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
The baths, virgin gorda, march 2017

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
Cooper island, BVI, january 2017

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
marina cay, bvi, january 2017

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
marina cay, BVi, january 2017

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
marina cay, bvi, january 2017

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
British Virgin Islands, April 2015

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

 
anegada, bvi, april 2017

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
Trellis Bay, BVI, April 2017

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
jost van dyke, bvi, March 2017

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
British virgin islands, February 2017

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
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, APRIL 2015

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.
Mediterranean, August 2016

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
 
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
british virgin islands, march 2017

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
British virgin islands, February 2017

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
Menorca, september 2016

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
British Virgin Islands, April 2015

British Virgin Islands, April 2015