Familiarisation Trip On Board Motor Yacht Jo
Between the 4th and 7th May 2013, the magnificent 50m (164’) Benetti motor yacht, Jo, welcomed aboard a host of charter brokers for a ‘Familiarisation Trip’ from Cavtat to Porto Montenegro.
Among the group of nine were Camper & Nicholsons charter brokers Cristabel Nye, Vanessa Morlot and Alex Garro, who manage Jo for charter. Having just completed a full refit at her shipyard in Croatia, she was in immaculate condition and boasting a number of new additions including a Williams 565 jet tender, new aft deck table, brand new carpets and state-of-the-art entertainment systems throughout.
Day one saw the group greeted by the crew with champagne before embarkation in Cavtat. After cruising to a bay 30 minutes away for an afternoon of fun on the jetskis and trying out the yacht’s brand new outside cushions for some relaxation in the sun, they headed to the beautiful old port of Dubrovnik for the evening.
The morning was spent at the Mljet National Park (north-west part of Mljet Island) in the charming old town of Polace. After exploring the local area by bike, the group took a ferry over to Sveta Marija before heading back to the yacht where a delicious lunch was waiting for them. More watersports were on offer during the afternoon, overseen by Adam Butterfield (First Mate) and Edward Leeming (Deckhand) who are experienced watersports instructors and managed to teach a couple of the brokers how to wakeboard.
Jo cruised on to the dramatic mountainous landscapes of Kotor for watersports and some time spent ashore. That night the group were taken for a dinner cruise around the bay for their final meal together, joined by the Captain for a steak supper and espresso martinis. Second Stewardess Chloe Colton then treated everyone to an acoustic performance on the sundeck.
On the last day they anchored off Porto Montenegro before departing for the airport at 2pm.
Captain Bruce Handyside and his fantastic crew were commended by all for their outstanding service, knowledge and positive attitudes, noting in particular how well they worked as a team which is an essential component to any successful charter yacht. Cristabel Nye commented: ‘The thing that I loved about the crew was that their friendliness and kindness was not an act and that they are all so genuine in their love of the boat, the team and their own roles.’ Chef James Mckeown served exceptional meals throughout the trip, described by Vanessa Morlot as: ‘imaginative, creative and full of flavours and colours where each meal was even better than the one before’.
Jo sleeps up to 12 guests in six beautiful staterooms and is available to charter for the summer season in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Central and Northern Caribbean Sea over the winter.