memories,
Karin, John, Isobel and Sofia,
Chevy Chase, MD
Thanks for a great week! We loved exploring new islands and braving the unkown. The bilo luminescence was a once in a lifetime experience! Constantly improving weather and wonderful food and scenery-what more could anyone want? Thanks again for your gracious hospitality.
Ruth, Gregg, Jake and Ethan
As usual, we had a glorious week! You guys treat us so well. it is always my favorite vacation week. I wish I could do it more. I am happy to have shared it with my family.
Bill and Dale
Lion fish, Sea turtles, Sting Rays and more! What a great way to spend the Easter Hokiday and week with family! Had a great time!
Rob and Robin,
March 13, 2013
We have taken many vacations but never anythinbg this fabulous or unique. the boat is gorgeous, the food was fabulous (meal after meal) but your company was the best part! We had a blast with you in this Caribbean playground. The undeniable highlight of the week was swimming with the dolphin, Splash, for over an hour. She clearly wanted to be around us! Thanks for the awesome experience!
Kate, Pat, Jessica, Oscar and Leah
Best boat ever :) you guys made this a great vacation! Thanks so much!
Thanks for another great week! We had an amazing time. Hope to see you again soon!
Katherine, Dave, Silas and Isabel
November 16, 2012
What a wonderful way to celebrate my 50th!! Thans for an AMAZING adventure!!
July 11, 2012
What an amazing spot in the world. Thank you for being our tour guide. Wayne, an ole seaman is classic for his stories, his undereater tours and his handyman capabilities. Barbara, the pyysician's daughter, the seaman's wife, makes her name as a wonderful cook..the chocolate bread pudding was the final "closer" on our last evening. Thank you for inviting us into your world. Its an experience my wife and children will take with them the rest of their lives, and mine as well.
June 20, 2012
We had a great week on Victoria! Couldn't have celebrated our 40th anniversary any better-Carrie and Grant say "ditto" for their 6th anniversary. Meg loved the scuba diving and her many adventures with Wayne under water. We hope to return again-what aa great week and oh thanks for the additional 5 lbs each we all gained! Barb, your meals were incredible.
Tuttles, Jules, Meggers, CHoppers and Tram the Outlaw!
Delray Beach, FL
April 13, 2012
Dear Barbara and Wayne,
This has been such an amazing vacation. The food was BOMB! and no one is as good of a captain than Wayne. I had so much fun guys! Hopefully we we'll be back soon.oxo
Mackenzie, (16 yrs old)
Thank you Wayne, Barbara and Jacob for an amazing week of sailing, swimming, scuba diving and much more. It was so fun and the food was great! I'll never forget this trip! Your friend,
Lauren (16 yrs old)
Barbara and Wayne,
The perfect vacation! Just what we hoped for and more! Love the adventure, snorkeling, scuba, amazing food and hospitality. Hope to be back soon and do it all again! Until that day, be well, enjoy and keep in touch.
March 22, 2012
Thank you so much for a fabulous week! Not sure who was in charge of the weather but they did a perfect job! We loved Flame but have started a new love affair with Victoria! Your warmth and hospitality has no equal!!
March 2, 2012
Wayne, Barbara and Jacob,
Thank you for such a wonderful vacation on the new boat Victoria! The second time around was even better! Can't wait to plan the next one with you. Your knowledge of the islands are incredible, making the journey with you priceless!
Jerod and Marni
Your hospitality is beyond words We loved Flame and Victoria is equally fabulous! What a perfect vacation! You are both amazing hosts, tour guides and, of course, chefs! See you again, hopefully sooner rather than later!
Erik and Jenny,
February 4, 2012
Barbara and Wayne,
Waht a delight to have our sixth trip with you-this time on Victoria. The new catamaran is wonderful. We look forward to a good time with you again.
Cindy and Kurt
Ft Worth, TX
New Years 2012
This has been the best vacation of my life, and I have been on a bunch. Barb and Wayne treated us like royalty and become our friends all at the same time. We ate like kings; Barb made all the food from scratch. What a concept! Wayne was there shuttling us around, throwing us life rafts, floaties at the perfect time, making our vacation like a dream come true. He would just know what we would need before we would, anticipating our every wish! Thank you for a wonderful experience and new found friendship.
Julie and Vince
1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating?
Yes, very friendly and accommodating
2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean?
3. Was the yacht well ventilated?
4. Was the food good and well presented?
5. Did you like the area you sailed?
Sailing was terrific. BVI outstanding
6. Could we have helped you further in any way?
7. May we post this review on our website?
8. Additional comments on your charter?
Barbara and Wayne were very good hosts. Pleasant, quiet and nice. Service was outstanding...
letters from the crew's previous boat:
Dear Barbara and Wayne,
I can not believe that we have been home a week and a half and I have not written to thank you for the incredible week we had! It has taken me this long to recover from the shock of coming home (the cold and rain did not help) and trying to get back into our hectic life. As Katherine told you, we ALL cried on and off for 24 hours. The resort we stayed at was quite lovely..but we hated it..there were people there, we had to eat in a restaurant, and it did not sway gently back and forth (although it felt like it did). You really treated us to a vacation of a lifetime. As I told a friend of mine, I felt like I had a love affair and it was over! However, I am now starting to recover from the shock of re-entry, but my friends are getting tired of me walking around smiling as I hold the fond memories of a week aboard Flame in my hard. I really do not know how to thank you for giving us such a perfect time.
Barbara, I had told you I would send you some recipes, as well as the name of a cookbook. They are following. We have made muffins out of your cookbook (I really like the fact that they can be started the night before and just put together the next morning). Katherine made your sausage and tomatoes pasta for my birthday on Sunday. The children frequently request "Barbara Food"
Dear Barbara and Wayne,
The airplane food was not up to Barbara's standards. We missed the bagpipe serenade last night. I had to wear flannel pajamas to bed. My bed did not rock me to sleep last night. I tried to get David to do it, but it just wasn't the same-no, not that kind of rocking!! I had to stumble into the kitchen this morning and assemble the coffee pot all by myself!! I don't know who my cat is anymore-I said to her this morning, "Come here sweet boy"-Midnight is a gird. AND, I guess my family will expect me to cook tonight! ARRRRRR!!! It's a cold, cruel world!!
Just wanted to drop you a note and try to tell you how much we enjoyed our week with you guys and the Flame. We got home last night about 10:00pm and stayed up until 12:00 telling the boys about the week. David and I talked about whether or not it would be a vacation the boys would enjoy, but after talking to them about you guys (or shall I say "y'all") and what we did, they're fired up to come. We will synchronize our calendars for next year and let you know as soon as possible.
David and I travel a great deal and we enjoy everywhere we go, but last week was something really special to us. We live a very blessed life in Fort Worth. Our boys are terrific (I'm not bragging, just being honest) and we have wonderful friends here. David loves his job, so it's not as if we have to 'get away' to have fun. We think it's the change in just how simple you can make life. Plus, getting to observe God's beauty in the air, on the land , and under the sea all at the same time is pretty neat. I'm not sure, but the food and you two might have something to do with it too! Without sounding too corny, you two provide a wonderful service for people and you do your job very well!!
Thanks again for all the trouble in setting up the bagpipe rendezvous. If that guy is not available next year when we come I might just bring my own-no kidding, they had bagpipes for sale in the Skyway magazine for $500!!. If you run into the piper again, please tell him how much we enjoyed his performance.
Well, guess I better sign off. Give Josh a kiss from all of us.
Melinda and David
Fort Worth, TX
Dear Mr. Dori,
Enclosed is the evaluation sheet that you sent regarding my husband and my trip on FLAME. I have filled it out, but wanted to tell you in a separate letter that Captain Wayne and Barbara seem to have found the keys to making a motor yacht vacation an experience of a lifetime. They welcomed us warmly and continued to treat us as friends and guests simultaneously during the entire voyage.
They have equipped FLAME in the most thoughtful way. One of the little things is a big basket on the aft deck into which everyone's incidental items are placed
when they have been mis-placed. Looking for your sunglasses? Look in the basket. Can't find your paperback? Look in the basket. It may seem like a little thing, but we loved it. I'm stealing the idea for our summer house.
We have been on the water for a week with Captain/Chef couples who had difficulty managing the Owner/Guest relationship. Barbara and Wayne got it exactly right. They were friendly and happy to visit with us and share our experiences, but they also gave our group just the right amount of "alone" time. We really enjoyed the early morning coffee time on deck.
FLAME is gracious boat and Barbara, Wayne and Jacob do her proud.
Dear Wayne and Barbara,
We couldn't have had a better vacation or a better boat and crew! You always seemed to know just what we wanted or else made us feel totally comfortable to ask. We really appreciated all your hard work and extra effort to treat us to a great time and make the kids squeal. The meals were fabulous, the stories fascinating and the sights fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing your boat and your expertise with us this week. We hope to have the opportunity to come back!
Betsey and Gerry
Dear Barbara and Wayne,
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for making our vacation so perfect. Katherine, Isabel and I will be talking about the trip for the next year (until we can get back aboard Flame).
Flame is beautiful, comfortable, classic and everything we could have wanted in a charter boat. The beds were comfortable, the covered aft deck was perfect for getting out of the afternoon sun while still being able to be outside, and the size was just right for mixing comfort with a true boating experience.
Wayne, your knowledge of 'just where to go' to get that perfect secluded beach with great digging sand (what more could a three year old want) was amazing. Your ability to steer us to destinations without pressuring us to move faster than we needed to gave us the perfect mix of change without any sense of needing to rush- just what we wanted.And Barbara...we're still recovering from all of the amazing food. Three amazing gourmet meals, plus afternoon snacks. We were spoiled beyond belief!
Anyway-what it all comes down to, is a huge "THANK YOU" from the three of us. You took our family into your home and made all of us (especially three year old Isabel) feel welcome, relaxed and exceedingly well cared for.
Needless to say..."We'll be back!"