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Sunsail: Charter Yacht Of The Month

Magdalena of Hamburg – Sunsail’s flagship monohull, the fast but spacious Sunsail 47 sits proudly at the apex of performance and comfort, making it the ultimate charter sailing yacht. Designed by Philippe Briand, she combines beautifully clean lines with an elongated hull and radical chines, hallmarks of the Jeanneau lineage.

Bathed in light, the interior affords the volume and comfort typically found on a 50 foot sailboat, with a generous 4 cabin, 4 head layout available throughout the Mediterranean. An integrated fold-down swim platform gives extra space when moored, and makes getting on and off a doddle.

Accommodations feature four en-suite cabins, two forward and two aft making her perfect and private for mixed groups or 4 couples. The U-shape saloon seating up to 8 and a linear galley to starboard make for easy movements below. Large ports and LED under lighting brighten up the darkest of spaces throughout.

Long flat decks, sleek coach roof with flush hatches and twin helms combine to make for a yacht that demands attention and although the smaller sister of the Sun Odyssey 519 (Sunsail 51), she still incorporates all the same great features of a much larger yacht. The Sunsail 47 is a big boat but she’s also remarkably easy to handle. Under sail, all lines lead to the safety of the cockpit, making sailing short-handed less of a worry. The added bow thruster also makes docking her port a breeze. Several of the newer models include air conditioning throughout.

Pricing info

Based in Naviera Balear, near the heart of Palma de Mallorca – only 15 minutes’ drive from Palma International Airport.

Starting at €850 for a full day charter, inc skipper, fuel and Tax.

Competitive prices for full week charters

Skipper Info

Skipper Jovita Sarpnickaite

  • Nationality: Lithuanian
  • Joined Sunsail: Winter 2017
  • Languages: English, Lithuanian, Basic Russian, Basic Spanish

 

Jovita has cruised extensively across the Mediterranean and Caribbean, cutting her sailing teeth in the Solent, and also sailing in Cornwall, the French Coast, Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca, across Greece and in the BVIs and Bermuda. She has moved her way up from dinghy racing in lots of traffic to racing on the Sigma 38 circuit, and is now a Yachtmaster Offshore, with almost 6,000 nautical miles under her belt. Jovita used to work in fashion in London, before the call of the sea proved to alluring to resist.

Jovita currently lives in Mallorca with friends. She enjoys an active lifestyle that includes sailing, once her biggest hobby, and now her job. She loves to be outdoors, whether cycling, hiking, camping, or swimming.

If you weren’t a skipper, what would you being doing?

I used to work in fashion, so I’d probably still be in fashion in London.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years and what do you think you’ll be doing?

I’ll very likely still be a skipper – It’s an amazing job and this is what I want to do with my life. Maybe the Caribbean, it depends where life takes me!

What is your favourite part of a charter day?

I’d have to say sunrises. Late in the season, In Andratx, the sun was rising. The nights are cold but the sea is still quite warm. This can cause a thick layer of fog looking out to sea. When leaving Andratx, after sailing through thick fog, it became so bright and crisp – it revealed the fisherman early in the morning on their tiny wooden boats. Then, seeing the sun shining against the cliffs and the houses was absolutely magical, it makes your spine tingle. So yes, sunrises are my favourite part.

Can you tell us about your favourite hidden gem in the Balearics?

Cala Mitijana near Cala D’or. It’s so well hidden, if you didn’t know it was there you would miss it. So sheltered, even the easterly swell, it’s still protected. So narrow and challenging to park there but worth it.

What’s your favourite thing about sailing in the Balearics?

It’s like paradise, lots of lovely calas, beautiful turquoise waters, dramatic mountains on the west, so picturesque.

Why do you think there are fewer female skippers in the industry?

Similarly to some men, I think some women it isn’t for them. However, I can see the tide changing this season. I’d like to see more women in STEM related jobs.

Have you got any advice for anyone aspiring to become a commercial skipper?

Be bold and determined – go for it! You won’t regret it. Just go for it.

What’s your favourite part of sailing

Sailing can be so different; one day it’s calm and relaxing, the other there’s strong winds and swell. I love the adrenaline rush gives me.

I also love just sitting on the boat and watching waves. If it’s super calm, then turning off the engine, and relax in the peace and quiet. When the sunshine bounces of the ripples of the water I can’t stop looking at it, it’s the best!

 

©Sportography.tv (Sportography Ltd)

By Tom O’Leary & James Foot.
Photos courtesy of Sunsail Worldwide.

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Tom O’Leary
Tom.Oleary@thlmarine.com