NaNa Yacht Charters
“WOW Awesome This was the trip we waited years for and it not only met but exceeded all of our expectations. Captain Darrin and Chef Desire` performed as experienced and seasoned (pun intended) veterans of the sea.
Our days were fun filled with all of the activities we requested plus those Darrin knew would add to the adventure. Darrin has a remarkably extensive knowledge of sailing; the region and its history and folklore.
On one occasion the moorings where we intended to go were unavailable and with barely a pause Darrin found another cove nearby that was equally as exciting. Desire` prepared delicious meals all individually plated; served with a beautiful presentation and frequently included homemade desserts. She was most attentive to all of our needs and preferences.
Darrin and Desire` set the tone with their warm and engaging manner. We appreciate their vigilance for our safety; and making our home on the sea clean; comfortable and welcoming. Most of all Desire` and Darrin’s warmth and attention to all things us made this a wonderful experience.
We thank them for showing us their part of the world and enabling us to make incredible memories. “
4 spacious Queen Cabins each with ensuite head and shower. At 50 feet, this vessel caters to families as well as groups of couples looking for a bright, comfortable, and luxurious excursion through the Caribbean Islands.
With plenty lounging space, water toys, and expert crew, guests can leave all stresses behind and be mesmerized by Nana’s beauty and the seas she sails.
Captain Darrin Jackson is a third generation mariner. Born in St. Thomas and raised on a boat in the US and British Virgin Islands , Darrin took to the water at an early age. The family business of marine transportation, construction and salvage exposed him to the many aspects of professional life upon the seas. Eager to follow in his fathers footsteps he obtained his captains license at 19 and immediately began his career on the waters of the Caribbean ultimately captaining several vessels, including catamarans and a 75 ft Schooner. Darrin’s passion for sailing led him to begin racing in regattas, he also enjoys surfing, free-diving, and spearfishing. He looks forward to showing you all the wonders of his “backyard”!
Chef Julia Ray grew up in Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes. She developed a love for boating and sailing on frequent family outings on Lake Huron and the many inland waterways that are abundant in Michigan. Julia was introduced to the Virgin Islands as a child on the first of many annual family vacations more than 30 years ago. Julia learned to cook and entertain while assisting family members during daily meal preparation and by assisting with catering numerous gatherings. Julia has also worked in the restaurant and hospitality industries. She holds degrees in both accounting and social work and although she had a successful career in the corporate world, she left it all behind in 2013 to realize her dream of living in the Virgin Islands. She has since been employed as mate and chef, sailing throughout the islands.
Energetic and personable, Julia loves to meet new people and share her enthusiasm for the islands while ensuring their comfort and safety aboard and in the water. She is certified in first aid, CPR and fire fighting. She spends much of her spare time in the kitchen, preparing and perfecting new recipes for friends and family to sample. Julia delights in spoiling guests with gourmet meals and tempting treats. She prepares a wide variety of meals and remains flexible in her meal planning to ensure the freshest and best quality food is offered to guests. Julia takes much pride in her ability to work with guests to accommodate special diets and food allergies and develop menus that will leave everyone satisfied!