(Austin, Texas) July 14, 2022: Pelorus, the luxury travel and yacht operator, is delighted to announce the appointment of Gayle Patterson as Head of Charter to their Yacht division. Previously holding positions at yacht brokerages Northrop & Johnson and Camper & Nicholsons, Gayle brings a wealth of knowledge on both charter brokerage and charter management to the role; she is one of the most experienced charter marketing managers in the industry today. Her passion for the superyacht industry is unmatched and as a world traveler and yachting enthusiast, Gayle combines experience and enthusiasm for her trade, with a clear understanding of how best to market and charter superyachts, as well as a clear understanding of the complex maritime charter rules.
She is a strong advocate for marine conservation and sustainability, following her work with an iconic explorer yacht, and also loves mountain trail running, and all-weather ocean swimming, making her a faultless fit for the Pelorus team.
Geordie Mackay-Lewis, Founder of Pelorus states, ‘We are hugely excited to welcome Gayle to the Pelorus team as Head of Charter. She brings a wealth of experience from across the yachting sector alongside a highly professional, entrepreneurial, and adventurous mindset that matches our ethos perfectly. Together, we look forward to building on the success already achieved in growing the experiential element of the yacht market.’
Pelorus’ stand-alone yachting ‘crew’ brings a completely fresh approach to the industry, building highly creative, yet technically minded, land and sea-based itineraries for yachts traveling to the most remote destinations on the planet. The team is well versed in all technical aspects of the yacht industry and is dedicated to supporting owners, captains, and brokers to ensure that their guests visit the most remote destinations on the planet, authentically and with great care for safety and protocol. To lessen the load of the Captain and crew, Pelorus will take care of permitting, visa applications, and provisioning, as well as provide high-level security protection, risk management, and 24/7 medical support. They also work with experts to ensure that the journeys are the most authentic and stimulating in the market, as well as the safest. Their network of contacts includes dive experts, ice pilots, local guides, naturalists, expedition leaders, and anthropologists that will allow travelers to explore remote environments in a completely new way. Pelorus will design cruising plans and anchorages, ensuring that clients are prepared for the long term and take advantage of the best possible opportunities in each region.
"More than ever before, charter clients and owners are venturing further afield and showing an increasing appetite for adventure. We have charter yachts preferring the Pacific and Arctic over the more traditional locations, as well as refits underway to better equip the yachts with more toys, facilities, and features to enhance the onboard charter experience,” shares Patterson of the exciting trends in private charters.
Pelorus recommends the following six yachts to watch for the upcoming 2023 yachting season:
Charter from $120,000 | Length 39.4M | No of guests 10
Cruises Southeast Asia & Philippines
LADY AZUL is ideal for any bespoke charter as up to 10 guests can enjoy the stunning views in any of her expansive outdoor decks. Built with luxury and comfort in mind, the five staterooms have been timelessly and beautifully designed, complete with en-suite bathrooms and hostess call buttons. Her interiors are expansive and bright, featuring a charming blue and white, nautical theme throughout. Relax on one of the three elegant decks, enjoy the fresh culinary delights on any of the four indoor and outdoor dining saloons or take advantage of the gym and custom netted lap pool. Use the extensive array of toys aboard to explore the unparalleled beauty of the seas surrounding Thailand, Myanmar, and beyond. Or if you wish to explore below the surface, a fully equipped dive center allows you to reach unique diving spots in crystal-clear waters. Allow yourself to completely relax on this sleek and expertly crafted yacht while the crew of seven cater to your every need.
Charter from $350,000 | Length 63.39M | No of guests 12
SURI provides the ultimate adventure with uncompromising luxury accommodation for up to 12 guests. Relax in the jacuzzi, yoga studio, steam bath, or with a massage, or take full advantage of the diverse range of toys for both land and water allowing for an experience like no other. These toys include a helicopter, various high-speed tenders for game fishing, shore landings, water sports, jet skis, and hoverboards. SURI offers unparalleled barefoot luxury in the most far-flung corners of the world catered to by the experienced 19-strong crew.
Charter from €625,000 | Length 76.6M | No of guests 12
Cruises Mediterranean, North Europe, Red Sea & Indian Ocean
BOADICEA is one of the most impeccably maintained yachts on the charter market today. She is truly a masterpiece of modern technology with luxury amenities perfect for relaxing, socializing, and embarking on thrilling adventures. At 77m she has elegantly appointed exteriors and outdoor spaces that are perfect for coming together with family and friends. She has an abundance of generously sized al-fresco dining areas on the sun deck, bridge, and upper decks along with a number of spots perfect for sunning yourself. Her sundeck also boasts a hot tub swimming pool and a resistance training system as well as a unique tropical garden.
Charter from $42,000 | Length 33M | No of guests 6
Cruises British Columbia
Originally launched in 1986 and recently refit, AVALON is the ideal choice for those hoping to explore the British Columbian coastline with family and friends. Based in the Pacific Northwest, AVALON is a unique sailing yacht that combines dazzling performance and stunning exterior design. The 33m ketch is capable of voyaging long distances across some of the world’s most remote regions, she artfully marries comfort, safety, and modern technology. Her beauty under sail is magnificent and she has circumnavigated the world several times, a testament to her prowess.Her crew is highly experienced and exceptionally capable and will make sure that during your time on board you will want for nothing.
Charter from $2,200,000 | Length 126.20M | No of guests 12
Cruises South America & Antarctica
OCTOPUS is a truly iconic vessel and one of the most impressive motor yachts on the charter market today. Now available for exclusive private charters for up to 12 guests across 13 palatial cabins, OCTOPUS epitomizes luxury yacht travel. At over 400 feet long, guests can delight in this relaxing haven spread across 8 decks, with opulent interiors and sleek outdoor spaces designed with the utmost care by Espen Oeino. The extensive crew of 42 will ensure a remarkable, once-in-a-lifetime stay with excellent service of the highest caliber. Her endless array of features including her unique glass-bottomed aquarium and a vast collection of water toys make her the ideal vessel for even the most remote and secluded locations.
Charter from $154,000 | Length 65.2M | No of guests 14
The largest Phinisi yacht ever built, LAMIMA offers an unparalleled charter experience in the stunning and biodiverse waters of Indonesia. Sail to some of the most secluded and serene spots onboard this iconic Indonesian vessel. Enjoy absolute comfort, elegance, and safety coupled with an experienced local crew who create an ambiance of generous Indonesian hospitality. Built in 2014, she offers the elegance of traditional vessels with refinements that enhance her strength and stability. With a large cache of tenders and water toys, LAMIMA provides the ultimate base for any Indonesian experience. Utilize tenders to access shallow bays hidden from view, hop on paddleboards and get closer to spectacular marine life, or race along the surface of the sapphire sea on jet boards and jetskis.
Pelorus is the ultimate experiential travel company, designing tailormade travel and yachting experiences in extraordinary places across the globe. Founders, Geordie Mackay-Lewis and Jimmy Carroll are ex British Army and bring their experience leading British reconnaissance units on long-range desert patrols and helicopter operations to their truly custom trips. The knowledge and skills they forged during these years lay the foundations upon which Pelorus is built. They endeavor to meet clients’ wildest aspirations using their global network of contacts and an extensive level of research. In a time when genuine escape is hard to find, Pelorus is taking a new and exciting approach to the travel and yachting sectors.
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