Blue Cruise Yacht Charters

Classic Schooner
Vixen II
Charter Cruising
France, Spain, and Italy

Charter Cruising Italy

This classic wooden sailing yacht
is a 1915 Herreshoff gaff-rigged cutter redesigned in 1978 as a staysail schooner. With a racing history of more than 85 years, Vixen II last proved she is still among the fastest by taking second in class at the 2002 Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. This beautiful yacht's teak-and-mahogany upper deck is clutter-free. Below deck, butternut paneling and furnishings are handcrafted and charmingly fitted.
Above and below deck there is an aura of yachting history.

Charter Cruising France

Technical Specifications:

Year Built: 1915
Year Refit: 2000
LOA: 78 ft
LOD: 65 ft
Beam: 14.5 ft
Draft: 10.0 ft
Displacement: 70,000 lbs
Engine: 110 hp Perkins
Generator: 8 kva Mastervolt
Water Maker
Water Tanks: 350 gal
Fuel Tanks: 250 gal

Accommodations:

Aft Master with Double and Single Beds plus en-suite Bath
Port Forward with Twin Beds plus en-suite Bath
Starboard Forward with Twin Beds plus en-suite Bath
All Beds with Ventilator Cooling
Separate Crew Quarters

Equipment:

Sails: Main, Main Staysail,
Fore Staysail,
Genoa, Fisherman, Mule
Awning
Electric Windlass
Radar, VHF Radio
DVD Player
CD Stereo Music System
Water Skis, Kite, Surfing Gear
Fully Equipped Galley
(2) Tenders with
2 hp & 25 hp Outboards

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Charter Cruising Italy

Charter Cruising France

Charter Cruising Spain

Charter Cruising Italy

Dear Homo Sapiens, There is no need to continue reading this page. What follows is intended for search engine robots and spiders and not necessarily for human beings. Further information concerning charter cruising in France, Spain, and Italy may be obtained by clicking on the gray links immediately above. Thank You. In 1878 John Brown Herreshoff, a blind boat builder from Bristol, Rhode Island, went into partnership with his younger brother, Nathanael Green Herreshoff, a naval architect and steam engineer. The partnership was an immediate and lasting success. The same love of competition and technological innovation that had made the two almost unbeatable when as boys they raced sailboats together on Narragansett Bay so brought them fame as builders of some of the world's fastest racing and cruising yachts. Between 1893 and 1914 the Herreshoffs designed and built seven of the most powerful racing sloops the world had known, five selected to defend the America's Cup. All five were victorious. The company also launched hundreds of custom-designed yachts and a number of one-design classes. Among the one-designs was a group of thirteen New York 40's (with a waterline length of 40 ft) including Vixen II now charter cruising in the western Mediterranean. You may be searching for such a yacht. You are almost certainly searching for a charter yacht cruising France, Spain, or Italy or you would not have been directed to Charter Cruising Italy this web page. Unless, of course, you are searching for a vixen, a foxy lady, a physically attractive woman. In that event, read on. The Mediterranean is the crossroads of history. The Mediterranean has seen empires come and go, and the people living here have watched the empires' sea captains make history. Among earlier sea captains of note was Hannibal of Carthage. That's right. The guy with the elephants was a sea captain (that's him to the left). What else could you expect from a descendant of seafaring Phoenicians growing up on the shores of the Mediterranean. Following the Punic Wars with Rome and a spell as a politician, Hannibal signed on with Antiochus III of Syria then holding court at Ephesus in modern Turkey and became commander of the Seleucid Navy, famously engaging his former and enduring enemy Rome in a 190 BC battle in Turkey's Gulf of Antalya. There he ushered in a new kind of naval contest by employing a one-design class of seven-banked galleys. Later in service to the King of Bithynia (NW Anatolia), Hannibal finished his naval career with a series of victories over the fleets of Pergamum, a Roman satrapy in Asia Minor. What does this have to do with vixens, you ask. Read on. This web page deals with a foxy lady of the sea, a classic yacht sailing France, Spain, and Italy, cruising the Tyrrhenian coast of the latter country and among its Pontine Islands, cruising between Ischia and Capri to the Aeolian Islands above Sicily. Cruising by way of the Gulf of Gaeta where in 1535 Kheir-ed-Din Barbarossa put in for rest and relaxation. The offspring of a Greek Orthodox mother and a formerly Orthodox father living on Lesbos, this corsair about to become Lord High Admiral of the Ottoman Navy despised Latin Christians. Make that, he despised Latin Christians with the exception of Italian vixens. While in Gaeta he is reported to have "loaded his ships with wives and maidens." It is also reported that while his ships and their cargo rested at Gaeta he attempted to kidnap Giulia Gonzaga then resident in the town of Fondi a few miles up the coast. Descended from one of Italy's more prestigious families, celebrated by painters and poets, a lady of royal blood, Giulia Gonzaga was said to be the most beautiful woman in Italy. Barbarossa failed in his attempt only because this fair maiden escaped bare on a barebacked stallion in the middle of the night. Undaunted, two years later he kidnapped from the Aegean island of Paros the high-born Cecilia Venier-Baffo, offspring of two distinguished Venetian families. Made a slave in Istanbul's Topkapi Palace, she came to the attention of the future Sultan Selim II and bore him a son, the future Sultan Murat III. Not finished, Kheir-ed-Din in 1543 kidnapped yet another Italian beauty. Eighteen year-old Flavia Gaetani (depicted at lower-right) was the daughter of the governor of Reggio Calabria and an accomplished musician. One or the other, beauty or accomplishment, proved captivating. They soon wed. And following the wedding they honeymooned along the southern coasts of Italy. Honeymoon, Charter Cruising Italyanniversary, or otherwise, you might like to charter a sailing yacht to cruise Italy's coasts. Like the scenic Amalfi coast. From celebrated Positano to celebrated Sorrento. You might like to sail further south to Poseidonia and its three Doric temples dedicated to Zeus's vixen-ish wife Hera and to Athena, and even further south to a natural whirlpool the work of Scylla and Charybdis, those two monsters barely avoided by Odysseus returning from Troy. And by Cleopatra who passed this way in 46 BC en route to Rome to appear before the Roman Senate. And by Octavian who passed this same way in 31 BC with a large fleet of galleys seeking Cleopatra and her friend Antony. And finding them at Actium. Yes, come aboard Vixen II, a proper charter yacht offering a holiday merging past and present. Come aboard a charter yacht with an experienced crew able to show you Cleopatra's route from Messina to Ostia, able to show you Kheir-ed-Din Barbarossa's many tracks from Reggio Calabria to Palma de Mallorca. And able to discuss the few men in Cleopatra's life and the large number of women in Barbarossa's. Come charter cruise the western Mediterranean aboard Vixen II. While you holiday at the crossroads of history. While you island hop from Sicily to Sardinia to Corsica to Minorca to Formentera as did innumerable corsairs sailing in the wake of Kheir-ed-Din Barbarossa, sailing aboard custom built lateen-rigged galleys and galliots and later aboard square-rigged frigates. Come charter Vixen II for the ultimate sailing holiday. Come charter Vixen II in Palma de Mallorca. Are you searching for Mallorca or Majorca in the Balearics? Well, it is approximately 115 air miles and 45 minutes east of Barcelona. In Palma and elsewhere we can put you aboard a crewed charter yacht for the holiday of a lifetime. We can put you aboard a classic charter yacht and show you the tracks of history up and down and across the western Mediterranean. Vixen II, a superb staysail schooner available for charter cruising in France, Spain, and Italy. Contact Blue Cruise Yacht Charters today at blcryacht@aol.com