Cruising Area of Elite
1 x Master cabin with a Queen, 1 VIP with a Double, and 1 x Twin Cabin.
1 x Towable tube
1 x Floating Mats
1 x Wakeboard
2 x Paddleboards
2018 15ft Highfield Deluxe 460 RIB center console with 70hp Yamaha, with non-skid foam decking. ( 9 Guests )
Elite Crew Profile
Michael and Jennifer´s adventures began in 2003, their love affair with sailing evolved from a desire to travel at a pace slow enough for all the colors of the world to soak in and leave a stain. They are adventure seekers on a quest for discovery, excitement and new friends.
Wanderlust for exploration is at the heart of their relationship. An inseparable married team, they are best friends in love forever and always. In 2011, they decided to become yacht owners the unconventional way by building a 45ft Catamaran. It took them two years working on weekends to launch their Catamaran and then they decided to move to the Caribbean in pursuit of work as yacht crew.
In 2013, they moved to the British Virgin Islands to begin their careers in yachting. Over the course of seven years working as Yacht Crew they have completed over 70 Luxury Term Charters. They began operating Sailing Yachts in the Virgin Islands, completing four seasons and then expanded their expertise to operate Motor Yachts. Together they have Crewed on many different types of Sailing Catamarans; Lagoon, Sunreef, Balance, Gunboat and Motor Yachts; Broward, Marquis, Crescent, Sunseeker, in many cruising areas around the world; Caribbean Leeward and Windward, Bahamas, New Zealand, British Columbia, Southern California and the Pacific Northwest. They are naturally a great team that delivers outstanding yacht charters.
Jennifer is originally from Oregon. She has a passion for fresh local food and world cuisines. She studied to become a chef earning a degree from the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. As part of her schooling she traveled to Paris, France, where she honed her skills and specialized in patisserie. She worked for seven years as a chef in various capacities and specialties, then changed her focus to attend Portland State University with an interest in health care, while going to college she worked as a professional nanny and personal chef for busy families. The culmination of these experiences positioned her as an outstanding Yacht Chef, Mate and Stewardess.
She is a versatile yacht chef capable of delivering a variety of cuisines. The foundation of her culinary expertise as a trained professional chef and her methods of cooking from scratch with raw ingredients cater to fastidious and well-trekked palates. Jennifer takes pride in delivering exemplary culinary experiences. She is an expert when it comes to food preferences and allergies. As a host she works hard to impress and has earned accolades from an abundance of guests with accomplished palettes.
Michael is originally from California. He approaches life as an everlasting expedition always in search of the next adventure. His career prior to being a Yacht Captain was working as an Industrial Engineer for 15 years. He is an engineer at his core and constantly focuses his energy on solving challenges. As a Yacht Captain he also handles the Engineering scope and has freelanced as the Ships Engineer on Motor Yachts >100ft.
Michael is active and energetic, always happy to be a guide for outdoor activities, sailing and water sports. His practice in addressing challenges has fostered an even-keeled character, reinforced with the patience to reap the potential of hard work while leading life with imagination. He accentuates the pursuit of his dreams with a can-do attitude.
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Elite Reservations & Port Locations
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|Jul 13, 2020||Jul 18, 2020||Booked: St Thomas USVI to St Thomas USVI|
Elite Rates / weekThe prices shown are for the entire yacht for a week-long (7 nights) charter.
Low price: $29,500
High price: $31,500
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Yacht terms: All Inclusive
An all-inclusive charter covers all provisioning and running expenses. This includes a captain and crew that is fully trained and committed to your safety and enjoyment of your trip. A chef will provide the kind of exceptional, personalized meal preparation that you would expect of a five-star restaurant. The listed rate may not include all local taxes, premium beverages or scuba activities. Inquire for more information.
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Elite Guest Reviews
Charter reviews for Michael and Jennifer Lang
~A collection of guest quotes~
“I loved the fact that Mike and Jennifer were so accommodating and easy going”
“a marvelous team, whose fast reaction/interaction on deck and in the kitchen is a joy to behold“
“Mike’s agility and knowledge about the area and about Ad Astra and how to maneuver just about anything is impressive”
“10th charter for Cheryl and me.... 2nd on Ad Astra. Michael and Jennifer are second to none.... In fact they are setting the new standard for service and cuisine for our future trips.”
“Michael knew everything about the waters and the yacht. Our sailing was superb in every way and we felt secure and safe!”
“You were professional and fun at the same time. You were clearly knowledgeable, highly skilled and dedicated to your craft. You were always attentive to our every want and need, while seamlessly operating and maintaining a beautiful boat”
“Our trip was excellent, Jennifer and Michael are a wonderful team, that provide a world class chef and a extremely capable and professional Captain.”
“We were so lucky to get you guys as our crew. We plan to follow you to whatever new yacht you end up on in the future!”
“My family and I have been fortunate to travel and have many great 5 star experiences both inside and outside the US. As you might imagine, with four teenagers it is rare that everyone likes the same thing at the same level. All six of us agreed that this would be the best trip we have ever experienced. 5 star accommodations, 5 star + food, 5 Star service, and a 6 star experience.”
“Jenn, your food was incredible. The fact that you operate a scratch kitchen while juggling everything else is impressive. You and Mike make a great team. The two of you work long hours to make everything happen, job well done!”
“Yes, way beyond our expectations. They were both phenomenal. Michael went out of his way to be a full-time activities director for our family and personally provided hours and hours of fun (watersports and otherwise) for us and our kids. Jenn is literally crazy about cooking and spent multiple hours longer than we ever could have expected preparing meals for us. They were both dedicated to their roles in a way that I had trouble believing, and it´s clear they truly love what they are doing. (And they have fun doing it!) They literally worked 18 hours a day (sometimes longer). I am so impressed with both of them that I hope to book our next charter with them again.”
“The second part of the equation...CREW. Oh, where to begin with these two! Let’s start with their best character traits. First, Mike’s ability to handle any situation with a calm resolve and humble approach is truly remarkable. This is an attribute we all wish we had more of or surrounded ourselves with others that exhibited these traits more often. As for Jen, her infectious smile accompanied by her bubbly personality will make anyone feel right at home.
From the moment we first met and boarded the CATSY, they put their best character traits in action. Jen welcomed us as though we were long time friends and Mike graciously gave us the ground rules while making us feel as though there really were no rules...this was our kingdom for a week. Before I go any further describing just how great these two are, there’s something that should be understood. The CATSY is one of the larger yachts in the BVI fleet. This is a crew of two that manages everything from docking, anchor setting, sailing, cooking, cleaning, entertaining and on and on. Somehow they make it all look easy (99% of the time anyway).
These two are in constant motion but will always stop to answer a question, ask you if there’s anything you need, or what you want to do for the day and they do it all with a smile.”
~Charter Guest Book Entries~
December 27th - January 3rd 2013 (Family of 6, Parents and Teenagers) Yacht ~ Crazy Horse
I just wanted to take a few minutes to review our experience on our recent trip on ´Crazy Horse´. As I mentioned, the Catamaran was in good shape for the age and the crew was exceptional in every way. Michael and Jenn made our trip an extremely memorable one. We have been on a lot of great trips over the years, but all 4 kids said it was the best one we have ever done. Lisa and I agree!! Both Michael and Jenn were very accommodating, attentive and pleasant to be around for the entire week. They sort of became part of our family. Jenn´s cooking was unbelievable; each meal was perfect and exactly what we wanted. It was a wonderful surprise to have that kind of cooking and food presentation each day and at every meal. Along with the food, both Jenn and Michael made sure we had any kind of drink we wanted, along with a few of their special drinks each night. As for Michael, he did a great job of moving us around the BVI´s. We were able to stick with our itinerary and got to see a lot of great places we had not been to before. He also became a tour guide and family photographer throughout the trip. Our family really appreciated all the photos taken and given to us in a slideshow at the end of our trip. It was a nice touch. They both seem to love what the do and are very passionate about it. So, if I had to rate them, I would give both of them an A+ for how they took care of us and made us feel very comfortable and welcomed. When we decide to come back and sail again, we will definitely search for them and try to join them for another great memory. -George
January 25th - February 1st 2014 (Group of 6, 3 couples) Yacht ~ Sybaris
Michael and Jenn,
Thank you so very much for guiding us thru our 1st visit to the BVI´s. We will remember each and every moment! You far exceeded any expectations we may have had and them much much more!
We all appreciated your efforts in taking us to places that we didn´t ever know we wanted to see-so many laughs (mostly due to Jan and I being ´so funny.´ Both of you were so professional and make everything seamless-always calm! We will always remember this adventure! Keep on smiling and living such an adventure everyday together! You are welcome to our home in Canada anytime.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! -Jo and Rick (Jason, Janis, George & Marsha too!)
February 7th - February 14th 2014 (Group of 6, 3 couples) Yacht ~ Happy Time
Review Feedback to Broker: Comment on the comfort onboard Happy Time: The boat is very comfortable and has a very nice layout.
Comment on the condition of Happy Time: She is in very good condition which would be expected for her age.
Comment on the cleanliness of Happy Time: She has been kept very clean and the crew, Jennifer and Mike kept her that way all week.
Comment on the congeniality of the Captain and crew: They were very personable at all times and made the week very enjoyable.
Comment on the service of the Captain and crew: No crew could have tried harder to please their guests. Especially since they were last minute replacements.
Comment on the fun aspect of the Captain and crew: Jennifer and Mike did everything they could to make sure we enjoyed ourselves.
Comment on the expertise of the Captain and crew: Although they were last minute replacements it was to their credit how well they handled their positions.
Comment on the quality of your meals: Jennifer is a wonderful chef and Mike is a very good compliment to her skills. The food was wonderful and always there. We are all on diets now but loved it.
Comment on the presentation of your meals: All the meal presentation was great, especially considering that they were filling in on Happy Time.
February 15th - February 22nd 2014 (Group of 6, 3 couples) Yacht ~ Happy Time
Mike and Jenn- We had a very good time with you and Jenn. Menus, food preparation, and alcohol selection were fantastic, you two are lots of fun and great hosts—we felt like we were at home with you. Mike you are a very competent captain, snorkel guide, and bartender. Thank you both!
April 19th - April 26th 2014 (3 Generation family, Grandparents, Parents and Teenagers) Yacht ~ AdAstra
We have traveled with many leaders, but have never experienced with such dedicated and capable leaders. A Wonderful Trip! -Miriam and Ben Thank you for a beautiful tour of the BVIs. Some of my personal highlights: snorkeling at Cockroach Island, handing out at Sandy Cay. View from Hog’s Heaven, Sailing from Anegada to Jost, and for culture, the dominoes game in some random bar at Cruz Bay. Great Meals! Gorgeous waters! Something for Everyone! -Tamara
May 11th - May 15th 2014 (Family of 6, Parents and Young Adults) Yacht ~ AdAstra
Thank you for making my first time out of the country in a boat enjoyable! I had a great time with all the sights, activities and talking with you! Thanks for the great time and food! -Brittany
Beautiful place, wonderful meals, great conversation and stories! Enjoyed it all. Thanks! -David and Jenny
Great Food! Smooth Sailing! Great People! Come visit us in Denver!!! -Jordan
Thank you so much for helping make this an exciting adventure! I had a great time visiting and exchanging stories. Hope to see y’all again. If you ever need a stow away, let me know. -Lindsay
Thank you so much for rescuing our vacation and us! Everything was so great! We loved the food, the snorkeling, the conversation and the sights! Good Luck and enjoy this season in your journey as husband and wife! -Much love, Kim and Scott
July 17th - July 23rd 2014 (Family of 5, Parents and Children) Yacht ~ AdAstra
Greatest cook I have ever met! Mike and Jennifer are the funniest couple I’ve met in a long time. -Nick
Our first trip to the BVIs was an amazing adventure. I loved the fact that Mike and Jennifer were so accommodating and easy going. We had an ambitious plan with lots of activities and Mike and Jenn smiled and met our every needs. The sites were beautiful. The snorkeling was outrageous and at the end of the day the meals were fantastic. Thanks for creating family memories and for being part of a trip that we will cherish for years to come. -Maria
Had a great time! A trip that I will never forget! Never liked carrot cake until I tried Jennifer’s! Mike is so funny! Thanks for a great trip -Allie
November 23nd - November 29th 2014 (Family of 5, Parents and Young Adults) Yacht ~ AdAstraThank you for a thanksgiving we will never forget!! Thanks for the adventures, amazing food, teaching us to sail, and for giving us the perfect balance of relaxing in the sun and activity. It was the perfect week and so appreciates all your hard work. Good Luck on
finishing your boat (candied bacon). It’s going to be amazing! See you in the Grenadines!! -Jeff
December 20th - December 27th 2014 ~ (Family of 6, 3 Generation family ~Grandparents, Parents and Teenagers) Yacht ~ AdAstra
Thank you, thank you thank you! The trip was absolutely fabulous. Perfect! Food was fantastic snorkeling, sailing, all beyond expectations. It’s our favorite trip yet! -Sue
Thanks to Mike and Jenn Jenn and the Ad Astra for a truly fabulous break full of wonder, rest, and a much-needed celebratory respite from our work-a-day lives. Will never forget this trip of a lifetime. -Rich
We’re so happy we could tag along for this week in Paradise! Mike and Jenn Jenn are a marvelous team, whose fast reaction/interaction on deck and in the kitchen is a joy to behold. Loved the nice choice of spots, the beautiful weather and clear waters. The helpful instructions, and, of course the Food! -Jo
December 27th - January 3rd 2014 ~ (Family of 8, Parents and Young Adults) Yacht ~ AdAstraThanks for this wonderful family vacation. I am certain that everyone would agree that
the week was top notch. Mike’s agility and knowledge about the area and about Ad Astra and how to maneuver just about anything is impressive! Jenn Jenn- you are one amazing chef. I know that we will be talking about your elaborate menus for a long time. Another element that made this trip great was witnessing your love and affection. You make a terrific couple and we wish you much happiness in your future endeavors. Together you can do anything! -Sincerely, Sherrie -Elizabeth, Tony, Annie, Tripp, John, Larry
January 27th - February 2nd 2015 ~ (Group of Friends, 7 Women) Yacht ~ AdAstra
WOW! Fantastic time with a wonderful crew. Michael & Jenn-Jenn- Your energy is never ending. Your culinary skills are incredible and your drink concoctions are divine! We had terrific time with many smiles for all. Your secret sports were so special for someone who thought I’d seen it all here! Thank you for everything. Hugs, Nancy
Fabulous cruise with over the top food. Thanks so much Mike and Jenn. Had a wonderful time. -Sandy
Well done Michael and Jenn! We had a terrific time and felt safe and pampered. Thanks for taking us to the hotspots & the “secret” snorkel spots & less traveled islands. Best of luck always! -Jean Marie
Thank you for a fantastic cruise. Food and service were phenomenal. Best of luck with your future endeavors and I hope to see you again soon. -Carrie
Thank you so much for the wonderful cruise! The food was outstanding—the teamwork you put into making each meal was truly appreciated. I love your take on the BVI and taking the guests to the spots away from the crowds! Thanks for a one-of-a kind trip! Truly appreciated all the preparation! Best wish for all your plans. Can’t wait to hear about what’s next for you two! Best Wishes! - Jeanne
Amazing! You two out did yourself. Thanks for making our week so special top to bottom. Food, sun, alcohol, surreal~ hope to see you again soon. -Kate
Thank your for an AMAZING charter with my girlfriends. The cuisine was SUPREME and the service PERFECT! All had a good time. Thanks to your attention to every detail. I highly recommend this boat Ad Astra to anyone looking for luxury, comfort, and fun in the sun! -Lynn
February 4th - February 11th 2015 (6 Guests, 3 Couples) Yacht ~ AdAstra
What to say...absolutely fabulous trip from beginning to end. Jenn-Jenn and Mike, you are such an amazing couple. Thanks be given to Match.com! Chef Jennifer and Captain Mike could not have asked for more talented individuals. Thank you, thank you! Mike... you will always be my hero. The vision of you appearing beneath me and swooping me off of the coral...fin in hand...will always stay with me! Thank you both for a decadent and beautiful vacation. -Laura
Thank you so much for a fantastic time! The food was fabulous. We are so glad we returned to the Ad Astra, the second time. Hope you are able to make your trip around the world...that would truly be a great voyage. Thank you, Bill and Terri
Thank you for being you!! Our charter was SO fantastic in great part because of you two! Food extraordinaire we wish you continued happiness in your lives together-wherever you go honor yourselves-you are both the BEST!! -Jim and Phyllis
Thanks for a wonderful time. Stop by and see us if you are ever through Chico, CA. -Best wishes, Gene
March 14th- March 21st 2015 (6 Guests, 3 Couples) Yacht ~ AdAstra
This was an awesome trip. You both exceed our expectations-food was spectacular. Mike had great boating stories and recommendations on day trips. If could afford it, I’d book with you again every year. Thanks for the great service. -Debbie
A great trip and a wonderful time! Your ability to customize our itinerary each day along with great meals (Best Chef in the BVI) exceeded expectations. Good luck with all your future plans. -Dave & Lori
Thank you for catering to all of our needs, through food, drinks, entertainment travels, expeditions, and just a whole lot of fun times!!!!! We will always be treasured by the memories of our fantastic voyage! Your hospitality and friendliness just added to the experience. We wish you many more fun trips of sailing and hosting charters! Thanks!! Kelly and Tom
April 3rd- April 11th 2015 (Family of 5, Parents and Children) Yacht ~ AdAstra
Thanks to you this discovery of the BVI was fabulous. We all had a wonderful time together on Ad Astra and enjoyed every single gourmet meal, the anticipation of our needs, the water toys, the sailing lessons, the diving & snorkeling and your attention to detail. We wish you all the best and will maybe see you in the future. Thanks again, from Genève, Switzerland!
We enjoyed ever minute of our trip! Thanks a lot! -Reme
Thank you so much! -Julia
Thank you very much!!! -Mathias
Thank you for this wonderful trip! I had special fun with the water toys... -Helene
April 17th- April 26th 2015 (Family of 3 + daughters friend, Parents and Young Teenagers) Yacht ~ AdAstra
We had a great time on the boat! The chocolate molten cake was AMAZING and so was everything else! The major highlight was tubing. We got a nice taste of the Caribbean with eating raw coconut.
Thanks for a GREAT experience! -Your salty sailors, Kate + Alyssa
What a fabulous week. We ate & ate & ate...the breakfast, lunches + dinners were delicious. Some favorites included the Home-Made Chips and Guacamole, Molten Chocolate Cakes, Butterfinger Milkshakes (from Mike), Crab Cakes + Sweet Potato Fries. Best of all is that you kept Kate gluten free- Thank you so much!!! We really appreciate all of your careful preparation!
The fish and snorkeling was great. Watersports + reading- all good. But the true highlight, without a doubt, was the Michael Beans show. Not to be missed ;).
Thanks for a great week with fun crew. We really enjoyed it. Don’t forget to visit when you get to the Northeast. Best of luck! -Love, Cheryl
May 9th - May 16th 2015 (2 Generations, Parents and Adult Children) Yacht ~ AdAstra
Shortest trip of my life, but jam-packed full of the greatest food ever! Thanks, Mike and Jenn for a fun, delicious, and memorable sail! -Jim and Penny
10th charter for Cheryl and me.... 2nd on Ad Astra. Michael and Jennifer are second to none.... In fact they are setting the new standard for service and cuisine for our future trips. Having sailed on Ad Astra Feb. 2014 (a capable platform it seemed @ that time) it is impossible to fathom the work done to make her the boat she is today. She rivals the newer Lagoon we sailed earlier this year. Final thanks and utmost appreciation for over the top assistance in making the trip work for my Dad, Jim.
-Fair winds and following seas always! Todd and Cheryl
Thank you so much for a wonderful and what will be an unforgettable trip on the Ad Astra. We enjoyed a vast array of delicious and wonderfully prepared food and a very accommodating Captain and host that looked after our ever need. All the best to the both of you! -Bob & Miriam
June 6th - June 13th 2015 (Family of 6, Parents and Young Adults) Yacht ~ AdAstra
The Huddy peeps will forever cherish the memories we made on-board the Ad Astra with Mike and Jenn. The meals were beyond amazing, especially the Greek meal, Beef Wellington, Ahi Tuna cakes, Tiramisu, Chocolate Soufflé, Key Lime Pie, Baklava...well, just everything!!! The diving experiences were fabulous – the Indians, the The Rhone and the more advanced dive at the invisibles. These were all so cool! We are so thankful to Jenn and Mike for the wonderful hospitality story telling and friendship during our fabulous vacation! We would do it all over again in a skinny minute! We wish many blessings on yall and hope to see you again soon!
With Love, The Huddy Peeps David and Carey, Knox, Bobby, Lee and Caroline
*Oh and Thanks for the sailing lessons, playing with the water toys (Especially the sub- wing) and on-board cocktails ☺
June 16th - June 23rd 2015 (Group of 6, 3 Couples) Yacht ~ AdAstra
What a week! Lots of excitement and wonderful food – some favorites-Eggplant Caviar, Tuna Cakes, all the salads. Thanks for the TLC and snorkeling adventures! Terrific time! Joan and Chris
Thanks for a wonderful vacation! The food was fantastic and the boat is beautiful. We will always remember your kindness! Brian and Judy (Chaka & Peaches)
Thank you for a wonderful trip! Great snorkeling and food! We will always treasure the memories ☺ Mandy & Ben (Suckedra and Shaynaynay)
Best Captain and chef/mate in the entire BVI. Thank You for a wonderfully amazing week! Abby, & Rob
July 7th - July 13th 2015 (Family of 5, Parents and Young Adults) Yacht ~ AdAstra
It was a pleasure spending the week with you. We appreciate your above and beyond efforts to make our trip truly memorable. The food was outstanding. This was the vacation of a lifetime. Thanks Again, Steve
Wow-Fabulous ☺ Everything! Donna and Dave
Thank you for an incredible trip! It was great getting to know you guys and I look forward to seeing you in Portland! Dan
Again, thank you for finding the most perfect sailing catamaran for our charter in the BVI´s and USVI´s ... our week aboard was a dream voyage and vacation! Our experience was exceptional. :)
Our week was fabulous with Michael and Jen Lang aboard Ad Astra. Food/Meals = were astonishingly delicious. Fresh and wholesome with taste to die for in each meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. In fact, Jen´s preparation and presentation of our meals rated FIRST CLASS in all categories! We truly looked forward to her each and every meal! Captain-ship: Michael knew everything about the waters and the yacht. Our sailing was superb in every way and we felt secure and safe! Yacht comfort was superb. Four bedrooms for the five of us: My husband and I, and our three adult sons shared accommodations. Ample bedrooms with showers and the yacht were in tip-top condition. Clean and so comfortable with our dining area a perfect setting outside. We enjoyed movies as well as the area inside being well suited for family time, games and conversation. The waters and islands in the BVI´s and USVI´s are incredible and so wonderful to enjoy. Summary: We would love to vacation again with Captain Michael and Jennifer Lang - Ad Astra - and we recommend it highly!
November 21st - November 28th 2015 (Family of 6, Parents and Young Adults) Yacht ~ AdAstraBest week ever. We can’t thank you all enough for the incredible food, adventures and
laughs! Best of luck to you both in all your own adventures ahead! -Tucker
Thanks for making our BVI vacation a wonderful adventure. We had amazing food, and plenty of spirits-know I am going home 10lbs heavier than when we boarded. The anchorages were perfect and a treat to see some 27yrs later, how time changes a place (The Last Resort) Please share your brussel sprouts, potato au gratin, coconut shrimp, cinnamon roll recipes ☺ Suzanne
You guys were fantastic. What a wonderful experience. Thanks so much. Mike and Lori
I have to say that you all made this the best vacation of my life. The familly needed a great bonding experience and this was definitely it. It sucks that we have to head back to reality. Sam
December 17th - December 24th 2015 ( Group of 8, Parents and Young Adults/ Friends) Yacht ~ AdAstra
Thank you for an amazing family vacation. We have been talking about doing this for years with our boys and this far exceeded expectations you hit the nail on the head with our requests. The snorkeling was amazing. Jenn you are a fabulous chef and we are in awe of what you accomplish in that tiny galley. Thank you for teaching us the finer elements of sailing and owning a cat. We can’t thank you enough for tone amazing vacation. John, Penny, Stephen, Michael, Ashley, Beth, Patty and Tom.
December 27th - January 3rd 2015 (Flotilla 22 Guests, 3 Catamarans, Family of 8, Parents and Young Adults) Yacht ~ AdAstra
Thank you so much for everything over the past week-the food was absolutely fantastic thank you for being so accommodating to all the groups intolerances (aka mine☺) and mike your margaritas are fantastic! ~ We couldn’t have asked for a better family trip- it is truly a trip we will always remember! Thank you! Annika, Alana, Erika, Tandia, Kent, Piper, Mark and Monica
January 10th - January 17th 2016 (Group of 6, 3 Couples) Yacht ~ AdAstra
Jenn-Jenn and Magic Mike- thank you so much for a wonderful trip. Food was amazing and we had so much fun. Would love to do it again -Bama
Thanks for everything you did on our trip. The food, the drinks, the diving and most of all the company were awesome! You guys were so instrumental in making this trip one of the best ever! We will be seeing you again. -Craig and Kim
Thanks for the amazing trip. The food was delicious, and the snorkeling/diving was great. Hope to come back! -Chris
Thanks so much for your generous hospitality. I had a lot of fun! Jen, your culinary skills are for better than any restaurant that I have ever been in! Good luck on your boat project. I hope to see it in person some day! George
January 22nd - January 29th 2016 (Group of 6, 3 Couples) Yacht ~ AdAstra
The Spanish virgins islands were awesome. Thank you for showing us great places to anchor, snorkel, and paddleboard. Jenn- we really enjoyed your cooking! Good Luck! Summer, Greg, Derrick, Cindy, Jim and Dianna
February 2nd - February 9th 2016 (Group of 8, 8 Adults) Yacht ~ AdAstra
Thank you for the most wonderful week in paradise everything was perfect from the sailing to each meal-a truly culinary vacation! You are a fantastic team and we so appreciate all the time and effort you put into making our vacation perfect! Many Thanks! Steve, Barbara, Geno, Marcus, Karen, Paul, Jim, Debbie
Just a note to express our gratitude for an incredible experiences that none of us will ever forget. As you get older, you always look back at memorable experiences, and we all agree that our week sailing the BVI with you on the Ad Astra is one of the highlights. We couldn’t have asked for a better fit for our group then the two of you! You were professional and fun at the same time. You were clearly knowledgeable, highly skilled and dedicated to your craft. You were always attentive to our every want and need, while seamlessly operating and maintaining a beautiful boat. You provided us with so much to do, yet had patience when we couldn’t decide. The food and presentation were beyond fabulous, while the cocktails were always there and delicious. The sailing, the Caribbean sun and breeze, the ocean, the scenery, the snorkeling, the beaches and beach bars were everything we dreamed about and more!
Thank you so much for the large part you played in making this trip so memorable. We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you and sincerely wish you the best as you continue living your dream sailing in the Caribbean and Beyond!
Thinking of You, Steve & Barbara, Jim & Debbie, Paul & Karen, Deno and Richard
February 13th - February 20th 2016 (Tandem, 2 Catamarans, Family of 8, Parents and Children) Yacht ~ AdAstra
What an outstanding week!! Great food, music, accommodations, snorkeling, assorted water activities and the best company. You set a very high standard for our first visit to the BVI’s we can’t wait to come back! All the best on your next adventure! Cheers- Rick
Ditto what Rick said!!! Truly and incredible vacation for us land lubbers in WY! Amazing meals, fantastic activities from snorkeling to sailing to dingy flinging to cocktail hour!! The week went to fast, Please look us up when heading west to search for land. You are a great team. I look forward to our paths crossing in the near future whether on the ocean or in the mountains! XOXO
Thank you BOTH for an incredible week!! Best wishes and thank you for a trip of a lifetime. I only hope we can come back someday! -Robin
March 13th - March 20th 2016 (Family of 6, Parents and Young Adults) Yacht ~ AdAstra
Thanks for a wonderful week of memorable family time!! Thanks for all the great food, great drinks, great dives and snorkels! Good luck in your adventures!! Greg and Sheri
March 23rd - March 27th 2016 (Family of 6, Parents and Young Adults) Yacht ~ AdAstra
Happy Easter! Thank you for your hospitality over the past 4 days. It was a wonderful family vacation that we won’t forget. Your Tiramisu was amazing and I will have to try to replicate it. Thanks for the great snorkeling. Best of luck to the both of you in your adventures. -Steve and Family
March 29th - April 5th 2016 (Family of 6, Parents and Young Adults) Yacht ~ AdAstra
An amazing trip with fantastic people great company and incredible cuisine! Can’t wait for our return!! Lots of laughs & good cheer! Every day was a new adventure. Mike and Jen took great care of us. God bless you! Thanks for an amazing and memorable week!! Come visit anytime in DC we’ll take you wake boarding and tour the city! We had such a great time and are thrilled we have an even bigger extended family!! - Mamma Bear & Pop, Eric & Michelle, Chris & Jenn
April 19th - April 26th 2016 (Group of 6, 3 couples) Yacht ~ AdAstra
Again thanks for a great time. We are so glad we had the best Capt and Chef. Hope to see you again. Thanks for the most amazing trip of a lifetime! You two are wonderful and we have fallen in love with the both of you. Please come to visit us in Charleston. We had the best time ever. Thanks for the great food, hospitality and tour guide service. Love you both. Cruise on up to Charleston. Hope to see you next year.
-Mike & Dana, Amy & Jon, & Tate & Norma
June 13th - June 20th 2016 (Group of 4, 2 couples) Yacht ~ Catsy
Thank you both for an amazing week sailing in the Saints! We had the most relaxing week aboard Catsy. We had a great time riding ATV’s on St.Barths Beach and bar hoping were both so much. Jenn prepared some of the most delicious meals. Mike poured some tasty cocktails as well. Thanks again for streaming the college games for us. What a treat it was to eat sushi while watching the game! The two of you were great hosts and we appreciate all the work you did to give provide us a memorable vacation. Wishing you all the best on your future endeavors.
-Jay & Judy, Fred & Irene
June 28th - July 5th 2016 (Tandem Charter 15 guests total, 8 guests aboard, Parents and kids) Yacht ~ Catsy
Where to start? This was our first trip to the BVI’s. In total, we had a group of 15, of which, 13 were first timers. This was a tandem trip or two yachts working together to accommodate our group. The two veterans in our group gave us a few pointers as to what to look for in regard to yacht selection but didn’t offer a lot in the way of guidance when it comes to selecting a crew. Let me be the first to say, you need both and, wow, did we luck out on both!
Let me start with the CATSY. She’s beautiful! Again, being our first trip, we don’t have a lot to go on but I can say without hesitation that we did not see a more beautiful yacht during our entire trip. She has a one of a kind paint scheme and she’s beautifully appointed throughout. She has all of the water toys anyone could ask for and, with a bit of ingenuity, a unique toy our boys just loved (you’ll have to ask Mike about that one). The CATSY offers a spacious fly bridge which is an absolute must have if you’re scouting yachts. The fly bridge allows you to sit up top shaded by the sun while enjoying the sail to your new destination. Down below, she has plenty of room to dine and lounge.
The only negative thing I can say about her is the two forward cabins can be a challenge for a couple to find themselves comfortable overnight. I’m not saying you can’t fit four couples but it would be a bit “snug” for those in the forward cabins. The aft cabins are spacious, well appointed and offer plenty of storage space. The salon offers top of the line finishes and plenty of space. This yacht is perfect for two couples and can easily accommodate two couples with a couple kids. While we were a group of 8 (2 couples, 4 kids) it was a challenge for the kids in the forward cabins.
The second part of the equation...CREW. Oh, where to begin with these two! Let’s start with their best character traits. First, Mike’s ability to handle any situation with a calm resolve and humble approach is truly remarkable. This is an attribute we all wish we had more of or surrounded ourselves with others that exhibited these traits more often. As for Jen, her infectious smile accompanied by her bubbly personality will make anyone feel right at home. From the moment we first met and boarded the CATSY, they put their best character traits in action.
Jen welcomed us as though we were long time friends and Mike graciously gave us the ground rules while making us feel as though there really were no rules...this was our kingdom for a week. Before I go any further describing just how great these two are, there’s something that should be understood. The CATSY is one of the larger yachts in
the BVI fleet. This is a crew of two that manages everything from docking, anchor setting, sailing, cooking, cleaning, entertaining and on and on. Somehow they make it all look easy (99% of the time anyway). These two are in constant motion but will always stop to answer a question, ask you if there’s anything you need, or what you want to do for the day and they do it all with a smile.
I could go on for pages but no one will read that much so I’ll do my very best to scale this back. The food, oh my gosh the food! Initially, we filled out our itinerary stating that we intended to eat several meals on the islands. After the first meal we realized that this was a huge mistake and changed the itinerary. Jen is an amazing cook and I’m not sure those words do it justice. Just one example, scrambled eggs. We’ve all had them, right? How do you make scrambled eggs any better than the next person? Well, try Jen’s! Ribs...truly amazing. Every dish prepared was excellent - Jen pays attention to every detail and combines flavors to make the perfect gourmet meal. If you’re lucky enough to book these two, I would highly recommend chef Jen over any meal we ate on one of the islands. While Jen is preparing amazing meals, cleaning cabins and assisting wherever needed, there’s “Mike the Butler”. Just kidding, but someone has to serve Jen’s cooking. Mike is an amazing captain and he got to know us well when it took all of 4 hours for one of our group to drop an iPhone to the bottom of the ocean. Without hesitation, Mike begins free diving and somehow finds the thing. This was just a precursor to Mike’s incredible ability to entertain. On a side note, we bookended the trip with another free dive for a missing fishing pole..which Mike also found. As stated above, we had a large group with lots of kids and, every day, Mike found a way to entertain not only the kids but the entire group. And, again as stated above, doing all of this with a calm resolve, humble approach and “can do” attitude. While being an excellent captain on a 62’ yacht, more impressively, the guy can make some serious drinks! He created concoctions that we had never heard of and they were all amazing. I had the opportunity to spend a few nights out back engaged in casual conversation with Mike and Jen and I can tell you that they are passionate about what they do. They are true entertainers!
If you want a true yacht experience with a five star chef and top notch captain, look no further!
A truly memorable experience!
Popelka & Barker Families
July 23rd- August 2nd 2016 (Family of 6, Parents and 4 kids) Yacht ~ Catsy
Dear Michael and Jenn,
We love you guys! The trip of a lifetime! We spent 10 days just the 8 of us and had a blast. The weather was fantastic (except for one memorable, stormy day). The excursions that Michael entertained us with, the awesome meals that Jenn prepared, everyday, every 5 hours ! :) The water toys, the Dinghy Slinging/Flinging :), the fishing, the sunset hike, the snorkeling! The Kodak moments- the helicopter ride - I know I’m missing something - the sailing lessons, the Baths and rock climbing was my favorite!
Necker Island tour - the Lemurs and the Parrots (Hello!). I think we are all happily exhausted :) We could never thank you enough for your hospitality and family love.
Best of luck in the future and we will see you guys again!
Don, Cindy & kids
Feedback provided to broker:
Your Overall Rating? 9.5 out of 10.
Were Michael and Jenn friendly, professional and accommodating? Yes, way beyond our expectations. They were both phenomenal. Michael went out of his way to be a full-time activities director for our family and personally provided hours and hours of fun (watersports and otherwise) for us and our kids. Jenn is literally crazy about cooking and spent multiple hours longer than we ever could have expected preparing meals for us. They were both dedicated to their roles in a way that I had trouble believing, and it´s clear they truly love what they are doing. (And they have fun doing it!) They literally worked 18 hours a day (sometimes longer). I am so impressed with both of them that I hope to book our next charter with them again.
Was CATSY comfortable and clean? Yes, in every way. It is a fantastic boat, and Michael and Jenn go out of their way to keep it that way. They definitely act as if the boat is an extension of themselves.
How was the cuisine? Great. Jenn goes beyond a reasonable point with the amount of time she spends on preparing meals and the detail she applies to each one.
How was the BVI? Absolutely fantastic and perfect for a charter like this one. We definitely plan to back again to visit the places we didn´t get to this time.
Any additional comments on your charter? It was better than I could have expected. The boat and the crew were perfect for our family.
Your Overall Rating? 9.5 out of 10.
Were Michael and Jenn friendly, professional and accommodating? Yes, way beyond our expectations. They were both phenomenal. Michael went out of his way to be a full-time activities director for our family and personally provided hours and hours of fun (watersports and otherwise) for us and our kids. Jenn is literally crazy about cooking and spent multiple hours longer than we ever could have expected preparing meals for us. They were both dedicated to their roles in a way that I had trouble believing, and it´s clear they truly love what they are doing. (And they have fun doing it!)
They literally worked 18 hours a day (sometimes longer). I am so impressed with both of them that I hope to book our next charter with them again.
Was CATSY comfortable and clean?
Yes, in every way. It is a fantastic boat, and Michael and Jenn go out of their way to keep it that way. They definitely act as if the boat is an extension of themselves.
How was the cuisine?
Great. Jenn goes beyond a reasonable point with the amount of time she spends on preparing meals and the detail she applies to each one.
How was the BVI?
Absolutely fantastic and perfect for a charter like this one. We definitely plan to back again to visit the places we didn´t get to this time.
Any additional comments on your charter?
It was better than I could have expected. The boat and the crew were perfect for our family.
November 18th - November 25th 2016 (Family of 5 ~Parents, kids, & Uncle) Yacht ~ Catsy
Had Awesome time sailing all over BVI. Water toys were lots of fun. My favorite was dingy flinging. Thomas love the tub and bubble pools. Terri kept watch on the reach couch (cockpit). Austin loved day 2 when we got to use the subwing. All liked the sail to Anegada. Jenn’s cooking was great. Even the kids tried new things Thanksgiving dinner was wonderful. Last but not least, Captain Mike kept us all entertained.
P.S There is only one way off the boat! Jumping from the top deck! P.S #2 Snorkeling was great too, especially the ship wreck. ~ Austin
- Tim & Terri, Austin, Thomas and & Uncle Garrett
December 1st - December 4th 2016 (Group of 4, 2 couples) Yacht ~ Catsy
What a wonderful time. I was very impressed with Jenn’s cooking and I am carrying an extra few pounds home with me. Worth every bite! Thank you Michael and Jenn for the experience. It was my first sailing experience, but I’m sure it won’t be my last. - Claudia
Thank you for the wonderful trip. This was the perfect ending to our escape to paradise. The “Catsy” is the premier yacht on the water and Michal and Jenn are the perfect hosts. We felt like family & will be friends for life. If you make it to Memphis please look us up. - Lynn & Kevin
December 16th - December 26th 2016 (Group of 4, Parents, son & friend) Yacht ~ Catsy
Dearest Jenn & Mike,
Our family had no idea what to expect for our sail adventures on our boat traveling in the BVI’s. To our surprise, adjusting to Island life was far easier than we expected. Jenn and Mike made our adventure fun, relaxing and full of culinary delights! Our son and his friend had a trip of a life time! We will soon be returning for another sail!
Merry Christmas! Lisa, Scott, Sam Setzer & Ben
December 27th - January 3rd 2017 (Family of 6, Parents and young adults) Yacht ~ Catsy
Thank you so much for an amazing week! We so appreciate your attention to everyones needs. From the snorkeling to sailing it was all incredible. I couldn’t possibly list all the things you both did to make our family’s time here happier! You looked after Zac, letting him get involved with the sailing. You even got him to eat mayonnaise.
We loved the water toys, the snorkeling and subbing. All the wonderful spots you found, even the unplanned Marina cay stop was delightful, with that great trip around the island (Thank Taxi George for us!)...and the fireworks on New Years. And the food, and the food, and the awesome food! Jenn, your talent with balancing flavor and fresh delicious ingredients is really special. Thank you!!
- Kit , Jon & Kids
January 7th - January 14th 2017 (Group of 6, 3 couples) Yacht ~ Catsy
Mike and Jenn,
What can we say?! This was definitely a trip of a lifetime. Both of you were our favorite hosts and beyond awesome. We def. made some interesting memories (Oh, BOB!!) for life. Thank you! - Sandy & Bob
You guys rock! Thanks so much for a fabulous week! - Mark & Bridget
Epic journey made even more special by old friends and new. Thanks for helping us make memories that will last a lifetime. Safe sailing and travels! - Dave & Kara
January 20th - January 26th 2017 (Group of 6, 3 couples) Yacht ~ Catsy
What a great week we had with the two of you aboard Catsy! From the food, to drinks, sailing, snorkeling, hiking, costume parties, Michael Bean’s variety show, the list goes on... Mike, thank you for being our adventure guide this week. Your knowledge of the islands and Catsy made us feel right at home. Jenn, your food was incredible. The fact that you operate a scratch kitchen while juggling everything else is impressive. You and Mike make a great team. The two of you work long hours to make everything happen, job well done!
Come visit us in MD, you are always welcome! - Marty & Denise
April 1st - April 6th 2017 (Family of 6, Parents and young adults (Quadruplets!) Yacht ~ Catsy
Feedback provided to broker:
We had a great trip. Mike and Jennifer were unbelievable.
My family and I have been fortunate to travel and have many great 5 star experiences both inside and outside the US. As you might imagine, with four teenagers it is rare that everyone likes the same thing at the same level. All six of us agreed that this would be the best trip we have ever experienced. 5 star accommodations, 5 star + food, 5 Star service, and a 6 star experience.
I would recommend Mike and Jennifer at the highest possible levels on all elements.
April 8th - April 15th 2017 ( Group of 4, Family of 3 + daughter’s friend) Yacht ~ Catsy
Miguel-Miguel and Jenn-Jenn,
Once again you did it! I has so much fun snorkeling, tubing, sub winging, and eating WAY TOO MUCH. Everything was amazing as usual, especially all the food. Thank you so much for involving me with recipes and ingredients in cooking this week. I really appreciate it. You guys are amazing and find some way to make everything fun (even peeling onions to help with dinner)! Thanks again for a great week of sailing and fun in the BVI.
LOVE YOUR SALTY SAILORS! Kate + Lauren
Dear Jenn-Jenn & Mike,
So glad we were able to come back and repeat our 2015 visit. It was ever better this time! A little slice of paradise! Thank you for sharing your islands with sum especially the deserted island with a late night bonfire. :) We are all going home a few pounds heavier, but every calorie was worth it! Holy delicious cooking & baking Jenn-Jenn. You are the best gluten free chef on the planet. Thank you for keeping Kate GF all week it is
priceless to us and thank you for modifying meals for Thomas too. :) We had fun tubing, hiking, and dingy dropping! Thanks for all the stories and laughs! Best of luck in all of your adventure!
Love, Brad & Cheryl, Garrett, Thomas Kate & Lauren
April 17th - April 24th 2017 (Group of 4, 2 couples) Yacht ~ Catsy
The greatest Chef & Captain! Boat & amenities terrific. Only thing that could be better was the length of our time together. Came with two of our great friends and leaving with two more great friends. Love you both, Jennifer & Michael & Pam & John
From Canada ~ Marty & Janis
Thank you a wonderful experience “in paradise” with two amazing people, doing outstanding things to make everyone HAPPY! Great food, wine, service, & driving! God Bless. Sail safe + Happy -Pam & John
Review Provided to Broker:
4 Lovely guests, very experienced charterers (7yrs, multiple times some years, mostly large motor yachts). They wanted to try a Catamaran after seeing so many over the years from the motor yachts they were chartering.
Our trip was excellent, Jennifer and Michael are a wonderful team, that provide a world class chef and a extremely capable and professional Captain. The boat is very well maintained and all systems were working during our trip. Catsy has a wonderful layout and the team makes all feel at home, increasing the enjoyment of the boat. Jennifer’s cooking is excellent at every meal, outstanding presentations, such creative dishes, and the quantity and quality provide more than enough for all to enjoy. Mike is always eager to do anything to make the trip enjoyable, snorkel, boat, tender, move the vessel any where, just an excellent Captain to meet the needs and wants of his guests. Also the provisions were perfect, they obtained wines we asked for and all meals watched diet restrictions perfectly which took away any concerns. Would be happy to recommend this team and boat to anyone that wants to enjoy first class sailing. Your service was great and recommendation,well read above. Please feel free to share these comments with others, and Jennifer and Mike, as we are very happy customers . Thank You, God Bless John
April 29th - May 6th 2017 (Group of 4, 2 couples) Yacht ~ Catsy
What an amazing week we have had! Firstly, the boat is beautiful and so well looked after by both of you. It is obvious you have a lot of pride in your work and keep it so well maintained, as if it is your own. Food...the food has been as if not better than the best restaurants I have been to. You have been so good and accommodating to all of us. Mike, Thank you for all your handwork and patience and the amazing dives, snorkel
tours, and bar ventures. Well done and thank you to a beautiful couple. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you both. Gaeb XOXO & Tony
Dear Jenn and Mike, Darren and I both lead very busy working lives so to be able to relax together where everything was done for us was the best gift we could possibly ask for. Its hard to imagine in advance what the experience might be but whatever we thought it has surpassed our expectations. You couldn’t have done anymore for us. The flexibility you gave us the freedom to do as we choose and the patience you showed in allowing Darren and Tony to participate was incredibly generous. And Lastly... Jenn, the food was consistently the quality of a five star restaurant (with Mikes excellent sommelier choices). Thank you both so much, Fiona and Darren
June 10th - June 17th 2017 (Group of 7, Family of 5 + 2 friends) Yacht ~ Catsy
Dear Jenn + Mike-
As Andrew said many times during our week on Catsy, this has been a “life changing” experience (Fortunately he now remembers most of it again!! Even the “dingy flinging”).
We were so lucky to get you guys as our crew. We plan to follow you to whatever new yacht you end up on in the future!
You were both phenomenal hosts, great with the boys, totally spoiled us with Jenn’s gourmet meals, and made it a trip to remember!!
Please keep in touch and remember us!! (Bob & Karen and our boys Jack, Chris & Bo and their friends Cater, Andrew and JP). If you are ever in New Orleans I have FREE place for you to stay at my parents. And if you are ever in MS, you stay with us!! Thanks again for everything!! You could not have been any better of a captain/chef and we really did appreciated all you did, and putting up with 6 messy boys!
June 22nd - June 29th 2017 (Group of 7, 2 families of 3 + Friend (sister)) Yacht ~ Catsy
This has been such an amazing trip, from the food, to snorkeling to all the stories, has just added to my first Caribbean experience. It will be hard to compare anything else. -Sarah
Mike + Jenn, Thanks you for such an amazing time on Catsy. The food was outstanding and the stories were great too. We will have to come down again someday. -Trey
Mike and Jenn-Jenn,
I don’t know where to begin! This has been such an amazing experience and I am so glad you two were apart of it! Thank you Mike for making sure we had a safe ride and thank you Jenn-Jenn for the extremely tasty food!! -Noele
Mike and Jenn-Jenn- What an amazing trip this has been. Forever memories made in the BVI! Jenn-Jenn- food absolutely amazing! I ate things I would have never tried on my own. Delicious!!! Mike- loved the stories- very entertaining & very informative, thank you for your explanations of all the fun/cool places we stopped. All the places we stopped at were unbelievable. Beautiful waters, unforgettable vacation, thank you SO very much. Hope to see you someday if Vanimal ever comes to Oklahoma, find us! -Jessica & Brian
Jenn-Jenn & Mike, What an unforgettable vacation! You’ve spoiled us and ruined us for future vacations. The food, the snorkeling, the hike from HELL @ Bitter End...WOW! Dingy flinging..who knew?!? Thank you for everything, especially the special attention to Trey and Noelle. We hope to see you again soon.
All the Best, Karen & Ted
July 3rd - July 10th 2017 (Group of 8, Family of 5 + 3 friends/cousins) Yacht ~ Catsy
Thank you for such an amazing vacation! You helped me face my fears while having fun. This was truly an enriching experience I wish you the best of luck for your great adventure. Have a good one! -Julia
It was an amazing and wonderful trip. Everything was amazing and the good was delicious. This trip was one of the best. Thanks for everything. Natalia
Dear Michael & Jennifer- Cruising with you has been a wonderful experience. You are great hosts. All the details Jen did to the food was delicious and the activities were lots of fun. Mike, thank you for teaching me the basics of skin diving. We wish you wonderful adventures and great success in and your endeavors.
Warm Regards, Eva & Jose