Operating in the Caribbean
Anchored out on a sunny afternoon
Zingara can pull right up near the beach
Watersports toys galore off the stern.
Human, wind and dinghy toys
Sailing in the afternoon sun
Reaching in the Channel.
Saloon lounging and entertainment area
Saloon lounging and formal dining
The formal dining area
The "gathering spot" - The interior bar area
Main deck master king guest suite
Another view of the master king suite
Amidships queen OR twin guest suite
Port aft queen guest suite
Forward queen guest suite
Aft starboard queen guest suite
The transom and aft cockpit
Zingara's aft deck lounging and dining area
Set up for an alfresco luncheon
Forwdeck and the Trampolines
Flybridge louning area
Lounge in the sun in the teak steamer chairs
Setting up for a dive
Anchored off the back side of Peter Island
Watersports galore off the stern
Crossing Road Harbour
Fun for the kids of all ages
CAPTAIN – LEE ADAMS
Lee’s interest in the Maritime Industry was installed in him from the earliest age possible, owing to his grandfather being Admiral Tom Hardiman of the Port Elizabeth Navy. While at a young age he took part in bay racing and lending a hand at the local yacht club. His passion for sailing grew and after school and much thought, Lee took to the oceans on a recreational professional side as opposed to the Navy. He joined a crew and raced across the Atlantic, where he took part in regattas in Antigua and St Maarten. In the USA he was able to establish himself as a valuable crew member aboard a classic Schooner that circumnavigated the globe, and after completing his maritime studies he was fortunate to take over as skipper and gained more experience in the engineering department. Lee
is an active and enthusiastic person, he enjoys all water sports. The experiences he has gained through his travels along with a jovial personality creates a pleasant atmosphere which is enough to make any guest aboard feel right at home, ready to relax and enjoy themselves.
Growing up in my late father’s restaurant, it was inevitable to start cooking from a young age.
Living by the sea and cooking was more than just a routine. Pursuing a career as a chef straight after
school, this combined with my love for sport was a good start. Trained in a French restaurant, where my inspiration of making people smile with food led me to becoming a yacht chef.
After a year in Spain, home once again, I entered into a position as a private chef for a high profile family of many different cultures. Missing the sailing and exploring, the position urged me once again to return to furthering my career in the maritime industry.
My big passion for food, culture and people never stops growing. My dream of opening my own restaurant is on hold, but traveling and experiencing as many tastes world wide as possible and perfect my cooking to the best of my ability is where my heart is.
After working in some of the best restaurants in Cape Town South Africa, as a Master Butcher and Chef, cooking at the highest standard on the ocean is my ultimate goal.
Kieran originally from the UK is your Chief Officer on board Zingara, his experience comes from previous jobs world wide working as a dive instructor in many
5 Star resorts and live-aboard vessels. Starting from a young age Kieran sailed, kayaked and dove throughout Europe growing his passion for the ocean as well as learning valuable skills key to the successful running of a sailing charter. Running conservation camps in Fiji also taught Kieran the importance of a balanced marine ecosystem and he is happy to share with you his knowledge of corals, fish and other marine life. In addition to love of diving he also holds a 200 Ton Yacht-master offshore and PADI Staff Instructor certificate.
Michelle is your Chief Stewardess on board Zingara – She is an ocean girl coming from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. A place where her passion for the ocean and underwater life grew throughout her upbringing. Working in 5 Star resorts in Puerto Vallarta as a divemaster and photographer has allowed Michelle to follow her dreams of working by the ocean whilst working in a service industry. Since joining Zingara Michelle has received her 100 Ton Yacht-master coastal license, and is a PADI certified Dive Instructor.
Kieran and Michelle began working together in Mexico as Dive instructors and underwater photographers. It was here that a great working relationship was forged and they have continued to work successfully together in a variety of roles. Conducting a research project in the Turks & Caicos on Humpback Whales which resulted in record breaking encounters and unbelievable new data collected, once again showcased their talent. Once the whales left the Turks and Caicos Kieran and Michelle decided to head south and begin a new adventure in the British Virgin Islands.
They combine their experience, passions and enthusiasm for water sports and diving aboard Zingara. Underwater photography is one of their main interests and in their free time they love to spend it capturing underwater life in photos and videos. Join them diving on Zingara to share the underwater world with them. They are both fluent in English and Spanish.
All cabins have storage cupboards, en-suite bath rooms,separate showers, wash hand basin,
electronically operated venturi type discharge toilets and vanity cupboards.
Owner’s suite: 1x King, lounge, spa bath, walk in clothes cupboard
Guest cabins: 4x Queen size beds
Captain’s cabin: 1x Queen, office, couch
Crew quarters: 1 x single, 2 x Queen
Day visitor’s bath room
New Years week guests aboard ZINGARA wrote:
We are experienced yacht charterers, as we have been many boats with many different crew. First of all, the boat. Zingara is a perfect layout for 8 or 10 people (we had 10). There is plenty of space and different areas on the boat to spread out. Not only that, but she is provisioned well with many toys and activities. The SCUBA equipment in particular is new and very nice, which is important. The new owners have put money into the boat and it clearly makes a difference. Nice linens and towels, in addition to “the little things” that make a boat nice are all on board. Of all the boats we have chartered, Zingara offers the most for the best value.
Now, on to the important part of any charter, the crew. I can say unequivocally that this is the best crew, across the board, and that each one of the four individuals on board with us were the best at what they did of any crew we have ever had.
Let me start with the chef, Teej. We had very different tastes in our group, from kids who only wanted kid food, to adults who will settle for nothing less than the best fine dining. We also had a few picky eaters and a shellfish allergy. At the end of the trip, EVERYONE of the 10 of us said that EVERYTHING they ate from Teej was the best food they have ever had, not just on a boat, but anywhere! Teej was so good that all of us are fighting over having him come to our homes when the charter season is over to cook for us personally. The meals were all creative with great flavors, and perfectly proportioned (except for the monster cookies). Teej never said no; if one of the kids wanted a PB sandwich, it would appear. Everything, from breakfast to lunch to appetizers to the amazing dinners and deserts, were Michelin star quality.
Next, Kieran. The hardest thing to do in a confined space for a week is to keep the kids (ages 7-14) entertained and interested. Kieran did that wonderfully. At every stop all of the toys were instantly in the water and Kieran was ready to go with whatever they wanted to do. And he never got tired, if they wanted to be on the dingy for 4 hours, Kieran was there with energy and a smile. The new things he introduced us to were great, including the HaliJump, the SubWing, and the secret cliff jumping pool, all highlights. And I haven’t even talked about SCUBA yet, Kieran was awesome with the SCUBA, encouraging dives every day. By the end of the trip, he had certified two new divers, gave resort lessons to two more, and did multiple dives with the three pre certified divers. From beach dives to more advanced, everyone LOVED the diving. I can not say enough about Kieran’s great spirit, temperament, and energy.
Kieran was accompanied by Michelle, who is simply wonderful. I will start with the diving, Michelle loves to dive too and she was involved with all the dives. It was helpful to have both Kieran and Michelle on dives as we could break up the group based on skill level. From the boat standpoint Michelle was always on the spot. There was never a towel out of place, a glass half empty, or what you needed not instantly available. The fact is, Michelle is just a VERY nice person, and pleasant to be around at all times. She was warm and made the entire group welcome and comfortable. And, she was pretty funny!
Finally, Captain Lee. From the time we got on the boat, everything was about us, and what we wanted. There was never a no said the entire time we were there. Not only that, but any side comment was heard, and acted on. So when one of us wanted something to eat that wasn’t on board, Lee snuck away and that afternoon it was on board. He truly listened and cared about us and what we wanted. He put together a great trip and at each stop showed us new and interesting things (remember, we have been to the BVI many times). Lee is so pleasant to be around and was really vested in making sure that each one of us was having a great time. It was clear that Lee was passionate about us, and passionate about Zingara. That passion was infectious and really made each of us have the trip of a lifetime.
The personality of the crew makes a charter, and when 14 people are together for 7 days on 80’ of boat, it is the personality of the entire crew that makes the trip work, or not work. Not only did this crew make the trip work, but they made it the best trip we have ever taken, both for each individual, and as a family. I would highly recommend this crew to anyone looking for a wonderful week in the Caribbean.
Holiday Season guests aboard ZiNGARA wrote:
Lee, Michelle, Kairan and TJ,
The best way to describe how GREAT our trip was this past holiday is "Nobody wanted to get off the boat". I think if the next week wasn't booked, we would of all stayed on.I don't think they make a better captain anywhere in the world. The crew was wonderful and was on top of everything. I told Michelle one day that we truly appreciated how they knew when to be around, but also not be right on top of us all the time. We didn't appreciate the 2-3 pounds we came back with to Texas from TJ's delicious food!!! The water sports were wonderful on the boat. My great niece and nephew up to myself had so much fun. Looking forward to our next adventure together.
You can be sure we will book again. All our best,
Jamie, Bert, Brett, Zachary, Natalie, Jenn, Cary, Eli and Sophie.
We miss you all
A Crazy Quilt of comments from Guests aboard ZINGARA in mid April, 2016:
Guests aboard ZINGARA in late February, 2016, said:
Guests with catamaran ZINGARA this past week said:What a fantastic week in a fantastic location, spent with fantastic friends, and a FANTASTIC crew. The crew made this trip absolutely wonderful from start to finish! They were always there for anything and everything!! Phenomenal food, drinks, and snorkeling sites every day. Our sincere thanks to Captain Lee, his lovely bride of one year, Nadine, Kieran and Michelle!!Great job by all!!
Mike and Cathy Stewart
Guests aboard ZINGARA in February, 2016
We are back in Naples and missing the Zingara and crew. I am doing laundry and yes I must cook dinner tonight! Such a shock to my system after being pampered for a week! Mark and I had the best time last week!
You all treated us as royalty! Your attentiveness and professionalism was accomplished in such a warm and friendly manner. Thank you to each of you!
And thank YOU for the 5 extra pounds! Haha! The food was amazing! You are such a talented chef!
Our crew has anointed me the "author" of the Zingara 2016 Cruise Cookbook! So if you would not mind sharing some of your amazing recipes, it would be greatly appreciated! Of course whenever it is convenient for you!
Thank you for a perfect week and for the recipes!
Pina Colada Cheesecake
Focaccia Bread - the 1st day and also the variation of the focaccia served with bar b q chicken
Pina Colada CheesecakeFocaccia Bread - the 1st day and also the variation of the focaccia served with bar b q chicken
Puff Pastry Tarts with cheese, sundried tomatoes and balsamic reduction
Crab Money Bags
Duck and the delicious sauce you served with the duck
Slaw and the dressing
Seared Tuna and the sauce that you served for lunch
Chocolate Mousse Cake
Chocolate Chile for the beef tenderloin
Shrimp served atop Tenderloin.
EVERYTHING WAS WONDERFUL and we would love all of the recipes, but have chosen these so as to not totally overwhelm you and your kindness!