Best in Show

In his 1970 song “Foxy Lady,” Jimmy Hendrix sang, “You’ve got to be all mine, all mine…” True to her namesake, the 2018 BVI Boat Show “Best In Show” winner, Foxy Lady, is ready to be all yours for a winter charter in the Virgin Islands. Starting in July, she’ll also charter the Grenadines, St. Vincent, Bequia, and Union Island. The 62-foot Lagoon sailing catamaran, which sleeps eight, stole the show with her modern vibe, colourful decor, and ultra-accommodating crew. And if this year’s win wasn’t impressive enough, this delightful crewed charter boat has now received two “Best In Show” awards, having won the same award at the 2017 show in Tortola. 

Foxy Lady could operate comfortably with only two crew onboard; however, her owners wanted to go above and beyond in providing standout service, so they hired a third crew member, stewardess Tayla. Now captain Jason Van Groeningen, chef Kate Fairfield, and stewardess Tayla Willows pool their collective talents to create the highest possible calibre of service for charter guests. The extra crew member can make all the difference. On a recent family charter, for example, rather than the parents catering to their children for the entire trip, Tayla was available to assist with childcare, freeing the parents up for some adults-only relaxation time. The crew’s vibrant energy and passion show every charter guest that they love what they do. It is the small details that really make a charter an experience to remember – and as a special touch, the crew sends guests off with a keepsake USB drive filled with photos from their charter. 

Foxy Lady’s motto encourages her guests to “experience the art of living,” something the three-person crew obviously resonates, judging by their tangible enthusiasm for all things Caribbean, gourmet, and fun. At the BVI Boat Show in November, luncheon guests aboard Foxy Lady were extravagantly wined and dined with an award-winning “best lunch entree”. Even the BVI governor himself came aboard and indulged in Foxy Lady’s one of a kind culinary offerings.

Beyond fine dining, Foxy Lady’s standout crew excels in the art of creating unique experiences for their guests. Of course, all guests onboard will have the opportunity to swim in turquoise waters, dine al fresco at sunset, snorkel and dive on colourful reefs, and to experience all of the wonders available to those who visit the Virgin Islands-British and US. It is these unique touches that truly make Foxy Lady stand out as a charter boat. 

One of this yacht’s best qualities is that the crew recognizes that every charter is unique in its own way. The crew takes pleasure in creating charter specific experiences like cocktail parties, delicious canapés, or special sunset moments that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. Foxy Lady’s sky lounge, one of the most desired yacht amenities, allows for panoramic views that are perfect for a cosy evening of stargazing while comfortably lounging on fluffy blankets while the ocean breezes pass by.

When it comes to entertaining children onboard, Foxy Lady’s crew are highly adept, organizing game nights, themed parties, pirate treasure hunts, educational activities, and plenty of creative fun that will keep kids and parents truly happy and engaged. Outdoor adventuring opportunities abound as well, with tubing behind a 16-foot tender, a floating trampoline, and the opportunity to explore the water at night to observe the tarpon, stingrays, and other aquatic life that is attracted by Foxy Lady’s underwater lights. 

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Beyond her outgoing crew, excellent selection of boat toys, fine dining options, and fun event calendar, Foxy Lady’s interior is spacious, uncluttered, and inviting. Each of her four cabins is outfitted with en suite showers and large hull windows allowing guests to enjoy the beautiful Caribbean views. If the Caribbean heat ever overwhelms and a dip in the sea isn’t enough to cool off, guests can relax indoors in the air conditioning while still taking in the view. 

The galley is positioned separately from guest accommodations to allow for maximum privacy onboard. Onboard entertainment options include an Apple TV movie library, a well-stocked library, and an extensive music selection through a SONOS Music System. With fully uncapped Wi-Fi, guests will never have to worry about rationing their streaming movies or music or using too much data onboard.

 As a two-time, back-to-back “Best in Show” winner of the BVI yacht show, Foxy Lady embodies the spirit of yacht chartering. She is elegant, modern, and inviting. Her crew exudes an attitude of professionalism and fun, a winning combination for guests who are seeking a full service luxury vacation, but who don’t want to be restrained by a stodgy atmosphere. Jason, Kate, and Tayla are the kind of crew that can serve a gourmet candlelit dinner or host an elegant cocktail party, and in the next moment, turn up the volume on a high-energy boat party. And judging by their Rocky Horror Picture Show-theme during this year’s boat show yacht hop, this crew certainly knows how to plan an event and create the best atmosphere in which to enjoy it.

Foxy Lady represents the best of service in the Caribbean Islands. She’s truly the perfect boat to sail off into the sunset with a breeze in your hair, tropical drink in your hand, and in the company of friends, family, and an amazing crew. 

Lauren Hodgins
Lauren is a crewed yacht charter broker based on St. Thomas, USVI. Working in the industry since 2004 and sailing over 8,000 nautical miles to date, Lauren now heads Caribbean Yachts International. www.CYIcharters.com
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