A Different Kind of Getaway

New England Charter Aboard Whisper

A luxuriously laid-back way to explore New England’s picturesque coastlines and charming towns is by way of the 116-foot charter yacht Whisper. Built in 2003 by Holland Jachtbouw in The Netherlands, the aluminum sailing superyacht blends a timeless classic design with the modern comforts of a five-star hotel, complete with concierge services that go above and beyond. Whether it’s over a week, 10 days or longer, each guest’s summer vacation is carefully planned and customized by Whisper’s captain, crew and private chef. It’s a chance to unplug, relax, explore, enjoy and make memories that otherwise would be…well…landlocked.

The Mediterranean charter season generally runs from April to the end of October, but in the U.S. an equally provocative season plays out from June through August.

The 116-foot sloop Whisper is available for charter in New England this summer. 

Sample 7-Day Itinerary for a New England Vacation:

Day One: The New England charter adventure begins in historic Newport, Rhode Island. Guests take in the sights and sounds of Bowen’s and Bannister’s Wharves before heading to Newport Shipyard to meet Whisper’s Captain and Crew for a waterfront brunch at Belle’s. The yacht’s private chef serves a late afternoon lunch from the cockpit, while Whisper cruises south to Block Island for an overnight anchorage. Popular with summer tourists, the tiny island boasts a plethora of activities, including cycling, hiking, sailing and fishing. At the end of play, The Oar Restaurant is a must for mudslides and clam cakes. 

Whisper’s spacious cockpit and deck provide ample room for entertaining. 

Day Two: Guests take a trip into town for some shopping and exploring before soaking up some sun on Whisper’s deck as she cruises to the famous island retreat of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Before an al fresco dinner onboard Whisper, guests visit Oak Bluffs to check out its ornate “Gingerbread Cottages” and downtown Edgartown for unique shopping opportunities.

Day Three: Martha’s Vineyard’s famed bus tours show off natural wonders such as the Gay Head Cliffs before Whisper sails guests to Chappaquiddick Island, off the eastern end of Martha’s Vineyard, for an afternoon of fishing, swimming and recreation using Whisper’s many water toys, including inflatable paddle boards, wakeboards, water skis, snorkel gear and a 15-foot RIB tender. For dinner, the crew anchors in the harbor off Edgartown and ferries everyone to shore for island-brewed pints and live music at the Wharf Pub and Restaurant.

Whisper’s teak interior is adorned with intricate inlays and carvings and includes an upper pilothouse lounge (left) that boasts a full wet bar with panoramic views of the horizon and a roomy salon (right) complete with a formal dining area. 

Day Four: Guests catch the sunrise sneaking into their staterooms and have the option of spending the morning catching up on emails from the onboard office or watching the news on the widescreen TV in the salon while the crew sails Whisper to Nantucket, Massachusetts for the next overnight adventure. Upon arrival, the crew motors everyone to Straight Wharf, where lunch at Toppers at the Wauwinet Inn provides unforgettable local cuisine and scenic views of Nantucket Bay. The afternoon is spent learning the history of the island at the Whaling Museum before a sunset dining experience onboard Whisper. For late night entertainment, everyone heads back to shore for live music at the Chicken Box.

Day Five: Whisper’s guests spend the morning catching the rays at Brant Point Beach before renting bikes to trace the island’s many nooks and crannies, including the charming village of Siasconset, on the eastern end of Nantucket. The rest of the afternoon is spent in the lap of luxury, with a series of spa treatments at the five-star hotel White Elephant, followed by a seafood dinner at the Brant Point Grille. 

Whisper sleeps six guests comfortably in its three spacious staterooms. The master suite (left) includes an office area and a private companionway. 

Day Six: Guests awaken to the sounds of halyards clinking as the crew prepares for its cruise back to Newport. After the yacht docks at Newport Shipyard, everyone spends the late afternoon perusing art galleries and boutiques in Brick Alley and on lower Thames Street before heading to Bellevue Avenue to tour the Breakers and Marble House “Golden Era” mansions. A dinner of local oysters and other delicious fare at the Moorings Restaurant and Grill is a perfect way to enjoy the sunset over Newport Harbor.

Day Seven: The scenic views of Ocean Drive, which traces Newport’s storied waterfront, are taken in while heading to Castle Hill Inn to enjoy lobster rolls and champagne from an Adirondack chair on a sprawling oceanfront lawn. After lunch, it’s time for a short hike to the Inn’s 18th century watchtower (Castle Hill Light) located on the western-most tip of Newport before heading around the point to Gooseberry Beach for a beach barbeque.

More About Whisper:
Whisper’s three spacious staterooms sleep six guests comfortably. Its lavish master suite boasts an office area, ensuite facilities with a steam shower and a private companionway. The teak interior is adorned with intricate inlays and carvings and includes a roomy salon, complete with a formal dining area. The upper pilothouse lounge boasts a full wet bar with panoramic views of the horizon.

The yacht is fully air-conditioned and its cockpit is equipped with an awning and large outdoor table for entertaining a flurry of guests. In terms of entertainment, Whisper has televisions in its master suite, pilothouse and main salon and offers WiFi and Cable. For water activities, a 15-foot motorboat, two kayaks, two paddleboards, a wakeboard, water skis and snorkel gear stand at the ready.

Whisper charters for $65,000 per week (plus APA expenses) and is available for bookings in the New England region from July 25 to September 1, 2015. Contact your favorite charter broker to inquire.

5 Reasons to Charter a Yacht in New England this Summer

A birds-eye view of Newport Harbor. (Photo Credit Onne van der Wal)

This summer, Whisper will be available for charter in New England from late July through Labor Day Weekend. If you are interested in getting a taste of the charter experience onboard and want a chance to tour the luxury yacht and meet its captain and crew, find your favorite broker and head to the Newport Charter Yacht Show. Scheduled from June 22-25, the annual show invites industry professionals and discriminating consumers (attending with brokers) to explore the world of luxury chartering. 

Here are the Newport Charter Yacht's Show's Top Five Reasons to Charter in New England this Summer: 

The 116-foot sloop Whisper will be participating in the 2015 Newport Charter Yacht Show 

Reason #1: A Yacht for Everyone

Looking for the classic elegance of a sailboat? The modern glamour of a motor yacht? Whatever your preference, there is a charter yacht in New England that fits. Try on the 116-foot sloop Whisper or the 98-foot motoryacht Sima for size at this year’s show.  Compare amenities of 80 footers with those of superyachts from 150 to 225+ feet. All come with the same comforts found at luxury hotels; most are equipped with a variety of water toys, such as jet skis, paddleboards, kayaks, dinghies and motorboats; and some boast extra perks such as top-of-the-line entertainment systems, personal gyms, hot tubs and rooftop bars.

 Participating yachts at the 2014 Newport Charter Yacht Show (Photo Credit: Billy Black) 

Participating yachts at the 2014 Newport Charter Yacht Show (Photo Credit: Billy Black) 

Reason #2: Ultimate Summer Destinations

There is no shortage of charming colonial towns and scenic islands gracing New England’s intriguing coast. The region boasts an abundance of historic landmarks and museums for exploring while also offering beautiful beaches, world-class shopping and lively nightlife and entertainment.

Captain and crew of participating yachts have fun alongside show participants during the yacht hop and culinary competitions at the 2014 show

Reason #3: Five-Star Hospitality and a Private Chef

From the moment a charter yacht is booked, its team of highly trained professionals – from the broker to the captain to the crew – begin planning every lavish detail of your preferred vacation. During the Newport Charter Yacht Show, invited guests can immerse themselves in the onboard experience by participating in a festive “Yacht Hop,” where captains and crewmembers entertain onboard their respective yachts, serving signature cocktails and exquisite hors d'oeuvres. And no luxury yacht’s crew is complete without a chef who is available to tailor menus around specific food preferences and dietary restrictions. During the show, the chefs also demonstrate their culinary prowess in a series of much anticipated shore-side competitions.  

Ambiance at newport yachting center during the 2014 newport charter yacht show (PHOTO CREDIT: BILLY BLACK) 

Reason #4: Customized Itinerary

Of course, there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to planning the ideal vacation, which is why each individual charter vacation is crafted around the tastes of the guests onboard. Whether one wants to explore the quaint resort islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, the bustling cities of Portland and Boston or never leave the comfort of their floating “home,” the yacht’s professionals will customize accordingly, charting a memorable course from one waypoint to the next.

chartering is about guests unplugging and physically detaching from land and life's stresses (photo credit: Billy black) 

Reason #5: Unmatched Experience

In addition to setting up excursions to towns and surrounding islands, charter yacht crews intuitively plan all sorts of bonding activities for both adults and children, from kayaking and fishing to games and sing-alongs. Whether it’s a family vacation, a romantic getaway for two or a reunion with old friends, it’s the attention to details and the crafting of little surprises in between that give guests the ability to unplug and physically detach from land and life’s stresses.

For more information, go to http://www.newportchartershow.com/ or register as a show participant at http://bit.ly/1BuMLKG.  

Escape the Cold: Luxury Chartering in the Caribbean Awaits

Christophe Harbour in St. Kitts (Photo Courtesy of Christophe Harbour) 

Escape winter’s bitter sting and head south to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean for a luxury charter adventure onboard Whisper.

The 116-foot luxury yacht has dropped its winter rate to $55,000/week (plus APA expenses) for the season.*

Each charter vacation onboard Whisper is customized based on its guest’s needs, blending fun with relaxation. This season, Captain Clive Youlten and crew will explore the region’s many island paradises. Stay tuned for two sample 7-day itineraries that cover Antigua, St. Barths, St. Kitts, St. Maarten and Nevis. In St. Kitts, the yacht will stay at Christophe Harbour, which is offering some complimentary dockage to charter yachts visiting the island this season. 

For more information and photos of Whisper, visit http://www.whisperyacht.com/specs-decks/

For charter availability and booking inquiries onboard Whisper, contact your favorite charter broker. 

* Rate excludes specific holidays. Whisper is available for the week of Christmas and New Years Eve at $75,000/week (plus APA expenses). 

Christophe Harbour in St. Kitts (Photo Courtesy of Christophe Harbour) 

Rendering of The Marina at Christophe Harbour (Photo Courtesy of Christophe Harbour) 

Destination: The Tobago Cays

Located between St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Tobago Cays is comprised of five small uninhabited islands (Petit Rameau, Petit Bateau, Baradol, Petit Tobac and Jamesby). This idyllic yachting anchorage is a paradise for beachcombers and water explorers alike.

Relax
Enjoy a picnic catered by the Whisper crew as you take in the powdery-white sand, palm trees and turquoise blue waters from one of the many beaches found on the five cays.

Play
Take advantage of Whisper’s onboard kayaks, paddleboards and snorkel gear. Scuba dive in the world-renown Tobago Cays Marine Park which boasts dives for all experience levels, including Horseshoe Reef, Sail Rock and Mayreau Gardens. Kite surfing and windsurfing are also popular activities, especially in Petit Tabac. (The Whisper team can set up lessons and equipment rentals). 

Watch
Just off the southeastern shores of Baradol is a turtle watching reserve. From a boat you can see the turtles right beneath the waves, and if you hop into the water you can swim alongside them in crystal clear and shallow waters.

Destination: Nantucket

While in New England this summer, Whisper cruised to the charming island of Nantucket. This quaint summer destination is 30 miles south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts and here are a few of the many activities we recommend to guests that are vacationing here. 

Explore

Rent a bike for the day and explore the many landmarks that trace Nantucket’s coast, including Brant Point Lighthouse, Sankaty Head Lighthouse, and the charming village of Siasconset (to name a few).

The Nantucket Whaling Museum gives an overview of whaling history and culture on the island. Take a few hours to explore the exhibits and enjoy various films, presentations and artifacts.

Enjoy music from top artists at the Chicken Box, a Nantucket institution, where locals and visitors alike gather for libations and entertainment.

Shop

Nantucket is a world-class shopping destination during the summer months, with top designer boutiques lining the streets downtown, including Ralph Lauren, Lily Pulitzer, Style Paris, Serenella and Jack Wills London.

“Nantucket Reds” are a wardrobe staple on the island, and Murray’s Toggery Shop has an unmatched selection. The store has been a Nantucket fixture for over half a century and also offers up other types of apparel for men, women and children.

Nantucket Lightship Baskets are not only beautiful but also rich in heritage, dating all the way back to the island’s earliest inhabitants. To pick up your very own hand-woven treasure, stop into The Basket Shop, just two miles from town center.  For more history on the baskets, visit the Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum

Dine

Luxury hotel, The Wauwinet offers the finest of dining with its waterside restaurant Toppers located on the eastern side of the island. Prepare to be “wowed” by its menu of sophisticated American cuisine that includes exquisite renditions of comfort foods like fish and chips and mac-‘n’-cheese.  

For a casual atmosphere with equally delicious fare, head downtown to Straight Wharf Restaurant. Sip from mason jars while enjoying a fresh spin on seafood classics like Nantucket oysters bathed in a green tomato-cucumber mignonette, and buttered lobster served with sweet corn, chorizo, potatoes and littleneck clams.

Chef's Corner: Newport Bermuda Race Start Menu

NEWPORT BERMUDA FLEET START OFF CASTLE HILL IN NEWPORT, R.I.  (PHOTO CREDIT: DANIEL FORSTER/PPL)

Last Friday, Whisper and crew entertained guests for the start of the Newport Bermuda Race. Chef Chris prepared an array of hors d'oeuvres onboard the 116-foot sloop:

The Summer Salad of arugula and baby romaine was mixed with orange, grapefruit and topped with toasted coconut chips and homemade raspberry-mango vinaigrette. The Tuna Tatake was complete with a wasabi dip and fresh cucumber garnished the plate. A medley of fresh summer vegetables made up the Grilled Kebabs and a sherry soaked Puff Pastry stuffed with spiced herb cheese and topped with mushrooms rounded out the menu. 

The many spectator boats off Castle Hill in Newport, R.I. for the start of the Newport Bermuda Race (Photo Credit: Daniel Forster/PPL)

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New England Bound

After a winter of cruising the Caribbean Islands, the 116-foot sloop Whisper and its five-person crew are en route to the Northeast where they will spend the summer season cruising to a number of bustling docks and mellow anchorages along the charming coastline.

From the untouched islands of northern Maine to the quaint seaside towns in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, New England is a prime summer vacation spot, offering a plethora of itinerary options along the region’s coastline.

Check out Whisper’s Sample New England Itinerary here

Whisper new digital brochure is out

We have just launched our new digital e-brochure, this high-end 8-page promotional piece features beautiful imagery by world renowned photographer Billy Black and provides a visual through the yacht’s popular spaces. From exterior views to common interior spaces such as the dining room, living room and navigation area with bar. Then a glimpse to the ample accommodations, and outside to the deck spaces, finally specifications and deck plans.