Operating in the Caribbean
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Jos started working in 2006 on sailing yachts in Cape Town doing day trips across Table Bay from the V&A Waterfront. During the same time period Chrizaan was managing a Scuba diving shop right across from where S/V Spirit of Victoria was docked. As fate would have it their love for the ocean drew them together and stories of wonderful opportunities abroad started filling their heads. One year later they started working together on Soulmate, a privately owned 44ft catamaran that was based in Turkey. From there they did two week trips up and down the Turkish coast as well as the Greek Islands. Jos and Chrizaan were hooked on the yachting life and all of the experiences and adventures it brought along with it. After 5 years aboard Soulmate sailing the Mediterranean, Jos and Chrizaan set their sights on the Caribbean and soon ended up at The Moorings shortly after getting married. Here they started running a 62ft Leopard for 6 months followed by one of the new 58ft Leopards, Happy Hours II, for one year. After this they moved onto Soon Come, a 62 ft Sunreef. At this stage they had already done 150+ weeks of charters together.The latest chapter in their yachting career is moving to the beautifully eye catching 61.5 ft Privilege catamaran Xenia. Jos and Chrizaan, together with Xenia, makes a team that needs to be experienced to fully understand how years of experience, deep love for the water and a luxury yacht work together.Chrizaan grew up running around her father’s restaurant and his passion for food has rubbed off on her. She takes pride in the dishes she prepares and always takes everyone's dietary requirements into consideration when designing your menu. Add to that the fact that she has been preparing amazing dishes out of small galleys for the past 7 years, you can rest assured that she will exceed your requirements, and her meals always ends up being the center of attention on their charters.Chrizaan loves being underwater and enjoys taking guests snorkeling and pointing out all the wonderful sea life. Children enjoy learning from her and she always encourages them to take part.On the other hand Jos is quite comfortable staying at sea level and his biggest passion which initially lured him into the yachting industry is surfing. During his time in the BVI he has already found the best breaks and you would not have to twist his arm much for him to share them. You don’t need to be a surfer to have fun on the water as he always encourages water sports which range from tubing to wake skating. There is no doubt that you will have one of, if not the best holiday of your lives aboard Xenia paired with the crew of Jos and Chrizaan. Come and experience for yourself why guests always return for more!
Thank you for your kind follow-up note. I know I can speak for every member of our group in saying that our trip was perfect in every respect. A few thoughts and observations:
Xenia 62 was in immaculate condition, hospital clean, well organized, well stocked and everything running as designed in excellent order. It was spacious, most comfortable and luxurious. The owner can take great comfort in knowing his yacht is being well run and well maintained by Jos and Chrizaan.
Most importantly we must compliment Jos and Chrizaan for their role. If one were looking for the perfect couple to represent the yacht's owner, to serve as a duet of ambassadors for perfection in every respect, that would be Jos and Chrizaan.
Jos and Chrizaan made the trip a memory of a lifetime. In some order of chronology, let me begin by saying they made great contact with us prior to our arrivals, gave excellent directions, were waiting for us upon our arrival and welcomed us aboard Xenia 62 with snacks and drinks. It just kept getting better each day.
Jos is a gentle giant, kind, professional, in-command, attentive, proficient and polite. He works extremely well as a team with Chrizaan. Often that is not always the case and especially in close quarters over extended periods of time it can be difficult to be on top of your game each day and manage the work with each other. They are clearly a great team together and it showed.
Jos is clearly well respected in each location we stopped atand was excellent in handling and guiding us through Customs clearings. Some would have merely dropped us off and pointed to the Customs office and left. Jos did not. He guided us through the process and clearly was well respected by the Customs officers. This too speaks very well of Xenia 62 and its owner. The ramifications of that can't be underestimated.
Chrizaan was simply over the top! Kind, gracious and fun. Each meal she prepared was a 6 star presentation and culinary delight. Not one menu was repeated!!
Her servings were ample, the quality outstanding, presentations were a work of art (so much so we started taking pictures of each meal as she and Jos served them to us). We were amazed at how skilled Chrizaan was to prepare essentially 30 meal servings per day (the eight of us and the two of them) at a 6 star level, each meal served on-time and prepared in a relatively small galley. That takes considerable planning, skill, coordination and timing to have everyone's meal so perfect each and every time.
They also were kind enough to have some birthday decorations and a special meal for two in our group who had birthdays during our trip. It's that kind of extra-mile attention to detail and kindness that separates our experience from the competition.
She serviced our rooms and kept them spotless in a way that if you were not focused on her, she completed those tasks before you even noticed.
Suffice to say both Jos and Chrizaan were up well before any of us and went to bed after we did. We are the all members of the Jos and Chrizaan Fan Club. They breed loyalty, dedication and repeat business.
It is clear that Jos and Chrizaan take great pride and pleasure in their work and that benefited each of us on our trip.
We simply can't say enough good things about our entire experience. We were so impressed and got along so well with Jos and Chrizaan that we invited them to stay with us should they ever find themselves in the Los Angeles area. That sums up our experience and respect for them. The owner of Xenia 62 is very lucky to have them as his representatives.
New Year 2015/16
Sorry for the slow response. We’re back to reality.
Our holiday on Xenia 62 was fantastic! It exceeded every one of our expectations. The boat is beautiful. The accommodations were perfect for our family. Jos and Chrizaan are wonderful hosts and very nice people. They are very professional, knowledgable, personable, and friendly. They took great care of us.
Jos and Chrizaan know the BVIs like the back of their hands. We planned a route every day, sailing to a beautiful spot for lunch and snorkeling, and then on to a perfect anchorage for the evening.
Jos skippers the boat effortlessly, as if he’s done it all his life. He put Xenia 62 in the best part of the anchorages for whatever activity we intended to do. Chrizaan is a wonderful chef. Meals were five star. We couldn’t figure out how such delicious food could come from such a small galley! She modified the meal plan to accommodate one of our children’s eating preferences without skipping a beat. Our eldest son paid Chrizaan the highest complement by asking if my wife could get the recipes and cook like this at home.
The whole experience was so wonderful that we didn’t want to leave when our week was over. Surely we’ll be back at some point.
Thanks for helping us put it together.
Being boaters and loving the water, we dreamed of a caribbean adventure in the British Virgin Islands to celebrate our beloved husband and fathers 70th Birthday. Our dreams came true on the sleek, elegant, relaxed and secure Xenia catamaran.
The Yacht, salon and staterooms far exceeded our expectations and were more like you would find on a boutique cruise ship, linens and amenities superior. the lustrous teakwood thorough out glowed with a honey hue, rich and warm, as were the crew.
Gareth the perfect host and admirable and steadfast captain, keeping us in calm and silky azure waters and picturesque beaches and ports, no cruise ships in sight.
Kristine, the consummate hostess and chef, created epicurean delights from scratch with just the right fusion of sweet and savory, perfect medley of nutrition and flavor. The table was set elegantly each night with an array of colors and designs.
We expected a great trip but they both went above and beyond even taking underwater pictures of the family with colorful sea life making our experience a Magical Trip of a Lifetime.
Thank you, Champ, Peggy Sue, Casey, Christine, Gary, Juliet, and Emily
We loved everything about Xenia: The boat design, the comfortable cabins, the sailing, the lovely beaches, and above all, Garreth & Kristine attention and friendliness. Every moment was perfect, the food was wonderful, words cannot describe this magical week.
We will be there again next May and it is our intention to repeat the cruise on December 2015.
This was the best of our eight catamaran trips.
Fernando, Marcia, Antonio, Irma, Marcio, Claudia, Luiz & Lucia.
Gareth and Kristine,
Each time we come back to the BVIs we think, how could this trip top the last one. Well you succeeded. The food stood out as the best EVER! The sailing on perfect winds was the best ever! Because everything was seen to by you guys we were truly able to relax, play games, and enjoy our family vacation. It is so difficult to disembark, but know that a little piece of each of us will remain with you.
Thank you for helping me make this our best trip yet. Hopefully we will see you again soon. Until then, our prayers and best wishes for safe travels and a wonderful life
The Texas C's.
Gareth and Kristine,
I found myself wondering how I could make all this wonderful adventure continue! You both are consummate professionals with great poise and style to boot. Karen and I will remember your great care an attention for many years to come! It is rare to not have any complaints about a vacation…everything was perfection. Kristine, your culinary creations could stand with the best restaurants and your attention to individual preferences was superb. Gareth, it was very clear early on our voyage that you love sailing and are an expert in all aspects of seamanship. You guys are a great team and we felt like royalty under your care. We love you guys
Bill and Karen
(and what a cute couple you are!)
Gareth and Kristine,
Thank you so much for an amazing trip! Gareth’s love of sailing was wonderful to see and made this a true “sailing” adventure. Kristine’s contribution to the trip was unbelievable- the meals coming from the galley-everyone- was beyond wonderful! Especially considering she had to deal with two children (that eat nothing), a vegetarian, and a gluten free in the group- truly an amazing feat!
Thanks both of you have made this wedding trip for my son the best we have ever had.
Ric and Sue
NOTE: Guest comments from last boat Gareth and Kristin were on by the name of BLISS.
Thank you so much for such an amazing trip!!!It was so much better than we could ever have hoped for, and not just because it was Marc and Mel’s wedding, but in large part because of your expertise in matching each group with the right boat and crew. All the yachts were spectacular and everyone really praised their crews all week. However, I need to put in a special plug for Gareth and Kristine on Bliss.
Ric and I have done several charters in the past, from bare boating to crewed and NONE came close to this trip. From the moment we stepped on board all our expectations were surpassed.
Though Bliss is a gorgeous and extremely comfortable catamaran, my biggest praise for the success of the trip goes to the crew themselves.
Gareth takes great pride in Bliss and keeps her in pristine condition. He really went out of his way to make everyone feel safe especially while trying new activities….my young grandchildren and a close friend learned to snorkel on this trip and he was always right alongside with the dingy to ease their fears. His love of sailing and knowledge of the area made for a great trip. We routinely sailed more than the other boats in our group and he brought us to a few different spots he knew we would enjoy when the itinerary with the others allowed. One night we moored at Monkey Point….we were the only ones there, the stars were spectacular and snorkeling was the best of the trip.
Poor Kristine had her hands full with our group (2 children that eat nothing, 1 vegetarian, and 1 no flour and sugar).Somehow she came up with the most amazing meals that fit our restrictions and that EVERYONE loved, even the kids ate better than I have ever seen. Ric was particularly impressed with all the desserts and sweet extras she made… like greeting us with fresh chocolate chip cookies when we came back from a swim. Kristine is truly a top notch chef and her meals were better than most high end restaurants. I really wanted to take her home with me.
But most of all EVERYTHING they did for us they did so willingly and with a smile….like it was no problem at all. They were both great with the kids and us oldies too.They just made us all feel special and pampered all week. Gareth and Kristine are an exceptional team and are a great asset to Bliss.