Operating in the Caribbean
Alfresco dining in the cockpit
Yes Dear's spacious saloon
The galley area
Caribbean Coconut and Sweet Corn Shrimp Curry
Caribbean Ocean Sunset
Fig, Prosciutto and Honey Appetizer
The tranquil beach at Sandy Cay
Get ready to take off kneeboarding!
Anchored at Spring Bay, near the Baths
Yes Dear's guests enjoying a brilliant day sailing
All ages enjoy the Stand-Up Paddleboard
Christiaan and Hanrie are both from South Africa and have worked on vessels around the world, but once they laid eyes on the BVI, they knew they were going to stay for quite some time.
Your Captain, Christiaan Liebenberg, has been living and been working in the BVI for the past three years and has explored, snorkeled and swum almost every nook and cranny of the islands, discovering some hidden treasures not many know about, that he loves to share with his guests.
Christiaan grew up in the coastal town of Jeffreys Bay in South Africa surfing, boating diving andexploring all things in and below the ocean. Christiaan has been sailing most of his life and has more than 20,000 miles logged on all types of vessels all over the world: from the Indian and Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas. He has also pursued music as a career in his life and with his love of pirate history and stories, he might pull out the guitar and serenade you with pirate songs and icy cocktails.
Hanrie grew up in the mountains in a very small town in South Africa and always dreamt of faraway places. After finishing her degree in photography and journalism she set out to explore the world and lived in Bangkok for a few years, traveled Asia, and fell in love with the sights, smells and of course the food. She is always cooking up a new dish learned in some foreign place on holiday, much to her family’s delight. After two years abroad she returned home to work as a journalist and spent weekends and days of playing around in her Father’s restaurants and coming up with new menu ideas. After too many years living on land Christiaan inspired her to move back to the ocean and work on boats. Hanrie ended up working on a superyacht in New York, and after a year and a half moved down to the BVI to live out her dreams of being a chef.
Hanrie has a passion for cooking a diverse and interesting array of food, taking care to match dishes toeach group’s specific needs and desires, from traditional South African dishes, Caribbean favourites, Thai, French and everything in between. You will be sure to leave satisfied.
Christiaan and Hanrie are outgoing and fun loving with a passion for people and swapping stories and tales, and with their knowledge and love of the BVI you are sure to have an amazing holiday and stumble upon a few secluded treasures along the way.
YES DEAR can accommodate 10 guests in 5 cabins.
The Master cabin, portside forward, has a king size bed 6 ft X 6 ft 10 in, shower and electric toilet.
3 Guest cabins have a queen size beds 4 ft 10 in X 6 ft 10 in, showers and electric toilets.
1 Guest cabin has a queen bed 5 ft 3 in X 6 ft 10 in , shower and electric toilet.
YES DEAR is fully air conditioned through out.
Crew has a separate heads and shower.
Guests aboard YES DEAR in Mid November, 2015, said:
Christiaan and Hanrie
They were fantastic. Energetic, engaging, insightful, accommodating, and polite are a few words that come to mind to describe them. At the end of the day, they helped us have an incredible time. From the suggested stops we made for either a day trip or to anchor for the night, to sharing their knowledge of the islands with us, to helping us arrange a couple of off-boat excursions, they were there to help ensure we had a wonderful experience. Hanrie did an amazing job with our meals! While we didn’t have many restrictions in terms of our meal preferences, every meal was simply amazing; creative, flavorful, artistic, and just really good! I can’t speak more highly about the meals she prepared for us.
All in all, the accommodations were great. With five couples, I don’t think there was ever a time that any of us felt we were cramped, or as if there wasn’t enough space for all of us. We utilized every water toy on the boat except for the scuba equipment. It was such a bonus to have the kayak, stand up paddle board, wakeboard, water skis, snorkel equipment, etc.; a day didn’t go by without something being used by everyone in our group. It was great to be able to eat all meals as one big group outside so we could enjoy the surroundings. The rooms were comfortable, and it still amazes me today that you can fit a toilet, sink, shower, and a queen/full bed in every room on that boat.
We are already talking about returning to the BVI’s as a group, and hope that Christiaan and Hanrie are available to crew our next trip. Christiaan and Hanrie are wonderful people, and we were fortunate to have them crew Yes Dear and provide us with such a memorable experience!
All the best, Chris
We so enjoyed our sailing vacation on Yes Dear with Andre and Liezl! Not only are the BVI a spectacularly beautiful location, but the friendliness and professionalism of our crew made this trip the most luxurious & fun adventure conceivable. We have already recommended chartering Yes Dear to several friends for next Spring 2016, and we haven't even been back home a week.
Captain Andre was the perfect combination of outgoing, professional, and friendly. We divers felt comfortable with him leading us as Dive Master, even though some of us had not dived for years & were quite rusty. There was always a group discussion of each day's agenda, with just the right mix of input from us and the crew.
Now, a word about Liezl's cooking! Her passion for food shone through every single day. We do not know HOW she managed to turn out the amazingly delicious & nutritious meals she did out of that little galley, three squares daily. She seemed to magically know when we would need something lighter or something more substantial. The proteins & fresh veggies were varied & delicious, always well dressed & seasoned. The dishes were invariably presented in an artful, appealing way. Not only that, we all ten were each served hot food every time -- mystifying! In addition, her homemade sides & snacks were lovely.
By week's end, we felt sad to leave the wonderful Yes Dear & especially Andre & Liezl. Their cooperation and passion for what they do elevated the entire experience.
Overall, there isn't a single aspect of our charter that didn't exceed expectations. We hope to return next Spring with more friends!
Hale and Nora
Andre and Liezl had a wonderful welcoming drink and platter awaiting us, and greeted us graciously and with open arms. The Captain has great personality and sense of humor.
The meals were Gourmet, delicious - a lot of food. Liezl could work at any 5 Star restaurant. the food was fantastic, and the presentation of it was spectacular.
The yacht had plenty of space - never felt crowded, and had space to "be alone" whenever someone wanted. We would not change a thing.