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.
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.
CHEF Ed Stacey
Ed’s first taste of sailing came at a young age, spending family holidays cruising the islands around Greece and Croatia. After university, Ed moved into publishing and in 2000 joined Yachting World magazine. During this time Ed discovered offshore racing, taking part in the 2001 Fastnet Race aboard Ecover, skippered by round-the-world yachtswoman Dee Caffari. Ed’s career eventually took him away from the marine industry and towards another great passion: food and cuisine. Ed’s culinary background includes one of the UK’s best and busiest gastropubs, a 2 AA rosette restaurant as well as a Michelin star kitchen. Most recently Ed has been running the Conference and Banqueting operations at one of the most prestigious hotels in Southeast England, planning and executing wedding banquets and other large scale feasts for up to 200 people.
Now, aboard Zingara, Ed’s love of the sea and passion for cooking are finally united and he is tremendously excited about sharing his experience in the form of mouthwatering dishes for Zingara’s guests. Whatever your tastes, preferences or dietary requirements, Ed strives to bring bags of flavour and balance to every dish using the freshest local ingredients.
Mate Camille Bedouin
Originally from France and Italy, Camille has been an ocean lover and nature enthusiast from a very young age.
She recently travelled to Plymouth in England to obtain her RYA certification, Yachtmaster Offshore, as she aims to become a captain and run her own boat in the coming years. She has learned a great deal about sailing, boat handling, engineering and the industry as a whole since joining Zingara over two years ago.
She grew up in Italy where her weekends were mostly spent horseback riding, swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, sailing on lakes with her dad and skiing in the mountains. Whilst working in marine conservation in Saint Croix, she discovered scuba diving and started sailing more regularly. She fell in love with the ocean which led her to pursue a life at sea in the yachting industry. Her service experience also comes from previous positions as a lodge manager and horseback safari guide in Kenya, as well as being a dive instructor in Costa Rica.
She is a very energetic crew member and is always exited to share her love for the ocean with guests. She’ll happily take them on adventures – whether it be underwater, above water or on land. She always looks forward to giving the guests the best possible experience.
Stewardess Aishah ‘Sash’ Osman
A free-spirit thalassophile and a passionate teacher from Malaysia. Growing up near the Strait of Malacca, Sash developed her love for the ocean from such a young age, and would spend hours splashing and swimming in the water.
She is into solo traveling and immersing herself in different cultures, learning local languages as she goes along. After earning her Business Degree in Management, she landed her first job as a Sales Executive. When the office job became restricted, she moved to Hawaii for three and a half years to pursue a Graduate degree in Communication. The Aloha experience was her major turning point in life when she decided to chose the island/ocean life over city life.
She launched her first professional diving career as an underwater videographer in Borneo. A natural underwater talent, she then became a PADI dive instructor in 2015 on Tioman Island, Malaysia. Her experiences in the diving business have provided knowledge and insights about the scuba diving industry in Malaysia and beyond.
As the health of the world’s oceans is deteriorating, Sash realised she had to do something about it before it was too late. So, she decided to join a marine conservation project in Yucatan, Mexico in an effort to protect the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Whilst in Mexico, she developed strong mentor-mentee relationships with her students, always set high diving standard, and therefore earned the nickname “Dive Mom”.
A selfless, energetic person who cares about others, she looks forward to sharing amazing Caribbean experiences with her guests. Look out for her as she seeks new adventures wherever she goes.