One of the best trips ever! The food was fantastic and we always felt we were in the hands of an experienced Captain. Each meal, beach, port-of-call was exceptional. Can’t wait until we can return.
— Maureen & Andy Sacks
You checked all the boxes! A perfect balance of professionalism and down-to-earth friendliness. Incredible activities and relaxation, all topped by the best eating we have ever experienced. Truly over the top!
— Carlo & Karen Madonia
The entire trip was perfect from start to finish. This would not be a complete entry without expressing my utter gratitude for the vegan cooking on my behalf—beyond my expectation. Graham and Kristiann, thank you so much for everything you did to provide a great trip.
— Robin Dowd
Awesome. The whole thing! The BVI, the company, the boat and of course Graham & Kristiann—they treated us like honored guests. A week of perfection.
— Dave Steffan
 Sacks/Steffan/Madonia charter Whale Watching, BVI, March 2018

Sacks/Steffan/Madonia charter
Whale Watching, BVI, March 2018

Queremos agradecerles por las hermosas vacaciones en vuestro catamarán, todo estuvo 10 puntos!!

El barco es hermoso y muy cómodo. Súper equipado. Nos sentimos siempre muy seguros. Graham, un excelente capitán. Kristiann, la mejor chef de todo BVI! Nos sorprendiste cada día con tus deliciosos platos y estuviste siempre muy pendiente de todo lo que necesitábamos. Las actividades, comidas, bebidas y hospitalidad, todo excepcional!!
— Rubén, Andrea, Dan y Carolina Tuchin
Thank you for the beautiful vacation aboard your catamaran, everything was over 10 points!

The boat is beautiful and very comfortable. Super equipped. We always felt very safe. Graham, an excellent Captain; Kristiann, the best chef in the BVI! You surprised us every day with your delicious meals and you were always very aware of anything we might need. The activities, food, drinks and your hospitality were exceptional!
— Rubén, Andrea, Nacho, Dan & Carolina Tuchin
 The Tuchin Family Sandy cay, BVI, february 2018

The Tuchin Family
Sandy cay, BVI, february 2018

It goes without saying that we had the most amazing week with you. Thank you for planning a thoughtful itinerary and showing us all the beauty of the post-Irma BVI! I was emotional at the end because this trip was an opportunity for our family to be together with minimal distractions. Thank you for that gift!
— Pamela McKinstry
We had a great time during our week aboard Allende. Kristiann and Graham (and Friday) made sure that each aspect of our trip was perfect. Can’t wait to come back!
— Sam McKinstry
 The McKinstry Family Little Dix Bay, BVI, December 2017

The McKinstry Family
Little Dix Bay, BVI, December 2017

Thank you for creating the greatest memory our family has ever had. You both went above and beyond, from the food to all the secret spots. We can’t wait to sail again—you’ve sparked something special for our family!
— David Farmer
 The Farmer Family Scrub Island, BVI, July 2017

The Farmer Family
Scrub Island, BVI, July 2017

Truly one of the most memorable vacations and experiences ever! The attention to detail with food, drink & hospitality was exceptional. We felt at home and comfortable within 15 minutes of boarding. Friday was the most amazing skipper and we were so happy he joined us. Thank you for everything!
— Brad & Tery Pickle
 Bejar/Pickle Charter North Sound, Virgin Gorda, July 2017

Bejar/Pickle Charter
North Sound, Virgin Gorda, July 2017

Thank you so much for the wonderful time aboard S/V Allende. We loved every minute of it especially having the opportunity to watch experts actually sail. And not only to witness it but to ask all our questions. The itinerary felt very customized and tailored to us. Friday adds something special to the trip! Can’t wait to sail with you again. Thanks for the great experience!
— Dave & Ginger
 Dave & Ginger RoBertson Fallen JERusalem, BVI, June 2017

Dave & Ginger RoBertson
Fallen JERusalem, BVI, June 2017

Thank you for the completely relaxing, fun, adventurous and unplugged vacation week! We were counting down to this trip, Stephen for the love of sailing and me for an opportunity I never thought I would take due to my fear of seasickness. Thanks to the both of you for allowing me to conquer it and open my eyes to such a memorable experience.
— Alba & Stephen
 Alba & Stephen The baths, virgin gorda, march 2017

Alba & Stephen
The baths, virgin gorda, march 2017

What an amazing trip!!! You made our kids comfortable so that they could not only enjoy themselves but also learn so much about the BVI. This has been our best vacation—mostly because of you two. Thanks so much for welcoming us into your home...it truly is beautiful. We love the view from your office!

We look forward to another vacation and another destination with you.
— Larry & Kelly Stoddard
 the Stoddard Family Cooper island, BVI, january 2017

the Stoddard Family
Cooper island, BVI, january 2017

It will take an intervention to get us off the Allende! This is the most amazing food we have ever had for 6 days non-stop. Perhaps you could pack a lunch for the plane so we do not go into withdrawal tremors?
— Bruce & Sharon Thornton
 BruCe & ShAron Thornton marina cay, bvi, january 2017

BruCe & ShAron Thornton
marina cay, bvi, january 2017

What a fabulous week we’ve had with you and Friday, too! We have felt so welcome and so well taken care of.

BVI is a beautiful place and we’ve enjoyed the sailing, snorkeling, sun, food, drinks and the camaraderie with old friends and new.

We wish you all the best — we won’t hesitate to recommend Sail Allende!
— Linda & John Schilling
 LINDA & JOHN SCHILLING marina cay, BVi, january 2017

LINDA & JOHN SCHILLING
marina cay, BVi, january 2017

Our very first visit to the BVI and very first week sailing could not have been better! Thanks for your great accommodation of our “newness” to the boat. We will long remember this week—the sailing, fishing, snorkeling, hiking and wonderful meals. We marvel at your efficiency and skills.
— Covey & Kathy
 Covey & Kathy marina cay, bvi, january 2017

Covey & Kathy
marina cay, bvi, january 2017

Graham and Kristiann are super! We loved our week in the BVI with friends. Always fun and flexible - but focused on doing great work when it comes to sailing, dining and sharing their love for the ocean. From scuba diving to costume night, would do it all over again!
— Nolan & Denise
 Nolan & Denise British Virgin Islands, April 2015

Nolan & Denise
British Virgin Islands, April 2015

Sailing with Graham and Kristiann is like sailing with your best friends. They are both so friendly and kind. Graham confidently and safely sailed us from island to island. He professionally made sure we all knew the safety procedures before beginning our journey. After that, he was all smiles and good times. He even helped us when the sea got a bit rough and told us where to sit so we wouldn’t get sick or wet.

Kristiann’s food was delicious! Somehow she knew exactly when we would be hungry and had the fresh, tasty food ready whether it was for breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner. She was even versatile enough to make some fish we caught into our midday snack instead of what she had initially planned!

Together they planned a great trip for us with just enough time sailing, some time on land doing excursions, and some time just anchored and chilling in a bay. The boat was always neat and tidy and really felt like we had plenty of our own personal space if we wanted to get away from everyone else without being held up in our cabin.

I am so happy we had the opportunity to sail with them and cannot wait to do it again!
— Stephanie McGurren
 Windward islands, April 2014

Windward islands, April 2014

 
 walton/Moneim Charter BVI & USVI, April 2018

walton/Moneim Charter
BVI & USVI, April 2018

So, where should we begin? Everything from the beautiful yacht to the incredible food was fabulous. We also enjoyed your professionalism and knowledge of sailing. This was our first sailing trip and we were concerned about a few things, but all of that went away very quickly. We all had such a great time that we are already planning for a return sail among the many islands of the BVI.
— Glenn & Stacy Walton, Tara & Omar Moneim
 Bradley, Andrew, phil & Fontaine Peter ISland, BVI, March 2018

Bradley, Andrew, phil & Fontaine
Peter ISland, BVI, March 2018

You guys packed so much adventure into every day of our trip that I’m sure we could fill volumes (and I have the 2,800 photos to prove it)! We could not have asked for a better first experience living aboard a yacht. Allende has all the comforts we could ever hope for—and Kristiann’s cooking was beyond brilliant and delicious! We’re really going to miss snuggling with Friday on the “Lido Deck” while sipping lattes and Painkillers. These experiences have ignited a new passion for travel on the water that I’m sure will stay with us for the rest of our lives. Looking forward to our next sail with you—and the next, and the next...
— Bradley & Andrew
Never have we ever eaten such fine food, meal after meal, day after day and never have we ever witnessed such rare natural beauty, reef after cove after mountain after bay. This past week has cleared our minds and filled our souls. You are gracious hosts and patient teachers. All very much appreciated.
— Phil & Fontaine
 The Keilty Family Anegada, BVI, january 2018

The Keilty Family
Anegada, BVI, january 2018

Our trip absolutely exceeded our expectations, and that’s saying something! You two made us feel at home from the moment we met you at the airport and walked to Allende. Thank you for teaching us when we had questions about sailing, snorkeling and rum drinks. We had much to celebrate and you made each event and memory unforgettable.
— The Keilty Family
 The Zwiers Family (Photo Credit Mar Javierto) Anegada, BVI, January 2018

The Zwiers Family (Photo Credit Mar Javierto)
Anegada, BVI, January 2018

Wow! What an amazing vacation we have had—it far exceeded our expectations. Both of you are amazing, kind and so friendly. You make an awesome team together. We loved the adventure and the food too—all of the meals were presented so prettily! Thank you so much for the trip of a lifetime!
— The Zwiers Family
 Brady AnniveRsary Charter Annual Jump off the Willy T, Norman ISland, December 2017

Brady AnniveRsary Charter
Annual Jump off the Willy T, Norman ISland, December 2017

Wow!!!! Vacation of a lifetime! Graham, Kristiann and Friday were such incredible hosts. My husband and I travel to the BVI every December, but this year Sail Allende made sure we saw parts of the BVI we’ve never experienced before.

The boat was spacious, beautifully furnished, and comfortable. The food, ohhh the food, the food was just as good as a five-star restaurant. Kristiann is a great chef and her love of cooking comes through in it’s delivery. The menu was perfectly crafted to account for some of my crazy and unfortunate dietary restrictions. I was so impressed that Kristiann was able to remember everything.

Graham was such a wonderful, friendly and knowledgeable Captain. We learned so much about understanding the weather, wind, waves, stars, etc.. He has such a passion for sailing and we really admired how he wants to share it with everyone.

Graham and Kristiann made us feel so welcome, like family. We owe them so much gratitude for such an incredible vacation. I also want to thank them for giving back to the BVI after Hurricane Irma, it’s because of people like them, the BVI will come back stronger than ever...#BVIStrong.
— Noel Knect-Brady
 The McCord Family St. John, USVI, July 2017

The McCord Family
St. John, USVI, July 2017

What a wonderful trip! I can’t imagine a better way to see the BVI than with you two. The sights were amazing and the hospitality even better! We would do this trip again in a heartbeat!
— The McCord Family
 Brie & Karel Minnaar (Photo Credit Mar Javierto) anegada, bvi, april 2017

Brie & Karel Minnaar (Photo Credit Mar Javierto)
anegada, bvi, april 2017

We got engaged and married while sailing on Allende in the BVI. Sailing with Allende was truly one of the most magical experiences of my life!

Graham & Kristiann went above and beyond to help with all the arrangements to make our engagement and wedding of our dreams come to life. Every detail was perfectly timed and well thought out. Each and every meal was absolutely delicious and cooked from scratch - being on Allende is truly a foodie’s paradise. Graham & Kristiann are a dynamic duo that have mastered the art of entertaining on water and have managed to create an unparalleled sailing experience for their guests. Highly recommend!!!!
— Brie Minnaar
 Horvath/Stancel Charter Trellis Bay, BVI, April 2017

Horvath/Stancel Charter
Trellis Bay, BVI, April 2017

Wow! This was truly a dream vacation for us. It was a new experience and we are hooked. Hooked on sailing, snorkeling and Painkillers! Thank you for taking us on this wonderful adventure and showing us around the BVI; both the popular locales and best of all the secret, serene coves and bays. This is paradise!
— Nada & Andrew Stancel
 TEXAS EXES jost van dyke, bvi, March 2017

TEXAS EXES
jost van dyke, bvi, March 2017

This is by far the most relaxing vacation. The food, travel, boat and most importantly the company made the trip. The food, local knowledge and travel were first rate and we can’t wait to get more of our friends and family on board with you. Safe travels and happy sailing, we’re counting down the days until our next Painkillers with y’all!

Hook ‘em!
— Ashley & Long Duong
 Maureen & Bryan West British virgin islands, February 2017

Maureen & Bryan West
British virgin islands, February 2017

Thank you for a wonderful week as we celebrated 20 years. The itinerary was exactly what we were looking for - relaxing, scenic, quiet and great company. You thought of everything to make our stay incredibly comfortable and we enjoyed every minute. The sailing lessons were an added bonus. Friday put the vacation over the top! Looking forward to next time.
— Maureen & Bryan West
 Women's Retreat Mediterranean, August 2016

Women's Retreat
Mediterranean, August 2016

Amazing is the word I have used to describe our sail. So many highlights - actually sailing at the helm (wow!), the blue Mediterranean, the great friendship with all the wonderful fun dancing, jumping off the boat to float, dinghy rides, eating & drinking. Our cabins were so comfortable and your hospitality - always there with my morning latte plus so many more wonderful extras that y’all provided.

I most enjoyed the variety of experiences on the water - waves that looked like whales to water that was as smooth as glass. I will be returning for another amazing adventure.
— Ellen Gonzalez
 Alex & Amanda Tello BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, APRIL 2015

Alex & Amanda Tello
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, APRIL 2015

Best vacation ever!!! We had the pleasure of sailing the BVI with Graham and Kristiann in 2015, and we cannot wait to book our second trip with them in 2016. Sailing with Graham and Kristiann was the perfect remedy to our hunger for adventure and first-class relaxation. Graham’s passion and proficiency for sailing and Kristiann’s culinary skills go hand-in-hand with their fun, easy-going personalities. We felt completely comfortable with Graham at the helm (his thorough planning skills and receptive demeanor ensures you see the places you want to) and we couldn’t wait for the next sitting with “Chef K”. Only problem we had was coming back to reality!
— Alex & Amanda Tello
 Windward Islands, April 2014

Windward Islands, April 2014

You’re in for the trip of a lifetime! Thanks to Graham and Kristiann for a wonderful week – in which we left ALL of the planning to the experts (G&K)! We started out in St. Lucia and finished in Mustique. From snorkeling in a vibrant marine reserve to hiking the Pitons, sailing lessons with Graham or gourmet fish tacos with Kristiann (with our freshly-caught yellowtail) or just knowing the right local spot for dinner and drinks…what an amazing trip. Years later and we still find ourselves telling stories of our adventure. Thanks!
— J & M, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
 
Thank you for hosting our family for (another) great vacation. The kids had a great time exploring the Indians and taking photos in The Baths. We are leaving with wonderful memories and new sayings. As our Sauce Boss would say, “Sailed It!”
— The West Family
 The West Family Fishing Offshore Anegada, April 2018

The West Family
Fishing Offshore Anegada, April 2018

Our first sailing trip exceeded expectations—we can’t wait for the next! You are both wonderful hosts; very knowledgeable in the islands and their history. We will be back!
— Mike & Dianna Ray
Wow! Thank you for a wonderful experience. Your planning and thoughtfulness made this a once-in-a-lifetime trip. The BVI rocks!
— Scott & Terry Ingram
We had a fabulous time, everything was perfect! I would love to receive some of your recipes so I can cook more healthy at home. We loved having Friday aboard also; he’s awesome!
— Theresa & Stan Miller
 Miller/Ray/IngraM Charter British Virgin Islands, January 2018

Miller/Ray/IngraM Charter
British Virgin Islands, January 2018

I can’t explain how magical and perfect our trip was!!! The catamaran was amazing, but no matter how nice the boat is, you can never replicate the crew! Kristiann and Graham were key to our trip being fun and delicious. The service was by far better than any luxury hotel I’ve stayed in. They both were low-key and accommodating, and sooo organized and prepared to supply their guests with the best of the best. I HIGHLY recommend making Sail Allende your first choice.
— Kristen & Jeff
 Kristen & Jeff St. John, USVI, August 2017

Kristen & Jeff
St. John, USVI, August 2017

Thank you so much for an amazing experience! The boat, food & company could not be beat. Your attention to detail was on display throughout our short three days here. A truly one-in-a-lifetime experience for sure, but not our last. Thanks for the memories.
— Shari & Frank
 Shari & Frank Beef Island, BVI, August 2017

Shari & Frank
Beef Island, BVI, August 2017

We had a fantastic experience! My wife and I took our 2 children (13-year-old boy and 9-year-old girl) on a 9-day charter. Captain Graham and Chef/First Mate Kristiann welcomed us to their home. They were eager to assist with any and all water activities including snorkeling, paddle board, kayak, hammock, the floating unicorn, etc.

The food was amazing. Kristiann made almost everything from scratch and made it seem effortless. Each meal was expertly prepared with consideration for each individuals likes and dislikes. The presentation was artistic and the timing was impeccable. Each morning started with gourmet coffee.

We ended each evening with a discussion about the following days activities. Graham and Kristiann had options at every destination to meet our expectations. They could get us on the best mooring or anchorage in crowded locations or tuck us into a secluded cove if that is what we preferred for the day.

If it was possible to sail we were sailing. Graham and Kristiann love to sail. They had the spinnaker in the air several times on our trip. The 2 of them have clearly spent a lot of time together on the water. They worked together like a well oiled machine.

Graham and Kristiann own Allende and it shows. We have chartered multiple times in BVI and their professionalism stands out in my eyes. They were willing to pick us up early and keep us on board late when our flight was delayed. Their attention to detail with boat care and maintenance was obvious. They knew the boat inside and out and were prepared to handle any situation that arose.

Friday is an amazing dog. He is well mannered and absolutely loves the water. I think he spent more time in the water than on the boat. He attracts a lot of attention from other boaters when he is jumping off the front of the boat, swimming around the boat, or going for a ride on the paddle board.

You will not be disappointed if you book a trip on Allende. I feel like we have made new friends with Graham and Kristiann and hope to keep in touch with them in the coming years. Keep living your dream!
— Derek Johnson
 The JoHnson Family Fishing The North Drop, BVI, July 2017

The JoHnson Family
Fishing The North Drop, BVI, July 2017

Thank you for an amazing week! This was a “bucket list” trip and you exceeded all of our dreams. The boat and the BVI are amazing, but the two of you really made the experience fantastic! Great meals, great moorings. sailing lessons, hikes, snorkel spots, fishing and private beaches were all highlights.

BEST TRIP EVER!
— Suzette & Andy
 The Rothberg-Althauser Family british virgin islands, march 2017

The Rothberg-Althauser Family
british virgin islands, march 2017

What a fantastic week! I’m sure you have spoiled us for any other charter. No one else could possibly meet the standard you have set.

We loved the sailing and felt very comfortable with our skilled Captain! Thank you for letting me play like I was a helpful deckhand. You two are very friendly and made us feel welcome aboard the whole time. We were amazed that you could put so many wonderful meals on the table without appearing stressed.

The scenery is so enchanting that we hate to ever leave.
— John & Nancy Davis
 John & Nancy Davis British virgin islands, February 2017

John & Nancy Davis
British virgin islands, February 2017

Thanks for a lovely voyage. Lovely sail, delightful food, way too many beverages and the most pleasant of company. You’re the best!
— Linda & Rick Gardner
 Tortola, Bvi, february 2017

Tortola, Bvi, february 2017

This private sailing charter experience far exceeds that of a company charter! I sailed aboard Allende for a week around Menorca, Spain, and it was incredible in every aspect.

I have enjoyed many sailing vacations through Festiva in previous years, and this was my first time trying out the private alternative. The advantages were numerous: a brand new boat with all of the bells, whistles, & extra creature comforts; an experienced & adventurous crew who enthusiastically want to get out there and sail, as well as throw out the lines to catch a fresh meal for the night; freedom & flexibility to plan your itinerary as you go; healthy & super tasty meals from a well-equipped galley (includes a Vitamix & real Espresso machine!). Lastly the crew, Graham & Kristiann, are an absolutely delightful couple, whom you will no doubt fully enjoy spending your vacation with. Allende is their home and their livelihood - they truly pour their whole hearts and souls into what they do. I definitely plan to join them again!
— Keri Solon
 Keri Solon Menorca, september 2016

Keri Solon
Menorca, september 2016

Julie and I are still talking about the wonderful trip on Allende along the Costa Brava. Graham and Kristiann, you both were such fun to be with and were wonderful hosts.

Your boat is beautiful and very user friendly with plenty of room. She has all the creature comforts that make for great day of sailing and relaxing evening anchorages.

The food was outstanding. Not only do you handle your boat with the skill and confidence of experienced sailors, you really impressed us in the galley. The food was excellent and interesting.

We are looking forward to our next trip when Allende makes her way around to the Caribbean.
— Maury & Julie Shepherd
 Mediterranean, July 2016

Mediterranean, July 2016

I can’t say enough great things about my vacation! I was a sailing novice when I spent a week with Graham and Kristiann in the BVI and it was an incredible experience. From the moment I met them I felt completely at ease and knew I was in capable hands. But it was their attention to detail that made the trip so fun…the pre-trip packing guide and tips, theme nights on the boat, activities and sightseeing suggestions (snorkeling, diving, paddleboarding, restaurants, spas), cocktails at sunset and Kristiann’s absolutely amazing food (everything was delicious). They’re wonderful people and it was an amazing trip.
— Stephanie Jennische
 Stephanie Jennische British Virgin Islands, April 2015

Stephanie Jennische
British Virgin Islands, April 2015