VENTANA Yacht Charters
” I have been to the Caribbean a few times, but have never had such an amazing time. Darrin is a terrific tour guide.
He happily shared his knowledge and entertained our group with his stories. He was completely accommodating to our activity demands and made sure each of us had fun, stayed safe and had the best experience.
The chef is awesome and a lovely hostess. We had major dietary restrictions (one vegetarian, one dairy free pescatarian and two enthusiastic foodies) and she made it look easy to accommodate and please each of us. They added to our fun, they made us comfortable 100% of the time. The boat was beautiful, spacious and comfortable. The itinerary and activities were interesting and exciting.”
Ventana is a beautiful new Lagoon 520 offering four large double berths each with private ensuite baths including electric heads, vanity and separate showers. A fifth cabin is available offering upper and lower berths and this cabin also has a private ensuite bath with electric head, vanity and separate shower. Cabins and boat offer wonderful natural lighting and great ventilation plus fully air-conditioned depending on guests desires.
The salon will seat up to 8 guests in comfort for lounging or dining.
Ventana’s exterior offers alfresco dining for up to 8 guests, top deck seating and lounge area in front of helm plus forward lower deck lounge area behind trampolines. With numerous lounging areas, there is plenty of space for gathering as a group or finding a private place for one or two to relax.
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!