This was hands-down a once-in-a-lifetime trip and the words “Thank you” don’t even seem appropriate! The food, hospitality and attention to every detail was above and beyond the call of duty. Your knowledge of the area, fantastic advice and stories added such a personal touch to our experience. And the amazing Bushwackers didn’t hurt!
Chastain/Ballew charterGRAND RE-OPENING OF THE WILLY TPETER ISLAND, BVI, JUNE 2018
This trip was perfection—from seeing the nurse shark and octopus while snorkeling to catching lobster and a kingfish, from the exceptional meals to just relaxing with a novel and Friday. It was exactly what we both needed. Thank you, thank you, thank you to the very best hosts. We’re so grateful. Already looking forward to next time we see you.
Reh/burke charterSt. John and the British virgin islands, April 2018
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.
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!
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.
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.
Sacks/Steffan/Madonia charterWhale 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!!
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!
The Tuchin FamilySandy 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!
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!
The McKinstry FamilyLittle 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!
The Farmer FamilyScrub 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!
Bejar/Pickle CharterNorth 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 RoBertsonFallen 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 & StephenThe 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.
the Stoddard FamilyCooper 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 Thorntonmarina 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 SCHILLINGmarina 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 & Kathymarina 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 & DeniseBritish 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!
Windward islands, April 2014
Carr/Greene charterSandy spit, bVI, june 2018
An absolutely fantastic crew in every way! We’re so thankful to have found the Sail Allende team. We just returned from a week’s sail where Graham, Kristiann, and Friday (the crew dog / entertainment) treated us to the best time in the USVI and BVI. Pre-trip communication was professional and timely. Allende is kept in fanatical shape. Graham is careful and professional at the helm. And Kristiann kept our bellies full with delicious cocktails and the most 5-star amazing food. As a chef, Kristiann doesn’t skimp - nearly everything is homemade aboard and suited our diverse group’s taste buds.The Sail Allende team created a customized journey for us. We can’t say enough about this crew! If you’re looking for a crewed charter, look no further. We promise, you won’t be disappointed!We can’t wait to be back on Allende for BVI 3.0!
taylor, katie & maddie dickensVirgin gorda, BVI, May 2018
This was an amazing vacation for our family! Thank you so much for everything—from the incredible meals (and I mean every single one!) to the amazing adventures each day. It’s going to be an adjustment to go home and have to do anything for ourselves. You have catered to our every need and truly spoiled us!
ATChley/Joly/Elosh CharterLeverick bay, virgin gorda, april 2018
To say that Sail Allende is exceptional is a huge understatement!The catamaran, her crew, including the most amazing boat dog named Friday, were impeccable, on-the-ball every second of our trip and attentive to our every need.One goes on a trip or has an experience they always seem to find something to improve on....but, honestly, I’m unable to find anything. They manage to hit every check box and as far as I’m concerned, they set the benchmark for quality service and crewing a catamaran.Excellent, knowledgeable Captainship, incredible 6-star gourmet cuisine (ALL made from scratch in a small ship’s galley), deep knowledge of the area with excellent sightseeing, and kisses on the nose from their dog Friday...all make for a “trip of a lifetime” we plan to recreate over and over...thank you Kristiann and Graham!
ATChley/Joly/Elosh CharterAnegada, April 2018
Our time on Allende has exceeded our expectations and the two of you are the main reason why! You’ve taken every moment and made it uniquely special—from the tremendous food and delicious drinks to answering our constant questions. We could not have asked for a better experience!
Thank you so much for an absolutely perfect week! Your amazing detailed extra touches are so well-thought out, and you made us feel like part of your family always.
walton/Moneim CharterBVI & 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.
Bradley, Andrew, phil & FontainePeter 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...
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.
The Keilty FamilyAnegada, 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 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!
Brady AnniveRsary CharterAnnual 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.
The McCord FamilySt. 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!
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!!!!
Horvath/Stancel CharterTrellis 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!
TEXAS EXESjost 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!
Maureen & Bryan WestBritish 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.
Women's RetreatMediterranean, 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.
Alex & Amanda TelloBRITISH 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!
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!
Both of you are fabulous hosts, Captains, chefs and now friends. We will never forget you or this unbelievable trip!
Rick GorntoBONEFISHING IN ANEGADA, JUNE 2018
From the moment we set foot on Allende, we have been enamored with your hospitality and skills! We were impressed with Captain Graham’s sailing knowledge and expertise, relationships with local people and places. His ease and comfort in any and all situations made for a most relaxing and enjoyable time aboard. The respect and love the islanders have for both of you is apparent.And what can we say about Kristiann’s cuisine? These are a few of the words we made up when we were using fabulous, delicious and scrumptious way too much: scrumptilicious, splentabulous and fabulistic! The presentation was always beautiful and the taste was out of this world. Every meal just got better and better.There were too many special moments to recount here, but just know we all agree that this was our VERY BEST VACATION EVER!
We recently spent 8 days on board Sail Allende with Graham, Kristiann and Friday. We could not have enjoyed our trip more. Graham and Kristiann are the consummate hosts and Friday adds so much to the fun!! From all of the beautiful places we anchored, to the excursions on shore, to the always delicious food and drinks, to the attention to every detail....everything was absolutely PERFECT!
shepherd/pilmer/walters charterUSVI & BVI, MAY 2018
Super fun-filled week. Excellent food, sailing and water activities. The best trip ever and we’re ready to do it all again!
McGarey/Christy CharterBritish virgin islands, May 2018
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 FamilyFishing 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!
Wow! Thank you for a wonderful experience. Your planning and thoughtfulness made this a once-in-a-lifetime trip. The BVI rocks!
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!
Miller/Ray/IngraM CharterBritish 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 & JeffSt. 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 & FrankBeef 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!
The JoHnson FamilyFishing 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!
The Rothberg-Althauser Familybritish 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 DavisBritish 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!
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 SolonMenorca, 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.
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 JennischeBritish Virgin Islands, April 2015
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