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
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.
Tyler Dawson started working in the kitchen at age 14 until he finished university where upon he left full time kitchen employment for more formal work. In 2006 he decided on a change of lifestyle and returned to the kitchen eventually moving back to the BVI and opening his own bakery, full service café, catering service and boat provisioning service. The bakery also supplies supermarkets, hotels and restaurants.
Tyler has worked in award winning restaurants in South Africa, Marriot Autograph Hotels and catered at a Presidential level.
Trained and worked under two of South Africa's top chefs, ran initiation programs for Charter Chef's and recently completed two seasons on a private charter catamaran.
Tyler is a trained chef, artisanal baker and he is the owner of Family Food and Bakery on the island of Tortola.
In 2017, Zingara welcomed Tyler on board to take over the reigns in the galley, growing up in Tortola has given Tyler the knowledge and expertise with the use of local fresh ingredients and produce.
Tyler is an avid spear fisherman and loves nothing more than catching fresh fish and lobsters to prepare for guests on board.
With Tyler’s friendly, outgoing personality and great sense of humor, you are certain to feel right at home on board
Andres is from Costa Rica. He grew up by the ocean in the Guanacaste region in the Northern pacific side of the country and started surfing at a young age. It's when he started diving that he decided that his career would be linked to the ocean, its marine environment and its wildlife.
Through his past experiences in one of the biggest 5 star resorts of Costa Rica, Andres has learned how to offer high standards of hospitality that he hopes to put to good use in the service industry. Guiding and instructing diving have led him to follow his dreams of working by the ocean and his goal is to one day become a captain and run his own boat. Always with a smile on his face and a charming accent, he will be always be happy to share with you his love for the ocean and watersport activities.
Andrés and Camille met while working as dive instructors in Costa Rica. Their common passion, motivations and interests grew into a strong relationship and they decided to chase their ocean dreams together. Their combined experience and enthusiasm for outdoor and water-sport activities and the pleasure they have in sharing this with others make them a great team aboard Zingara. Andrés speaks fluent Spanish and English while Camille is fully trilingual in English, French, and Italian and can speak some Spanish as well. They are thrilled to be working on Zingara, to gain more experience in the service industry and to make guests enjoy life on the ocean as much as they do.
Originally from France, Camille grew up in Rome, Italy. From a very young age she has been a nature lover and outdoor enthusiast. Although she lived in Rome, her weekends were mostly spent on horseback, hiking in the mountains or swimming in the Mediterranean Sea. After studying in England and France, she moved to the US Virgin islands to work in marine conservation for a year. There, she discovered scuba diving and fell in love with the underwater world and decided that she would pursue a life by the ocean. She had the privilege to work alongside committed conservationists that opened her eyes to the beauty of the aquatic world and she gained valuable knowledge about the importance of healthy oceans that she will happily share with you. In the future she hopes to continue her efforts in ocean conservation. Her experience in the service industry comes from previous jobs working as a lodge manager and horseback safari guide in Kenya as well as being a dive instructor in Costa Rica.
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 guests aboard catamaran ZINGARA said:
We were all talking over dinner tonight in the Miami airport about what an amazing time we had with you , Andres, Camille and Tyler this past week.
Frankly , we were expecting the BVI's to be a bit war torn after the hurricanes , but were pleasantly surprised to see things nearly back to normal. The st Thomas airport was in fine shape and the islands in the BVI 's as beautiful as we remembered. Dinner on Anagada was great, the Soggy Dollar bar was a lot of fun and scuba diving in several very cool spots was a definite highlight.
Zingara is a beautiful boat. Extremely comfy and your crew very attentive . We all loved Tyler's cooking and the cocktails were tasty and plentiful.
My family was pleased to see the BVI's as beautiful as ever and we appreciate you creating a wonderful week for us !!
2017 Yuletide guests aboard catamaran ZINGARA said
Just wanted to drop a short note thanking you for a wonderful journey aboard Zingara this past week. For those who are hesitant to visit the US or the British Virgin Islands in the wake of the hurricanes that hit this past fall, I would suggest that now or later this season is the exact right time to visit. While certain restaurants and bars may be closed, new ones have cropped up and some of the old stalwarts, like Soggy Dollar Bar, are up and better than ever. The waters are a lot less crowded and tranquil bays and overnight spots that are normally packed with sailboats and yachts are much more accessible. My entire family felt the lack of crowds was a huge positive on our trip allowing us to go where we wanted when we wanted and also, helped us with water activities without the normal crowds etc. The hurricanes did nothing to affect the beautiful waters of the area, the plentiful fish, and other types of wildlife. The airports were very functional and very easy to go through. The residents were friendly and appreciative of our visit and our contributing to the local economy and their rebuilding efforts. Back to Zingara, we have been on an array of boats in the BVI’s, and really felt our experience on your boat with yourself, Tyler, Andres, and Camille was our best ever. The food on the boat was exceptional, More important, the personal touch and service provded by the entire crew made us all feel at home and excited about each and every minute onboard. Please feel free to use this note as a recruiting tool for those that are not ready to venture down there. It was an experience we will cherish forever. Thanks
Recent charterers on ZINGARA said:
The staff on the Zingara was amazing from the time we stepped onto the boat to the time we left. Our group needed some extra help with travel arrangements and the crew didn't hesitate to accommodate our needs. (Some people couldn't get into port on time for departure so they rerouted and picked us up on another island!) It made us feel at ease knowing the crew would help and arrange our various arrivals. Daily we woke up to smiles and unprecedented service. The meals were OUTSTANDING and touched on every guest's dietary needs and wants. The crew was jovial yet very professional making us feel at home and comfortable! I wouldn't ask for another crew! Thanks again for a trip of a lifetime!
Jessica & Chris Cunningham
Guests aboard catamaran ZINGARA in the first week of July, 2017, said:
June, 2017, guests for ten nights aboard ZINGARA said:
Thank you for a wonderful time.
Mid June, 2017 guests said this about their charter aboard ZNGARA:
Early June, 2017, guests aboard catamaran ZINGARA said:
Recent Spring, 2017, ZINGARA guests said:
Dear Lee, Kirin, Michelle & TJ:
We are still ‘floating’ from this most amazing adventure in the BVI’s. There were so many highlights from our trip - the different islands we sailed to each day, taking advantage of all the activities the Zingara had on board - snorkeling, paddleboarding, scuba, tubing to name a few! But what made this trip really special was the level of service we all encountered, which enabled each of our families to spend the relaxing, quality time we all very much needed! The food was amazing and so was the boat itself. Thank you for being so accommodating and fun to be around. We all really enjoyed ourselves and cannot wait to go back to the islands! Hope everyone had a great vacation off the boat and enjoy all of the tours for summer. Take care!
Erika, Harrison, Reilly, Logan & Olivia
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!