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A Luxury Sailing Vacation Through the Crystal Clear Water of the Virgin Islands

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Last updated: 05/16/2017
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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:Yacht
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

3 Queen Suites With En Suite Heads Sleeps 6.spacious Saloon Sundeck And Cockpit

Luxury Leopard 47 Catamaran Cool Runnings

Cool Runnings is a Leopard 45 catamaran, owned and run by Bambi and Geoff Alexander who provide a warm welcome aboard to all their guests.

These are your choices :
1. Captain Only :
You take care of all provisioning, meals and beverages. To lighten the load you can nip ashore for lunches and dinners when the mood moves you.
or :
Take advantage of Bambi's Yummy meals and cut down on your provision list. $10 to $15 per person. Menu list on request, eg : Coq au vin, Caribbean chicken curry, Med. Spagettti meat sauce ( just buy the spagetti noodles) Penne Alfredo Bacon Bake.... and more.
The yacht is yours, choose your route and let us sail you safely to beautiful anchorages, exciting snorkel or dives sites and of course lets not forget the white sun filled beaches!

2. All Inclusive :
This means a total vacation, you do nothing other than relax and work on a tan!
Your Captain Geoff and chef Bambi will do all the work and all the meal preparation all based on your special preferences. Remember that Bambi is a stunning chef and will spoil your taste buds! Dinner is 3 courses.
Includes 6 dinners, 7 lunches and 7 breakfasts, Captain's Bar. Cocktails are a speciality !
You will have one dinner ashore at your expense so as to sample some local flavor.
3. Half Board :
This is much the same as 'All Inclusive' except that you will take 3 lunches and 4 dinners ashore at your own expense.
This allows you to taste and experience the cusine ashore whether it be at Beach Bars or Restaurants all are fun.
We provide all breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners aboard Cool Runnings.
Includes Captain's Bar.

Captain Only Rates, per week:
2 - 6 pax - $8000
Like a bare boat, with a highly experienced Captain and hostess as your Personal Island Guides.
Charters of less than one week are pro rated.
Minimum Charter 5 Nights

All Inclusive Rates, per week: December to JUly 15 2017
2 pax 11500
3 pax 12000
4 pax 12500
5 pax 13500
6 pax 13500
Charters of less than one week are pro rated.
Minimum charter 4 nights
Add 10 % for Dec 27 to Jan 6


Half Board, per week 6 Jan to July 15 2017
2 pax $11100
4 pax - $11700
6 pax - $12300.
Charters of less than one week are pro rated
Minimum charter 4nights


Christmas & New Years add 10% - 6 pax minimum / 7 day minimum. Sorry, no discounts on Christmas & New Years
Captain Only, and Half Board charters are not available for Christmas & New Year
We pick up in St Thomas, or BVI.
We welcome last minute charters!
We welcome Broker inquiries.

For the latest Cool Runnings happenings, look for us on FaceBook at: Cool Runnings Yacht Charter.

This catamaran has a great charter pedigree and is a former Cruising World Boat-of-the-year. She features three lavish queen-sized cabins each with ensuite heads and showers, and electric toilets. All the cabins are air conditioned. The saloon has CD and Ipod connection, DVD and TV as well as plenty of games. Her tender is a 12-foot rib with an engine powerful enough to pull you or your guests around the bay. She also has a two-seater kayak, stand up paddle board and noodles and floaters for the less active guests. She has enough snorkels and fins for everybody and for the more adventurous Scuba diving and windsurfing can always be arranged.
Some of the best diving in the world is in the BVI, which includes the wreck of the RMS Rhone, which featured in the movie “The Deep”.

There is a wide choice of walks and National Parks to be explored. there are numerous attractive beach bars and restaurants around the Islands.
Whether you are looking for a fully crewed, all inclusive vacation with gourmet meals and drinks provided, or a Captain Only vacation that allows you take over in the galley or dine shore, we guarantee our Leopard will be the perfect choice for you.
Bambi is a gourmet chef with more than 20 years experience. In the all inclusive and half board option she will create delicious daily menus for you from your detailed preference sheet which we receive before your arrival.
Come sail away with us today!!
Your Crews
Geoff and Bambi as seen in "Owner Story" will be your crew from January to Mid April.
Theo and Augusta van Rensburg will be your crew from mid April to season end in mid July.
Theo and Augusta van Rensburg. ( Pic in photo gallery)
We, Theo and Augusta van Rensburg, are South Africans (and Namibians!) who love traveling (either by sea, overland with our 4x4r, or by bicycle). Theo was a financial advisor at an Insurance Company, and also had a career as a Solar Engineer. He holds a Yachtmaster Ocean ticket and we have more than 15 000 sea miles under our belts. Augusta is a registered nurse, and also loves cooking and entertaining.
We were married in 1998 and shortly after our 1st anniversary were invited to a marriage retreat, where of course, the dream of ‘going sailing’ was born. Just 18month later, the boat was bought, the house was packed and off we went! We crossed the Atlantic Ocean on our sailboat “Plumbob”, a 30 ft monohull. After 6 months of cruising, we met Geoff and Bambi in Brazil, while sailing on their Catamaran “Alexis”. A fond friendship developed quickly and as it happens with sailing friends, sailed off in different directions.
We spent time in Trinidad, Tobago, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico, Bahamas and then ended in Florida where we fell in love with the American lifestyle, and Theo completed his Yachtmaster Ocean course. We then had the opportunity to Captain and chef/hostess aboard a 70’ Azimut motor yacht. Our yearning for the islands took us back to manage Eustatia Island for American owners in the British Virgin Islands. There we met up again with Geoff and Bambi who were chartering Cool Runnings, and we spent the next 7 wonderful years on Eustatia in the North Sound. It was our home away from home. We made wonderful friends and gained extensive knowledge of life in the Virgins, the sea, the islands and the anchorages.
When the island was sold, we moved on and used the chance to cycle from Ushuaia in Argentina, to Santiago, de Chile. We returned back to South Africa in 2013 and for the next 2 years, worked on establishing a cheetah conservation farm, bordering the Namib Desert in Namibia. Once the project was completed, we returned back to our home base in Cape Town, where we once again got back on our touring bikes and took off on an extended trip that will take us right through South Africa and Namibia. While temporarily back in Cape Town, we met up once again with Geoff and Bambi during their off season break, and we all discussed the possibility of relieve crew duties during the charter season. Since we really miss life in the Islands we decided to join Cool Runnings as crew from the 2016 season and are looking forward and extremely excited to be returning once again to the blue waters of the Caribbean and sharing the beautiful islands with you on your sailing adventure.
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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/16/2017

Property Type

  • Yacht
  • 1080 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome:

    Children should be water safe. ...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Smoking Allowed:

    Aft step only....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen


  • Three en suite queen cabins with hanging and shelving cupboards, air conditioning, ( $40 per night if required), 12 inch fan, 4 port windows and 1 large overhead hatch. Beds have white linen sheets with white cotton overthrow. Port aft cabin has TV video with dvd player. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower


  • Three en suite bathrooms with showers and electric heads.

Other Amenities

  • Cool Runnings will have all you need and more, with the Caribbean sea as your playground! Whether you are looking for a fully crewed, all inclusive vacation with gourmet meals and drinks provided, or a Captain Only vacation that allows you take over in the galley or dine shore, we guarantee our Leopard will be the perfect choice for you. Come sail away with us today!! ...moreless


  • Books:

    A good selection of books of all types...moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Mexican train , scrabble, cards....moreless

  • Music Library:

    Plenty to choose from all types of music...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Water View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining:

    Spacious seating for 6 persons in a fully protected cockpit. Cockpit has side awnings and sunscreens....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    All cabins...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    All wet stuff can be hung on the guard lines with pens provided...moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Two seater Kayak, 1 stand up paddle board and great space for your on board exercise regime....moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    All linen as required...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Saloon seating for 6 persons, 32 inch TV with media player, CD player with Ipod connection....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath and beach towels...moreless



  • Boat:

    12 foot inflatable rib with 30 hp motor...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    The entire deck is your lounging area...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Two seater Kayak...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear:

    Stand up paddle board, towing tube, wake board...moreless

Pool / Spa

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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My Standard Rate
5 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Taxes Not included


The quoted standard rate is based on captain only. All expenses for your account. First night dinner provided free. Pre ordered meals available at $10 per person.

Full board rates as follows per week: 6 pax $13500, 4pax $12500, 2 pax $11500.

Full board includes all meals ( except one dinner ashore) captains bar and all soft drinks

Half board, 4 dinners and 3 lunches ashore deduct $200 pp per week

Owner's cancellation policy:

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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Last updated: 05/16/2017
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Cruising in the Virgin Islands is like sailing through a treasure trove of beauty. (One, the pirates left behind). A sailing dream of constant warm trade winds, pristine waters, forty perfect islands, cays and hundreds of gorgeous anchorages. Topsides there are lush green hills and mountains, sparkling white sandy beaches, a rollicking history of pirates, treasure and rum, beach bars, restaurants and shopping. Down under there is a world of staggering beauty, coral reefs and a tantalizing colour kaleidoscope of tropical fish. This sounds like a tourist promotion, but there it is, all true, now that you have the picture, a perfect, perfect paradise.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2011

About the owner: Geoff and Bambi were born in Cape Town, South Africa. Geoff has a Building Science degree from University of Cape Town and had his own building company for 25 years. I started out as a nurse and after the children were born entered the food arena, I had a catering company for 15 years. We married in our early 30's and share 5 children, at this stage we have three lovely granddaughters. Geoff has always been into boats and loved dinghy sailing, once we were married he received a brochure in the post advertising a flotilla sailing holiday in Greece. After a quick deck hand sailing course we flew off to Greece and experienced our first keel boat sailing experience. We were hooked and before long had a small boat of our own. Once all their children had completed their education, we set off across the Atlantic in our 34 foot monohull called Alexis, we sold her in America after being seduced by the Catamaran. We built our second boat Alexis 2 a 38 foot catamaran in Cape Town and sailed her once again across the Atlantic to the Virgin Islands where we chartered for 5 happy years. The cruising bug bit, and we decided to sail across the Pacific to Australia, enjoy the exotic South Pacific islands and then hang up our sailing shoes and return home to be the best Grandparents ever. The trip was a dream come true, we wallowed in wonderful adventures and eventually sold Alexis 2 in Sydney. Back in Cape Town with the family we enjoyed fun times and did indeed become excellent Grandparents. But.... the inevitable but.... we missed the life on the water, the wind, the sea and the freedom and fun of sailing, we missed the interaction of meeting new people and finally decided to share the time between home and chartering. We purchased the beautiful Cool Runnings and returned to chartering. This is where you will find us now we charter in the Virgin Islands from November to July. We invite you to join us, we will sail you to exquisite islands and stunning anchorages!

Why the Owner Chose Botanic Station, Road Town, British Virgin Islands:
Why the Virgin Islands? Well, they are simply made for sailing. They are set like a string of jewels sparkling in the sunshine in safe protected waters. The yacht Cool Runnings acts much like a turtle shell, carrying us and our guests to safe anchorages, a different island, beach or Cay every day. (without having to pack luggage and call taxis!) So very comfortable and when the wind perks up there is some exhilerating sailing ! The beaches are pristine, our favourite being Anegada. (check out Cool Runnings Charter Yacht, our Face Book page and our article on the beautiful Anegada) Snorkeling and diving is an absolute delight in warm crystal clear waters where inquisitive fish are so friendly they escourt you while you snorkel! There is a good bit of history too concerning Pirates of old and if Robert Louis Stevenson could be inspired to write the classic Treasure Island while on Norman Island then just imagine how intoxicating the Islands can be! We love the laid back (lets live today) atmosphere and have experienced and also seen how theraputic this can be for our guests, who usually only have a week with us but are so revived and envigorated almost as if they have had months of holiday. So far, we have not had one person who would not return in a flash!!

The Unique Benefits at this Yacht:
We have mentioned above the unique convenience of a yacht, comparing it to a turtle shell, this aspect can not be over emphasized. Imagine visiting these islands, there are 40 of them and having to pack up your belongings everytime you moved on. This would either be highly irritating or you would opt for remaining in one or two places. The yacht affords you a one time unpack session and then a restful vacation. Everything is brought to your doorstep and yet you keep moving.At the same time you have the benefit of walking, touring or exploring the places you get to by dinghy or if you're not feeling so energetic then just fall into the warm velvet water and float watching the palm trees ashore gently blow in the breeze. Add to this the very best gourmet meals, cocktails and drinks if should so choose without having to dress and go out. Before ever considering chartering our yacht this is what captured us, the freedom and ease of travel with out baggage!

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Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 05/16/2017

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  • Cool Runnings and cool crew

    Cool Runnings and cool crew

  • Gracious saloon

    Gracious saloon

  • Master suite with TV/DVD and en suite heads.

    Master suite with TV/DVD and en suite heads.

  • Yummy breakfasts

    Yummy breakfasts

  • Chill and suntan on our spacious trampoline.

    Chill and suntan on our spacious trampoline.

  • Fun on the trampoline

    Fun on the trampoline

  • Underwater magic!

    Underwater magic!

  • Palms and beach bars

    Palms and beach bars

  • Soaking up the sun, keeping cool.

    Soaking up the sun, keeping cool.

  • Laughing gulls wanting attention!

    Laughing gulls wanting attention!

  • Deadmans Beach, Peter Island

    Deadmans Beach, Peter Island

  • Apple Bay surf

    Apple Bay surf

  • Theo & Gussie your crew April to July.

    Theo & Gussie your crew April to July.

  • Alfresco dining in our protected cockpit.

    Alfresco dining in our protected cockpit.

  • En suite heads.

    En suite heads.

  • Pears in red wine, yum!

    Pears in red wine, yum!

  • Sumptious three course dinners

    Sumptious three course dinners

  • White sand and gin clear waters

    White sand and gin clear waters

  • Romantic sunsets and sundowners

    Romantic sunsets and sundowners

  • exploring the baths on Virgin Gorda

    exploring the baths on Virgin Gorda

  • Try your hand at the SUP.

    Try your hand at the SUP.

  • Catch you dinner!

    Catch you dinner!

  • Beautiful view, Peter Island

    Beautiful view, Peter Island

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Friday, May 19, 2017

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