ZINGARA Yacht Charters
“Zingara is an incredible boat with every amenity you could want—complete with chocolates on the pillows every night and spacious, impeccably-maintained guest suites. The boat is fully equipped for almost any type of fun imaginable. Pool noodles, inner tubes, a party float, waterskis, a complete set of SCUBA and snorkeling gear, and a crazy fun tubing tube are just some of the water activities available. The nets on the front of the boat are a great place to relax with a book or just lay out in the Caribbean sun, but there are also some great shaded areas in the aft cockpit and the bridge if you prefer to stay shaded.
The SCUBA certification course was expertly executed and all of the dives were memorable and full of exciting marine life. We had a mix of uncertified and certified divers at the start of the trip, but even those of us who were certified did not consider ourselves particularly SCUBA-savvy. By the end we all felt comfortable and excited by all the underwater adventures SCUBA diving offers! Camille and Andres are truly exceptional instructors beyond compare.
Every day held a new and exciting adventure in the BVIs, complete with incredible excursions ashore. We loved exploring the Baths at Virgin Gorda, hiking to the bubbly pool, scootering around Anegada, and playing beach volleyball at the Soggy Dollar. The BVIs have the opportunity to create endless memories; it is almost impossible to pack it all into 10 days there—we will just have to come back!”
We welcome you aboard the fabulous yacht Zingara where the enchanting spirit of the lovely Contessa Zingara lives on, through the decadent delights that await you and the passion that is woven through every hidden corner. You are invited to leave your cares ashore and be seduced by the legacy.
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.
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.