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Unveiling the Best of the Best: Top Luxury Charter Yachts at the Antigua Yacht Show 2023

Best of the Best: Top Luxury Charter Yachts 2023

The "Big Charter Yachts": From 312' Gigayacht Whisper to Superyachts, Megayachts, to the ever popular 288' Sailing Yacht Maltese Falcon were present in 2023 to show off their luxury charter vacation lifestyles!

Now in its 62nd year, this exclusive invitation-only event unfolds against the picturesque backdrop of English Harbour and Falmouth Harbour in Antigua. Industry giants such as 295' Motor Yacht Nero, 288' Motor Yacht Project X, and 290' Motor Yacht Samsara will grace the harbours with their presence.

Superyachts Maltese Falcon, Whisper and Nero Luxury are available for charter vacations in the Caribbean this winter.
Maltese Falcon, Whisper and Nero Luxury Charter Yachts

The competition level at the 23rd Annual Antigua Concours de Chef and Tablescaping Competition was very high with many gifted chefs & crew members collaborating to impress the discerning judges. While only a few yachts and their crew could take home the coveted awards, yacht competitions are not the sole authority the talent and potential of a crew.

Best in Show

  • Motor yacht SAMSARA

  • Chef Sinead Finnigan and

  • Chief Stewardess Stephanie Cave

The theme for this year’s competitions focused on global cuisine inspirations with an emphasis on sustainable products and the culinary skills that were showcased were exquisite.

Winner of Concours de Chef:

Yachts 160ft and over

  • 1st place winning chef is Nathan Clements from Sailing Yacht Asahi

  • 2nd place winning chef is Josh Bingham from Motor Yacht Teleost

  • 3rd place winning chef is Steve Love from Motor Yacht Triumph

Yachts 126-159ft

  • 1st place winning chef is Nicolas Ott from Motor Yacht Parillion 

  • 2nd place winning chef is Terry Gatewood from Motor Yacht Milestone

  • 3rd place winning chef is Fernando Jeffrey from Motor Yacht Crossed Sabre

Yachts 125ft and under winners:

  • 1st place winning chef is Cloe Cauillaud from Sailing Yacht Sylene

  • 2nd place winning chef  is Joel Ehrich from Motor Yacht Top Shelf

  • 3rd place winning chef is Dulce Godoy from Sailing Yacht Semper Fidelis

Tablescaping Competition Winners:

Winner of the yachts 126-159ft Tablescaping Competition

  • Chief Stewardess Chloe Woodward from Motor Yacht Nadan   

Winner of the yachts 125ft and under Tablescaping Competition

  • Chief Stewardess Rochelle Irle from Motor Yacht Eros


About Us: Your Charter Yacht Brokers: Capt. Randy & Shelly Tucker!

Capt. Randy & Shelly Tucker, CYBA Yacht Charter Brokers at Yacht Charters Guru

If you want to experience a luxury yacht charter vacation first hand and up close, there is no better way than on your own privately crewed yacht with a full-time professional Captain and Chef/First Mate. We've been sailing and chartering for well over twenty-five years.

The U.S. Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands were our "backyard" which we came to love and cherish. So much so, that we sold everything in 1997 and moved to Charlotte Amalie, USVI as owners & operators aboard the 72' sailing yacht Three Moons. We do know the ins and outs of this special place & the people who live there. That's what makes us an official "Yacht Charters Guru”! Never been on a chartered yacht vacation? We will help you personally design your charter yacht vacation. Imagine being able to sail into small bays with beautiful white sands & fantastic snorkeling. A yacht vacation is a great way to spend time with your friends or family.

Why use a CYBA Certified Yacht Charter Broker?

Key Takeaways:

  • As a member of CYBA, the Charter Yacht Broker’s Association, we adhere to strict yacht charter booking protocols. We have access to the CYBA industry escrow account to protect your money.

  • Charter yacht crews, yacht owners and travel agents do not have access to this account.

  • If it is a busy yacht with lots of charters, the crew are taking care of guests onboard and they honestly do not have time to answer a lot of travel questions.

  • This is what differentiates professionally licensed yacht brokers from anyone else trying to book charters.

  • Very Important! It is not safe to send your hard-earned money directly to a business or yacht that is not accredited by a professional charter industry association to handle yacht charter client funds. Always ask!

  • We have access to the The CYBA E-Contract Charter Agreement. It is made available by CYBA for electronic use only by established, industry recognized and reputable Yacht Brokers.

Choose from an extensive list of yachts, including our spacious and stable catamaran charters, power catamarans, traditional monohull sailboat vacations, or high-end luxury motor yacht charters in the U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Belize, Croatia. Greece, and the Mediterranean.

We do not sell yachts like many other agencies so there is no conflict or distraction in our focus for your yacht charter. Our service is free to you. We travel extensively to boat shows and yacht charter shows year-round to personally view and inspect as many of the yachts as possible.

6 Reasons Why We are Qualified:

1. As Members of the Charter Yacht Brokers Association, The Virgin Islands Professional Charter Yacht League, and the BVI Charter Yacht Society, we maintain contact with the yachts to keep abreast of the very latest information on crew/yacht conditions and new yachts entering the arena.

2. We stay on top of local and Federal Governments to keep informed about changes in our industry, as well as involve ourselves with the changes in the environment in which we offer charters.

3. We engage in open dialogue with local publications to help keep the government and the public aware of this important industry in our islands.

4. We attend multiple charter yacht industry shows in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, go aboard each of the yachts, meet the crews, attend association meetings and seminars. We'll happily share our notes about changes to the boats and crews and confirm any newly added features and upgrades as well as re-fits to the boat’s decor like new carpets, interior and exterior soft goods & fun new water toys.

 5. As a seasoned charter yacht Owner & Crew, we have access to the "inner circle" and know all the insider facts. 6. We've developed a longtime friendship with vendors of services such as local taxi drivers, ferry companies, good places to stay on land, great restaurants, and much more.

Yacht Charters Guru is a Proud Member of CYBA, VIPCA and CYS

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