Owner's Specials

Winter Season 2008-2009 Special Offer to Island Time Guests

Half-Day and Full-Day Sailing Expeditions on J42 EIGHT BELLS

Available December 1, 2008 to April 30, 2009

EIGHT BELLS, a J42 built in the United States in 2000, is available for exclusive charter to Island Time guests (for a maximum of 6 persons). Choose a half-day or full-day charter, skippered by USCG Captain Peter Willauer, and assisted by First Mate (and Admiral) Carol Willauer.

  • Maximum number of guests is 6 persons,
  • Minimum age is 7 years,
  • No sailing experience is required,
  • Snorkeling experience is recommended (no instruction provided),
  • Lunch, all beverages are included,
  • Safety harnesses, life vests and snorkeling equipment are provided,
  • All excursions are weather permitting and subject to availability,
  • 2 weeks advance notice to book.

Half-day Sail, Snorkel and Lunch $450 total for half day, for up to 6 persons

10 am departure, 2 pm return

Following a safety briefing onboard, one of our options is to begin our morning with a sail across the Narrows, the body of water between Nevis and St. Kitts. One of our favorite destinations is the west coast of St. Kitts where we could stop to swim and snorkel in one of the beautiful bays. Or, you might enjoy a walk along one of the beaches, or just enjoy the sun, breeze and camaraderie onboard.

After a late morning swim, snorkel or walk ashore, we’ll have lunch onboard. Following lunch, we’ll sail back across the Narrows and along the northwest shore of Nevis, pointing out the sites along the way.

Full-day Sail, Snorkel and Lunch $800 total for full day, for up to 6 persons

9 am departure, 4 pm return

A full day will give us plenty of time to see why a J42 is so much fun to sail! Sailing conditions between Nevis and St. Kitts are typically ideal. The trade winds blow generally 15 to 25 knots from the northeast, east or southeast. After getting underway, we’ll have a lively sail along the northwest coast of Nevis, ending up on west coast of St. Kitts for a leisurely swim and snorkel and lunch.

After lunch you can snorkel some more, swim, walk the beach, watch for monkeys along the St. Kitts shore, or relax and enjoy life onboard. Or you may choose to have a longer sail home. The choice is yours. We’ll have you back in Nevis with plenty of time for sundowners at Island Time.

One-day Sail Training Program with Lunch: $800 for a full day, for up to 6 persons

For experienced racers/sailors who want a more ambitious sail training workout on one of the high-performance J Boats, we can spend time in the ocean practicing maneuvers, reefing and un-reefing, emergency drills, off-shore and passage-making briefing, sail trim, preparing for heavy weather, use of electronics for navigation and communications, etc. You can’t do it all, but we can plan an interesting day if you want more of a workout with a very experienced sailing instructor.

About the Captain, Crew and Vessel

Captain: Peter Willauer – Life-long educator/sailor

At an early age, Peter demonstrated his dedication and skill at sailing. As a youth he participated in the National Junior Sailing Championship (Sears Cup) finals for three years (2nd place), and later, was on the Princeton sailing team. Peter was in U.S. Olympic trials in 1956 taking 4th in 5.5 meter boats, was Maine state sailing champion, took a 1st place in the both the Explorer nationals and the Gold Cup in Sweden. He sailed in the World Star Boat Championships in Havana, taking a 3rd, and then became sailing instructor at the Prouts Neck (Maine) Yacht Club. He is a member, since 1961, of the Cruising Club of America.

He was the sailing officer at the US Naval Academy 1956-58, and in 1964, was the Founder and President for 25 years of the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School (HIOBS) in Penobscot Bay, Maine. While there, Peter established HIOBS’ renowned sea program, and developed HIOBS 30’ open “pulling boats”. Peter was also Founder and President of the Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center in Boston Harbor for city youth. For 25 years he served on the Board of the Woods Hole based Sea Education Association (SEA). He has open water SCUBA, EMT, and since 1968, has maintained a 100-ton U.S Merchant Marine auxiliary-sail Captain’s license.

Peter is an avid ocean racer. Among his many races are 19 Newport to Bermuda races (most recently in 2008 taking 1 st in Class on his brother’s J46). Since 2000, Peter and wife Carol have been full-time live-aboards on their J42, a 42 foot high-performance sloop, logging 48,000 miles in 8 years. Their sailing included annual round trips from the Canadian border through the Caribbean to Trinidad for 5 years, and for the last 3 years, two transatlantic passages sandwiching extensive cruising in the Mediterranean.

Carol Willauer: First Mate (and Admiral)

With husband Peter, Carol has been a full time live-aboard for 8 years, logging 35,000 miles on EIGHT BELLS (she skipped the transatlantics). She and Peter are members of the Ocean Cruising Club and Seven Seas Cruising Association. She has training as a Wilderness First Responder. In addition to her marketing and fundraising career, she was an Outward Bound instructor at Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center in Boston, MA. Carol discovered Nevis in 1978 when she became manager of the former Cliff Dwellers hotel and restaurant. Her cuisine is well known among those who know her. Having retired from professional cooking, Carol now has become adept at cooking on a three-burner stove, while heeling at 35 degrees!

About the Vessel, EIGHT BELLS

EIGHT BELLS is a J42 “L”, designed by Rodney Johnstone and launched in 2000. Live-aboard modifications were designed and carried out by J Boats to the specifications of Peter and Carol. EIGHT BELLS’ overall length is 42 feet and is well outfitted for offshore as well as coastal cruising. For more information about this high-performance racer-cruiser, go to http://www.jboats.com/j42/j42gallery.htm.

And yes, that is Carol at the helm on the Jboats website.