Since it’s winter, it’s the Caribbean cruising season. And since it’s the waning days of December, the superyacht set is spending New Year’s Eve here. From Anguilla to Grenada and from to Antigua to Virgin Gorda, it’s a yacht spotter’s delight. These are some of the yachts in the Caribbean ringing in 2022.
Athena is among the world’s five largest private sailing superyachts. She’s 260 feet (79.25 meters) in terms of hull length. However, if you count her bowsprit, she’s 295 feet (90 meters). Athena left Barcelona earlier this month, heading straight to Grenada in time for Christmas and onward to Petit St. Vincent. She accommodates 10 guests and carries a crew of 18, the brainchild of Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur Jim Clark.
Broadwater: British Virgin Islands
It’s been a year of private cruising and chartering for Broadwater, following an extensive refit at Royal Huisman. stretching her to 184 feet (56 meters) from her original 171 feet (52 meters). Fun fact: Her owner commissioned custom bronze floor inserts inscribed with the coordinates of his favorite locations, one of which is in Maryland. In the BVIs this month, she’s enjoyed more than one port.
Flying Fox: Virgin Gorda
As much as some yachts arrive in the Caribbean and choose one spot to stay, others prefer moving around. We’re happy to see Flying Fox has been active this month, enjoying St. Maarten and Tortola before choosing Virgin Gorda for the last days of the year. LOA: 446 feet (136 meters), making her among the largest yachts in the Caribbean ringing in 2022.
Kaos: St. Thomas
This 361-footer (110-meter) is currently enjoying St. Thomas. No passports required for her owner, said to be the heir to a high-profile retail company. Because the owner is quite protective of her privacy, few facts are public about the yacht.
Nero: St. Barths
Looks can be deceiving. Although Nero appears to be a classic cruiser, she saw delivery in 2007. The 296-footer (90.1-meter) is a replica of the famed Corsair IV. Financier and banker J.P. Morgan commissioned that project in the late 1920s and took delivery of her in 1930. Just like some of the above-mentioned megayachts, Nero departed Europe late this fall for the warm waters of the Caribbean, with Antigua being one of her stops. Her Irish owner offers her for charter.
Olivia O: St. Barths
Hands down, St. Barths is the place for yachts in the Caribbean ringing in 2022. In fact, we counted about 100 yachts at anchor off the island this week. It’s no surprise, though, since St. Barths is the perennial favorite. Some of the other high-profile yachts in the waters this include Kismet, Tranquility, Titania, Eclipse, Rising Sun, Joy, and Gene Machine, the latter accompanied by her support yacht, Gene Chaser. As for Olivia O, the rugged explorer yacht departed Europe in November for the Caribbean. The 290-footer (88.5-meter) belongs to Eyal Ofer, a Monaco-based shipping and real estate magnate.