SAGITTARIUS Yacht Charters
“Our trip on Sagittarius was wonderful. The crew made it all come together and even provided much entertainment when it rained. The meals were wonderful. We never felt unsafe for one moment with our Captain Christian because he was observant of ever thing around us and we did not have to worry. Ilona the first mate was the most superb in her attention to everything and every detail that we felt like we were on a mega yacht. We highly recommend this crew and the yacht Sagittarius as the two combined made for an extraordinary and exotic charter.”
SAGITTARIUS is the perfect choice for a fabulous Caribbean sailing holiday. This luxury Privilege 65 catamaran was built by Jeantot/Lombard Marine, the prestigious French shipyard, in 1995 and went through a complete refit in 2012, making her an even more appealing choice today. Her wide beam of 33 ft. makes this yacht extremely spacious, accommodating 10 guests in great style.
The interior d’cor is contemporary with light wood flooring and wall panels, cream colored and luxury furnishings. The open salon offers multiple seating areas and features a wet bar, 3D TV entertainment center, formal dining, and wide sliding glass doors leading to the aft deck. The large windows create an airy light ambience by day and at night the upgraded lighting with blue accents create a feeling of refined luxury for socializing. She is fully air-conditioned throughout.
Very comfortable and stylish guest accommodations are in four large queen cabins plus an extra large master king cabin. All cabins feature a flat screen TV & DVD, settee/writing desk, fans, and AC controls. Each has its own private en-suite bath with dry shower stalls.
The aft deck offers plenty of shade and plenty of seating for relaxing and outdoor dining table. Two large transoms each have wide steps providing easy access to step into or out of the water. The massive foredeck is the place for sun-lovers, with 2 double sized safety trampolines for enjoying the action when underway. SAGITTARIUS offers the best in a stable sailing experience, with state-of-the-art sails, the latest in navigation technology, and 2 Yanmar 140hp engines. Average speeds are 9 knots, with exhilarating top speeds of 12 knots under sail.
The crew of SAGITTARIUS are at the ready to ensure your holiday is the trip of a lifetime.
CAPTAIN CRISTIAN SEQUENZIA
Cristian Sequenzia, friends call him Cri (pronounced Cree), is the descendant of a proud and storied ancestry. He grew up in ancient Ortigia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This historic island is at the heart of the naturally fortified harbor of Siracusa, Sicily, Italy. It is the birthplace and homeland of many famous seafarers. Cri, with his knowledge and passion for seamanship, is a credit to these forefathers.
Cri was sailing with his father as far back as he can remember. He had his sea legs before he could run, and was swimming, diving and fishing as a small boy. After college, he went to work for a company that manufactured special parts for yacht construction. He specialized in carbon fiber composites, learning about yachts from the earliest stages of the build process.
In 2012, Cri brought his expertise to Sagittarius’ extensive refit. “When I had the offer to start working on Sagittarius I didn’t think twice. I quit my job to spend a year and a half on board, eight months of refitting and 10 months sailing around Europe and the Caribbean. I love sharing my passion for the sea with our guests; diving, snorkeling, swimming off secret beaches, exploring remote coves, pointing out turtles and birds’ nests. I also love having fun water skiing, wakeboarding, and every kind of fishing.” With his many talents and joie de vivre, guests on board Sagittarius are certain to love sharing in all the fun too!
MATE / STEW ILONA FRICOVA
Ilona grew up in an idyllic setting, in a storybook Czech village surrounded by woods. The family’s daily routine included caring for lots of animals and tending the garden. They shared a deep love and respect for nature, animals and people. Ilona’s parents had built a canoe, and the family enjoyed most holidays on rivers and lakes. Together they spent time canoeing, camping and fishing. Ilona got her first fishing license when she was just 10 years old, and she has been fishing ever since. Today, she happily shares fishing and fish prep tips with interested charter guests.
Ilona is very energetic. She excels at all types of sports, including tennis and swimming. She modestly mentions that she “collected a few trophies in snow skiing competitions in the Czech mountains”. She is also an avid diver with many certifications including Rescue and Deep Diver, and has achieved Yachtmaster Coastal Certification. She is a very patient instructor with guests of all ages interested in learning to snorkel, or manage the yacht toys. Family charters are her favorite, organizing activities for everyone to spend quality time together.
Four years ago, Ilona began sailing in the Canary Islands and the Balearics. She recognized immediately that yachting is an amazing facet of the hospitality industry. It ignited her passion. She said, “I kept thinking about people who are very busy, a rushed lifestyle with a stressful daily routine. Almost everyone has experienced this. It can be very difficult to slow down, escape from busy work routines. Everyone needs to relax. My goal is to help by providing guests the time and space to relax, to switch off and re-energize. That is the most important part of a good vacation. I take care to do my best for my guests to have fun and create unforgettable memories. And what a pleasure it is to consider this as a job!”
CHEF JACK ZOPPELLETTO – DOB: 1969
Cristian “Jack” Zoppelletto, grew up with two brothers in a hilly town in the north of Italy. He spent his childhood with family and friends by the sea in coastal Italy, boating, fishing and swimming. He went camping in the beautiful Dolomite mountains, climbing in the Alps and enjoyed collecting mushrooms and cooking.
Jack remained in his hometown of Vicenza for 30 years, working as a chef and as a restaurant owner, until accepting a position and moving to beautiful Lake Garda. Later he enjoyed prestigious positions as a chef, partner, owner and culinary instructor in Courmayeur, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Barcelona. He attended the Instituto Technico and further expanded his expertise with professional cooking classes, a sommelier and finger food course. While in Barcelona, he organized and taught Italian cooking courses.
Jack says, “I started as a yacht chef in 2014 because I love the sea and the Caribbean atmosphere, culture and very interesting local lifestyle. Plus, fishing, and preparing fish, is a favorite pastime. I find wonderful, fresh products in the markets too, especially fish. I like cooking all international dishes, but being Italian, I specialize in Mediterranean recipes. Guests are very excited with my typical Italian cuisine.” In fact, guests tend to rave about everything Jack sets on the table.
For foodies, a charter aboard SAGITTARIUS is a superb culinary experience. For guests interested in taking home a few cooking tips or recipes, Jack is super enthusiastic about teaching, and loves to share his knowledge and expertise. Whether guests are keen on a real hands-on experience, or prefer to discuss worldwide cuisine and culinary trends over a glass of specially selected wine, Jack is a consummate host.
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.
Chef Leanne hails from the Bondi Beach on the sunny Coast of New South Wales, Australia.
There are too many specialities to mention, but with Leanne’s infectious happy vibes, ever present sense of humor and of course, incredibly presented, appetizing, delectable and mouth watering meals prepared from breakfast to dinner with everything in between.
Leanne has been in the customer service industry for two decades and has focused on yacht charters over the last 5 years. Leanne’s experience is extensive and varied ranging from Chef/First mate on private catamarans and term charter yachts to serving in fine-dining restaurants and bars, luxury hotels and B&B accommodation.
Leanne previously held positions as a chef, deckhand, restaurant supervisor, fine dining waitress/ bartender, personal chef and dive master in various countries around the world. All of these vocations have required exceptional people skills and social interaction, both of which come naturally.
Leanne is always willing to cater to any palate. Her passion for creating meals allows her to experiment with many different flavors, whether it be Asian or Mediterranean, North American or Caribbean. My main focus is keeping food as healthy as possible using as many fresh ingredients available. Of course, dietary requirements are always taken into consideration.
Leanne welcomes you on board Zingara and looks forward to providing you with a culinary experience you have never experienced before.
Mate 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.
Stewardess 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.