Graham & Kristiann Gips
Captain & Chef
Graham is an engineer by training who spent a successful 10-year career in the oil and gas industry. He learned to sail on a 20ft racing dinghy with Kristiann as crew. They raced weekly for several years, topped the local podium and earned the chance to compete internationally.
If you are new to sailing, Graham would love to teach you how much fun it can be to helm and tune the sails. He knows the islands well and can craft an itinerary that suits everyone aboard. When the anchor is set each evening, Graham turns his attention to crafting cocktails to your taste.
From 2011-2015, Kristiann ran a successful catering company. She honed her culinary skills by accommodating a wide variety of preferences and dietary needs each day. She loves to combine gourmet ingredients with local delicacies for new twists on classic dishes.
Avid travelers, Kristiann and Graham have lived on four continents and visited over 40 countries. Their experiences have taught them that great vacations are made up of many small details. Kristiann delights in tailoring the menu and creating special moments for each group of guests aboard.
In 2015, Graham and Kristiann reached a point where they could focus on what they love to do most: travel, host guests, and sail. They have sailed Allende since her launch in France, cruising the Bay of Biscay, Mediterranean Sea and crossing the Atlantic to meet you in the British Virgin Islands. Both Graham and Kristiann hold a Masters 50-ton license from the United States Coast Guard and are CPR/First Aid certified.
Graham and Kristiann welcome you to share in the luxurious life aboard Allende.
The common areas aboard Allende are inviting and uncluttered. The outdoor deck areas offer a mix of sunny and shady spots for relaxing, and guests love the panoramic views from the fully cushioned rooftop lounge. Meals are served al fresco at a teak dining table on the aft deck.
The floor plan boasts three beautifully appointed, private staterooms for guests. Each cabin features a queen-size bed and an en-suite bathroom with electric flush head, separate shower, sink and vanity cabinet with mirror. The Helia Evolution showcases redesigned portholes in the cabins which increase natural light while maintaining privacy.
Guests fall asleep on 400 thread-count Egyptian cotton linens topped with a cotton coverlet. Fluffy white towels for bathing and quick-drying Turkish towels for the beach are provided. Additionally, each cabin is fitted with individual A/C controls, an 110V power outlet, two reading lights, a fan and ample closet space and storage.
Pick Up Locations
|Pref. Pick-up:||BVI (Tortola)|
|Other Pick-up:||BVI (Tortola)|
|Engines: 2x 55 hp Volvo Pentas Generators: Yes, 11.5kw Onan|
|Max Speed:||12knUS Gall/Hr|
|Winter Area:||Caribbean Virgin Islands|
|Summer Area:||Caribbean Virgin Islands|
|# of Videos:||Array|
|# Dine In:||yes|
|Minimum Age:||water safe|
|Internet Access:||Onboard WIFI|
|# Port Hatches:||deck hatch|
|Guests Smokes:||transom only|
|Dinghy # pax:||8|
|Water Skis Adult:||Yes|
|Water Skis Kids:||No|
|Kayaks 1 Pax:||No|
|Kayaks (2 Pax):||Yes|
|Boarding Ladder (Loc/Type):||stern|
Rates are All Inclusive
Taxes, relocation fees, cruising permits, and licenses may be extra. Please verify with the clearing house.
Cruising Permit: Paid by Boat Licenses: Paid by Boat
Additional Rate Details:
Based from Tortola, for St. Thomas pick-ups or drop-off: +$300 each way please, plus BVI departure taxes.
10% surcharge for Christmas and New Years
Half Board includes breakfast each day, four lunches and four dinners with a full bar.
2 Pax: $12300
3 Pax: $12900
4 Pax: $13300
5 Pax: $13900
6 pax: $14300
Summer Operating Area: Caribbean Virgin Islands
Winter Base Port: BVI (Tortola)
Winter Operating Area: Caribbean Virgin Islands